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My Domestic Church Daily Clips 11/11/2009

  • Links of helpful sites for breast cancer patients.

    tags: breastcancer, resources

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    • Exercise packs a lot of powerful anticancer punches: It reduces levels of circulating estrogen, which feeds hormone-sensitive tumors; it lowers levels of insulin, a hormone linked to recurrence; and it helps you drop the extra pounds that up your risk. Walking is the easiest way to get moving, so consider buying a pedometer: Simply clipping one on has been shown to motivate all women to sneak in more steps each day, and a University of Alberta study found that breast cancer survivors who received a pedometer increased their exercise by almost 90 minutes a week, compared with a 30-minute increase a week among those who didn't get one. So take a step in the right direction for your health.
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    • However, there is some reassuring news for those who are heavyset: Losing weight at any age can help cut breast cancer risk. Findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association reveal that postmenopausal women who lost 22 pounds were 57 percent less likely to develop the disease compared with those who maintained their weight.
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    • About two thirds of all breast cancer tumors are hormone sensitive, which means they grow in response to estrogen. The good news: Women who have hormone-sensitive tumors have a higher survival rate because these tumors grow more slowly than other types and can often be prevented from recurring with hormone therapy.
    • Another 20 percent of all breast cancers have small amounts of a protein called human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2), which promotes tumor growth, says Winer. These HER2-positive tumors traditionally had a poorer prognosis because they tend to spread more quickly, but newer medications lower chances of recurrence.
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    • Not only do scientists now know who's most likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer, they can also predict who's most likely not to survive it. Read on for the raw clarity of what we know now about breast cancer.
    • And know that even if you don't have breast cancer in your immediate family, you may still be at risk if you have relatives with hormone-driven cancers like prostate or ovarian cancer, which are also linked to BRCA gene mutations.
  • Ever wonder why the government is willing to proceed with even further big government spending during a recession?

    It's all about the power. Make an entitlement, make us all dependent on it, and watch the Democrats keep power for the rest of the century.

    tags: Obama, current, events, finance, areyousorryyet?

    • The typical argument for ObamaCare is that it will offer better medical care for everyone and cost less to do it, but occasionally a supporter lets the mask slip and reveals the real political motivation. So let's give credit to John Cassidy, part of the left-wing stable at the New Yorker, who wrote last week on its Web site that "it's important to be clear about what the reform amounts to."
    • Why are they doing it? Because, according to Mr. Cassidy, ObamaCare serves the twin goals of "making the United States a more equitable country" and furthering the Democrats' "political calculus." In other words, the purpose is to further redistribute income by putting health care further under government control, and in the process making the middle class more dependent on government. As the party of government, Democrats will benefit over the long run.
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    • To live without Ryan is awful. I don’t want anyone to get the idea that we are being particularly saintly about it. Knowing that something is good for you and your soul and living with it are two different things. Many nice things could be said about David, the children and I, but saint is not the word that jumps to mind. Really. So we struggle mightily with grief, confusion and anger. We gasp when the pain stabs us, when a memory overcomes or a memento crosses our path. The tidal wave that is grief leaves us breathless and weary. However, we are Catholic and we know that our suffering is not in vain, we have the ultimate example of that in the Passion and Death of Christ. So in my very imperfect way I try to follow the example of Mary and trust my God, who I know loves me. Who has a plan for my family that will reunite us all in heaven and give us eternity to spend loving.
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    • A recent study finds:

      For married individuals of all ages and married women in particular, children increase life satisfaction and life satisfaction goes up with the number of children in the household. Negative experiences in raising children are reported by people who are separated, living as a couple, or single, having never been married.

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