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Sheryl Kraft

Sheryl Kraft, a freelance writer and breast cancer survivor, was born in Long Beach, New York. She currently lives in Connecticut with her husband Alan and dog Chloe, where her nest is empty of her two sons Jonathan. Sheryl writes articles and essays on breast cancer and contributes to a variety of publications and websites where she writes on general health and wellness issues. She earned her MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College in 2005.

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Catch Up on Five Important Health Stories

It is such a busy time of year, when all things collide. If you’re having a hard time keeping up with the latest health news, take a minute to pour yourself a nice healthy cup of tea, sit down and put your feet up and read some of the latest health news.

On Vitamins

Multivitamins may diminish the risk of relapse and death in women with breast cancer.

Just recently, a number of studies have caused an abrupt about-face concerning the positive health effects of multivitamins. In one, published by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a review showed that they did nothing to prevent cancer or heart disease in most populations (except in developing countries where the population suffered from nutritional deficiencies). In another study, scientists at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center who followed 160,000 postmenopausal women for about 10 years found that cancer, heart disease and all causes of death were not affected by multivitamin use.

 And now, the latest news shows new evidence as it pertains to multivitamin use and breast cancer: Researchers at the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University found that women with breast cancer who took multivitamins and minerals were 29 percent less likely to have a recurrence of the disease, and 22 percent less likely to die of breast cancer than were the women who did not take multivitamins. Read more here.

 On Middle-Age Weight Gain

Exercise when you’re younger makes you less likely to struggle with later bulging bellies

Tell everyone who is younger than you about this:A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that consistent exercise can help prevent later weight gain. But you must log about 150 minutes a week of moderate to vigorous physical activity –jogging, fast walking, exercise classes or daily activities like housework all count. Find out more here.

 On Dietary Supplements

Some products marketed as dietary supplements contain hidden ingredients and other compounds that don’t qualify as dietary supplement ingredients

Beware. Mostly marketed for weight loss, sexual enhancement or body building, these products can contain synthetic steroids and/or variations of drug ingredients. Serious adverse effects include stroke, artery blockage in the lungs, kidney failure, acute liver injury and more. For more information, click here.

On Mercury and Dental Fillings

The FDA is taking another look

You may want to talk to your dentist. After two days of hearings, an advisory panel is taking new evidence into consideration that show some dental patients may have experienced medical problems related to amalgam, a mix of metals containing mercury. Advocates say that these fillings can be related to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s,multiple sclerosis and Lou Gehrig’s disease and other ills. Read more at USA Today.

And finally, if in your plethora of holiday parties, you greet a person who knows you but acts like they don’t, they’re not necessarily snubbing you. They may be like 1 in 50 people who suffer from a strange condition called Prosopagnosia, which is the inability to recognize faces. Read the story from CBS News here.

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