Nutrition and Biotechnology in Heart Disease and Cancerby John B. Longenecker (Editor), David Kritchevsky (Editor), Marc K. Drezner (Editor)
There is a unique nutritional commonality developing in research relating to coronary heart disease and cancer. The primary aim of this conference was to provide a forum for the leading researchers, clinicians, educators and administrators in these two fields to present a program on heart disease and cancer which included a) the major historical milestones, b) the present areas of greatest interest in research and therapy, c) the latest nutritional, molecular, and biotechnological advances, and d) a perspective on the most promising areas for future research and therapy. Scientists have long contended that research marches on the feet of methodology. Thus there are numerous examples of research fields opening secondary to methodological advances. Some examples are: 1) thin layer and gas-liquid chromatography which, along with high pressure liquid chromatography have broadened the line of advances in lipid research and 2) peR and the resultant impact on molecular biological approaches to several fields of science. The organizers of this conference thought the time was propitious for bringing together knowledge on newer aspects of molecular biological research with current advances in the two major areas of degenerative disease--coronary heart disease and cancer. Our knowledge of these "killer diseases" has expanded greatly in the past few years and the advance has been catalyzed by use of an array of molecular biological techniques. Thanks to these, medical thinking in these areas is changing from considerations of treatment to strategies for prevention.
Description: This book presents the proceedings of a conference on Nutrition and Biotechnology in Heart Disease and Cancer held in December 1993. The book is divided into four sections devoted to heart disease, cancer, heart disease, and cancer and NIH initiatives. The book contains several valuable chapters reviewing the history of studies of nutrition in heart disease and cancer. These chapters are followed by descriptions of the role of dietary and endogenous fats in the development of heart and vascular disease and of recent genetic and molecular information discovered about heart disease. The cancer section reviews the relationship between nutrition and cancer and several putative molecular mechanisms of carcinogenesis. The third section discusses commonalities in role of nutrition toward development of heart disease and cancer.
Purpose: The purpose is to explore the commonality of nutrition in the development of heart and vascular disease and cancer. The forum from which this book derives sought to bring together presentations of greatest interest in research and therapy involving nutrition, molecular, and biotechnical advances along with a perspective on the most promising areas of future research in these fields.
Audience: The audience this book is aimed at include leading researchers, administrators, students, and clinicians in the fields of heart and vascular disease, cancer, and nutrition.
Features: The book features a wide variety of views concerning the role of nutrition in development of heart disease and cancer. Understanding of these relationships at multiple levels is presented.
Assessment: This book reviews the current state of knowledge relating nutrition and heart disease and cancer. It presents several lines of evidence that nutritional status has direct influence on heart disease and cancer. Suggested future directions are valuable to investigators, clinicians, and students. However, this is book ignores several additional biotechnologies that may yield valuable therapies as well as understanding of the biology of cancer and heart disease, such as PCR, transgenic animals, and antisense technology. Chapters describing many of the new molecular techniques and approaches would ably reinforce the goals of this book. One glaring omission is the lack of chapters exploring the ingestion of alcohol and tobacco and the generation of heart and vascular disease and cancer. Chapters discussing the epidemiology and molecular mechanistic links between these forms of nutrition and these two, expensive, "killer" diseases, especially in the light of Mickey Mantle's recent death, would have made this book highly relevant.
- Springer US
- Publication date:
- Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology Series , #369
- Edition description:
- Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1995
- Product dimensions:
- 7.01(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.02(d)
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