Sweetened Sodas Linked to Lung Diseases

Sugar-sweetened beverages are linked to poor health outcomes such as heart disease and stroke. Researchers in Australia have recently found that sugary drinks are associated with an increased risk of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Though this cross-sectional study does not prove that sodas are the cause of these problems, it does offer…

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Pipe and Cigar Smoking Not as “Safe” as Some Think

Some smoker's switch to pipe and cigar smoking thinking these are much less risky alternatives to cigarettes. Researchers assessed lung function in 3500 participants that ranged in age from 45 to 84 years. Cigar and pipe smokers who did not smoke cigarettes had 2.3 times the odds of airflow obstruction than never-smokers, while those who…

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