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Cheers and Jeers

by Laura Jungreis, blogger

Cheers to…

Soy, which is not a risk for women that have survived breast cancer.  Scientists at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville, Tennessee, fed breast cancer patients foods like tofu and soy milk, and these women were 27 percent less likely to have a recurrence of breast cancer than their non-soy-eating counterparts.  The center is quick to point out that soy supplements may not offer the same benefit.  Learn more here.

Teen pregnancy rates, which are the lowest they have been in two decades.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explain that fewer teens are even having sex.  Additionally, the rate of teens using contraception has increased.  Still, the rate of teen pregnancy in the US is about nine times higher than in most other developed nations.  Read more here.

Jeers to…

Working long hours, which might lead to heart disease.  British workers studied who regularly put in 11 hours or more each day are 67 percent more likely to develop coronary heart disease than workers who work seven to eight hours daily.  Scientists are unsure if work stress causes the disease, of if it’s a marker for other risks.  Get more details here.

Surgeons in Brazil, who left eight-inch long scissors inside a patient during an operation. The patient, Veronika Cruz, was in pain for three years after the operation, but doctors dismissed her symptoms. Finally, an X-ray revealed the scissors, which had caused damage to her intestines and ovary. Check out the X-ray here.