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Forgetting Alzheimer’s

I’ll never forget the first time I witnessed Alzheimer’s.

My grandmother had been diagnosed while she and my grandfather resided in Florida.  I hadn’t seen the two of them for some time, so when I heard that they were coming to visit my family in CA, I couldn’t wait to see their smiling faces.  The excitement, however, quickly came to a halt a few minutes after their arrival.  Suffice it to say that my grandmother was no longer the same;  her words were jumbled and it was clear that she no longer recognized my face.  Her eyes were still a beautiful light blue, but no longer sparkled as they once did.  It would be a few short years until she passed.

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Alcohol Consumption Linked to Increased Risk Of Breast Cancer

While a glass of red wine each night may help with stress relief and heart disease, a new study suggests that you  should think twice before refilling your glass.

According to the results of an experiment by Dr. Wendy Y. Chen, consumption of 3-6 alcoholic drinks is now linked to an increase in the risk of breast cancer.

In order to make this conclusion, Chen followed 105,986 women from 1980 to 2008 with early adult alcohol assessments.  The study was conducted at Brigham’s Women’s Hopsital and Harvard Medical School, and tracked the effects of small amounts of alcohol over a long period of time, a tactic that had not been used in previous studies.

The conclusion? A link between drinks/day and increased risk of breast cancer.  More specifically, drinking 3-6 glasses of wine per week was associated with a 15% increased risk of the cancer, while drinking at least 2 drinks per day showed a considerable 51% increased risk, compared with non-drinkers. 

With the alarming new evidence, a debate over whether or not to drink or not drink, and/or how much is still deemed “healthy” arises.

Not to worry, Dr. Wendy Y. Chen assures us that we can still get our drink on.

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Web 2.0 Summit Wrap Up

They say all good things must come to an end, and sadly, Web 2.0 Summit is no different.  After three days jam packed with stellar presentations around the latest tech trends and some major league-networking, we’re back in the office with #w2s withdrawls, but feeling incredibly grateful.

This year Cake Health was invited to participate in the Innovation Gallery at the summit; providing us easy access to the best of the best in technology.  We had the opportunity to show off our product to Web 2.0 attendees and press, discuss our plans to change the health care industry one insurance plan at a time, and received useful feedback from many.  Thanks to all of those who took the time to stop by our booth, and to UBM TechWeb & O’Reilly for allowing us to participate in this great event.

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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Forget all things orange this October and think PINK!

Once again, it’s the month of National Breast Cancer Awareness and the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) is recommending that women age 40 and older should have mammograms every 1 to 2 years.  Overdue for your exam?  Can’t remember your last check-up?  Not to worry.  If you’re a female Cake Health user, simply set your mammogram reminder with the +Add Reminder button in your Cakehealth.com dashboard.

To help support the cause, we’d like to share our favorite products benefiting NBCA.

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