Alcohol Use While Breastfeeding

Alcohol Use While Breastfeeding

An Australian observational study followed more than 5000 children from infancy to 11 years old–approximately 4700 were ever breast fed. Infants whose mothers drank alcohol while breast-feeding had lower cognitive scores by age 6. These differences were no...
No Safe Level of Cigarette Smoking

No Safe Level of Cigarette Smoking

Many smokers believe very light smoking or not smoking every day may reduce their health risks. In a study of 290,000 middle-aged and older smokers, researchers found long-time, low-volume smokers had significantly higher mortality risks compared with those who had...
Multivitamins Not Effective for Reducing Heart Disease

Multivitamins Not Effective for Reducing Heart Disease

A large meta-analysis of over 2 million adults with a mean follow-up of 12 years found taking a daily multivitamin supplement was not associated with lower risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke, or heart disease. LifeTip: Eating a healthy diet that varies from...
Obesity Risk Tied to Mother’s Lifestyle Choices

Obesity Risk Tied to Mother’s Lifestyle Choices

An observational study of nearly 25,000 children whose mothers adhered to five healthy lifestyle factors were found to have a 75% lower risk for obesity when compared to children of mothers who did not adhere to any of these habits.  The beneficial lifestyle comprised...
Cancer Risks Higher for Flight Attendants

Cancer Risks Higher for Flight Attendants

The glamour of being a flight attendant may wear thin as more research uncovers health risks. Scientists compared the self-reported cancer diagnosis from a group of over 4000 flight attendants with a similar contemporary control group. The flight attendants had a...
Moderate Alcohol Use Linked to High Blood Pressure

Moderate Alcohol Use Linked to High Blood Pressure

A large meta-analysis of over 360,000 adults and 90,000 newly diagnosed hypertensives found that men who averaged 1-2 alcoholic drinks per day had an increased risk for high blood pressure (RR 1.2). As their alcohol intake increased, so did their hypertension risk. In...
NIH Pulls Funding on Alcohol Study

NIH Pulls Funding on Alcohol Study

The U.S. National Institutes of Health has withdrawn funding for the Moderate Alcohol and Cardiovascular Health Trial (MACH15) because of a possible pro-alcohol primary endpoint and inadequate attention to alcohol hazards like some cancers. Industry funding was...
Religious People Live Longer

Religious People Live Longer

Ohio State University scientists have examined two samples of more than 1600 obituaries looking for religion, marital status, and social activities. They found religious people lived an average of 5.64 years longer than nonbelievers. When controlled for gender and...
Marijuana Addiction Growing

Marijuana Addiction Growing

A Pew Charitable Trust investigation found that marijuana addiction does exist and is growing. While hard numbers are hard to come by, data suggests about 9% of all users become addicted to marijuana (17% among those who start as adolescents). Some treatment centers...
Suicide Rates Rising

Suicide Rates Rising

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report the suicide rate in the U.S. has increased by almost 25% between 1999 and 2016. North Dakota and Vermont saw the highest increases and Delaware the lowest. Nevada was the outlier with a slight decrease....
Sad Facts of Opioids

Sad Facts of Opioids

You hear a lot about this on the news. Deaths attributable to opioids have increased by 292% in the last 15 years. These amounted to 1.68 million person-years of life in 2016 alone–higher than those due to hypertension, pneumonia and HIV/AIDS. During 2016, 20%...
Don’t Leave a Child Trapped in a Car!

Don’t Leave a Child Trapped in a Car!

With summer in the northern hemisphere arriving soon it is important to recognize the dangers of leaving a child, elderly adult, or pet in an overheated parked car. According to researchers, if the car is parked in the sun, the interior temperature can reach 116...
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