CANCER GIFTS: With one in three men at risk of developing cancer during their life, the Irish Cancer Society has launched a fundraising Father’s Day campaign to encourage men to put their health first. The Society has a new range of Father’s Day gifts including novelty No 1 Dad socks and IOU gift vouchers; www.cancer.ie/fathersday. COLD COMFORT: Heart attacks which happen in winter are more deadly than those suffered in summer, a study involving thousands of patients has found. Cardiologists looked at the 30-day mortality rate for patients suffering from the most serious heart attacks and found the risk of dying in the six coldest months was almost 50% higher than the warmest. The study involved 4,056 patients at Leeds General Infirmary over four years. It found 28% of patients died within 30 days over the winter months, but that fell to 20% in the summer. CANCER CARE: Fish oil supplements may help alleviate the painful side effects of some cancer treatments. Two separate studies, presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting, show Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce discomfort caused by certain therapies. Benefits were seen in some breast and bowel cancer patients, with the supplement thought to reduce inflammation. Dr Andrew Epstein, speaking as an expert for ASCO, said: “It’s adding to the evidence base that nutritionally supplemental therapies like Omega-3 may have a place in supporting patients as they go through their cancer care.” ASPIRIN ASSET: Scientists have shed new light on the way aspirin works to help stave off bowel cancer. Scottish-based researchers have now found the over-the-counter painkiller blocks a key process linked to tumour formation. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh found that aspirin blocks a molecule named TIF-IA, which is essential for the nucleolus to function. According to the researchers, not all bowel cancer patients respond to aspirin, but they believe their findings could help to identify those who are most likely to benefit.