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Women who eat preserved foods have increased breast cancer risk, Hong Kong study finds

  • A study published in Cancer Prevention Research by Hong Kong researchers on Aug. 1 posits that women who consume preserved foods have an increased breast cancer risk.
  • The research involved Hong Kong residents composed of 1,307 women with breast cancer and 1,050 age-matched controls without cancer.
  • The participants were asked to answer a standardized questionnaire to provide their dietary information, including the amount of preserved foods they consume.
  • Based on their findings, consuming cured meat resulted in a 32 percent increase among the women in their risk of developing breast cancer. The risk increased more than double among women who consumed cured meat at least once per week than those who did not.
  • The scientists noted that while there is reason to believe that cured meat consumption suggests a potential novel risk factor for breast cancer, larger studies are needed to further validate their findings.

Women who consume cured meats and other preserved foods are more likely to develop breast cancer, a new study from local researchers in Hong Kong suggests.

The study, published in Cancer Prevention Research on Aug. 1, looked into how preserved foods that may contain nitrate and nitrite might increase the risk of developing breast cancer. 

UConn Engineer Invents Reusable, Biodegradable Facemask to Fight Growing Pollution of the Pandemic

A Vietnamese American engineer at the University of Connecticut, along with several Ph.D. students, submitted a patent for a reusable and biodegradable face mask to help the environment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The biodegradable mask was created by UConn assistant professor of mechanical engineering Thanh Nguyen, along with Ph.D. students Eli Curry, Thinh Le, and Tra Nguyen, according to UConn Today.

Meet the Stanford Student Who Could Revolutionize How We Treat Epilepsy

christine liu

When talking to Christine Liu, I often found myself forgetting that she’s still only a sophomore at Stanford. Looking back, it’s not hard to see why.

For starters, she’s got a resume to make even the most draconian of tiger parents proud, boasting a published scientific paper (with another one in review), a startup, and an international science fair medal — all by the age of 19. Her winning science fair project, a machine learning algorithm for predicting epileptic seizures, has the potential to radically change the way we approach epilepsy health care. Yet, what stood out the most, above and beyond her myriad accomplishments, was a very distinct sense of maturity, of wisdom beyond her years. There’s a purpose to her ambition, one rooted in personal experience and a deeply intrinsic desire to succeed — maturity was simply a requisite.