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Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids
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Holistic Treatment for Candida Infection
Meditation May Boost Short-Term Visual Memory
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'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Safe Toys for Dogs
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Rheumatoid Arthritis a Threat to the Heart
New Clues to How Fish Oils Help Arthritis Patients
Bone Loss Stable on Restricted Calorie Diet
CANCER
Supplements Might Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
Supplement Hampers Thyroid Cancer Treatment
Lifting Weights Can Ease Arm Swelling in Breast Cancer Survivors
CAREGIVING
Caregiving May Lengthen Life
Obese Children More Likely to Suffer Lower Body Injuries
Caring for Aging Loved Ones Can Be a Catch-22
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
Health Tip: Are You Anemic?
Mercury in Fish Linked to High Blood Pressure
COSMETIC
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
Health Tip: After Liposuction
DENTAL, ORAL
A Sweet Way to Shield Baby's Teeth
Most Insured Adults Worry About Health Care Costs: Poll
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
DIABETES
Brown Rice Bests White for Diabetes Prevention
Laughter May Lower Heart Attack Risk in Diabetics
Red-Grape Compound May Improve Diabetes
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Added Sugars in Diet Threaten Heart Health
Mercury in Fish Linked to High Blood Pressure
More Whole Grains May Mean Less Fat
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Stomach Germ May Protect Against Asthma
Artificial Light Linked to Prostate Cancer Risk
Gas Stove Emissions Boost Asthma in Inner-City Kids
EYE CARE, VISION
Nutrient-Rich Diet Lowers Risk of Age-Related Eye Disease
Don't Lose Sight of Halloween Safety
Drinking Green Tea May Protect Eyes
FITNESS
Exercise Keeps the Brain Young
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
Maximize Your Run
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
GENERAL HEALTH
Cocaine Spurs Long-Term Change in Brain Chemistry
The Brain Comes Alive With the Sounds of Music
Toxins May Form When Skin, Indoor Ozone Meet
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Small Cuts in Salt Intake Spur Big Drops in Heart Trouble
Rheumatoid Arthritis a Threat to the Heart
Obese People Seem to Do Better With Heart Disease
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Eating Fish, Breast-Feeding Boost Infant Development
Babies Cared For In Others Homes Might Become Heavy Toddlers
Dangerous Toys Still on Store Shelves, Report Finds
MEN'S HEALTH
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Keeping Mentally Active Seems To Keep The Brain Active
Consciousness Helps the Mind and Body Work Together
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
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PREGNANCY
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
SENIORS
Protein Deposits May Show Up Before Memory Problems Occur, Study Says
High-Impact Activity May Be Good for Old Bones
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Natural Relief for Painful Menstrual Cramps
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Postmenopausal Women With Breast Cancer Face Joint Issues
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Spice Compounds May Stem Tumor Growth

(HealthDay News) -- Compounds derived from two spices -- pepper and turmeric -- could help prevent breast cancer by limiting the growth of stem cells that promote tumor growth, a new study shows.

When curcumin (from turmeric) and piperine (from black peppers) were applied to breast cells in the laboratory, the number of stem cells decreased, but there was no change in normal cells, say researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The study appears online in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment.

"If we can limit the number of stem cells, we can limit the number of cells with potential to form tumors," the study's lead author, Dr. Madhuri Kakarala, a clinical lecturer in internal medicine at Michigan's medical school and a research investigator at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, said in a university news release.

The researchers indicated that the finding that curcumin and piperine are effective against stem cells but not toxic to normal breast tissue has important implications for women.

"Women at high risk of breast cancer right now can choose to take the drugs tamoxifen or raloxifene for prevention, but most women won't take these drugs because there is too much toxicity," Kakarala said. "The concept that dietary compounds can help is attractive, and curcumin and piperine appear to have very low toxicity."

Previous studies have looked at the two dietary compounds as potential cancer treatments, but this was the first to suggest that they may prevent cancer by targeting stem cells.

The finding came with a warning, however. The compounds were tested only in a laboratory and not in people, and the researchers cautioned against anyone adding curcumin or piperine supplements to their diets.

SOURCES: University of Michigan, news release, Dec. 8, 2009 Published on: December 11, 2009