Heavy Smoking = Dementia & Alzheimer Disease in Later Life

February 15, 2011
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For “those smoking more than 2 packs a day,” beware. “Heavy smoking in midlife was associated with a greater than 100% increase in risk of dementia, Alzheimer disease (AD), and vascular dementia (VaD) more than 2 decades later. These results suggest that the brain is not immune to long-term consequences of heavy smoking.” Read...
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3 Easy Ways to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

February 11, 2011
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This study found that “lifestyle behaviors recommended for breast cancer prevention–including maintaining a healthful body weight, being physically active and limiting alcohol intake–modifies breast cancer risk” in postmenopausal women. The rate of invasive breast cancer was found to be significantly lower among women who follow these healthy behaviors, regardless of family history. Read Abstract
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Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Associated with Diabetes

February 8, 2011
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Individuals drinking 1-2 servings per day of sugar- sweetened beverages (SSBs) had a 26% greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those who didn’t. Sugar-sweetened beverages, which include soft drinks, fruit drinks, iced tea, and energy and vitamin water drinks, are “associated with development of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes,” according to this...
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Reducing All-Cause Mortality in Men

February 3, 2011
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Certain health factors have a significant impact in the risk of “all-cause mortality” in men: normal weight, not smoking, consuming a moderate alcohol intake, being physically active, and having a higher cardiorespiratory fitness. Compared to men with none of these health factors, the more of these health factors a man has, the lower his...
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Eating Your Green Leafy Veggies and Reduce Diabetes Risk

February 1, 2011
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Mom always said it was important to eat our veggies. Perhaps she should have been a bit more specific. “Increasing daily intake of green leafy vegetables could significantly reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes,” according to this study. “Estimates showed that greater intake of green leafy vegetables was associated with a 14% reduction...
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Not All Low-Carb Diets Are Good for You

January 27, 2011
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The battle over low carb diets continues. Researchers discovered that “a low-carbohydrate diet based on animal sources was associated with higher all-cause mortality in both men and women, whereas a vegetable-based low-carbohydrate diet was associated with lower all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality rates.” A vegetable-based low-carb diet emphasizes vegetable sources of fat and protein....
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Artificial Sweeteners and the Risk of Preterm Delivery

January 25, 2011
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“Daily intake of artificially sweetened soft drinks may increase the risk of preterm delivery” for women who are pregnant. The increased risk for women who consumed only 1 serving of artificially sweetened carbonated soft drinks was 38% higher “in comparison with women with no intake of artificially sweetened carbonated soft drinks.” Women who consumed...
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Smoking Ban Reduces Childhood Asthma

January 20, 2011
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Smoking bans are going into affect in cities all across the U.S. Smoking in restaurants, airports and sporting venues has dropped dramatically over the last few years. It looks like Europe is getting in on the act, too. Since Scotland passed smoke-free legislation in 2006, there has been quite a change in hospital admissions...
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Reducing Colon Cancer Risk Different for Women and Men

January 18, 2011
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The U.S. could see 20,000 fewer cases of colon cancer each year and 10,000 fewer attributable deaths by following the recommendations found in this study, which discovered that men and women have different risk factors when it comes to colon cancer. Women can significantly reduce their risk of colon cancer with 30 minutes of...
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Low Vitamin D Increases Risk of Dementia

January 13, 2011
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Vitamin D has a number of important health benefits for people of all ages. It looks like it can also help us remain mentally sharp as we grow older. One study found that “low levels of vitamin D associated with substantial cognitive decline in the elderly population studied over a 6-year period, which...
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Acetaminophen Use = Asthma?

January 11, 2011
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This massive global study should remind everyone that all drugs have side effects, the only question is what are they and when will science discover them all? Acetaminophen is used in a large number of pain and cold medications, the most well-known of which is Tylenol. A study of 322,959 adolescent children from 113...
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Greater Waist Circumference Increases Risk of Death in Older Adults

January 6, 2011
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While Body Mass Index (BMI) can be harder to calculate, waist circumference is easy. This study examined to see if there is a correlation between waist circumference (WC) and the risk of mortality (death). The study found that a larger waist circumference is “a risk factor for mortality in older adults, regardless of BMI.” Read...
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Deadly Prenatal Smoke Can Cause Psychiatric Disorders

January 4, 2011
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Prenatal smoking exposure modulates brain development. This can lead to increased risks of “psychiatric disorders” which include “behavioral and emotional disorders.” For those mothers who smoke more than 10 cigarettes per day, their behavior increases the risk of death as their offspring reach childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood. Read Abstract
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