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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.

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