In this month’s edition of Research Updates, Kwan et al. found that women who consumed more than four alcoholic drinks per week after a diagnosis of breast cancer increased the risk of recurrence. This was particularly true in obese and postmenopausal women. Edefonti et al. found that diets rich in animal products are associated with an increased risk of oral and pharyngeal cancer, and diets rich in fruits and vegetables are associated with a decreased risk. Xue et al. found that long term use of a Chinese herbal decoction improved hot flash symptoms and sleeping disorders in breast cancer patients. Prakash and colleagues reported about a case history where a patient with leukemia has remained disease-free for the last 13 years after a year of an Ayurvedic treatment and five years of follow-up. In our study of the month, Epstein and associates found that a high intake of zinc is associated with a lower risk of prostate cancer mortality.