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2008-12-19 22:40:08

Drinking low to moderate amounts of alcohol may delay cognitive decline in older women, a University of Glasgow researcher said. The study of nearly 6,000 people ages 70-82 in Ireland, the Netherlands and Scotland found drinking low to moderate amounts of alcohol may delay cognitive decline in older women. However, the same benefits were not seen in men of the same age group. David J. Stott of the University of Glasgow used the Mini-Mental State Examination as the method for assessment of...

2008-12-18 12:00:00

It's been known for years that smoking is responsible for an increased risk of lung cancer, and now researchers have discovered it's also responsible for an increased risk of colorectal cancer. Tobacco was responsible for about 5.4 million deaths in 2005 alone, yet there are still an estimated 1.3 billion smokers worldwide. Researchers at the European Institute of Oncology conducted a meta-analysis of 106 observational studies looking at a total of almost 40,000 new colorectal cancer cases to...

2008-12-17 12:44:43

Smoking is significantly associated with an increased risk for colorectal cancer and death, a meta-analysis of studies by Italian researchers found. Edoardo Botteri of the European Institute of Oncology in Milan, Italy, and colleagues conducted a meta-analysis to review and summarize published data examining the link between smoking and colorectal cancer incidence and death. The researchers identified 106 observational studies. The meta-analysis was based on a total of nearly 40,000 new...

2008-12-12 23:59:35

U.S. researchers have identified a region of the human genome that appears to determine how strongly drinkers feel the effects of alcohol. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center, found that a DNA sequence variation, known as a single nucleotide polymorphism, on chromosome 15 is significantly associated with the level of response to alcohol and could signal the genetic factors that affect alcohol abuse. The researchers investigated...

2008-12-03 11:26:15

Women who drink more than two alcoholic drinks a day are associated with a higher risk of irregular heart beat, U.S. and Swiss researchers said. Dr. David Conen of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, in Boston, and colleagues at the University Hospital in Basel, Switzerland, analyzed data involving 34,715 women participating in the Women's Health Study. The participants were 45 years and older and had no atrial fibrillation at the start of the study and underwent...

2008-11-19 21:00:53

About 80 percent of all cancers are diagnosed in the elderly, and more than 80 percent of known risk factors are potentially preventable, U.S. researchers say. Igor Akushevich of Duke University in Durham, N.C., said the primary purpose of the study was to develop an approach to estimate the contributions of measurable risk factors to cancer risk among the elderly. So far, we have not come to the stage where we are able to make specific recommendations regarding risk factors, Akushevich...

2008-11-18 10:31:25

Regular physical activity can lower a woman's overall risk of cancer but only if she gets a good night's sleep, U.S. researchers said. Lead author James McClain, a cancer prevention fellow at the National Cancer Institute, said a lack of sleep can undermine exercise's cancer prevention benefits. Greater participation in physical activity has consistently been associated with reduced risk of cancer incidence at several sites, including breast and colon cancers, McClain said in a statement....

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2008-11-17 14:02:51

Dutch researchers reported on Monday that smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol may add to a person's risk of throat and stomach cancers. Jessie Steevens, an epidemiologist at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, and colleagues reported their findings at an American Association for Cancer Research meeting in Washington. Overall, researchers studied more than 120,000 Dutch participants for a period of more than two decades in order to determine their risks for Esophageal adenocarcinoma...

2008-11-06 18:00:21

To reduce breast cancer risk, women should focus on healthy eating, moderate alcohol use and maintaining a healthy body weight, U.S. researchers said. Dr. Martin Mahoney of Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y., and colleagues conducted a review that examined breast cancer prevention strategies for U.S. women of average risk. While all women should be advised to moderate alcohol use, women at increased risk of breast cancer should moderate alcohol intake or even avoid alcohol,...

2008-10-09 00:00:39

Women require less tobacco exposure than men to have a significantly higher risk of colorectal cancer, U.S. researchers say. In addition, Dr. Joseph C. Anderson of the University of Connecticut in Farmington and Dr. Zvi A. Alpern of Stony Brook University in New York found smoking may increase the risk of pancreatic cancer precursor lesions, particularly in patients with a strong family history of the disease. In a large cross-sectional study, Anderson and Alpern analyzed data of 2,707...


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