Drinking alcohol directly linked to DNA damage, reveals study

Link between drinking and cancer clarified by study which indicates alcohol causes cancer by scrambling DNA in cells, eventually leading to mutations

Drinking alcohol directly linked to DNA damage, reveals studyDrinking alcohol produces a harmful chemical in the body which can lead to permanent genetic damage in the DNA of stem cells, increasing the risk of cancer developing, according to research published on Wednesday. Working with mice in a laboratory, British scientists used chromosome analysis and DNA sequencing to examine the genetic damage caused by acetaldehyde, […]

Smoking just one cigarette a day can harm your heart

Researchers found that when compared with people who never smoke, smoking about one cigarette per day carries 40 to 50 % of the risk for coronary heart disease and stroke. The findings challenge a widely held view that smoking just a few cigarettes per day is ‘relatively safe.’

Smoking just one cigarette a day can harm your heartA BMJ report on the review — led by Allan Hackshaw, a professor at University College London in the United Kingdom — reveals that even if you smoke around one cigarette per day, your risk for stroke and coronary heart disease is “much greater than expected.” He and his colleagues calculated that the risk from […]

Exercise can reverse heart disease risk in middle-aged adults

To reap the most benefit, the exercise regimen should begin by late middle age (before age 65), when the heart apparently retains some plasticity and ability to remodel itself

Exercise can reverse heart disease risk in middle-aged adultsThe new year is a time when many plan to shape up after the excesses of the festive period. Now there is good news for those who fear it might be too late in life to improve their fitness. People into late middle age can reverse or reduce the risk of heart failure caused by […]

Can traffic noise be a contributing factor behind heart disease?

Researchers suggest that the mechanism at play could be a stress response in the nervous system that is activated by exposure to noise. The stress response prompts a surge of hormones, which damages the blood vessels. The findings revealed that traffic or aircraft noise contributes to hypertension, diabetes, and other risk factors for heart disease

Can traffic noise be a contributing factor behind heart disease?The idea that heart disease may be caused by traffic noise may seem far-fetched. But growing evidence is linking environmental noise to the development of heart conditions including arterial hypertension, stroke, heart failure, and coronary artery disease. Although healthcare providers will focus on traditional risk factors when they diagnose, prevent, and treat heart disease, ever […]

Yo-yo dieting likely to increase risk of heart disease death, even if you are not overweight

Women of normal weight who subsequently experienced the yo-yo effect were 3.5 times more likely to die from sudden cardiac arrest than women whose weight remained stable

Yo-yo dieting likely to increase risk of heart disease death, even if you are not overweightObesity increases the risk for some of the leading causes of death in the United States, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and some forms of cancer. Being obese or overweight is also linked to an overall lower quality of life and poorer mental health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that […]

Childhood heart defects interlinked with early onset of dementia

The study findings revealed compared to people born with normal hearts, adult survivors of childhood heart defects were more than twice as likely to develop dementia by age 65. The dementia risk increased with the severity of heart defects

Childhood heart defects interlinked with early onset of dementiaPeople who survive childhood heart defects may have an increased risk of developing dementia before age 65, a Danish study suggests. “Previous studies showed that people born with heart defects may be at higher risk of neurodevelopmental problems in childhood, such as epilepsy and autism, but this is, to our knowledge, the first study to […]

Your father’s genes can influence your risk of ovarian cancer

Research published in the journal PLOS Genetics identifies a new mutation associated with early-onset ovarian and prostate cancer that is passed down the paternal line through the X chromosome

Your father’s genes can influence your risk of ovarian cancerFathers could be passing on a genetic mutation to their daughters that further adds to their inherited risk of ovarian cancer, new research suggests. A study of about 10,000 families impacted by ovarian cancer found a genetic mutation passed down through the father’s X chromosome is entirely separate from the BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations which […]

New study reveals, calcium and vitamin D supplement cannot protect bone health

Vitamin D and calcium has long been touted to strengthen bones. However, according to a latest study, older adults who take vitamin D and calcium are no less likely to break their hips or other bones than peers who don't use these supplements

New study reveals, calcium and vitamin D supplement cannot protect bone healthIf taking more vitamin and mineral supplements is part of your plan for a healthier new year, a new study may prompt you to reconsider. Researchers who scoured the medical literature for evidence that calcium and vitamin D pills could help prevent bone fractures came up empty. Their analysis focused on adults older than age […]

For adults with arthritis even 45 minutes of exercise a week can be beneficial

While physical activity can be challenging for many older adults with arthritis, it can help patients better manage their condition and maintain physical functioning

For adults with arthritis even 45 minutes of exercise a week can be beneficialFirst author Dorothy Dunlop, professor of rheumatology and preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL, and colleagues report their findings in the journal Arthritis Care & Research. Arthritis is a term used to describe inflammation of the joints. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis, caused by “wear […]

8 tell-tale signs that you have low potassium levels

The more sodium you consume, the more potassium your body excretes. Tip-offs that you need more can be hard to notice, but if you experience any of these signs and can’t figure out what’s behind them, check in with your doc to have your potassium levels tested

8 tell-tale signs that you have low potassium levelsYou don’t hear much about potassium—but you should. It’s important for muscle strength, nerve functioning, and a healthy cardiovascular system, says Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D., a Philadelphia-based nutritionist. The nutrient’s in lots of delicious foods (think: melon, avocados, bananas, and white beans). But even if you get the recommended 4,700 mg per day, you still […]