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Smokers Unleash Harms on Their Pets

Posted 7 hours ago by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Jan. 22, 2017 – Secondhand smoke not only harms people, it also poses a danger to dogs, cats and other pets, a veterinarian warns. "If 58 million non-smoking adults and children are exposed to tobacco smoke, imagine how many pets are exposed at the same time," said Dr. Carmela Stamper, who's with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Pets are also at risk from cigarette smoke residue that gets on skin, clothes, carpets, furniture and other household items, dubbed "thirdhand" smoke, according to the agency. "Like children, dogs and cats spend a lot of time on or near the floor, where tobacco smoke residue concentrates in house dust, carpets and rugs. Then, it gets on their fur," Stamper said in an FDA news release. "Dogs, cats and children not only breathe these harmful substances in, but pets can also ingest them by licking their owner's hair, skin and clothes," she explained. ... Read more

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Too Much Sitting Ages You Faster

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 – You might age a lot faster if you sit too much, a new study warns. Researchers who assessed nearly 1,500 older women found those who sat most of the day and got little exercise had cells that were biologically older by eight years than the women's actual age. "Our study found cells age faster with a sedentary lifestyle. Chronological age doesn't always match biological age," said lead author Aladdin Shadyab. He's from the University of California, San Diego's School of Medicine. The women, aged 64 to 95, answered questionnaires and wore a device for seven days to track their activity levels. The study doesn't establish a cause-and-effect relationship between accelerated aging and lack of exercise. Still, "discussions about the benefits of exercise should start when we are young, and physical activity should continue to be part of our daily lives as we get ... Read more

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James Bond Has Kicked Butts, But His Co-Stars Haven't

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 – Being a secret agent is risky enough without adding cigarette smoking to the mix. So it's good news that James Bond seems to have kicked the health-harming habit about 15 years ago, a new study says. Still, since 1962, there's only been one James Bond movie that hasn't shown people smoking, according to the new research. And even though Bond no longer smoked after 2002, he's still been exposed to secondhand smoke, including from his romantic partners, the study authors pointed out. The investigators checked for smoking in 24 Bond movies made between 1962 and 2015. The spy's on-screen smoking peaked in the 1960s, when 007 puffed on cigarettes in 83 percent of the Bond movies made during that decade. He had his last smoke in "Die Another Day" in 2002, the study findings showed. When Bond was a smoker, he had his first smoke an average of 20 minutes after the start ... Read more

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Most Smokers With Mental Illness Want to Kick the Habit

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 – Nearly six in 10 Americans with severe mental illness smoke, and a new study suggests that many of them want to quit. The problem is that many of these patients don't get help from their psychiatrists and caseworkers, researchers report. "Patients with serious mental illness die an average of 25 years younger than people who don't have these problems, and smoking is a big factor," said study author Dr. Li-Shiun Chen. She's an assistant professor of psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. "Smoking is a common and serious problem for our patients, and although smoking rates have been decreasing in the general population, the rates remain very high in this vulnerable population," Chen said in a university news release. In the past, psychiatric wards allowed patients to smoke so they could focus on treatment for their mental conditions, ... Read more

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Watching Others 'Vape' May Trigger Urge to Smoke

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 – A type of e-cigarette called a vape pen can trigger the urge to smoke among young adults as much as seeing someone smoke cigarettes, a new study contends. "The new e-cigarettes, known as vape pens, are now larger and more powerful devices," said study director Andrea King. "They have low resemblance to cigarettes, so some people were hoping they might not produce the same urge to smoke," said King, director of the clinical addictions research laboratory at the University of Chicago Medical Center. "But we found that they do stimulate the urge," King said in a university news release. Battery-operated "vape pens look different but they share too many salient features of the act of smoking" – such as inhaling, exhaling and hand-to-mouth behaviors, she explained. "This makes them a potent trigger, encouraging people to smoke," King explained. "They made the young ... Read more

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Rural Americans at Higher Risk of 5 Preventable Causes of Death: CDC

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 – Americans who live in rural areas have a higher risk of death from five leading causes than people who live in urban locations, a federal study reveals. In 2014, there were many potentially preventable deaths among rural Americans, including 25,000 from heart disease, 19,000 from cancer, 12,000 from accidental injuries, 11,000 from chronic lower respiratory disease and 4,000 from stroke, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "This new study shows there is a striking gap in health between rural and urban Americans. To close this gap, we are working to better understand and address the health threats that put rural Americans at increased risk of early death," CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said in an agency news release. About 46 million Americans – 15 percent of the nation's population – live in rural areas. Several factors – ... Read more

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Tobacco Use Costs World 6 Million Lives, $1 Trillion Annually: Report

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 – Smoking kills about 6 million people a year, and costs the world more than $1 trillion a year in health care expenses and lost productivity, a new report says. But, billions of dollars and millions of lives could be saved through higher tobacco prices and taxes, according to the report from the World Health Organization and the U.S. National Cancer Institute. Besides reducing the risk of cancer and heart disease, such tobacco-control policies could raise large amounts of money for governments to use for health and economic development, the study authors said. "The economic impact of tobacco on countries, and the general public, is huge, as this new report shows," said Dr. Oleg Chestnov. He is WHO's assistant director-general for noncommunicable diseases and mental health. "The tobacco industry produces and markets products that kill millions of people ... Read more

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Lots of Red Meat May Be Tied to Gut Disorder in Men

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 – Men who eat a lot of red meat may have a higher risk of a painful inflammatory condition of the colon, a new study suggests. The disorder, called diverticulitis, causes severe abdominal pain, nausea and constipation. And it can lead to complications such as tears or blockages in the colon. The new study found that men who ate the most red meat were 58 percent more likely to develop diverticulitis, compared to men who ate the least. The findings don't prove cause-and-effect, stressed senior researcher Dr. Andrew Chan, a gastroenterologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. On the other hand, he said, there are already reasons to think about cutting down on red meat. Heavy consumption has been tied to higher risks of heart disease and certain cancers, Chan pointed out. "This study offers one more reason to consider limiting the red meat in your diet," ... Read more

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Health Highlights: Jan. 10, 2017

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: No Evidence Prevagen Improves Memory: Government Lawsuit There's no scientific evidence to support claims that the dietary supplement Prevagen improves memory, a government lawsuit says. The lawsuit was filed Monday by the New York Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission against Prevagen maker Quincy Bioscience. It seeks a ban on further claims about the product's effectiveness, refunds for consumers and civil penalties, the Associated Press reported. Prevagen is marketed as being "clinically shown" to support "clearer thinking" and to "improve memory within 90 days," but those claims are based primarily on a single study that did not show a statistically significant improvement in memory, according to New New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. In a statement, Quincy ... Read more

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Health Tip: Protecting Your Health

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

-- While getting healthy is no easy chore, neither is staying that way. The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends: Avoid smoking and using tobacco. Don't have more than one daily drink if you're a woman, or no more than two daily if you're a man. Follow a healthy-eating plan to protect your heart health and weight. Lose any excess weight through diet and regular exercise. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise four-to-six days per week. Get tested for sexually transmitted infections. Avoid tanning booths, and wear sunscreen daily. Get all recommended vaccinations, health screenings (including mammograms and Pap smears) as recommended by your doctor. Also get an annual physical. Read more

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Kids' Asthma Flareups Fall Off After No-Smoking Laws

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 9, 2017 – In many U.S. communities that have adopted indoor smoking bans, fewer children need emergency asthma treatment, a new study finds. ER visits for childhood asthma attacks fell 17 percent overall in 20 metropolitan areas that prohibit smoking in public places such as restaurants and hotels, researchers found. The study doesn't confirm that the clean air laws directly boost lung health in kids. But, it makes a strong case, according to the researchers from Brown University, the University of Chicago Medical Center and Kansas University. "Combined with other studies, our results make it clear that clean indoor air legislation improves public health," study co-author Theresa Shireman said in a University of Chicago news release. She's a professor at the Brown School of Public Health. Study author Dr. Christina Ciaccio agreed. "Children are in a very unique situation ... Read more

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More Americans Questioning Safety of E-Cigarettes

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 9, 2017 – Fewer people now view e-cigarettes, which convert a nicotine liquid into vapor that's inhaled, as a less dangerous or healthier alternative to cigarettes, new research finds. Public perception about these battery-operated devices is changing, even though studies investigating their health effects have had mixed results, the researchers said. "It's a good thing that information about e-cigarettes' possible adverse health effects has gotten out there, especially considering there wasn't a government or public health push during the study years," said the study's leader, Eric Ford. He is a professor in the department of health policy and management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. "When misinformation about health effects about any substances becomes widespread, it is usually very hard to reverse the trend. That somehow happened ... Read more

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Resolve to Reduce Your Cancer Risk This Year

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 – More than half of cancer deaths could be prevented through healthy habits such as eating right, exercising and not smoking, according to the American Cancer Society. Doctors at Philadelphia's Fox Chase Cancer Center offer some advice to help you settle into the new year with a new attitude toward cancer prevention: Get screened. "Some risk factors cannot be controlled, such as family history or getting older," said Dr. Namrata Vijayvergia, assistant professor in the center's department of hematology/oncology. "That's why getting regular recommended cancer screenings may be just as important as living a healthy lifestyle." Screening tests are available for many forms of cancer. Ask your doctor when to begin and how often to be screened. Follow a healthy diet. Excess weight boosts the risk of cancer in the breast, colon and rectum, the lining of the uterus, as ... Read more

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FDA to Weigh Dangers of Exploding E-Cigarettes

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will hold a two-day workshop in April to weigh the dangers of exploding batteries in e-cigarettes. The agency announced last year that it would start to regulate the devices, which are powered by small, but powerful, lithium-ion batteries. E-cigarettes heat liquid nicotine, turning it into a vapor that can be inhaled. The Associated Press reported last month that the FDA had identified 66 instances of e-cigarette explosions in 2015 and early 2016. The batteries overheated, caught fire or blew up, according to the wire service. And researchers from the University of Washington Regional Burn Center in Seattle reported in October that they had treated at least 22 people for burns and other injuries caused by exploding e-cigarettes since October 2015. Their report was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. People have ... Read more

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Making New Year's Resolutions That Last

Posted 30 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 30, 2016 – Though made with the best of intentions, most New Year's resolutions last about as long as the bubbles in leftover champagne. That's why experts from the American Psychological Association (APA) suggest planning manageable positive lifestyle changes for the new year instead of major life overhauls that set you up for disappointment. "Setting small, attainable goals throughout the year – instead of a singular, overwhelming goal on January 1 – can help you reach whatever it is you strive for," psychologist Lynn Bufka said in an APA news release. "Remember, it is not the extent of the change that matters, but rather the act of recognizing that lifestyle change is important and working toward it, one step at a time," she explained. People who make realistic resolutions are more likely to keep those promises throughout the year. The APA offers some tips on how to ... Read more

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