chemicals found in broccoli
Mail Health Section
Compounds isolated from broccoli could provide a new weapon
against bladder cancer, new research has shown.
A previous study found that eating the green vegetable
could help protect people from the disease.Men who ate
two or more half-cup servings of broccoli were 44 per
cent less likely to suffer the disease than those eating
fewer than one serving a week.
Now the same team of scientists has identified the chemicals
in broccoli that are thought to inhibit bladder cancer.
Professor Steven Schwartz, from Ohio State University
in Columbus, USA, who help conduct the study, said: "We're
starting to look at which compounds in broccoli could
inhibit or decrease the growth of cancerous cells.
"Knowing that could help us create functional foods
that benefit health beyond providing just basic nutrition."
A total of 11,000 people are diagnosed with bladder cancer
each year in the UK, and just over 3,000 people die from
The American researchers isolated compounds called glucosinolates
from broccoli sprouts.
During chopping, chewing and digestion, these chemicals
are transformed into nutritional powerhouses called isothiocyanates.
The scientists suspected that these played a role in inhibiting
In at least three laboratory experiments, they were proved
right. Isothiocyanates slowed the growth of bladder cancer
cells, and had the greatest impact on the most aggressive
Closer to Regulating Traditional Chinese Medicine
Health Minister Releases Public Consultation Report
July 29 /CNW/
Ontario has moved closer to regulating traditional Chinese
medicine (TCM) and acupuncture with the release of a public
consultation report, Health and Long-Term Care Minister
Smitherman announced today.
The consultation report was written by Parliamentary Assistant
to the Minister of Research and Innovation, Tony Wong,
Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Mike Colle, Parliamentary
Assistant to the Minister of Health Promotion, Peter Fonseca
and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Training,
Colleges and Universities, Richard Patten.
"We have promised to regulate traditional Chinese
medicine and acupuncture, and hope to introduce legislation
by the end of the year," Smitherman said. "The
work done by Tony Wong and his colleagues is going to
be invaluable in helping us decide how best to proceed."
The report contains 10 recommendations on the regulation
of TCM and acupuncture including:
community begins at home
Guardian HEATHER ENNIS, Staff Writer
a healthy community doesn't start in a doctor's office,
according Peel region's newly minted medical officer of
"I believe the factors that determine people's health
lie very much outside of the health care system,"
said Dr. Hanif Kassam, who officially took the reins of
Canada's second largest health unit July 4. He comes to
Peel from York Region, where he most recently served as
the associate medical officer of health.
Though he's still settling in, the 37-year-old Vaughan
resident said he already feels at home here."The
first two weeks have been par excellence," said Kassam,
praising Peel public health staff for their organization
Kassam was satisfied with his place in York when regional
management came knocking, he said, but Kassam is looking
forward to the challenges he is going to face here in
When it comes to finding his place in the region's bureaucracy,
Peel's new top doc plans to make public health concerns
everybody's business. From social services to planning
to transportation to public utilities, good public health
planning can not exist without help from other regional
departments, said Kassam.
"People know what is good for them. What we have
to do is create an enabling environment," he said.
Born in Tanzania, Kassam moved with his family to Canada
when he was six years old. He grew up on a poultry farm
in Waterdown, where parents still live.
"Family is very important to me," he said. Though
he hasn't had much time to put his own personal stamp
in his Brampton office, a five by seven photo of his six-year-old
daughter holds a place of prominence on his otherwise
non-descript desk. Kassam is a single dad, and he puts
his daughter ahead of everything else in his life.
"My daughter and I do almost everything together,"
Government Enhancing Quality of Life for Seniors
Ensuring New Research And Best Practices Used In Caring
-The McGuinty government is improving quality of life
for seniors by making sure the best research on seniors'
care is available for use across Ontario, Health and Long-Term
Care Minister George Smitherman announced today.
"Every day we are learning more about the best ways
of caring for our oldest and most vulnerable members of
society," Smitherman said. "Today we are introducing
two ways of taking this new knowledge and applying it
in long-term care homes and seniors' homes for the benefit
of seniors and those who care for them."
The government is investing a total of $2.7 million to
initiatives are in response to Parliamentary Assistant Monique
Smith's report Commitment to Care: A Plan for Long-Term
Care in Ontario, which called for improved quality of life
for long-term care residents, more informed consumer participation
and higher standards of care.
- Build a
Seniors' Health Research Transfer Network that will
support putting health research into practice with all
health care providers who work in geriatric care and
involve front-line providers in setting research priorities.
- Hire eight
regional co-ordinators to implement Registered Nurses
Association of Ontario (RNAO) Best Practice Guidelines
- such as treating diabetes and preventing falls - in
long-term care homes.
"These important initiatives will help nurses and other
health professionals deliver the best possible care to Ontario's
seniors," said The Honourable Jim Bradley, Minister
Responsible for Seniors. "They will make a real difference
in the health and well-being of seniors across the province."
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