Daily Rounds: Union Ad Blitz; Workaholic Heart Risk; Diabetes, Breast Milk And Cancer

Health care workers launch ad blitz about cost cutting - White Coat Notes - "The largest health care union in Massachusetts today launched a media blitz — complete with TV ads — aimed at protecting members' jobs as the Patrick administration turns up the heat on cutting health care costs." (

Working longer hours may make the boss happy, but it could take a toll on your heart, a study finds - "A study released today in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine found that those who put in more than 11 hours a day at their jobs had a greater relative risk of coronary heart disease than those who worked fewer hours." (Los Angeles Times)

Diabetes Increases Risk of Cancer Death - "Researchers from the National Cancer Institute collected diet, lifestyle and health data from 500,000 people ages 50 to 71 and followed the patients for 11 years. They found that having diabetes was associated with an 11 percent increased risk of dying from cancer among women and a 17 percent increased risk of cancer death among men. Having diabetes not only increased risk for dying from cancer, but people with diabetes were, over all, more likely to be given a cancer diagnosis as well."(

The Power of Breast Milk: Can It Predict Cancer Risk? - - TIME Healthland" Kathleen Arcaro, a professor veterinary and animal sciences at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, announced today that when looking for the earliest signs of breast cancer, breast milk might prove as useful as other methods like screens and biopsies, which are more sophisticated — and more invasive." (

This program aired on April 5, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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