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article imageStudy: Drink more coffee and tea to lower brain tumor risk

By Amanda Tennis     Oct 2, 2010 in Health
A new study suggests that people that drink more than 3.5 ounces of coffee or tea a day had a one-third reduced risk for developing brain tumors.
According to a study of more than 500,000 Europeans, people that drank higher amounts of coffee and tea hard a lower risk of forming brain tumors; however, it doesn’t prove that the drinks themselves provide the protection.
"This is all very preliminary," said lead researcher Dominique Michaud, of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and Imperial College London. "This study shouldn't be the reason that anyone changes their coffee or tea intake."
According to MSNBC,
For their analysis, Michaud's team focused on more than 410,000 participants who were cancer-free at the outset and had complete dietary information. Over an average of 8.5 years of follow-up, 343 of these men and women were diagnosed with glioma; another 245 were diagnosed with another, usually benign type of brain tumor called meningioma.
Surprisingly, people that drank on average 3.5 ounces or more coffee or tea a day were one-third less likely to develop brain tumors.
If coffee and tea had a direct impact on preventing brain tumors, it would be very small, according to Michaud.
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