Quitting smoking during pregnancy lowers risk of preterm births

There is an important association between maternal cigarette smoking cessation during pregnancy and risk of preterm birth, according to a new Dartmouth-led study published in JAMA Network Open

Quitting smoking during pregnancy lowers risk of preterm birthsThe negative health impacts of cigarette smoking during pregnancy – which include low birth weight, delayed intrauterine development, preterm birth, infant mortality, and long-term developmental delays – are well known. In good news, the proportion of women who start their pregnancy as smokers has been declining in recent years. “Of concern, though, given the substantial […]

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 […]

Sweet smells can help curb cigarette cravings, finds study  

If trying to quit smoking has become a bit of a challenge, researchers advise sniffing peppermint, coffee, and vanilla to curb the craving for cigarettes

Sweet smells can help curb cigarette cravings, finds study  As health officials search for novels ways to help cigarette smokers kick the habit, they may want to consider enlisting the power of smell. Researchers found that smokers exposed to pleasant olfactory cues, like the scents of chocolate, lemon, or vanilla, had less intense cigarette cravings than those exposed to a neutral smell or the […]

Men who have a resting heart rate of 75 bpm are twice as likely to die early

When was the last time you measured your resting heart rate? Having a resting heart rate of 75 beats per minute (bpm) during middle-age may double the risk for early death, according to new research published in the journal Open Heart

Men who have a resting heart rate of 75 bpm are twice as likely to die earlyThe study involved hundreds of men who had their resting rates measured on two occasions over the space of 10 years. A resting heart rate of 75-bpm (which is considered normal by the UK NHS) was shown to double the risk of early death. Men whose heart rate increased during their 50s were also more […]

Teenagers! Here’s what happens to your body when you vape

Dr Preyas Vaidya, a consultant pulmonologist, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, shares the effects of vaping, and tips to tackle the craving for smoking

Teenagers! Here’s what happens to your body when you vapeIf you are trying to nip the bud and are striving hard to do so, you’re not alone. Approximately seven out of ten smokers say they want to quit smoking, but find it difficult to do so. Often, an alternative most people turn to is electronic cigarettes to transition from traditional ones. E-cigarettes are battery-based […]

One bottle of wine equivalent to smoking ten cigarettes, states study

New research suggests that drinking a bottle of wine (around 750 ml) per week raises the risk of cancer as much as smoking five to ten cigarettes. The results of the study were published in the latest issue of the journal BMC Public Health

One bottle of wine equivalent to smoking ten cigarettes, states studyResearchers from the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Bangor University and the University of Southampton, noted that if women drank one bottle of wine per week, their life time risk of cancer is equivalent to those who smoke 10 cigarettes a week. The researchers discovered that these women had an increased risk of breast […]

Smoking and pre-eclampsia may cause fertility problems for offspring, study suggests

Low levels of oxygen in the womb—which can be caused by smoking or conditions such as pre-eclampsia—may cause problems with fertility later in life, a study carried out in rats suggests

Smoking and pre-eclampsia may cause fertility problems for offspring, study suggestsThe research, led by scientists at the University of Cambridge, found that exposing foetuses to chronic hypoxia (low oxygen levels) during development led to them having advanced ageing of the ovaries and fewer eggs available. Hypoxia in the womb can be caused by a number of factors, including smoking, pre-eclampsia, maternal obesity, and living at […]

Paternal smoking can increase risk of congenital heart defects in kids

Fathers-to-be who smoke may increase the risk of congenital heart defects in their offspring, according to a study published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC)

Paternal smoking can increase risk of congenital heart defects in kidsFor mothers-to-be, both smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke were detrimental. “Fathers-to-be should quit smoking,” said study author Dr Jiabi Qin, of Xiangya School of Public Health, Central South University, Changsha, China. “Fathers are a large source of second-hand smoke for pregnant women, which appears to be even more harmful to unborn children than women […]

Adults smoking at home can cause kids to develop COPD as grown-ups

Are you a chain smoker? Besides harming your own life, you may also be exposing your kids to second-hand smoke, which can increase their risk of death due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in adulthood, researchers have warned

Adults smoking at home can cause kids to develop COPD as grown-upsAdults with long-term exposure to second-hand smoke as children are at increased risk of early death from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), new research suggests. The American Cancer Society study also linked exposure to second-hand smoke in adulthood with increased risk of premature death from COPD and several other conditions. “Overall, our findings provide further […]

Scientists find missing link between heart attack and depression

People with heart disease are more likely to suffer from depression, and the opposite is also true. Now, scientists at the University of Cambridge believe they have identified a link between these two conditions: inflammation - the body’s response to negative environmental factors, such as stress

Scientists find missing link between heart attack and depressionResearchers already recognised the link between depression and heart disease. However, until recently, the mechanisms explaining it remained a mystery. A new study reveals that stress-induced inflammation may explain why mental and cardiovascular health are so intimately related. What explains this link? Researchers from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom set out to […]
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