VIGILANCE FOR BRAIN CANCER

Brain cancer is a very serious form of cancer. Recently, Sen. John McCain revealed he has been diagnosed with a primary glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) – the most aggressive type of brain tumor. GBMs originate in the brain; it does not spread there from another part of the body. The cause is not known. This tumor has no relation to melanoma, the skin cancer for which McCain was treated in the past.

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QUESTIONS TO ASK ABOUT CHEMOTHERAPY

Chemotherapy is a standard treatment for cancer. It kills healthy cells along with cancer cells, inflicting damage on the body and seriously compromising the immune system. Chemotherapy also kills most rapidly dividing healthy and cancer cells, but not all the cells are fast growing. Cancer stem cells (CSCs), a small population of cancer cells that are slow growing and thus resistant to treatment, do not die. Chemotherapy makes these cells even more numerous as the ratio of highly malignant cells….

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RESTORING DIGNITY AND ’DOS

For many women facing cancer, the most devastating aspect is learning they may lose their hair due to chemotherapy.  “Most women tell me that as soon as they hear the oncologist say, ‘You’re going to lose your hair,’ that’s the last thing they remember hearing,” said Eric Johnson, co-owner, with his wife, Jeletta, of Hair Institute in Lexington. “They can deal with the sickness; they can deal with the treatments; but it’s the hair loss that gets them the most.

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5.  Egg salad. For real staying power, eat a combination of good protein and a little bit of fat. A homemade egg salad fits the bill. Chop one whole egg and one egg white and mix them with a tablespoon of reduced-fat mayonnaise.


One goal of eating healthy snacks is to ensure you get more whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat milk products. You can make smart snack choices by finding healthier substitutes for high- fat snacks. For example, if you like potato chips and creamy dips, try having baked tortilla chips with hummus or bean dip instead. Other healthy snacks include yogurt, string cheese, popcorn, whole-wheat crackers, unsalted nuts, pretzels, baby carrots and cherry tomatoes. You can mix fresh or frozen berries with low-fat yogurt or top whole-grain crackers with low-fat cottage cheese and sliced tomatoes or red pepper strips. Fresh or canned fruit mixed with cottage cheese is another healthy snacking option. Or make a cheese quesadilla with a corn or whole wheat tortilla, shredded cheese and salsa.


Another great snack idea is to wrap a slice of smoked salmon around an asparagus spear. Smoked salmon is rich in omega-3 fats that contribute to

When it comes to snacking, we often think of foods that are high in added fats or sugar. But there are many other snack options if you choose wisely. Regardless of how many snacks your meal plan includes, the key to controlling blood glucose and avoiding weight gain is portion size. Here are some healthy snack ideas for diet success:


1.  Almonds and raspberries. Combine nine almonds with a handful of raspberries. Because they are high in protein, almonds are ideal for sating the appetite. They are also rich in monounsaturated fats and a good source of vitamin E. However, they are high in calories, so combining them with a handful of raspberries makes for a healthy snack.


2.  Homemade trail mix. This combination of walnuts, mini chocolate chips and raisins is a satisfying, healthy snack for a dieter – if portion sizes are kept in check.


3.  Apple slices with low-fat cheese. Fruits and vegetables are great choices for diet-friendly snacking. Apples are packed with fiber, water and antioxidants. Cheese gives you the calcium your bones need.


4.  Tomato soup with baby carrots. A mini-meal snack is a good idea when dinner is a long way off. The combination of soup and carrots is not just filling; it also gives you lots of body-healthy nutrients such as potassium, cancer- fighting lycopene and beta carotene.  

HEALTHY SNACKS ENSURE DIET SUCCESS

HARLEENA SINGH

Harleena Singh is a professional freelance writer with a background in teaching and education. She has a keen interest in food and health related issues and can be approached through her website freelancewriter.co. Checkout her blog and network with her on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.

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healthy brain function and helps the heart, joints and general well-being. Asparagus is rich in soluble fiber, which is known to have an effect on degenerative heart disease. Even better, asparagus is a great source of the plant pigment rutin, which, together with vitamin C, can help energize you and protect your body from infection. If you carry healthy snacks already prepared with you, it’s unlikely you would choose to eat a bag of chips or a candy bar.


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