Risk of cancer from drinking one bottle of wine is same as smoking 10 cigarettes

Having one bottle of wine each week raises the risk of cancer by the same amount as smoking up to 10 cigarettes, scientists claim.

In the first study of its kind, academics managed to compare the known dangers of smoking to that of drinking too much.

They found the ‘cigarette equivalent’ of one bottle of wine – roughly 10 units – is five cigarettes for men or ten for women each week.

And the risk of cancer from downing three bottles of red or white wine each week, or 10 large glasses, is much higher.

Researchers at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Bangor University and University of Southampton carried out the study.

Dr Theresa Hydes and team estimated 10 in 1,000 men would develop cancer at some point in their lives from drinking one bottle of wine each week.

However, for women this figure was 14 out of 1,000, according to the study published in the journal BioMedCentral Public Health.

Men were more likely to get gastrointestinal cancers from drinking, while the risk of breast cancer was greatest for women.

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The risk was much higher for both men and women who drink three bottles of wine per week – more than double the recommended amount.

The study found 19 out of 1,000 men and 36 out of 1,000 women would eventually develop cancer if they drank this amount.

This carries the same risk as smoking eight cigarettes a week for men, or 23 a week for women, Dr Hydes and colleagues estimated.

The researchers did not estimate the risk of cancer from drinking beer because they went on units, not type of beverage.

Dr Hydes said: ‘We must be absolutely clear that this study is not saying that drinking alcohol in moderation is in any way equivalent to smoking.

‘Our finds relate to lifetime risk across the population. At an individual level, cancer risk represented by drinking or smoking will vary.

‘And for many individuals, the impact of ten units of alcohol (one bottle of wine) or five to ten cigarettes may be very different.’

Dr Hydes said comparing the risks of alcohol to smoking could encourage adults to cut down on booze.

She said: ‘It is well established that heavy drinking is linked to cancer of the mouth, throat, voice box, gullet, bowel, liver and breast.

‘Yet, in contrast to smoking, this is not widely understood by the public.

‘We hope by using cigarettes as the comparator we could communicate this message more effectively to help individuals make more informed lifestyle choices.’

The researchers used data available from Cancer Research UK and official statistic bodies used by nations in the UK, including ONS.

They were able to analyse what proportion of deaths can be attributed to smoking and alcohol, and then estimate the risk of cancer they both cause.

The NHS advise men and women not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis – such as weekly.

Regularly consuming more than the recommended amount is known to raise the risk of cancer, liver disease and heart disease.

A large glass of wine contains around three units, while a bottle is closer to the 10 mark. A pint of beer is around 2.3.

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Sugary drinks fuel cancer by speeding up tumors growth

Sugar could be fuelling cancer by speeding up the growth of tumours in the body, according to a new study.

Scientists at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, found that mice consuming high-fructose corn syrup, used in biscuits, ice cream and energy drinks, saw intestinal tumours grow faster.

The amount was said to be the equivalent of people drinking about 12 ounces of a sugary drink a day.

Dr Lewis Cantley, a co-author of the study from Weill Cornell Medicine, said: ‘This observation in animal models might explain why increased consumption of sweet drinks and other foods with high sugar content over the past 30 years is correlating with an increase in colorectal cancers in 25 to 50-year-olds in the United States.’

An understanding of how sugar feeds cancer may also lead to a new approach to treatment, the study’s scientists suggested.

However, some experts have warned that the mechanism had been demonstrated in mice genetically engineered to be prone to cancer, and may not translate into humans.

Michael Skilton from the University of Sydney, who was not involved in the study, told The Times that he was impressed by the research but warned that the findings could not readily be applied to humans.

He said: ‘Irrespective of whether these sweeteners are having a direct effect on tumour development and growth, people wising to reduce their likelihood of developing cancer should limit their intake.’

Lead author Dr. Marcus D. Goncalves said: ‘We were not able to show that giving high-fructose corn syrup causes new tumours because these mice develop tumours even on normal diets free of added sugar.

‘But when you give them this additional sugar, the tumours grow much bigger,’ he added.

The study was published March 22 in the print issue of Science.

– Daily Mail

Gospel artiste Ben Cyco goes bald in support of his sister battling cancer

Kenyan artiste Ben Cyco has shaved his hair to give his younger sister Joy moral support as she battles cancer at only 18.

Talking about it on his girlfriend’s Vlog Ben says that it’s been a bumpy ride.

“My sisters problems started having issues with her menses. She would cramp for weeks and was in pain, not long after that she started loosing so much weight.

Her fingernails and eyes started turning white.”

Ben Cyco's sister Joy Wairuri

She was rushed to the hospital and the first doctor could not establish what the problem was until a biopsy was done and the results revealed she has cancer.

Ben Cyco confessed that it has been sad for both Joy and the family but she is very very hopeful. In fact, she told him that despite the fact that whatever she is going through is tough, she will have a great testimony.

Ben adds that his parents were secretive and they did not tell Joy she was battling cancer.

“Joy asked me one day if she had cancer and I just told her yes. When I told her that she cried and promised me that her testimony is gonna be big.”

Joy is currently in India undergoing chemo and she has lost her hair and her brother Ben has shaved his hair in solidarity with her.

Below are photos of his before and after photos

Ben Cyco

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250 Scientists warn against cancer from wireless tech

Apple’s popular wireless AirPods headphones may pose cancer risks to wearers, according to a United Nations and World Health Organization petition.

Some 250 scientists have signed the petition, which warns against numerous devices that emit radiofrequency radiation, which is used in WiFi, cellular data and Bluetooth.

AirPods in particular are concerning because they sit deeply enough within the ear canal to emit expose these fragile parts of the ear to dangerous among of radiation, some experts warn.

The scientific jury is still out on the whether or not the particular devices an cause cancer, but animal studies on the kind of radiofrequency radiation that they emit has suggested a link to cancer.

And, in some cases, the levels of radiation found to be carcinogenic were significantly lower than the maximum allowed by federal and international guidelines.

Last year, Apple sold 28 million pairs of its tiny, white wireless earbuds. The year before, they sold 16 million pairs. With a new design reportedly on the way, the technology company is set to profit even more on sound.

But the devices could be pumping more than beats into wearers’ heads.

The AirPods wirelessly connect with a phone via Bluetooth, the popular short distance radio communication technology.

Essentially, anything that communicates wirelessly using electromagnetic energy waves of varying types.

Bluetooth operates on one form involving low-power radiowaves.

The most obvious and well-established risk of radiowaves is that, at high levels, they can generate heat and cause burns. Scientists are still working out the effects of long-term exposure to lower-power radiowaves.


Cancer warriors: Prominent Kenyans diagnosed with cancer (List)

Cancer cases have been on the increase in Kenya,the sad fact being that it affects people of all social standings and all ages leaving families in anguish.

Below are prominent Kenyans whom you might not know are battling cancer

1 .Chris Kirubi

City tycoon Chris Kirubi recently joined millions in encouraging those battling with different types of cancer and he tweeted:

“I look forward to a day when this world will be cancer free, Lets beat cancer together”

Kirubi has been battling acute cancer of the colon. He is still under medication even as he fights to regain back his good health.


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2. Bob Collymore

Speaking during a television interview with Jeff Koinange, Collymore divulged that by the time it was diagnosed, doctors told him he had it for 6 months.

“I went to London and they told me I had acute myeloid leukaemia- a rare kind of blood cancer that is curable.”


Bob Collymore

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3. Kenneth Okoth

Kibra MP Kenneth recently opened up about his battle with stage four cancer,The admission came as a shock to many even as millions took their time to wish him good health.

God cannot give you a test that you can’t pass. This I have learnt over the last two years of being sick and adjusting to a “new normal” in my personal and public life,” Okoth said on his facebook wall.

Ken Okoth

4.Nderitu Gachagua

Former Nyeri governor the late Nderitu Gachagua was battling Pancreatic cancer before losing his life while receiving treatment at Royal Marsden Hospital in London.

5. Big Kev

Kevin Ombajo the CEO of Trublaq and former Capital FM employee had been battling brain cancer which left him in and out of hospitals.

Sadly he lost the battle  almost 2 years ago but before his untimely death he had under gone more than 10 surgeries with the last on e leaving him blind .

He was diagnosed with optic atrophy a condition that leaves its sufferers blind after the optic nerves dry up.

Big Kev

6. Anyang Nyongo

In an article dubbed ‘My journey with Prostrate Cancer’, Nyongo narrated how the diagnosis came about adding that receiving the news was not easy.

“In June, last year (2010), although I was not due for my annual medical examination until July 29 that year, I decided to have the check-up a month in advance, as I was not comfortable with the constant rise of the PSA.

The result of the medical exam revealed that the PSA was still rising; hence possibilities of cancer could no longer be ruled out. The doctor ordered a biopsy, which revealed prostate cancer that was rather aggressive in its progression.”

Lupita and Anyang Nyongo

He adds

“The news was, no doubt, not very easy to take. My urologist decided to put me immediately on hormone therapy. This is an injection that drastically reduces the production of testosterone, a male hormone, which acts as a fertilizer for the prostate cancer cells.

When testosterone is removed or drastically reduced, the cancer cells go into shock, and some of them actually die. Hormone therapy is therefore a good emergency measure to stop the growth of the cancer while a more lasting solution is being sought.”

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RIP!!! Majority leader Aden Duale loses his sister to cancer

Aden Duale is in mourning after losing his sister to cancer. The Garissa Township Member of Parliament announced of her death on his Twitter handle.
His sister Arfon Bare Duale has been ill for sometime now.

“Innalilahi wainaillahim raajun, may Allah have mercy on the soul of my sister Arfon Bare Duale after a long illness [cancer].

“O Allah, surely Arfon Bare Duale is under your protection, & in the rope of your security, so save her from the trial of the grave and from the punishment of the fire. You fulfil promises & grant rights, so forgive her & have mercy on her. Surely you are most Forgiving & merciful,Duale tweeted.”

Kenyans and politicians have sent their condolences.

William Kabogo wrote,

“May The Lord God rest her soul in peace.” 

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Baba Otos urged leaders to construct cancer centres.

“My friend, it serves as a reminder that instead of corruption, building hotels and filling stations, cancer screening centres across the country can be better.”

@MKarbat wrote,

My deepest sympathies and condolences to the entire family and relatives, may Allah ease for her and grant her paradise.”

Oliver Mathenge wrote,

” Ndugu, my condolences to you and your family.”

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Else where a wall of a building under construction in Kahawa Wendani collapsed on Tuesday leaving two people injured and the fate of many others unknown.

Two people were rescued and taken to Thika Level 5 Hospital.

In a tweet, Kenya Red Cross Society said it had sent a rescue team to the scene.

More updates expected later.

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Rest with the angels: Journalist Dennis Omondi dies from cancer for lack of bone marrow donor

Journalist Dennis Omondi, who earlier flew to India for cancer treatment, died at KNH in Nairobi on Friday afternoon.

The 31-year-old West Media photojournalist first visited doctors in December 2017 following spells of dizziness and weakness.

He was initially treated for malaria but there was no improvement so he sought other opinions.

Omondi visited Kenya Medical Association in January and saw Dr Walter Mwanda who decided to do a bone marrow test.

A 20-minute test confirmed he had acute leukemia and led to his admission at Kenyatta National Hospital.

The father of two underwent several blood transfusions before flying to Apollo Hospital in India in February.

He raised Sh6.5 million through donations and underwent chemotherapy at Apollo but did not find a bone marrow donor. Tests on his brothers found they were not matches.

Omondi returned to Kenya in June when he was readmitted at KNH.

His body was taken to the facility’s mortuary.


How much booze do you drink per week?

People who enjoy the occasional tipple are less likely to suffer a premature death than abstainers, research suggests.

According to Daily Mail, mortality rates are lowest in light drinkers, who have an average of up to three pints of beer or glass of wine a week across their lifetime.

The risk soars 20 per cent for very heavy drinkers who indulge in the same amount of booze – but on a daily basis, scientists at Queen’s University Belfast found.


And there is a seven per cent higher chance of an early death or being diagnosed with cancer for those who have never even touched alcohol.

 The scientists have now revealed the exact risk of dying early or developing cancer for men and women in eight different brackets of drinkers.

Current UK guidelines advise a maximum of 14 units of alcohol a week – six pints of average strength beer or seven medium sized glasses of wine.


Dr Andrew Kunzmann, lead author, said: ‘Previous studies have consistently found light to moderate drinkers live longer than lifetime teetotallers.

‘The evidence from cancer research gives a different impression – even light to moderate alcohol consumption is linked with an increased risk of cancer.

‘These differences have led to confusing public health messages about the health impacts of light to moderate alcohol consumption and what counts as drinking in moderation.’

Dr Kunzmann hopes the findings, based on almost 100,000 adults and published in the journal PLOS Medicine, will provide a clearer message.


Robust evidence 

He added: ‘Drinking alcohol is a personal choice and it is not our aim to tell people whether they can or can’t drink.

‘The aim of this study is to provide robust evidence so that people can make informed, healthy decisions about their alcohol intake.’

But he urged caution in the findings, as the reason why light drinkers have a lower risk of cancer or early death is still hotly contested.

Dr Kunzmann said: ‘It has been suggested light drinking may have beneficial effects on heart health, though this has not yet been proven.

‘Light drinkers may also be at a lower risk of premature death as they tend to be wealthier, so may have better access to healthcare and may follow other healthier lifestyle behaviours, such as being more physically active.’We feel it would be inappropriate to recommend teetotallers to start drinking based on these results given the uncertainty.’

NEVER Didn’t consume alcohol 5% 9% 7%
INFREQUENT 0-1 drinks each week 5% 11% 8%
LIGHT 1-3 drinks each week N/A N/A N/A
SOMEWHAT LIGHT 3-5 drinks each week -3% 4% 0%
LIGHT-MODERATE 5-7 drinks each week 3% 9% 5%
MODERATE 1-2 drinks each day 0% 10% 2%
HEAVY 2-3 drinks each day 9% 13% 10%
VERY HEAVY 3 or more drinks each day 19% 46% 21%

How was the study carried out? 

Health survey data on 99,654 adults, who were aged between 55 and 74, in the US was examined. They were followed for an average of nine years.

Participants had completed a dietary survey with questions on their alcohol intake at various stages of their life. Their answers were averaged out.

For the purpose of the study, researchers separated the volunteers into eight groups, based on how much alcohol they consumed – from never to heavy drinkers.


What did they find? 

Very heavy drinkers (three or more drinks each day) had the highest risk of dying early or developing cancer at 21 per cent.

This group were followed by heavy drinkers (two to three drinks each day), who were 10 per cent more likely to die young or get cancer.

Infrequent drinkers (one drink each week) had an eight per cent higher risk, while it was calculated to be seven for per cent for abstainers.

There was no extra risk of cancer or dying prematurely for somewhat light drinkers (between three and five drinks each week).

However, light moderate drinkers (five to seven drinks each week) and moderate drinkers (one to two drinks each day) faced slightly higher odds.

The study, which accounted for other known risk factors, such as smoking and diet, is one of the first to look at average lifetime alcohol intakes.

Bizarre cocktail of Viagra and flu vaccine could be used to treat cancer in future

A combination of Viagra and a flu vaccine could treat cancer, surprising new research suggests.

The unconventional strategy invigorates the immune system to attack tumor cells left lingering after surgery, when the body is vulnerable.

Testing the method in mice with lung cancer, Canadian researchers saw a 90 percent reduction in the spread of the disease.

The study was such a success that 24 human stomach cancer patients will now test the combination in a clinical trial that could pave the way to it being approved.

Normally, immune cells called natural killer cells play a major role in killing metastatic cancer cells.

But surgery causes another kind of immune cell, called a myeloid derived suppressor cell (MDSC), to block the NK cells.

Dr Rebecca Auer’s team at the University of Ottawa has found that erectile dysfunction drugs block these suppressor cells, which allows the natural killer cells to do their cancer-fighting job.

The flu vaccine works to further stimulates the natural killer cells.

‘Surgery is very effective in removing solid tumours,’ said senior author Dr Auer, surgical oncologist and head of cancer research at The Ottawa Hospital.

‘However, we’re now realizing that, tragically, surgery can also suppress the immune system in a way that makes it easier for any remaining cancer cells to persist and spread to other organs.

‘Our research suggests that combining erectile dysfunction drugs with the flu vaccine may be able to block this phenomenon and help prevent cancer from coming back after surgery.’

The current study investigated sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis) and an inactivated influenza vaccine (Agriflu) in a mouse model that mimics the spread of cancer (metastasis) after surgery.

Dr Auer is now leading the first clinical trial in the world of an erectile dysfunction drug (tadalafil) and the flu vaccine in people with cancer.


She Was Diagnosed With Cancer Only A Few Days To Her Death

When she visited her GP complaining of stomach pain and bloating, Kayleigh Donnelly was sent home with reassurances that she just had tummy trouble.

But as her symptoms failed to subside, her mother knew something was seriously wrong with her daughter. And she was right.

At just 13 -ears-old, Kayleigh had developed ovarian cancer – one of the youngest cases ever diagnosed – and was just days from death.

It was only when she was taken to A&E that doctors finally discovered a 12-inch tumour weighing a staggering 7lb. The cancer had already spread to her liver, spleen, bowel and pelvis.

Her mother Lorraine, 38, said: ‘The doctors told me that if I hadn’t taken her to A&E when I did then she wouldn’t be here today.’ After several operations and chemotherapy, Kayleigh is in remission from the disease, which usually affects women in their 50s.

Mrs Donnelly, from Lancaster, said: ‘We feel lucky that she has survived, but she has been incredibly unlucky to get such a rare cancer like this.’

Kayleigh, who has six brothers and sisters, started developing symptoms in January 2016. Mrs Donnelly said: ‘She hadn’t been to the toilet in weeks and she was feeling poorly. So I took her to the doctor who said she was constipated and gave us some laxatives to take home.

Woman unhappy with their breasts less likely to check them for cancer – Study

Women who are unhappy with the size of their breasts are less likely to check them for any cancerous lumps, new research suggests.

And scientists found those who are conscious their breasts are too small or large are less likely to visit a doctor straight away if they do find one.

The findings, made by researchers at Anglia Ruskin University, suggest initiatives to boost self-examinations for breast cancer aren’t working.

Some consider checking for cancer ‘a threat to their body image’, psychologists concluded after surveying 384 British women.

Some 31 per cent admitted they wanted smaller breasts, while 44 per cent said they would prefer them if they were larger.

A third of these revealed they rarely, or never, checked their breasts for cancer – despite recommendations from the NHS.

Professor Viren Swami, author the study published in the Body Image journal, said women need to be encouraged to love the shape of their breasts.

He suggested doing so would be life-saving because it would allow doctors to spot cancer earlier, making the disease more treatable.

Figures show more than 50,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in Britain. In the US, it is in the region of 250,000.

It is estimated one in eight women will develop the disease at some point in their lives – making it the most common form of cancer among females.

Professor Swami said: ‘Our findings suggest that greater breast size dissatisfaction is significantly associated with less frequent breast self-examination.

‘For women who are dissatisfied with their breast size, having to inspect their breasts may be experienced as a threat to their body image.

‘Breast size dissatisfaction may also activate negative self-conscious emotions, such as shame and embarrassment, that results in avoiding breast self-examination.’

More than half of women in the study said they would visit their doctor immediately if they detected a change in their breasts during an examination.

But one in ten revealed they would delay seeing their GP for as long as possible – or completely avoid booking an appointment.

Experts recommend women check their breasts regularly for any unusual changes so the disease can be spotted early, increasing the success of treatment.

The NHS also encourages women to learn what their breasts look and feel like so an abnormal changes can be spotted early and examined by a doctor.

Professor Swami added: ‘Promoting greater breast size satisfaction may be a means of empowering women to incorporate breast self-examinations.

‘And promoting greater breast awareness may be a useful means of helping women view their breasts in more functional terms, rather than purely aesthetic terms.’


Thick mass: A sudden thickening of the breast tissue can be a sign of a serious underlying condition such as lobular or inflammatory breast cancer

Indentation: Some people notice a dip, or dent, in the breast. This can be because the cancer is tethered to the breast tissue and so pulls it inwards

Skin erosion: In rare cases cancer that is growing under the skin can break through and create a wound

Heat or redness: If the breast feels warm to touch or there’s redness one-third of the breast, it can be a sign of inflammatory breast cancer

New fluid: Spontaneous nipple discharge on one side, which may be blood stained, brown or clear, might mean there is something in the breast that is causing irritation

Dimpling: Dimpled skin is a common sign of inflammatory breast cancer

Bump: A localised swelling, bulge or bump on the breast should always be investigated

Growing vein: Changes such as dilated veins can be a sign that cancer is blocking a blood vessel

Retracted nipple: Developing an inverted nipple – i.e. not being born with one – which can’t be drawn out, may suggest a lump behind the nipple is pulling it in.

New shape or size: Any change in shape or size not associated with the menstrual cycle should be investigated

Orange peel skin: Skin that has ridges or appears pitted, like the skin of an orange, can be caused by a build up of fluid in the breast

Invisible lump: Even there are many other symptoms, it’s crucial to always check your breasts for lumps. A cancerous lump often feels hard and immovable like a lemon seed

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Sad! 58 Year-Old Mother Dies From Cancer Caused By HUGGING Her Father As a Child When He Wore Asbestos-Covered Overalls

A woman is thought to have died from cancer caused by hugging her father throughout her childhood when he was wearing overalls covered in asbestos.

Mother-of-three Susan Macgregor developed mesothelioma – a form of the disease that affects the lining of the lungs and is often linked to chemical exposure.

Her father was pipe fitter who would come home at night in his work clothes and play with his daughter.

Described as a fitness enthusiast, Mrs Macgregor was diagnosed in September 2015 and died 14 months later aged 58.

Now her husband, Dave, has spoken of his devastation at having his wife ‘snatched early’ from him.


The 66-year-old, told the Derby Telegraph: ‘The children are absolutely devastated, they’ve lost their mother, they’ve lost a friend, the grandchildren have lost their nana and I’ve lost my wife.’

Following an inquest into Mrs Macgregor’s death, a coroner ruled the most likely cause of her death was asbestos which she likely picked up through her dad’s overalls.

‘It only needs one little particle to settle in the right place and 40 to 50 years later you get diagnosed with this awful disease,’ explained Mr Macgregor.

Mrs Macgregor, a keen walker, first noticed something was wrong when she found herself struggling to breathe after exercising.


She was sent for a hospital check up where X-rays determined that she had the incurable form of cancer.

Mesothelioma has a poor prognosis and kills almost 70 per cent of people within a year.

Brave Mrs Macgregor underwent six courses of chemotherapy and an operation to remove part of the affected area of her chest, but the treatment was ineffective.

We were baffled 

Mr Macgregor said the family were at a loss to understand how she developed the illness.

After a lot of digging into her work background, he said they still ‘couldn’t come up with any answers to that’.

But, after her inquest, the coroner came up with the most likely cause of her being in contact with asbestos was probably through her dad’s overalls.


‘It only needs one little particle to settle in the right place and 40 to 50 years later you get diagnosed with this awful disease,’ explained Mr Macgregor.

Saying goodbye

Mrs Macgregor’s family scattered her ashes at her favourite green spot in Milldale, Derbyshire.

Her husband said he was angry at the Government for allowing asbestos to be used in the construction of buildings.

However, he cannot claim compensation as lawyers have been unable to link the asbestos exposure back to any particular business.

He added: ‘Money doesn’t bring my wife back.’


Could APPLES Hold The Key To Losing Weight? Find Out Why People Who Eat One a Day Weigh Less

It seems the old ‘apple a day’ adage still rings true, according to new research.

And in addition to known health benefits, a new report by the CSIRO found that eating apples regularly can actually help with preventing weight gain.

In fact, leading health and lifestyle expert, Dr Joanna McMillan, said eating whole apples can help ‘control your appetite and assist with weight loss’ by helping you fill fuller for longer.

‘Studies have shown that both adults and children who eat apples regularly are more likely to have a lower BMI,’ Dr McMillan said, adding that apple eaters ‘weigh less’.


‘Initially researchers believed it was the low energy density of apples that helped manage weight.

‘More recent animal research suggests the dietary fibre (pectin) and polyphenols in apples may also play a role in appetite and weight control.’

The research also found that regularly eating apples can lead to healthier gut bacteria.

‘It is believed eating apples results in positive changes to gut bacteria (or microbiota),’ Dr McMillan said.

‘While the exact health effects of this are not yet known, the gut microbiome (the genes of the microbiota) are now understood to play an important role in maintaining good health and preventing disease.’

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Eating apples can also reduce your risk of cancer and keep your heart healthy.

‘Regularly eating apples is associated with a reduced risk of some of the most common forms of cancer. This has been shown for breast cancer, prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma,’ Dr McMillan said.

She added: ‘There is a strengthening body of scientific evidence that a regular apple habit is good for your heart.

Apples and their nutritional components help lower total and LDL cholesterol. While observational studies link eating more apples with a reduced risk of stroke, hypertension and a range of heart disease risk factors.

‘Emerging research from the University of Western Australia also suggests that eating apples may improve blood pressure and elasticity of blood vessels.’


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New Study Confirms That Alcohol Increases Breast CANCER Risk For Black Women By 33%. Find Out Why

Just two drinks a day significantly increases the risk of breast cancer for black women, a report has confirmed – finally filling a gap in research.

Alcohol consumption and breast cancer has long been linked in studies, but the research mostly centered on white women.

But now experts have conclusively shown a similar risk among black women.

A recent study claims that just 14 drinks a week will increase the risk of developing the disease by 33 percent.

Previous studies claimed the risk was 20 percent higher, but these reports were based on Caucasian women.


The study was conducted by University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and was published in May.

Researchers found that even one drink a day elevated the risk for all types of breast malignancies in black women.

The risk was compared to light drinkers who had less than four alcoholic beverages a week.

Previous studies reported the risk for women who had two to three alcoholic drinks daily was 20 percent, according to Susan G Komen.

The lifetime risk for all women developing breast cancer is 12 percent.


When broken down by race and ethnicity, white women have a 13 percent risk and black women have an 11 percent risk.

Senior study author Melissa Troester said: ‘Many breast cancer risk factors like family history cannot be changed, however, alcohol drinking can be moderated if a woman wants to decrease her risk.

Troester, a researcher at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill added: ‘Most studies show that risk is only significantly increased if women drink more than one drink per day.’

The expert said it’s possible alcohol may interfere with hormone levels in a way that encourages tumor growth, and it also might cause genetic damage that makes cancer more likely.


Troester said it was rather the alcohol content rather than the specific drink that caused the increased risk.

For the current study, researchers examined data on drinking habits for 22,338 African-American women, including 5,018 who were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.

Overall, 45 percent of the women said they never drank and another 21 percent said they used to consume alcohol but currently did not.

The increased risk was smaller, around four percent, for former drinkers and for women who currently had four to six drinks a week.

For those who had seven to 13 drinks a week, the risk increase was seven percent compared to light drinkers.

‘The take-home message is that African-American women are also at increased risk of breast cancer due to alcohol use and should be encouraged to limit alcohol use,’ Giordano, who wasn’t involved in the study, said.

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Revealed: A Compound In Cannabis Is Significantly Effective In Destroying CANCEROUS Tumours In Leukaemia

A compound in cannabis is ‘significantly’ effective in destroying cancerous tumours in leukaemia, research suggests.

A new study found that combining existing chemotherapy treatments with cannabinoids – the active chemicals in cannabis – had better results than chemotherapy alone.

The findings suggest that a lower dose of chemotherapy can be used on patients, minimising side effects of the treatment, say researchers.

Furthermore, scientists discovered that order the treatment was administered was crucial – using cannabinoids after chemotherapy resulted in a greater death of the blood cancer cells.

Lead author of the study, Dr Wai Liu, from St George’s, University of London, said: ‘We have shown for the first time that the order in which cannabinoids and chemotherapy are used is crucial in determining the overall effectiveness of this treatment.’


The medical value of cannabis has been hotly debated for years and there are many anecdotal cases reported of people claiming their cancer has been cured by using it.

A number of small studies have found that cannabis or cannabis derivatives may be helpful in treating nausea and vomiting from cancer chemotherapy, but research into its possible curative effects on the disease is in its infancy.

But according to Dr Wai Liu, cannabinoids are ‘a very exciting prospect in oncology’.

  • Key findings 

Dr Wai Liu and his colleagues set out to examine the effects of different combinations of cannabinoids, known more specifically as phytocannabinoids, against leukaemia in the laboratory.

They wanted to test whether existing chemotherapy treatments worked effectively alongside the cannabinoids, and whether using the drugs in a different order had an effect.

In their report, published in the International Journal of Oncology, the team note that phytocannabinoids possess ‘anticancer activity’ when used alone in treatment.

And a number of these compounds have also been shown to combine favourably with each other to kill off leukaemia cells in laboratory tests, they said.


The researchers paired different types of cannabinoids and used them in combination with the common leukemia chemotherapy drugs cytarabine and vincristine.

They discovered using cannabinoids after chemotherapy resulted in greater induction of apoptosis – or death of the cancer cells.

The opposite was true when reversed and cannabinoids were given before chemotherapy.

Dr Wai Liu said: ‘Studies such as ours serve to establish the best ways that they should be used to maximise a therapeutic effect.’

  • What the experts say  

Cancer Research UK said it welcomes research into cannabinoids but said the results should be regarded with caution.

Senior science information manager Anna Perman said: ‘This research in cells doesn’t provide evidence that cannabinoids are safe or effective for patients.

‘Researchers have been studying potential cancer-fighting chemicals found in cannabis for a while – but like any new treatment, these should only be used to treat patients once there’s evidence that they improve outcomes.

‘This is not to say that cannabinoids have no future role in cancer treatment, and Cancer Research UK supports clinical trials to treat cancer with cannabinoid drugs.


‘But as it stands, we still need proper trials to know if they are effective, for what types of cancer, and at what dose.’

The researchers themselves say more trials need to be carried out to establish the voracity of their claims. The charity warned cancer patients against using cannabinoids.

‘This study looked at cannabinoids not cannabis – which is illegal and could interfere with other treatments given to patients.

‘We advise against the use of cannabinoids or any medicine bought on the internet, as these are not regulated and may not be safe.’

Dr Wai Liu’s team pointed out that when scientists use cannabis in the lab, they don’t use the whole plant.

‘These extracts are highly concentrated and purified, so smoking marijuana will not have a similar effect,’ said Dr Wai Liu.

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Beware! SUGAR Is Fuelling Various Forms Of CANCER Scientists Admit. Find Out How

A sugar-rich diet may be fuelling various forms of cancer, as new research confirms a long-suspected belief.

Previous studies have suggested that tumours thrive off sugar, using it as energy to mutate and spread across the body.

Now scientists have shown one type of cancer – which can be found in the lungs, head, and neck, oesophagus, and cervix – has more of a sweet tooth than others.

Squamous cell carcinoma (SqCC) was more dependent on sugar to grow, the University of Texas at Dallas experts found.

This form of the disease used higher levels of a protein that carries glucose to cells to enable them to multiply, they discovered.


Lead author Dr Jung-whan Kim said: ‘It has been suspected that many cancer cells are heavily dependent on sugar as their energy supply.

‘But it turns out that one specific type – squamous cell carcinoma – is remarkably more dependent.

‘This type of cancer clearly consumes a lot of sugar. One of our next steps is to look at why this is the case.’

Writing in the journal Nature Communications, he warned the findings were worrying because ‘as a culture, we are very addicted to sugar’.

He added: ‘Excessive sugar consumption is not only a problem that can lead to complications like diabetes, but also, based on our studies and others, the evidence is mounting that some cancers are also highly dependent on sugar.


‘We’d like to know from a scientific standpoint whether we might be able to affect cancer progression with dietary changes.’

Health officials across the world have stood firm on their stance towards sugar in recent years, despite growing evidence showing it to potentially fuel tumour growth.

Instead, they highlight the fact that all cells, not just cancerous ones, require energy, which is found in the form of glucose, to survive.

Without a sufficient supply of the sugar, each cell in the body would struggle to perform their duties.

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Cancer Research UK make clear that cancerous cells aren’t just dependent on sugar for their growth, as they rely on amino acids and fats also.

The new findings came after researchers looked into the differences between two major subtypes of non-small cell lung cancer – adenocarcinoma (ADC) and SqCC.

About one-quarter of all lung cancers are SqCC, which has been difficult to treat with targeted therapies.


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Cancer-Free Janet Kanini & Local Company Show Love For Young Cancer Victim

A little boy was the recipient of the greatest gift one can give this month of love – the gift of life. Master Stephen, an 11-year old boy had been diagnosed with chronic leukemia stage one and was undergoing treatment. He was, however, being held at the hospital because of an outstanding bill of close to 1 million shillings. Along with the Janet Kanini Ikua Foundation, a local cab company came out to settle the bill after the company’s General Manager heard of his plight.

“I was told of Stephen’s plight by one of our staff members and I was moved. As a company that seeks to provide real solutions to Kenyans, we decided to team up with Janet Kanini so that we can get this young boy home with his family because they have already gone through a lot,” said the GM.

Janet Kanini who emerged victorious after battling with lung cancer was happy to see more and more corporate entities join in the walk to support cancer patients.

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Janet Kanini Reveals What She’ll Do With Her Life After Battling Cancer

“As a foundation, our dream is to see every Kenyan and every corporate entity actively join in the cause to ensure timely and successful treatment of cancer”. she said.

Janet herself was the recipient of numerous donations which helped her during her treatment and was recently told she was cancer free. She attributed her healing to the support of her family, friends and the public at large.

Stephen was successfully discharged after the hospital received full payment of his bills.

Teenager sells her virginity to fund her brother’s cancer treatment

Kenyans Rally Around Ailing Big Kev After He Reached Out To Them – Here’s How Much Was Raised

A fundraiser planned to raise funds for ailing celebrity Big Kev went down last night. Fellow celebrities and Kenyans turned up to raise money after the ailing Trublaq founder, also known as Kevin Ombajo, appealed to Kenyans to help raise funds.

Singer, Nameless, was among those who showed up and talked about how he meet Big Kev and Big Ted.

He opened up about how he had gone to an event with Wahu and his three brothers and they were seated chatting. He then went on to disclose that two big burly men came and made Wahu walk away with them.

Artiste Wahu Kagwi Sends A Heart-Wrenching Message To Ailing Big Kev, Reveals One Of His Biggest Dreams In Life

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“I was in shock. They just carried her and left. They were to go to this for a show.”

“My three brothers were looking at me like we left the house for this? And your woman has just been swept off her feet. That was the first time I meet Big Ted and Big Kev. I respect them as big brothers to my girlfriend.”

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At the evening event, Nameless, and Redsan were auctioned for Sh300k to an events company that provides screening equipment.

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Bruce Odhiambo the brain-child of the project said;

“6 years ago, I had a heart surgery and 2 years later another once it years you to shreds. I’m from a community we are proud. You don’t seek health and die like a man. I watched big Kevin go through the first second and 8th on how do you pull through that? I was hoping for 60-80 people for nyayo stadium for prayers but this I did not expect. You are all God sent.”

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They raised Sh4million. Hongera sana!