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The Five Healthy Habits that Lower Cancer Risk

Evidence from over 340,000 adults in the U.K. Biobank found after 5 years that those who met all five of the healthy living factors were 32% less likely to get cancer than those who met only one or none. The five...

No Safe Level for Smoking

Lighting up just one time per day poses a significantly increased risk for heart disease and stroke. This large meta-analysis of 141 studies in 21 countries found smoking one cigarette a day was associated with a 48-74% increased risk in...

Soda Warning Labels

Computational simulation modeling has demonstrated in Baltimore, Philadelphia and San Francisco, that warning labels on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) encouraged a significant drop in obesity prevalence following the adoption of the policies. This should give encouragement to other jurisdictions that are considering similar...

Parents Should Stop Giving Teens Alcohol

When teens get alcohol from their parents they are more likely to engage in risky drinking practices. This was found in a large study of Australian adolescents ages 13-18.  Surprisingly, 15% of teens received alcohol from their parents when they were 13, versus...

Parents Should Stop Giving Teens Alcohol

When teens get alcohol from their parents they are more likely to engage in risky drinking practices. This was found in a large study of Australian adolescents ages 13-18.  Surprisingly, 15% of teens received alcohol from their parents when they were 13, versus...

“Raw Water”–Really?

Technically, "raw water" is unfiltered, untreated, unsterilized water from a natural spring. Are there really benefits to drinking water in a "natural" state? A small, but growing group of advocates believe there are. "Living water" as it is called by...

Supplements to Prevent Fractures?

Contrary to current opinion, a systematic review of 33 randomized trials in about 50,000 community-living adults over 50 years old found no benefit for supplementation of vitamin D and/or calcium. This study strongly supports the U.S. Preventive Services Taskforce in not...

Phillip Morris Vows to ‘Give Up Cigarettes’

Phillip Morris International ran advertisements in the U.K. this week vowing to stop selling cigarettes. It is hard to believe, and many suspect this is a stunt--like a bad April's Fool's joke. PMI claims it has a global commitment to replace cigarettes...

Gut Microbiome Mediates Hypertension

In mouse experiments, researchers have found a high-salt diet leads to depletion of a species of Lactobacillus in the gut, which in turn increases particular lymphocytes that result in a rise in blood pressure (and type 2 diabetes and atherosclerosis). Supplementation of the...

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: The Sense of Smell

As we start 2018, we can be grateful for the intentional and wonderful way each one of us is made! For instance, we often take the sense of smell for granted. Yet physiologist Dr. Jennifer Pluznick says it has been estimated...

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