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Medical Notes: Don’t Ice an Injury, the New Gel That Could Make Alcohol Healthier, and Can a Vegan Diet Help Beat Cancer?

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Should you use ice or heat on an injury?

While there’s only two choices, making the wrong one could dramatically set back your recovery. And oddly enough, you probably don’t want to choose either option. Your first thought may be to ice a sprained ankle, but doctors say this is only limiting the body’s ability to heal itself by reducing blood flow to the area. The same principle applies to anti-inflammatory medications. Instead, follow the acronym ‘PEACE’ which stands for protect, elevation, avoid anti-inflammatories, compression, and education. (Tufts University)

If you have breast cancer you may want to consider going vegan

New research in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment is one of the first to look at how a plant-based diet affects patients. Although it’s a small study, the results show that a vegetarian diet of whole foods could improve overall health and reduce a common growth factor associated with many cancers. (University of Rochester)

Will drinking alcohol ever be healthy?

Probably not, but a new creation could make it less harmful. Researchers have developed a protein-based gel that quickly converts alcohol into a harmless acid before it enters the bloodstream. Instead of the liver processing all of the poison, the gel redirects it to the digestive tract, according to the mouse study published in Nature Nanotechnology. Still, several more trials are needed before it can be authorized for human use. (ETH Zurich)

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