Thursday, 19 May 2011

Medical & Drinks: Coffee seems to lower the risk of lethal prostate cancer


I've asked Google for help but they have yet to give me any response, so I decided that I can't wait for them forever and our English Playground will have to go on. Some of the drafts I wrote and one article have disappeared, and that is sad. I'll see if I can rewrite them. I'll just make sure that I back up my blog from now on every time I have finished writing an entry.

For now, two news related to Coffee.


Coffee seems to lower the risk of lethal prostate cancer


Drinking coffee might lower a man's risk for developing lethal prostate cancer, according to a new Harvard study. (Julius Schorzman / Creative Commons)
Image from greenmedinfo



Drinking coffee is a fine way to start the day, many men would agree. For those worried about prostate cancer, it appears to be a great way to start the day.

The latest of many studies on whether a daily cup, or many cups, of java might lower a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer, especially lethal prostate cancer, falls on the side of coffee enthusiasts.

A Harvard School of Public Health study of nearly 48,000 men found that those who drank more than six cups of coffee per day had a 60% reduced risk of developing lethal prostate cancer compared with nondrinkers.

The reduction in lethal prostate cancer risk was similar between decaf and regular coffee drinkers. Thus, the researchers conclude, caffeine isn’t the wonder element -- good news for those who already consume far too much caffeine (you know who you are).

The results were published online Tuesday in the "Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

The researchers write in the discussion of their paper:

“An association between coffee and lower risk of advanced prostate cancer is biologically plausible. Coffee improves glucose metabolism, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, and affects sex hormone levels, all of which play roles in prostate cancer progression.”

But that’s not to say all men should consume cup after cup. Far from it. For those with benign prostatic hyperplasia, regular coffee can be problematic.

As this WebUrology article notes: “For men who have BPH, drinking coffee can be detrimental because caffeine can stimulate an already overactive bladder, which means it can increase urinary frequency and urgency and may even result in urge incontinence...Caffeine can also irritate the bladder because it is a theoxanthine, which is a family of drugs that includes theobromine (found in chocolate) and theophylline (found in tea).”

healthkey@tribune.com



Opinions:
Good news for some men, but more than 6 cups of coffee a day??? Even if it is decaf coffee, drinking 6 cups is like drinking water. Should we put sugar in it? Cos if we do, probably the chance of getting diabetes will also be 60% higher! But at least it is good to know that there is a prevention for a cancer.

The next news is about Starbucks teaming up with Lady Gaga. I'm not going to post the whole news here, if you are interested, you can read it from the following URL: http://www.usatoday.com/money/advertising/2011-05-18-starbucks-lady-gaga_n.htm

Can you imagine going into Starbucks and watching those Financial Planners talking to their customers while hearing "Bad Romance"? Haha!!


Vocabulary:

prostate cancer -- (n) [C] a form of cancer that develops in the prostate, a gland in the male reproductive system. See Wikipedia.
lethal -- (adj) able to cause or causing death; extremely dangerous
enthusiast -- (n) [C] a person who is very interested in and involved with a particular subject or activity
anti-inflammatory -- (adj) describes a drug that is used to reduce pain and swelling
detrimental -- (adj) causing harm or damage



Resources:
Coffee seems to lower the risk of lethal prostate cancer @ Los Angeles Times
http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-prostate-cancer-20110518,0,5881134.story

Starbucks teams with Lady Gaga @ USA Today
http://www.usatoday.com/money/advertising/2011-05-18-starbucks-lady-gaga_n.htm

Prostate Cancer @ Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prostate_cancer

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/lethal
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/enthusiast
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/anti-inflammatory_1
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/detrimental