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Just 1 Cigarette a Day Can Be Deadly: Study

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 – Think smoking just one cigarette a day is harmless? Think again, a new study says. Even a single daily cigarette can raise your odds for an early death, the research showed. "There is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke," said study author Maki Inoue-Choi, who's with the division of cancer epidemiology and genetics at the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI). "Smoking cessation benefits all smokers, regardless of how few cigarettes they smoke," she added in an institute news release. In the study, Inoue-Choi's team tracked data on more than 290,000 older Americans, aged 59 to 82. The investigators wanted to assess the risks of "light" smoking – defined as 10 or fewer cigarettes a day. All of the smokers were asked about their smoking habits at nine different points in their lives, beginning with before they turned 15 until after they reached the age of ... Read more

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Marijuana Use Tied to Rare, Temporary Heart Malfunction

Posted 13 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Nov. 13, 2016 – Marijuana use might raise the risk of a rare, temporary heart muscle malfunction that can feel like a full-fledged heart attack, a new study suggests. People who used marijuana were almost twice as likely as non-users to suffer a bout of stress cardiomyopathy, a condition also known as takotsubo, said study co-author Dr. Amitoj Singh. He is chief cardiology fellow at St. Luke's University Health Network in Bethlehem, Pa. Further, pot users experiencing takotsubo were more likely to suffer a cardiac arrest or require an implanted defibrillator, compared with non-users with takotsubo, Singh said. Cardiac arrest is when the heart suddenly stops beating. "Marijuana does not appear to be entirely safe, as some of the lobbyists for marijuana are arguing," Singh said. But the study did not prove that pot causes takotsubo. Singh was to present his findings Sunday at the ... Read more

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How to Exercise Safely in Smog

Posted 11 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 11, 2016 – Scientists say they have figured out the ideal speeds for cyclists and pedestrians to move in order to limit their inhalation of air pollution and still get the full benefits of exercise. "The faster you move, the harder you breathe and the more pollution you could potentially inhale, but you also are exposed to traffic for a shorter period of time. This analysis shows where the sweet spot is," study author Alex Bigazzi, a transportation expert at the University of British Columbia, said in a school news release. The researchers used a computer model of 10,000 people. The investigators found that cyclists should ride between 7.5 to 12.4 miles per hour on city roads. And, pedestrians should walk between 1.2 and 3.7 miles per hour. There are different recommended speeds depending on gender, age and road grades. For example, on flat roads the ideal speeds are: 7.8 ... Read more

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Downside to Exercise for City Kids: More Pollution

Posted 3 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 2, 2016 – Exercise is usually great for children, but a new study finds that city kids who get regular exercise may breathe in more of an airborne toxin as a result. "This study's findings clearly add to evidence that physical activity may benefit the respiratory health of children, but exposure to high levels of black carbon may lessen this effect," said study researcher Dr. Rachel Miller. She's a professor of environmental health sciences at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health in New York City. The research included 129 children from New York City. They were between ages 9 and 14. The kids wore wrist monitors to measure their physical activity levels over six days. Nearly 60 percent of them did 60 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous exercise a day. Compared to the less active children, the active youngsters were exposed to 25 percent more black ... Read more

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Scented Rooms, Products? Many Health-Conscious Americans Say 'No Thanks'

Posted 2 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 2, 2016 – Lavender, lemon or lilac: Whatever the artificial aroma, more Americans are avoiding scented spaces and products, a new survey shows. Fragranced products such as soaps, candles and air fresheners cause more than one-third of U.S. adults to suffer ill health effects, including headaches, dizziness and breathing difficulties, researchers said. Surveying a nationally representative group of more than 1,100 Americans, the research team also found that more than 20 percent of people quickly leave a business place if they smell air fresheners or other scented products. Led by Anne Steinemann, a professor of civil engineering at the University of Melbourne in Australia, the research is believed to be the first to examine many aspects of exposure to fragranced products and their effects in the United States. "What I found was that half the reports of adverse health ... Read more

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Leave Those Raking Injuries Behind

Posted 12 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 11, 2016 – Jumping in piles of leaves can be great fun, but raking them up afterward can leave you with an aching back. Each year, more than 76,000 Americans are hurt while raking leaves or using other manual garden tools. That's according to The Center for Physical Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine at The Chester County Hospital at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia. One reason why these injuries may occur is that raking leaves forces people to use several different muscle groups, the center explained. But certain precautions can help people doing yard work avoid these injuries. Sports medicine and physical rehabilitation specialists advise taking the following steps: Warm up and cool down. Just like any physical activity, it's important to warm up before raking leaves. It's also a good idea to stretch first. Try trunk rotation, shoulder and wrist stretches. Once you're ... Read more

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When Indoor Temps Rise, So Do COPD Symptoms

Posted 2 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 30, 2016 – High indoor temperatures can worsen symptoms of the lung disorder chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), particularly in homes with high levels of air pollution, researchers report. The research included 69 people with moderate to severe COPD. The disorder includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Symptoms include shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing. The study volunteers were assessed on the hottest days of the year. The mean outdoor temperature was 85 degrees Fahrenheit. The mean indoor temperature was 80 F, according to the study. Even though 86 percent of the participants lived in homes with air conditioning, it wasn't turned on during 37 percent of the study days. The patients spent most of their time indoors. On days they did go outside, they did so for an average of two hours. As indoor temperatures rose, COPD symptoms increased in ... Read more

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As Traffic Piles Up, So Does Air Pollution

Posted 12 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 – Stuck in traffic? Shut your car windows and turn your ventilation system to re-circulate air, researchers advise. Doing so can reduce your exposure to toxic air pollution from a traffic jam by up to 76 percent, a new study suggests. "Where possible and with weather conditions allowing, it is one of the best ways to limit your exposure by keeping windows shut, fans turned off and to try and increase the distance between you and the car in front while in traffic jams or stationary at traffic lights," said study senior author Prashant Kumar. "If the fan or heater needs to be on, the best setting would be to have the air re-circulating within the car without drawing in air from outdoors," Kumar, who's with the University of Surrey in England, said in a university news release. The investigators also found that pedestrians are exposed to high levels of vehicle air ... Read more

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Health Tip: Need a Lung Function Test?

Posted 9 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

-- A lung function test measures how well your lungs are working, helping your doctor diagnose the cause and severity of any problems with your breathing. The U.S. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute says the test is designed to show: The amount of air that you can breathe into your lungs to see if it's in the normal range. The amount of air that you can exhale from your lungs, and how quickly you can do it. The ability of your lungs to bring oxygen to your blood. How strong the muscles that help you breathe are. Read more

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Many Smokers Have COPD Symptoms, Without Diagnosis

Posted 18 May 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 – Many smokers have symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) even before they've been diagnosed with the lung condition, according to a new study. Symptoms of COPD include shortness of breath, coughing, difficulty exercising and history of asthma. COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States, researchers said. Smoking is a major cause of the disease. "We found that a significant number of current and former smokers who don't meet the typical criteria for COPD [based on a breathing test] otherwise look and behave like patients who do carry a diagnosis of COPD," said study co-lead author Dr. Meilan Han, medical director of the University of Michigan Women's Respiratory Health Program. The study included more than 2,700 people. It included current or former smokers and people who never smoked. "We found significant respiratory ... Read more

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Half of Heart Attacks Might Be 'Silent'

Posted 16 May 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 16, 2016 – As many as half of all heart attacks may be "silent" – without the typical crushing chest pain, shortness of breath and cold sweats, new study findings suggest. Among nearly 9,500 Americans included in the study, 45 percent of all heart attacks were silent, investigators found. And, the study authors said, these silent heart attacks triple the odds of dying from heart disease. "Silent heart attacks are almost as common as heart attacks with symptoms and just as bad," said senior study author Dr. Elsayed Soliman. He is director of the epidemiological cardiology research center at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C. Heart attacks reduce or stop blood flow to the heart muscle. Because silent heart attacks often go undiagnosed, people don't get the medical care needed to prevent another heart attack, or even death, the study authors explained. ... Read more

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Do You Know the 'Hidden' Signs of Asthma?

Posted 11 May 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 – While most people know that wheezing is a sign of asthma, far fewer realize that trouble sleeping or a persistent cough may also be symptoms of the airway disease, a new survey shows. Those findings may help explain why many adults don't realize they have the disease and don't seek treatment, the researchers said. But, one in every 200 U.S. adults is diagnosed every year with asthma, a condition called adult-onset asthma, the researchers said. "A lot of people have asthma and don't know it. Many adults do not have the traditional asthma symptoms, or they don't have all of the symptoms," said Dr. David Beuther. He is a pulmonologist at National Jewish Health in Denver, a hospital that specializes in respiratory diseases. The hospital commissioned the national survey. It included more than 1,000 people who were aged 18 and older. They were asked about the ... Read more

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Health Tip: Climate Change Affects Health

Posted 10 May 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Climate change and associated extreme weather pose significant threats to human health. The American Lung Association mentions these examples: Warmer temperatures and more droughts mean worsening air pollution from factors such as ozone, dust and wildfires. Since plants produce more pollen in warmer weather, climate change can mean worsening allergies. Wildfires, which are more common during drought conditions, can trigger serious problems for asthmatics, and people with heart or lung disease. Read more

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Doctors Issue Call to Combat Climate Change

Posted 18 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 18, 2016 – Climate change is already harming people's health by promoting illnesses linked to warmer temperatures and changing weather patterns, a leading group of U.S. doctors says in a new position paper. As a result, the American College of Physicians (ACP) is calling for "aggressive, concerted" action to fight climate change by curbing man-made greenhouse gas emissions. Respiratory illnesses, heat stroke and infectious diseases like Zika virus, dengue fever and cholera are flourishing as global temperatures rise, said Dr. Wayne Riley, president of the college. "Our climate is already changing and people are already being harmed. If we don't begin to address climate change, we're going to see more and more manifestations of these health problems," Riley said. "There is clear, compelling scientific consensus that climate change is real," he added. "There is no dispute." ... Read more

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Even Light Hookah Use May Cause Airway Problems

Posted 13 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 12, 2016 – Some people believe smoking from a hookah is safe because smoke passes through water before being inhaled. But, a new study found that hookah smoking may actually be more dangerous than cigarettes. The study found that young adults who are considered light hookah users have noticeable changes in the cells lining their airways. "With hookah, smoking a bowl is the equivalent of smoking a pack of cigarettes," said study leader Dr. Ronald Crystal, chairman of the department of genetic medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City. "When you talk to the hookah smokers, however, there's a general belief that it is safer than cigarette smoking. We looked at the airways, lower respiratory tract, and in the blood vessels and found biologic abnormalities in all of those who smoked hookah," he said. "Our conclusion is pretty obvious that there may be risk to ... Read more

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