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A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco identifies what could be indicators as to whether a patient’s ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS, a non-invasive breast cancer lesion) will progress to invasive breast cancer.

“DCIS is known as ‘stage zero’ breast cancer, and in fact many have questioned whether it should be called ‘cancer’ at all,” says ACSH’s Dr. Elizabeth Whelan. “The real question is, what should we do about it? The challenge is finding out which DCIS lesions will progress to become a threat and which ones are harmless. If these researchers...

The National Institutes of Health reports that an independent panel convened to determine the value of strategies to prevent or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease has not found any evidence of their success.

“To tell the truth, there is just no known way to prevent Alzheimer’s, despite many claims that you can take steps to reduce the risk of disease,” says Dr. Whelan.

Dr. Ross agrees: “Smoking and cardiovascular risk factors such as diabetes and hyperlipidemia have been found to be linked to increase risk, but that doesn’t mean that preventing or treating those risk factors will reduce the risk. The only established risk factor that we know about is...

Ms. Magazine highlights a report on women and lung cancer from the Mary Horrigan Connors Center For Women's Health and Gender Biology, noting, Currently, lung cancer kills more women than breast, ovarian, and uterine cancers combined. Lung cancer first surpassed breast cancer to become the single largest cause of cancer deaths in American women in 1987.

This is a little-known fact among the public, says Dr. Ross, since much more attention is paid to breast cancer than to the much more dangerous lung cancer, for a variety of reasons. It's good that this fact is gaining more of a foothold in the media as well.

Such a discussion about lung cancer is something you...

Nutrition “guru” Gary Null has filed a lawsuit in the Manhattan Supreme Court after suffering “excruciating fatigue along with bodily pain” as a result of eating his own dietary supplement, aptly titled “Gary Null’s Ultimate Power Meal.”

“Gary Null is called a ‘health guru’ because he was one of the first people who endorsed dietary supplements and organic food,” says ACSH’s Jeff Stier. “He’s alleging that the manufacturer of this product put too much vitamin D in it, but of course he has argued for megadoses of vitamins for a long time.”

“Whatever he argues for, the fact is that these supplements, like all supplements, are not regulated,” says Dr. Ross. “Such...

According to the Wall Street Journal, “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration rejected a request by cigarette giant Philip Morris USA to remove four members of a key tobacco-products advisory panel that the company said had extensive conflicts of interest.” The panel is intended to assess the role of smokeless tobacco products as a means of harm reduction for addicted smokers.

“In this case, I have to agree with Philip Morris, i.e. Altria,” says ACSH’s Dr. Elizabeth Whelan. “These panelists are biased. In these days of full disclosure and removing people from panels for financial conflicts, it appears that now the FDA is...

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has come out with an updated list of the dirty dozen crops that contain the highest levels of pesticides. The top five are celery, peaches, strawberries, apples, and making its terrifying EWG produce-list debut blueberries.

It s an absolute tragedy that this group is trying to scare people away from eating fruits and vegetables, says Dr. Whelan. It s irresponsible and unacceptable.

These high levels of pesticides are based on EWG s unique method of measuring such tiny pesticide residues, notes Dr. Ross. Of course, they advise not to buy these items, or if you do, to buy only...

Liz Szabo of USA Today reports, The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved the first vaccine to treat prostate cancer or any cancer the culmination of decades of research into harnessing the immune system to fight tumors.

I wouldn t necessarily call this a vaccine, says Dr. Ross. Instead of injecting the patient with a foreign substance to induce an immune response, they treat the patient s own immune cells with an antigen from the patient s prostate cancer and then inject them back in to generate an immune response. In other words, it s like a controlled autoimmune disease being used to target cancer cells an immunotherapy treatment...

Research presented at experimental biology conference this week in Anaheim, Calif., showed that people who ate cookies labeled as organic believed that their snack contained 40% fewer calories than the same cookies that had no label.

The study s coauthor, Cornell professor Brian Wansink, explains, An organic label gives a food a health halo. It's the same basic reason people tend to overeat any snack food that's labeled as healthy or low fat. They underestimate the calories and over-reward themselves by eating more.

Dr. Whelan recognizes this phenomenon: People think of organic food as being just generally healthier, so they eat more of it. The trans-fat ban was a similar boon to the food...

An editorial in today s Wall Street Journal notes, With the headlines full of oil spills and immigration, the Obama Administration's regulatory agenda is getting little attention. That's a mistake. Consider the Environmental Protection Agency's effort to revive an assault on atrazine, one of the oldest, most well-established agricultural chemicals on the market. Just this past week, the EPA held its third re-evaluation hearing on atrazine.

This editorial is right on target, says Dr. Ross. It basically points out that the plaintiffs bar and anti-chemical, anti-business activists are working hand in hand yet again...

The New York Times chronicles the development of widespread and baseless distrust of high-fructose corn syrup: “What started as a narrow movement by proponents of natural and organic foods has morphed into a swell of mainstream opposition, thanks in large part to tools of modern activism like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter … This is happening even though many scientists say that high-fructose corn syrup is no worse for people than sugar, which costs some 40 percent more.”

“The bottom line in this debate is that science no longer matters,” says Stier. “It’s all about public perception.”

Dr. Ross agrees, noting, “All of the scientists quoted in this...