Fruit may lower diabetes risk while juice may raise it

“New diet to beat diabetes: Fresh fruit cuts risk by a quarter,” the Daily Express reports, while also warning that “drinking fruit juice actually increases the risk”. This report is based on three large studies of health professionals in the US. Researchers found that eating at least three servings a week of whole fruits was […]

The Clean Fifteen

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is an organization that creates public lists for consumers regarding pesticide levels in fruits and vegetables.  Each year the EWG creates the Dirty Dozen, which are the foods that contain the highest amounts of pesticide residue.  In addition, the EWG creates the Clean Fifteen, which are the top fifteen foods […]

Nearly half of women at risk of preterm birth do not receive cheap drug that could prevent millions of newborn deaths

A major international study of more than 303,000 births in 29 low-income and middle-income countries has found that only half (52%) of women who are eligible to receive a simple, effective, low-cost treatment to prevent death and disability in their newborn babies are getting it. Use of antenatal corticosteroids was highly variable ranging from 16-20% […]

Exercise may cut breast cancer risk, study finds

"Exercise lowers risk of breast cancer after menopause," reports The Independent. This and similar headlines were sparked by a large study of postmenopausal teachers that found increased recreational activity was associated with a 10% decrease in the risk of breast cancer. The risk reduction eroded among some women who became less active over the years, […]

Lack of vitamin D may ‘raise dementia risk’

People lacking in vitamin D have a higher risk of developing dementia report several media outlets, including BBC News and The Independent. A study found people severely lacking in the sunshine vitamin were twice as likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s disease compared with people with healthy levels (50nmol/l or more). The findings are based on […]

Two Genes Add to Breast Cancer Risk (CME/CE)

(MedPage Today) — Breast cancer risk increased by five to nine times in women who had mutations in a gene related to BRCA2, one group of investigators reported, while another implicated the multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 tumor-suppressor gene in the disease. MedPage Today OB/Gyn

Pre-pregnancy risk drinking predicts toddler behavior problems

Risk drinking before pregnancy can increase the risk of the development behavioral problems in toddlers. Early intervention to help and support mothers and their children could help to prevent these problems from developing into long term behavioral problems. Infant’s Health News — ScienceDaily

Contraceptive pills may double breast cancer risk

"Some contraceptive pills double risk of breast cancer," The Daily Telegraph reports, as a new US study found an increased risk of 50% with use of the combined oral contraceptive pill, commonly called "the pill". The combined pill contains oestrogen and, as it is known oestrogen can stimulate breast cancer cells to grow, the potential […]

Running 7 minutes a day ‘halves heart death risk’

"Running for just a few minutes each day can reduce the risk of dying from heart disease," The Guardian reports. Ultimately, you can’t outrun the Grim Reaper. But this news accurately reflects the results of a large long-term US study on health outcomes. And unlike yesterday’s superficially similar brief exercise story, this study seems to have […]

More on the river that divides Tajikistan and Afghanistan– and a 50 fold different risk in…

What explains the enormous more than 50 fold difference in maternal mortality rates across this river? Both areas of Tajikistan and Afghanistan are “in geographically contiguous poor, post-conflict, highly conservative, mountainous countries.” How can the obstetric risks for women be so different? To continue our review of this fascinating study, we take a closer look […]

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