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How to Reduce Colorectal Cancer Risk.

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The American Cancer Society offers the following tips to reduce colorectal cancer risk: eat more vegetables, fruits, and whole grains; limit intake of red and processed meats; get the recommended levels of calcium and vitamin D; avoid obesity and weight gain around the midsection; don’t smoke; and limit alcohol consumption.

American Cancer Society, June 2020

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Poor Vitamin D Status and Pre-Eclampsia.

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Approximately 2-8% of pregnant women develop pre-eclampsia, a condition marked by high blood pressure and other signs that a woman’s organs, such as the kidneys and liver, are not functioning properly. In a study that looked at vitamin D status of 370 new mothers, 201 of whom had pre-eclampsia, researchers observed that vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy was associated with an elevated risk for both early- and latestage pre-eclampsia.

Clinical Laboratory, June 2020

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Would You Use a “Smart Toilet”?

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Researchers are developing a “smart toilet” that contains a slew of technologies to detect disease markers in stool and urine, possibly before other symptoms manifest. The Cleveland Clinic’s Dr. Brian Rubin explains, “We currently don’t have access to continuous genetic data that’s pouring out of feces and urine… But we do know that a variety of nucleic acids and proteins are secreted in urine and fecal material, and they do provide insight into what’s going on in the human body. ...

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Risk Factors for Sleeping Problems.

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The following factors are associated with an increased risk for either insufficient or poor quality sleep: an inconsistent eating schedule, low vegetable intake, alcohol before bed, electronic device use in bed, high caffeine intake, dinner within two hours of bed time, lack of sunlight exposure in the morning, and weight gain.

Sleep Health, April 2020

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Cancer Prevention Tips.

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The American Dietetic Association recommends the following to reduce one’s cancer risk: become leaner; get at least 30 minutes of exercise daily; avoid sugary drinks; limit consumption of high-calorie foods; eat more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes; limit consumption of red meat and avoid processed meat; limit your daily intake of alcohol; and limit consumption of salty and processed foods.

American Dietetic Association, April 2020

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