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2006-01-06 09:20:00

NEW YORK -- Increasing the price of beer, wine, and liquor has been proposed as a way to reduce alcohol consumption, and hence problems related to drinking alcohol. But research published this month suggests that "across-the-board" price increases may not reduce alcohol sales, and might even increase them. In general, there is evidence to suggest that as taxes on alcohol go up and alcoholic beverages become more expensive, people do tend to lower their alcohol intake. But it may not be that...

2005-12-28 15:20:00

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Moderate alcohol intake appears to be associated with a decreased risk of kidney cancer in middle-aged and older women, according to a study conducted in Sweden. Dr. Alicja Wolk, of the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, and colleagues examined data on 59,237 women who were 40 to 76 years of age and cancer-free between 1987 and1990. The women had completed a food-frequency questionnaire that included questions about alcohol intake. A total of 132 cases of kidney...

2005-12-15 12:08:30

By Charnicia E. Huggins NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - While there is never a good time to start smoking, new research shows that women who light up before their first full-term pregnancy may slightly increase their risk of breast cancer after menopause. Those who start smoking after having their first child, on the other hand, appear to be no more likely to develop this cancer than those who never smoked. "This study suggests that breast cancer prevention needs to start in...

2005-12-12 16:07:55

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Drinking two or more cups of tea per day may dramatically cut the risk of ovarian cancer, a Swedish study of more than 61,000 women said on Monday. The findings by researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm were based on a look back at the habits and long-term health of the women, the report published in the Archives of Internal Medicine said. Of the women recruited for the study that began in 1987, two-thirds reported drinking tea. When it concluded at...

2005-12-12 07:50:20

LONDON (Reuters) - Common infections that affect mothers and babies may trigger certain types of childhood cancers, researchers said on Monday. They found that leukemia and brain tumors, leading cancers in children, occurred in clusters which suggests that outbreaks of infections are a contributing cause of the disease. "We found that place of birth was particularly significant, which suggests that an infection in the mother while she is carrying her baby, or in a child's early...

2005-12-09 09:36:32

By Graciela Flores NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For people with cancer of the larynx or lower pharynx, continuing to smoke or drink alcohol make it less likely that they'll survive, while eating a diet rich in vegetables and vitamin C improves their survival, a new study shows. "One might think, now I that have cancer, what's the point of stopping smoking? But there is clearly a benefit in doing that; it will improve your survival," Dr. Rajesh P. Dikshit commented to Reuters Health....

2005-12-02 11:22:52

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Providing seniors with personalized information about their drinking and health can effectively reduce their alcohol consumption and other drinking risks, new research found. Although drinking tends to decline with age, many older adults drink more than the recommended amounts. It is well known that even relatively low levels of alcohol can cause adverse health effects in the elderly because of age-related physiological changes, and because alcohol...

2005-12-01 16:53:52

Toronto, ON "“ December 1, 2005: Moderate physical activity, which is believed to help reduce the risk of breast cancer, may do so because it increases production of a hormone believed to have protective effects against the disease, a Canadian research team has learned. Researchers at Mount Sinai Hospital's Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute in Toronto have completed a study of how light and other factors, such as physical activity, influence the production of melatonin "“ a...

2005-11-17 10:25:20

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Men and women with diabetes are at increased risk for developing cancer of the colon and rectum, according to a report from Sweden. The findings are based on an analysis of data pooled from 15 studies, which included more than 2.5 million subjects. Most, but not all, studies have shown a link between diabetes and colon cancer, but some inconsistencies were present, including whether the association was seen in both men and women. Dr. Susanna C. Larsson,...

2005-11-16 06:50:00

LONDON -- Mouth cancer linked to smoking and drinking now kills more people in the UK than cervical and testicular cancer together, experts said on Wednesday. Cancer Research UK has launched a three-year campaign to raise awareness of the little-known link between alcohol and the disease. It says some 4,400 people are diagnosed with mouth cancer each year in the UK and around 1,600 people die from it. Smoking and drinking are together estimated to cause more than 75 percent of mouth cancer...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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