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High blood levels of vitamin D linked to reduced estrogen – and potentially lower breast cancer risk

Study found the hormone-lowering effect to be independent of weight loss

Feb. 25, 2016 | By Kristen Woodward / Fred Hutch News Service

A Fred Hutch study involving postmenopausal, overweight and obese women who took 2,000 IUs of vitamin D daily for a year found that those whose vitamin D blood levels increased the most had the greatest reductions in blood estrogens, which are a known risk factor for breast cancer.

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Exploring the human gut microbiome

Scientific interest in this diverse world of bacteria has flipped from fear to fascination

Jan. 22, 2016 | By Sabin Russell / Fred Hutch News Service

Stool samples in the Lampe Lab at Fred Hutch yield clues to the human gut microbiome, which is a diverse world of trillions of bacteria whose complex interactions keep us all alive, occasionally threaten our health and may hold secrets to preventing cancer or improving the lives of patients going through treatment for it.

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U.S. public health funding steadily falling, new study shows

$40 billion loss of funds since 2009 — and it’s already making a difference to our health, say Fred Hutch experts

Nov. 12, 2015 | By Diane Mapes / Fred Hutch News Service

A new study has determined that public health funding, which drives efforts like disease prevention and immunization services, has steadily declined since 2002. Fred Hutch experts weigh in on how this disturbing drop has already harmed our health.

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