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Eating Eggs When Pregnant Affects Breast Cancer In Offspring
Science Daily ^ | Dec 3, 2008 | Staff

Posted on 12/02/2008 11:40:27 PM PST by fightinJAG

ScienceDaily (Dec. 2, 2008) — A stunning discovery based on epigenetics (the inheritance of propensities acquired in the womb) reveals that consuming choline—a nutrient found in eggs and other foods—during pregnancy may significantly affect breast cancer outcomes for a mother's offspring.

This finding by a team of biologists at Boston University is the first to link choline consumption during pregnancy to breast cancer. It also is the first to identify possible choline-related genetic changes that affect breast cancer survival rates.

"We've known for a long time that some agents taken by pregnant women, such as diethylstibesterol, have adverse consequences for their daughters," said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal. "But there's an upside. The emerging science of epigenetics has yielded a breakthrough. For the first time, we've learned that we might be able to prevent breast cancer as early as a mother's pregnancy."

(Excerpt) Read more at sciencedaily.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Testing
KEYWORDS: breastcancer; epigenetics

1 posted on 12/02/2008 11:40:28 PM PST by fightinJAG
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To: neverdem

for the chillen!


2 posted on 12/02/2008 11:40:48 PM PST by fightinJAG (TWO BIG BUSH TAX CUTS EXPIRE AT THE END OF 2008. Happy New Year, love, President Obama)
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To: fightinJAG

That’s some projection - 30+ year span of compatible data?


3 posted on 12/02/2008 11:42:48 PM PST by Gene Eric
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To: fightinJAG

Interesting info.... but what a poorly written article! You have to get to the 4th paragraph to get any clear idea of whether the egg/choline connection is thought to promote more breast cancer or reduce the incidence or poor outcomes for breast cancer. Before that they author keeps saying “affects”..... well affects HOW, good or bad, helpful or harmful?


4 posted on 12/02/2008 11:47:09 PM PST by Enchante (Countless Innocents in Mumbai, India Suffer the "Religion of Peace" in Action)
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To: Enchante

I am always suspicious of how much things affect rats has much correlation to how much things affect humans.

We are very, very different.

That said, my mom ate a lot of eggs, so yay.


5 posted on 12/02/2008 11:50:26 PM PST by Marie2 (Everything the left does has the effect and intent of destroying the traditional family.)
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To: Gene Eric
Are these the same bozos who said 30 years ago that eating eggs was bad for your cholesterol only to find out recently it's ok now?

"Studies" like these are only to keep grant money coming in.

6 posted on 12/02/2008 11:51:10 PM PST by rvoitier
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To: Enchante
Interesting info.... but what a poorly written article!

I won't bother to wade through it then. I do wonder how reliable the info is. The pregnant-women-eating-eggs group would seem to be enormous vs the likely vegetarians who may very well have various nutritional deficits because of their diet. Seems like it would be hard to pin down anything concrete.

7 posted on 12/02/2008 11:52:08 PM PST by Dianna
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To: rvoitier

>> “Studies” like these are only to keep grant money coming in.

Exactly - we need to conduct a study on behalf of FR about the positive effects of pajama blogging. A 4 year grant should be sufficient.


8 posted on 12/02/2008 11:55:21 PM PST by Gene Eric
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To: fightinJAG

” “But there’s an upside. The emerging science of epigenetics has yielded a breakthrough. For the first time, we’ve learned that we might be able to prevent breast cancer as early as a mother’s pregnancy.”


I wonder if this kind of scientific advance makes homosexual activists nervous about their movements future?


9 posted on 12/02/2008 11:56:21 PM PST by ansel12 ( When a conservative pundit mocks Wasilla, he's mocking conservatism as it's actually lived.)
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To: Enchante

I sort of got the idea the writer was attempting to build suspense-—would it or would it not cause breast cancer?

Must have been a slow day at Science Daily. lol


10 posted on 12/02/2008 11:57:33 PM PST by fightinJAG (TWO BIG BUSH TAX CUTS EXPIRE AT THE END OF 2008. Happy New Year, love, President Obama)
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To: fightinJAG

Wow.


11 posted on 12/03/2008 12:00:45 AM PST by GOP Poet
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To: Marie2

I sure hope we’re different from rats! Except maybe for the DemocRATs who are at least close cousins of the lab rats....

I’m no scientist but my understanding is that there are some key genetic similarities among mammals that make almost any studies of other mammals potentially relevant to knowledge of humans. But since we so obviously are NOT rats there must be some layers of interpretation and further study of humans before anything can be known with confidence.


12 posted on 12/03/2008 12:00:53 AM PST by Enchante (Countless Innocents in Mumbai, India Suffer the "Religion of Peace" in Action)
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To: fightinJAG

Which came first - the breast cancer or the egg?


13 posted on 12/03/2008 12:02:39 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: fightinJAG

I like suspense in other contexts such as mystery novels, but for journalism I prefer to see the “inverted pyramid” in which the essentials come first, with a strong topic sentence and a 1st paragraph the outlines the gist of the article.


14 posted on 12/03/2008 12:03:04 AM PST by Enchante (Countless Innocents in Mumbai, India Suffer the "Religion of Peace" in Action)
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To: rvoitier

No, I think these are the same bozos who said we were going to be in a ice age due to carbon emmisions, now we find out out we are heating up?

All that grant money to tell us that climate changes, and has been since the beginning of time.


15 posted on 12/03/2008 12:07:37 AM PST by claymax (Vote for a HERO...........not for the ZERO!)
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To: fightinJAG

thanks, bfl


16 posted on 12/03/2008 12:11:10 AM PST by neverdem (Xin loi min oi)
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To: fightinJAG

Pregnant women can eat fifty eggs.


17 posted on 12/03/2008 1:05:09 AM PST by Carl LaFong (I'm Sarah Palin)
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To: Enchante
You have to get to the 4th paragraph to get any clear idea of whether the egg/choline connection is

Yes, irritating. Probably thinks it's cute to let the suspense build. Like, "Is you TV killing your dog? The answer a 11!"

18 posted on 12/03/2008 2:31:33 AM PST by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: rvoitier

We never fell for the eggs/cholesterol connection around here. Mainly because my husband eats at least 3 eggs a day and his cholesterol readings have always been low. The only difference in our diets is I don’t eat eggs every morning for breakfast, and my cholesterol readings are higher than his...so long ago, we dismissed the notion that eggs equal high cholesterol.


19 posted on 12/03/2008 2:52:18 AM PST by Dawn531
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To: rvoitier

They’ve put patients on diets high in eggs precisely to test the outcome.

From what I’ve read, in almost every case the HDL goes up and the LDL goes down.

Plus eggs have a high content of lecithin which naturally helps arteries and the circulatory system in general.

Alot of body builders take 5-10 grams of lecithin a day in addition to whatever they get in their diet. It’s really a kind of essential nutrient, even though it has never been labeled as such.


20 posted on 12/03/2008 2:58:07 AM PST by djf (...heard about a couple livin in the USA, he said they traded in their baby for a Chevrolet...)
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To: fightinJAG

Correlation is not causation.


21 posted on 12/03/2008 3:02:41 AM PST by Jim Noble (I have read a fiery gospel, writ in burnished rows of steel)
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To: Right Wing Assault

Agreed. Extremely poorly written title. Maybe the mods can add at the end (slows tumor growth) or somesuch.

Bingo on my above post about lecithin.

Lecithin is phosphated choline. Choline is part of acetycholine, one of the primary brain neurotransmitters.


22 posted on 12/03/2008 3:06:35 AM PST by djf (...heard about a couple livin in the USA, he said they traded in their baby for a Chevrolet...)
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To: Black Agnes

Here’s that choline stuff! I guess I should eat eggs.


23 posted on 12/03/2008 4:08:17 AM PST by Tax-chick ("And the LORD alone will be exalted in that day." (Is. 2)
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To: Carl LaFong
Pregnant women can eat fifty eggs.

And two dozen doughnuts.

24 posted on 12/03/2008 4:09:17 AM PST by Tax-chick ("And the LORD alone will be exalted in that day." (Is. 2)
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To: fightinJAG
Eating Eggs When Pregnant Affects Breast Cancer In Offspring

But eating Tofu and beansprouts is just dandy.
/sarc

25 posted on 12/03/2008 4:34:54 AM PST by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: fightinJAG
"Although animals in all groups developed mammary cancer, the daughters of mothers that had received extra choline during pregnancy had slow growing tumors while daughters of mothers that had no choline during pregnancy had fast growing tumors."

Until I read the above quote from the article, I thought that moms eating eggs while pregnant meant their daughters were more likely to have breast cancer, when instead, the opposite appears to be true.

26 posted on 12/03/2008 5:07:29 AM PST by GBA
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To: Enchante

This is typical of all news today - they can’t use nouns and verbs to describe what is in a story. Instead they beat around the bush hoping to get the customer to watch the weather, even it the is not full of bad storms or to read 400 words into a 600 story that could be told in two paragraphs of 200 words. They miss the point - tell them what you are going to tell them, tell them the facts, then tell them what you told them. /rant off


27 posted on 12/03/2008 5:12:46 AM PST by q_an_a ( that is right not out in public in the media in mailing to citizens their)
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To: djf

I have read that, in the presence of lecithin, cholesterol melts at room temperature. Do you have any idea whether that is true or not?


28 posted on 12/03/2008 5:18:58 AM PST by csmusaret (I'd rather have a sister in a whorehouse than have a brother in the US Congress.)
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To: Enchante

I agree! Do the eggs have a positive or negative affect on the offspring?


29 posted on 12/03/2008 5:22:40 AM PST by classified
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To: Enchante

Yep. Make the bottom line your top line when writing articles such as this.


30 posted on 12/03/2008 6:32:31 AM PST by fightinJAG (TWO BIG BUSH TAX CUTS EXPIRE AT THE END OF 2008. Happy New Year, love, President Obama)
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To: fightinJAG

31 years ago when I was pregnant, my midwife told me to think of eggs as big vitamin pills and to make sure I ate two every day.


31 posted on 12/04/2008 3:23:40 AM PST by muggs
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To: claymax
we find out out we are heating up?

You're behind the times--we're now cooling off.

32 posted on 12/04/2008 4:25:42 AM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma (When the righteous rule, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule the people mourn. Proverbs 29;2)
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To: rvoitier
It wouldn't surprise me if they got grant money from Cheerios. The markup on high-carb horse food is much more than selling eggs.

Leftists are extremely gullible believing food studies and health claims. They will eat or not eat anything based on what someone wearing a lab coat says, no matter how far fetched.

33 posted on 12/04/2008 6:45:21 AM PST by Reeses (Leftism is powered by the evil force of envy.)
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma

Oh yea, I can’t keep up with the “climate change”! LOL


34 posted on 12/04/2008 8:28:34 AM PST by claymax (Vote for a HERO...........not for the ZERO!)
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To: claymax

Wait a while. It will change again.


35 posted on 12/04/2008 8:29:31 AM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma (When the righteous rule, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule the people mourn. Proverbs 29;2)
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To: Jim Noble

True, but if you can reasonably create the correlation (e.g., eat, or at least, don’t avoid eggs while pregnant), without doing or eating something wacky, why not? Then if eggs are the cause of the benefit, great. If they’re simply correlated with the benefit, no problem either.


36 posted on 12/05/2008 10:49:34 AM PST by fightinJAG (TWO BIG BUSH TAX CUTS EXPIRE AT THE END OF 2008. Happy New Year, love, President Obama)
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