Only a Few Cigarettes Increase Risk of Sudden Death

A 30-year follow of over 101,000 women in the Nurses' Health Study found that even smoking a few as 1-14 cigarettes per day almost doubled the risk for sudden cardiac death, compared to non-smokers. Those who smoked 25+ cigarettes per day showed a 3.3 fold increased risk. However, 15-20 years after quitting, former smokers declined…

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Stimulants and Youth: A Sobering Association

There have been increasing concerns in recent years that stimulant drugs commonly given for ADHD may be associated with an increased risk of sudden, unexplained death in young people. In a new retrospective, case-controlled study researchers have reported the probability that those using the most commonly prescribed stimulant (methylphenidate) was 7.4 compared to those who were not.…

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