In case you missed it: our new look, breast cancer awareness and more

Before you kick off your weekend take a look at news and features touching on health, science, nutrition and Baylor College of Medicine.

Our new look

Have you seen the Baylor College of Medicine website’s new look? On Monday, the College launched a new responsive design site.

Baylor College of Medicine's new responsive design web site.

Baylor College of Medicine’s new responsive design web site.

Be sure to check out www.bcm.edu on your tablet, smart phone or computer.

Going pink in October

Could you walk your risk of breast cancer away? Researchers think you can. A study published online this week in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, by researchers at the American Cancer Society found physical activity, including walking, can substantially reduces a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer, the New York Times Well blog reports.

“We think these results are very encouraging,” Alpa V. Patel, a senior epidemiologist with the American Cancer Society and senior author of the study, said in his interview with the Times. “Walking is an easy, inexpensive type of exercise. Almost everyone can do it. And for this population of postmenopausal women, it provided a very significant reduction in the risk of breast cancer.”

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month.

In celebration of breast cancer awareness month, many publications across the United States are focusing on the disease. Several Baylor College of Medicine doctors speak to the Houston Chronicle:

Did you know after skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American Women? Dr. Julie Nangia, assistant professor in the College’s Lester & Sue Smith Breast Center, talks about the different types of breast cancer.

Phan T. Huynh, MD, clinical associate professor in the College’s radiology department and medical director of the Women’s Center at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, talks about an increase in options when it comes to treating and diagnosing breast cancer.

What happens after remission? Dr. Nangia talks about lifestyle changes, check-up appointments and more.

Health benefits of pumpkin

Baking2Looking to boost your intake of antioxidants, disease-fighting vitamins, fiber and protein? Pumpkin, both fresh and canned varieties, are packed with protein, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. According to Health Magazine, even pumpkin seeds have a number of nutritional benefits.

Looking for a way to incorporate this nutritious fruit into your diet? Try out tempting, dietitian-recommended seasonal recipes.

No eggs, no oil pumpkin spice cake recipe.

Spice up your breakfast with pumpkin cranberry pecan oatmeal.

-By Audrey M. Marks

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