highlight of the week

Highlight of the Week

A new study examined the relationships between coffee (total, caffeinated or decaffeinated) and tea consumption and risk of melanoma in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC). EPIC is a multi-centre prospective study that enrolled over 500,000 participants aged 25-70 years from ten European countries in 1992-2000. Consumption of caffeinated coffee was inversely (i.e. favourably) associated with melanoma risk among versus non-consumers, but not among women. There were no statistically significant associations between consumption of decaffeinated coffee or tea and the risk of melanoma among both men and women. The authors suggest further investigations are warranted to confirm their findings and clarify the possible role of caffeine and other coffee compounds in reducing the risk of melanoma.

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vodcasts

Roel Vaessen, Secretary General of ISIC, comments on IARC's review of coffee, which found no clear association between coffee intake and cancer at any body site. IARC also stated that in some cases, there is evidence that coffee drinking may actually help reduce occurrence of certain cancers.

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What exactly happens to the brain when we sense coffee? ISIC explores the sensory experience of coffee and its physiological impact in this vodcast with Professor Charles Spence, an experimental psychologist and Head of the Crossmodal Research Laboratory based at the University of Oxford, and Charlene De Buysere, a world champion barista.

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ISIC hosted a satellite symposium titled “Nutrition and cognitive function” at this year's Alzheimer Europe Annual Congress. Three expert speakers explored the role nutrition can play in the risk reduction of Alzheimer’s Disease, with a particular focus on coffee consumption.

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