Family Health: Eating Peanut Butter Helps Fight Breast Cancer?

- LITTLE ROCK, AR - There's good news for young women who like peanut butter and other nuts. There's a chance they could lower your risk for breast cancer later in life.

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine analyzed data from a study of 9,000 young women. During their teen years, they filled out questionnaires detailing their eating habits. Several years later, researchers asked them whether they had been diagnosed with benign breast disease -- a precursor to breast cancer.

They found those who ate peanut butter and nuts twice a week as teens - were nearly 40 percent less likely to develop the condition as adults.

Meanwhile, flu season generally doesn't get rolling for another month or so, but experts say the one predictable thing about the flu is that it's unpredictable.

Doctors say now is the time to get the flu vaccine. That's because it can take up to two weeks to be fully immunized. Last year, flu season came early, and with a vengeance.

"Influenza activity started earlier than usual, was intense, and remained elevated for 15 consecutive weeks. 164 children died. Still -- the number of kids who received the flu vaccine was higher than ever. Just 51-percent of pregnant women got the shot, a group especially vulnerable to flu complications," said Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

If you're a health care worker, you're urged to get vaccinated -- not only to help protect yourself - but your patients.

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