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Americans' Risk of Dying From Cancer Is Falling, CDC Finds

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THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 – The risk that any one American will die from cancer – the cancer death rate – is going down, regardless of sex or race, a new government study reports. However, because the United States has a growing aging population, the overall number of people dying from cancer is on the rise, officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. "While we are making progress in reducing cancer death rates, we still have real work to do to reduce cancer deaths among our aging population," said lead researcher Mary White, a scientist in the CDC's division of cancer prevention and control. Between 2007 and 2020, cancer deaths are expected to rise more than 10 percent among men and black women, the report found. Among white women, the number of cancer deaths will start to stabilize, increasing less than 5 percent during this period, according to the ... Read more

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Migraine's Link to Higher Heart Disease Risk May Not Be Genetic

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THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 – People who have migraines have a greater risk for heart disease, but their genes may not be to blame for the connection, new research suggests. Scientists looked at two large studies that pinpointed genetic variations that can increase the risk for migraine and heart disease. The first study included almost 20,000 people with migraine and more than 55,000 people who didn't have these severe headaches. The second study involved more than 21,000 people with heart disease and just over 63,000 people who didn't. Led by Dr. Aarno Palotie, of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Boston, the researchers tried to find shared genetic variants in people with migraines and heart disease. But they found no common gene variations between migraine with aura and heart disease – even though evidence suggests these patients have a greater risk for heart disease than those ... Read more

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Flavored Cigarettes Still Popular Online Despite U.S. Ban

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MONDAY, June 29, 2015 – Although banned in 2009 by the U.S. Food Administration, flavored cigarettes are still popular and available online, a new study finds. Researchers from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine monitored certain online search terms related to flavored cigarettes and cigars made by the company Djarum. Only the cigars are legal. Among the first 50 search results for "Djarum cigarettes," 72 percent of websites promoted and 34 percent sold the illegal cigarettes, according to the study published June 17 in Tobacco Control. The researchers noted there were also 291 percent more online searches for the company's illegal flavored cigarettes than its replacement cigars, even five years after the ban was issued. "We weren't surprised that the Web is being used to circumvent tobacco regulations," said the study's corresponding author, Jon-Patrick ... Read more

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As U.S. Smoking Rate Drops, Smokers More Likely to Quit: Study

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THURSDAY, June 25, 2015 – As the number of smokers in the United States dwindles, those who still light up are becoming less attached to the habit and more likely to try quitting, a new study has found. These findings run counter to the theory of "hardening," which has held that as smoking rates decline those who still smoke will be increasingly committed to their habit, said study author Margarete Kulik, a postdoctoral fellow with the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco. "The assumption is as smoking prevalence decreases, those smokers who are left will be the hardcore smokers who are unable or unwilling to quit," Kulik said. "We found out that there is not hardening. There is softening. There is actually more quitting, and people smoke less." The study was published online June 24 in the journal Tobacco Control. Dr. Norman ... Read more

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Smoking Around Toddlers May Raise Their Obesity Risk

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WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 – Smoking around your toddler may be just as harmful to your child as smoking during pregnancy, new research suggests. By age 10, children exposed to secondhand smoke as toddlers tended to have wider waists and a higher body mass index (a calculation of body fat) than their non-exposed peers, Canadian researchers found. "We suspect the statistics we've established linking childhood obesity to exposure to parents' smoking may underestimate the effect due to parents under-reporting the amount they smoked, out of shame," said study leader Linda Pagani, from CHU Sainte-Justine Research Centre in Montreal. "By the age of 10, the children who had been intermittently or continuously exposed to smoke were likely to have waists that were up to three-fifths of an inch wider than their peers," she said in a university news release. "And their BMI scores were likely to be ... Read more

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Teen Use of E-Cigarettes, Hookahs Way Up: Survey

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TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 – Although fewer American children are smoking cigarettes, the use of controversial e-cigarettes has more than doubled in just three years, a federal survey reports. It's something of a good news/bad news situation, Catherine Corey, an epidemiologist with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, said in an agency news release. "While we're glad to see cigarette smoking decreasing in middle and high school youth, the increase in the use of e-cigarettes and hookahs [water pipes] undermines progress in reducing tobacco use among kids," she said. The 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey found that 25 percent of high school students had used a tobacco product in the past month. The survey also found that one in 13 kids in middle school had admitted to using a tobacco product in the past month. Between 2011 and 2014, the percentage of children smoking cigarettes fell ... Read more

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Teens Unfamiliar With Harms of Pot, E-Cigs, Study Finds

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TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 – Teens may have a firm grasp on the dangers of smoking cigarettes, but they appear less clear about how using marijuana or electronic cigarettes might harm their health, new research suggests. "The most striking finding from this study was how little information adolescents were getting regarding risks related to marijuana and e-cigarettes," said lead author Maria Roditis, a researcher at the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco. "The youth we talked with actually mentioned the fact that they would see commercials talking about risks related to cigarettes, but there was nothing about marijuana or e-cigarettes," Roditis said. The findings were published online June 23 in the Journal of Adolescent Health. The researchers conducted six small-group discussions with 24 teens from a Northern California school ... Read more

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Evidence Supports Medical Pot for Some Conditions, Not Others

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TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 – Medical marijuana can be useful in treating chronic pain, but may be less effective for other conditions, a new analysis reveals. A review of nearly 80 clinical trials involving medical marijuana or marijuana-derived drugs revealed moderately strong evidence to support their use in treating chronic pain, says a report published June 23 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The evidence also showed that the medications could help multiple sclerosis patients who suffer from spasticity, which involves sustained muscle contractions or sudden involuntary movements. But the review found weaker support for the drugs' use in treating sleep disorders; nausea or vomiting related to chemotherapy; for producing weight gain in people with HIV; or for reducing symptoms of Tourette syndrome, a nervous system disorder characterized by repetitive movements or ... Read more

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Health Tip: When Air Is Unhealthy

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Poor outdoor air quality may spur breathing problems among people with asthma or other respiratory issues. The American Lung Association advises: Be aware of the air quality and pollution levels each day in your area. Exercise indoors when air quality is poor, and restrict outdoor playtime for children. Cut down on driving by carpooling, biking or walking to work. Avoid burning wood or trash, and use battery-powered or electric lawn machinery instead of gas-powered devices. Keep indoor air quality healthier by prohibiting smoking at home. Read more

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Doctors Should Urge Against Pot Use During Pregnancy: Guidelines

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MONDAY, June 22, 2015 – Doctors should discourage women from using marijuana during pregnancy, due to the potential effects that pot's active ingredients can have on a child's brain development, new guidelines state. The recommendation was released Monday by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). "When you look at the evidence, it leads us to use caution in marijuana use during pregnancy," said Dr. Jeffrey Ecker, chair of the AGOG Committee on Obstetric Practice. "For women who are pregnant or thinking about being pregnant, we would encourage them to discontinue using marijuana." Ecker is also director of obstetrical clinical research and quality assurance at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Studies show that children exposed to marijuana in the womb have lower scores on tests of visual problem-solving, visual and motor coordination and visual ... Read more

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Millions of Smokers May Have Undiagnosed Lung Disease

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MONDAY, June 22, 2015 – Millions of long-term smokers may have undiagnosed lung disease, a new study finds. Fifty-five percent of those who pass lung function tests still have a respiratory impairment, researchers report. But, using advanced imaging techniques along with walking and quality-of-life tests can reveal early signs of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). An incurable, progressive disease, COPD is associated with smoking and is the third-leading cause of death in the United States, the researchers added. "Smokers who have 'normal' lung-function tests often have significant respiratory disease. Many of those smokers likely have the early stages of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease," study author Dr. Elizabeth Regan, an assistant professor of medicine at National Jewish Health in Denver, said in a hospital news release. "We hope these findings will help debunk the ... Read more

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Many Parents Who Smoke Expose Kids to Fumes at Home

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 – In nearly 40 percent of U.S. homes with parents who smoke, those parents don't have smoke-free rules in place for their kids, a new study finds. Having a smoke-free home – where all smoking is done outside – shields children from exposure to secondhand smoke and also cuts the risk that they'll begin smoking themselves later on, the researchers said. One expert agreed. "Smoke-free rules are such an important aspect of tobacco control, particularly for children since they, unlike adults, have less control over their environment," said Patricia Folan, who directs the Center for Tobacco Control at North Shore-LIJ Health System in Great Neck, N.Y. In the new study, a team led by Ana Martinez-Donate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison looked at data from a 2010-2011 federal government survey. The investigators found that about 60 percent of households with ... Read more

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Smoking Blamed for Half of Deaths From Major Cancers in People Over 35

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 15, 2015 – About half of U.S. deaths caused by certain cancers – including lung, colon and pancreatic tumors – can be attributed to smoking, a new American Cancer Society study estimates. In 2011, nearly half of the almost 346,000 deaths from 12 cancers in people 35 and older were linked to smoking, the study found. "Despite large declines in smoking in the United States over the last 50 years, smoking still accounts for the majority of lung cancer deaths," said study co-author Rebecca Siegel, the American Cancer Society's director of surveillance information. The researchers looked at 12 cancers known to be caused by smoking. In 2011, they found that 346,000 people died from these types of cancer. The researchers also had data on current and former smoking, and found that almost 168,000 of these deaths were due to tobacco. For some cancers, the researchers said smoking ... Read more

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E-Cigarette Users Often Believe Devices Will Help Them Quit Tobacco

Posted 4 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 4, 2015 – E-cigarette users are much more hopeful that the devices will help them quit smoking than the general public is, including people who just smoke traditional tobacco cigarettes, according to a new French survey. "Vapers" (people who use e-cigarettes) also are much less concerned about how possible toxins in e-cigarette vapors might affect them and those around them, said lead study author Dr. Sebastien Couraud, a doctor of respiratory medicine and thoracic oncology at Lyon Sud Hospital and Lyon University Cancer Institute in France. "E-cigarette users appear to have a different view of reality, compared with everyone else," Couraud said. "Their reality is elsewhere." Couraud presented his findings Monday at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting in Chicago. Findings presented at meetings are generally viewed as preliminary until they've ... Read more

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Health Tip: Take Care of Your Teeth

Posted 4 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Losing teeth does not have to be a normal part of aging, as long as you take care of them. The Mouthhealthy.org website from the American Dental Association advises: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush or electric brush twice daily. Use dental floss every day. Clean dentures each day. And don't sleep with them in your mouth. Drink plenty of tap water (that contains fluoride) to protect teeth from decay. Don't smoke. Visit a dentist regularly. Read more

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