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Health Tip: Protect Yourself Against Breast Cancer

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Family history and age are risk factors that you cannot change, but there are lifestyle choices that you can make to better control your risk of developing breast cancer. The American Cancer Society suggests: Maintain a healthy weight Exercise regularly Limit sitting. Limit alcohol. Avoid or limit hormone replacement therapy. Read more

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Self-Harm on the Rise Among Teen Girls

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 – Teen girls are much more likely to self-harm than boys, and the dangerous practice is on the rise. That's the conclusion of a new British study that also found a strong link between self-harm – practices such as cutting or burning oneself – and a higher risk of suicide. Researchers reviewed information from nearly 650 general practices in the United Kingdom. The records had data on almost 9,000 patients aged 10 to 19 who self-harmed between 2001 and 2014. The investigators compared those children to more than 170,000 kids who didn't self-harm, matched for age and gender. The rate of self-harm was about three times higher among girls than boys. The rate rose 68 percent among girls ages 13 to 16 from 2011 to 2014. Referrals to mental health services within 12 months of self-harming were 23 percent less likely for children in the poorest areas, even though the ... Read more

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Avoiding Alcohol Helps the Heart Beat Better

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 – The longer you refrain from drinking, the lower your risk of a common heart rhythm disorder. That's the message of a new long-range study examining alcohol use and atrial fibrillation, or Afib. This is when electrical impulses in the upper chambers of the heart are chaotic and cause an irregular heartbeat, which increases the risk of blood clots that can cause stroke or heart attacks. One in four adults older than 40 is at risk for Afib, and nearly 6 million people in the United States could have the condition by 2050. But the researchers from the University of California, San Francisco found that every decade of non-drinking decreased the risk of Afib by 20 percent, regardless of the type of alcohol. The study included heart-risk data generated over 25 years on more than 15,000 American adults. Past drinkers were at increased risk for Afib, the researchers ... Read more

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Good Lifestyle Choices Add Years to Your Life

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 – Change your lifestyle, change your life span. That's the claim of a new study that found not smoking, watching your weight and continuing to learn new things could help you live longer. And genes play a part in the lifestyle choices people make, according to researchers at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. "The power of big data and genetics allow us to compare the effect of different behaviors and diseases in terms of months and years of life lost or gained, and to distinguish between mere association and causal effect," researcher Jim Wilson said in a university news release. But this study didn't prove that lifestyle choices cause life span to shorten or lengthen. For the study, scientists analyzed genetic information from more than 600,000 people in North America, Europe and Australia to determine how genes affect life span. For example, certain genes ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Smoking, Smoking Cessation, Alcohol Dependence, Alcoholism, Hangover, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, Acute Alcohol Intoxication

Another Downside to College Boozing: Poorer Job Prospects

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 9, 2017 – Frequent college binge drinking markedly lowers the chances of landing a full-time job upon graduation, a new study suggests. Examining alcohol consumption's effect on first-time employment, researchers found drinking heavily six times a month cut the chances a new graduate would find a job by 10 percent. And each episode of binge-drinking in a given month lowered those odds by 1.4 percent. "The study is important because it definitively shows how drinking impacts employment," said study author Peter Bamberger. He's research director of Cornell University's Smithers Institute in Ithaca, N.Y. "It's kind of a wake-up call to college students that their behavioral health has long-term implications," Bamberger added. "You can have fun in college, but within limits." Bamberger is also a professor of organizational behavior at Tel Aviv University in Israel. Binge ... Read more

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How Much Alcohol Is Really OK?

Posted 2 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 2, 2017 – All the good news/bad news studies about alcohol can leave you confused. But research suggests that you still need to keep moderation in mind when you raise a glass. You may have heard reports about red wine in particular, and the suggestion that it can boost health, especially heart health, because of its antioxidant resveratrol. According to a round-up of studies published in Consumer Reports, moderate amounts of red wine may confer some benefits, but any pluses rapidly change to risks for heavy drinkers. A research review about overall alcohol consumption, published in 2016 in the journal Circulation, confirmed that the picture is rather complex – there can be some immediate health threats from drinking any type of alcohol, even in moderate amounts. There's little doubt that alcohol's risks increase with quantity. The World Health Organization warns that ... Read more

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State Policies Can Reduce Alcohol-Related Murders

Posted 29 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 – Taxes, sales restrictions and other policies aimed at alcohol control appear to reduce the likelihood that murders and other violent crimes will be alcohol-related, according to a new study. The researchers, from Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Boston University, investigated whether alcohol policies had an impact on murders involving people who had been drinking. The investigators examined existing alcohol policies and analyzed 27,000 homicides in 17 states between 2003 and 2012 to assess the likelihood that these crimes were alcohol-related. They found that more stringent state alcohol policies helped reduce the odds that alcohol was involved in violent crimes. A 1 percent increase in the limits set on the sale and consumption of alcohol was associated with a 1 percent lower risk for alcohol-involvement among murder victims. "Given the risks involved with ... Read more

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Putting Wine on a Diet

Posted 25 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2017 – Do you enjoy a glass of wine with dinner or when unwinding at the end of a long day, but wonder how its calories are affecting your diet? As with everything you eat and drink, it comes down to portion size. The key is limiting yourself to one 5-ounce serving a day if you're a woman, two if you're a man. This is also the safe limit in terms of healthy alcohol consumption. One serving of red wine has about 125 calories, with 100 calories for white. These calories can quickly add up if you refill your glass, yet they're hardly filling and have no nutritional value. So, it's important that you don't "spend" too much of your daily limit on booze. To stretch a 5-ounce serving, switch to a smaller wine glass and pour just 2 or 3 ounces to start – that leaves you some leeway for a refill. Remember the tried-and-true trick of adding club soda or seltzer to wine to make ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Alcohol Dependence, Alcoholism, Hangover, Acute Alcohol Intoxication

Booze Often Glorified On YouTube Videos

Posted 21 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 – If kids only watched YouTube for insights into drinking, they'd get a very slanted view, new research shows. The study found alcohol intake is typically shown only as fun, with none of the downsides. Researchers analyzed 137 YouTube videos that featured alcohol brands popular with underage drinkers. The videos had been viewed nearly 97 million times, and 1 in 10 depicted chugging, the investigators said. "Our aim is not to say we should be censoring this," said lead researcher Dr. Brian Primack, director of the University of Pittsburgh Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health. However, "knowing about this content should help us develop appropriate educational programs," he added. The alcohol products ranged from beer to vodka to cognac. Forty percent of the videos were conventional ads, while others featured someone highlighting a particular ... Read more

Related support groups: Alcohol Dependence, Alcoholism, Hangover, Acute Alcohol Intoxication

Which Single Behavior Best Prevents High Blood Pressure?

Posted 15 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2017 – You probably already know that certain healthy lifestyle behaviors can reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure, but is any one behavior more important than the others? Maybe, as new research suggests maintaining a healthy weight is the No. 1 behavior to prevent unhealthy blood pressure levels. "Our results indicate by maintaining a healthy body weight into middle age, you can help preserve low blood pressure," said the study's lead author, John Booth III. He's a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "There have been increases in blood pressure at younger ages, which are linked to heart disease and stroke," Booth said. "We evaluated the long-term impact of maintaining healthy behaviors on [high blood pressure]." Booth and his colleagues looked at the effects of five healthy behaviors: Never smoking Drinking 7 or fewer ... Read more

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App to Help Treat Substance Abuse Approved

Posted 14 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved its first mobile app to help treat substance abuse, the agency said Thursday in a news release. The Reset application is designed to help treat abuse of alcohol, cocaine, marijuana and stimulant medications. But the app is not intended for opioid dependence, the FDA said. Citing the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the FDA said criteria for Substance Use Disorders (SUD) are met when chronic use of these substances causes "significant impairment, such as health problems, disability and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school or home." The newly-approved app delivers behavioral therapy that's designed to "increase abstinence from substance abuse and increase [participation] in outpatient therapy programs," the FDA said. "This is an example of how innovative digital ... Read more

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Is an Occasional Drink OK During Pregnancy?

Posted 12 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 – During the nine months of pregnancy, many pregnant women have wondered – would one or two glasses of wine really put my baby at risk? And, unfortunately, researchers still don't know for sure. But a new review of several existing studies hints that small amounts of alcohol may slightly boost the risk of premature birth and low birth weight. The researchers acknowledge that the studies so far have been sparse and, in some cases, flimsy. Yet, there's "some evidence that even light alcohol consumption in pregnancy is associated with risk of delivering a small baby and, to some extent, also with the risk of premature delivery, although this was less clear," said review lead author Loubaba Mamluk. She's a researcher at the University of Bristol in England. Dr. Paul Jarris, chief medical officer of the March of Dimes, acknowledged that research hasn't been ... Read more

Related support groups: Alcoholism, Hangover, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation during Pregnancy/Lactation, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation, Acute Alcohol Intoxication

Poor Health Habits Add Up to Poor Grades for Teens

Posted 8 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 – American high school students with poor grades are much more likely to have unhealthy behaviors – including illegal drug use – than teens at the top of the class, federal health officials say. There's a strong link between teens' health habits and their academic achievement, according to a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey. "As our nation's children embark on another school year, it's important to remember that health and academic performance are not mutually exclusive," said the CDC's director, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald. Analyzing data from a 2015 federal government survey, the researchers found that compared to students with mostly A's, students with mostly D's and F's were: nine times more likely to say they'd injected illegal drugs. five times more likely to say they'd skipped school at least one day in the past month due to safety ... Read more

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Here's the Recipe to Keep Colon Cancer at Bay

Posted 7 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2017 – For reducing colon cancer risk, whole grains and regular exercise are a must, while processed meats and alcohol should be limited, a large research review finds. Three servings (about 3 ounces) a day of whole grains – such as brown rice or whole-wheat bread – may lower colon cancer risk by 17 percent, according to a new report from the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund International. And greater consumption of whole grains confers even more protection, said the researchers, who evaluated close to 100 studies. Among more than 29 million adult participants, about 250,000 had colon cancer. "The extensive review of the scientific literature revealed that colorectal cancer is largely preventable through a healthy diet and lifestyle," said report panel member Dr. Edward Giovannucci. "Maintaining a healthy body weight, ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Smoking, Colonoscopy, Smoking Cessation, Alcohol Dependence, Colorectal Cancer, Hangover, Familial Adenomatous Polyposis, Acute Alcohol Intoxication

Health Tip: Diet and Activity May Help Prevent Cancer

Posted 4 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Multiple studies have shown a correlation between diet and physical activity on your risk of developing cancer. Here are suggestions from the American Cancer Society: Maintain a healthy body weight. Being obese causes the body to produce more estrogen and insulin. These hormones may promote cancer growth. Get regular exercise. Daily exercise helps you maintain a healthy weight, improve hormone levels and strengthen your immune system. The American Cancer Society recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise each week. Eat lots of plant-based foods. Also, limit how much processed and red meat you eat. Limit daily alcohol. Drink no more than one drink for women and two drinks for men each day. Quit smoking. Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Cancer, Weight Loss, Alcoholism, Hangover, Breast Cancer, Prevention, Acute Alcohol Intoxication

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