High-Fiber Diet: It Doesn’t Help, May Worsen, Diverticulosis

In a surprising reversal of what doctors have been telling older patients for 40 years, a new study suggests that eating a high-fiber diet to protect against the intestinal disorder diverticulosis doesn’t work. Diverticulosis, a disease that causes pouches on the wall of the colon (see photo, left), affects about half of Americans by age 60, with two-thirds developing the condition by age 85, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Many suffer only mild …

Breakfast Cereal: Fight Cancer With One Bowl A Day

What’s in your bowl? If it’s high-fiber breakfast cereal, it’s helping you cut your risk of colon cancer. Americans between the ages of 50 and 75 are at the highest risk for the disease, the third most common form of cancer in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society. A new study, published online in the British Medical Journal, looked at the relationship between diets high in whole grains and cereal fiber and the risk of colorectal cancer. The researchers analyzed …

The Takeaway: PCIPs; Mammograms; Helen Mirren Effect

Long-awaited good news. Starting July 1, people with pre-existing conditions will see a reduction in their health insurance premiums.