How Happiness May Prevent Breast Cancer?

Wednesday, 27 August 2008      0 comments

According to a new study, happiness and optimism may play a role against breast cancer while adverse life events can increase the risk of developing the disease.

Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer after lung cancer and starts in the cells of the breast in men and women. The mainstay of its treatment is surgery and cancer drugs. The study has been conducted at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel and published in the British journal BMC Cancer.

During the study, researchers asked women about their life experiences and evaluated their levels of happiness, optimism, anxiety, and depression prior to diagnosis. Further, the researchers used this information to examine the relationship between life events, psychological distress and breast cancer among young women.

A total of 622 women between the ages of 25 and 45 were interviewed: 255 breast cancer patients and 367 healthy women. The findings of the study show that there was a clear link between outlook and risk of breast cancer, with optimists 25 percent less likely to have developed the disease. On the other hand women who suffered two or more traumatic events had a 62 percent increased risk of the disease.

While pharmaceutical drugs have seen a lot of innovation over the years, the researchers think that young women who have been exposed to a number of negative life events should be considered 'at-risk' for breast cancer and treated accordingly.

However, there's a possible pitfall that since the women were interviewed after their diagnosis, it could have made them recall negative events more readily. Also, recently, in a different study, the researchers had discovered that disclosing breast cancer diagnoses is itself quite a challenge.

Despite the skepticism the scientists believe that it's safe to say that experiencing more than one severe and/or mild to moderate life event raises a red flag of risk for breast cancer among young women. However, a general feeling of happiness and optimism may have protective effect.

Additionally, the mechanism by which the central nervous, hormonal and immune systems interact and how behavior and external events affect these three systems is not fully understood. And it needs more research to figure out these questions.

Read More..
AddThis Social Bookmark Button

How to Get Rid of Acne!

Saturday, 9 August 2008      0 comments

Mainly during puberty, glands in the face have an unusual chemical reaction which causes lots of sebum which simply catches dirt and oil and dead skin cells causing acne. Because the oils can't get out of the skin then they all gather up together and create a white head (the spots that stick out of the skin). With this in mind a blackhead has the same sort of theory however its the gathering of dead skin cells.

Its really hard to tell what causes acne and weather it is eating fatty foods or not.

However there is a third common spot and this spot is like a whitehead however its produced deep under the skin unfortunately you can't squeeze them and they appear on your face as a great big lump. If you knock this spot then it really does hurt and can cause eruptions under your skin which then spread and can pop out in different parts of your face. The same can happen if you squeeze white heads that is why its important to seek treatment quickly otherwise it will just spread. I would recommend not to squeeze spots and get treatment. However they will annoy you and look awful so i would not blame you if you did squeeze your spots.

These products that we buy in supermarkets only clean the skin and are not actually aimed at acne that's why I have found a product that will actually help you.

However one thing that we all agree on is that its a real pain and everybody deserves clear skin!!

Read More..
AddThis Social Bookmark Button