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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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Good News at Fred Hutch

Celebrating faculty and staff achievements

Nov. 5, 2015 | By Fred Hutch News Service staff

Dr. Katherine A. Guthrie, a biostatistician in the Public Health Sciences Division at Fred Hutch, is co-leading a $7 million grant that includes a multicenter clinical trial that will compare popular treatments for menopause-related vaginal symptoms ranging from dryness and atrophy (thinning and shrinking of the tissues) to itching, irritation and painful intercourse.

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We’re getting a bit better at cheating death

New mortality study shows a drop in death rates for cancer and other major diseases — with one troubling exception: COPD

Oct. 27, 2015 | By Diane Mapes / Fred Hutch News Service

A new study which looked at mortality trends in the U.S. between 1969 and 2013 found that, overall, death rates for heart disease, cancer, stroke, unintentional injuries and diabetes have dropped 43 percent. But the death rate from COPD has risen.

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How lifestyle factors affect cancer rates, survival

Fred Hutch epidemiologist Dr. Amanda Phipps discusses the importance of healthy living

Oct. 16, 2015 | By Fred Hutch News Service

Sleep. Diet. Alcohol intake. Weight. Exercise. All are important lifestyle factors, and all play a critical role when it comes to cancer. Dr. Amanda Phipps, an epidemiologist at Fred Hutch, took part in a tweet chat and discussed how healthy living impacts cancer risks and survival.

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