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Targeting 9 Risk Factors Could Prevent 1 in 3 Dementia Cases: Study

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 – One-third of dementia cases worldwide might be prevented by paying attention to nine risk factors throughout life, researchers say. These measures include: staying in school until you're at least over the age of 15; reducing hearing loss, obesity and high blood pressure in mid-life (ages 45 to 65); and reducing smoking, depression, physical inactivity, social isolation and diabetes in later life (65 and older). Taking care of these risk factors would possibly prevent 35 percent of dementia cases, the study findings suggested. In comparison, targeting the major genetic risk factor – known as ApoE – would prevent less than one in 10 dementia cases (7 percent), the study authors said. The three risk factors that could potentially make the most difference in preventing dementia include: staying in school (which would reduce dementia cases by 8 percent); reducing ... Read more

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Healthy Heart in 20s, Better Brain in 40s?

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 – Folks with heart-healthy habits in their 20s tend to have larger, healthier brains in their 40s – brains that may be better prepared to withstand the ravages of aging, a new study reports. Twentysomethings who closely followed the "Life's Simple 7" guidelines from the American Heart Association had brains in middle age that appeared more than a decade younger than those who didn't follow the guidelines at all, said lead researcher Michael Bancks. He's a postdoctoral fellow at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. "We found that individuals who maintained better cardiovascular health in young adulthood had higher brain volume in later adulthood," Bancks said. Brain volume loss, or shrinkage, has been associated with the onset of Alzheimer's disease and dementia, Bancks said. The Life's Simple 7 guidelines promote heart health by ... Read more

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Create Your Own Quit-Smoking Plan

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 18, 2017 It's almost too easy to delay the day you'll quit smoking – almost any excuse will do. But know this: Smokers who quit before their 50th birthday can cut in half their risk of dying over the following 15 years, according to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. As you get yourself mentally ready to stop smoking, it's important to recognize that – besides dealing with a nicotine addiction – quitting smoking means changing a deeply ingrained psychological habit. You can help this process along by identifying the situations that make you want to smoke and steering clear of them. That usually involves making changes to your daily routine. For example, if you always take a work break with co-workers who smoke, you'll want to take breaks with nonsmokers or do something completely different, like go for a short walk. Many people smoke because it helps them handle ... Read more

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Teens Keep Building Bone After They Stop Growing: Study

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 17, 2017 – The late teens are a key time for bone growth, even after young people reach their full height. A new study included more than 2,000 youngsters who had annual bone and growth measurements for up to seven years as they moved into their late teens and early adulthood. The findings highlight the importance of a healthy diet and physical activity during the late teen years, according to authors of the study published recently in JAMA Pediatrics. ''We often think of a child's growth largely with respect to height, but overall bone development is also important,'' said lead author Dr. Shana McCormack, a pediatric researcher at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. ''This study shows that roughly 10 percent of bone mass continues to accumulate after a teenager reaches his or her adult height,'' McCormack said in a hospital news release. The study also found that bone ... Read more

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4 Ways to Look Younger Longer

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 14, 2017 – There's no escaping the fact that there'll be another birthday candle on your cake this year, but that doesn't mean your skin has to give away your age. These four steps can help stop the wrinkles – and you're never too young to start. The main culprit behind aging skin is the sun's ultraviolet rays, including UVAs that penetrate your skin and damage collagen fibers. That sets off a chain reaction that leads to wrinkles. The best way to prevent this damage, called photoaging, is by using at least SPF 15 sunscreen every day, even when you're just going to work or running errands. Many daywear cosmetics contain SPF, but if yours don't, apply sunscreen, wait 15 minutes, and then put on your makeup. But keep in mind that wearing sunscreen doesn't give you license to bake in the sun. The skin around your eyes is particularly fragile, so be sure to wear sunglasses, ... Read more

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Quitting Smoking Can Bring Healthier Sinuses Years Later: Study

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 – Smoking can wreak havoc on your sinuses, but new research shows symptoms reverse within 10 years after quitting the bad habit. Researchers believe the findings may provide new motivation for smokers to stop smoking. "If patients tell me that they are smoking, I now have direct evidence to say that the same symptoms that are making them miserable are exacerbated further by smoking," said senior study author Dr. Ahmad Sedaghat, a sinus surgeon at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. "On the other hand, we can also be optimistic, because we have evidence to suggest that if you quit smoking, things will get better – on the order of 10 years," he added in a hospital news release. Sedaghat is also an assistant professor of otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School. Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) leads to facial pain, poor sleep and trouble breathing due to blocked ... Read more

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Do Moms Who Smoke in Pregnancy Raise Their Odds for a Troubled Teen?

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 – Expectant mothers have been warned for years to avoid cigarettes. Now researchers report another reason to follow that advice: Teens and young adults whose mothers smoked during pregnancy may be more likely to break the law and be antisocial. The study included thousands of people in New England who were followed from birth into their 30s. The research wasn't designed to prove cause-and-effect. However, kids of women who smoked an extra pack of cigarettes a day had a 30 percent increased risk of three or more symptoms of conduct disorder as a teen, and a more than threefold increased risk of three or more symptoms of antisocial personality disorder as a young adult, the investigators found. These children also had a more than double increased risk of having a record of non-violent offenses as a teen and of committing a violent offense as a young adult, the ... Read more

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Smoking Skyrockets in Movies Aimed at Young: Study

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 – Progress to keep tobacco use out of kid-friendly movies is apparently going up in smoke. The number of youth-focused films that showed smoking rose sharply between 2010 and 2016, a new study reveals. During that time, 46 percent of movies with smoking were youth-rated. That's 210 of the 459 top-grossing films. And the number of smoking scenes in movies rated PG-13 – suitable for teens – surged, from 564 in 2010 to 809 in 2016. That's a public health concern that must be addressed, the study's senior author said, because it could encourage young people to light up. "Modernizing Hollywood's rating system to reflect the audience by awarding movies with smoking an R rating would save a million kids' lives," said Stanton Glantz. He directs the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco. "That is the best way ... Read more

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E-Cigarettes Lead to 'Real' Smoking by Teens: Review

Posted 27 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 – Teens and young adults who use electronic cigarettes – also known as vaping – are almost four times as likely as their non-vaping counterparts to begin smoking traditional cigarettes, a new review suggests. "E-cigarette use increases the risk of subsequent cigarette smoking, even for teens and young adults who might not be at the highest risk for smoking," said study lead author Samir Soneji. "This increased risk may counter the successful tobacco control efforts that have produced a steady decline in smoking since 1998," he said. Soneji is an assistant professor at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice in Lebanon, N.H. Battery-powered e-cigarettes deliver nicotine through vapor instead of smoke. Their effect on public health is still being debated. Some say they may help adults wean themselves off tobacco cigarettes, while others ... Read more

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Health Tip: Want Healthier Lungs?

Posted 22 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Though you can't live without them, we'll bet you haven't spent much time thinking about how to take care of your lungs. The American Lung Association has these suggestions: Don't start smoking; if you are a smoker, quit. Don't allow smoking in your home or car. Test your home for radon. Avoid the outdoors when air quality is poor. Prevent lung infections by washing your hands frequently, getting any recommended vaccines, and avoiding people who are sick. Exercise regularly to keep your lungs strong and healthy. See your health care provider regularly. Read more

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Secondhand Smoke Still Plagues Some Cancer Survivors

Posted 22 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 22, 2017 – The number of nonsmoking cancer survivors exposed to secondhand smoke is down significantly in the United States, but it's too soon to breathe easy. A new review of federal data on nearly 700 nonsmoking adult cancer survivors found 15.7 percent reporting exposure to secondhand smoke in 2011-2012, down from nearly 40 percent in 1999-2000. However, exposure rates were higher among those with a history of smoking-related cancer and those living below the federal poverty level. Rates of secondhand tobacco exposure among nonsmoking cancer survivors are similar to that of the general population, the study found. "This is concerning," said study author Dr. Oladimeji Akinboro, chief medical resident at Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital in New Rochelle, N.Y., "because those who have had or have cancer represent a group of people whose health outcomes are adversely ... Read more

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Raise the Smoking Age to 21? Most Kids Fine With That

Posted 19 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 19, 2017 – Nearly two-thirds of U.S. teens support raising the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products to 21 years old, new research finds. Specifically, kids from 11 to 18 were asked if they supported the Tobacco 21 initiative – a program through the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation that strives to raise the minimum age for tobacco purchases. "Current studies have focused on the attitudes of adults, and little is known about how youth nationwide perceive the Tobacco 21 initiative as well as the correlations between these attitudes and smoking behaviors," said study author Hongying Dai. She's an associate professor in the Health Services and Outcomes Research Department at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. The reasons for increasing the age to 21 are largely scientific. Kids are at the greatest risk of becoming smokers, and smokers almost always ... Read more

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Many Young Americans Using Snuff, Chewing Tobacco

Posted 15 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 – More than 3 percent of Americans age 12 and older said they'd used chewing tobacco or snuff in the past month, according to a recent federal government report. "Smokeless tobacco is an addictive substance that can lead to serious health problems and premature death," said Kana Enomoto, of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). She is acting deputy assistant secretary for mental health and substance use. An analysis of SAMHSA data from 2002 to 2014 found that nearly 9 million Americans (3.3 percent) reported using smokeless tobacco in the past month. This includes chewing tobacco, dip, snus and snuff – generally, these forms are held in the mouth. About 1 million used smokeless tobacco for the first time in the prior year, according to the report. Users tended to be younger and male, the researchers said. Nearly 6 percent ... Read more

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First Decline Seen in 'Vaping' Among U.S. Teens: CDC

Posted 15 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 – For the first time since the U.S. government began tracking e-cigarette use among American youth, a new report shows fewer teens are vaping. The drop was significant, falling from 3 million in 2015 to 2.2 million in 2016, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And that trend largely fueled a decrease in overall tobacco use by high school and middle school students, health officials added. In 2015, 4.7 million teens used tobacco products, but that number dropped to 3.9 million in 2016. However, that means nearly 4 million middle and high school students are still using tobacco products, the CDC researchers said. "We have some good news, and we have some bad news," said Brian King, deputy director of research translation in CDC's Office on Smoking and Health. "The good news is that the use of any tobacco product has declined in 2015 to ... Read more

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Centenarians Often Healthier Than Younger Seniors: Study

Posted 15 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 15, 2017 – Americans who are 100 years or older have lower rates of chronic illness than younger seniors, a new study finds. George Washington University researchers used U.S. Veterans Affairs Administration data to compare centenarians with people in their 80s and 90s. Most were white men who had fought in World War II. "Additionally, this generation lived through the Great Depression," study author Dr. Raya Elfadel Kheirbek said in a university news release. "It is a wonder, considering the hardships they had faced, that they have achieved such longevity." She said this never-before-studied group of centenarians at the VA offers an important message of resilience to anyone who is struggling. Kheirbek, an associate professor of medicine at George Washington, is also a palliative care doctor at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Due to their military ... Read more

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