Breast-Squeezing – and Sex In General – Improves Health

Our Interests Are Strictly Academic, Of Course …

We’ve extensively documented that sex helps you live longer, makes you smarter, improves health and prevents depression.

More good news for the lover …

MSN UK notes that squeezing the breasts can help prevent cancer:

A little squeeze may be all that it takes to prevent malignant breast cells triggering cancer, research has shown.

Laboratory experiments showed that applying physical pressure to the cells guided them back to a normal growth pattern.

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“People have known for centuries that physical force can influence our bodies,” said Gautham Venugopalan, a leading member of the research team at the University of California in Berkeley, United States.

“When we lift weights our muscles get bigger. The force of gravity is essential to keeping our bones strong. Here we show that physical force can play a role in the growth – and reversion – of cancer cells.”

The study involved growing malignant breast epithelial cells within a gel injected into flexible silicone chambers. This allowed the scientists to apply compression during the first stages of cell growth, effectively squashing the cells.

Over time, the squeezed malignant cells began to grow in a more normal and organised way.

Once the breast tissue structure was formed the cells stopped growing, even when the compressive force was removed. Non-compressed cells continued to display the haphazard and uncontrolled growth that leads to cancer.

“Malignant cells have not completely forgotten how to be healthy; they just need the right cues to guide them back to a healthy growth pattern,” said Mr Venugopalan, a doctoral student.

The results were presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology in San Francisco.

MSN Now called it the “best study ever”.

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  • gozounlimited

    And the good news is that women can squeeze their own breasts ….. academically speaking …. of course.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kenric.ashe Kenric L. Ashe

    When two of my friends posted this on facebook I decided not to debunk because the end justifies the means, but I expect more fact checking from Washington’s Blog.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-12/asfc-bcc120412.php

    http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2012/12/17/malignant-breast-cells-grow-normally-when-compressed

    Venugopalan and collaborators grew malignant breast epithelial cells in a gelatin-like substance that had been injected into flexible silicone chambers. The flexible chambers allowed the researchers to apply a compressive force in the first stages of cell development.

    “Compression, in and of itself, is not likely to be a therapy,” said Fletcher. “But this does give us new clues to track down the molecules and structures that could eventually be targeted for therapies.”

    I hate being the messenger on this one, but there was no breast squeezing at all in this study. MSN just gave it a spin for ratings.

 

 

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