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2011-11-15 21:27:48

Alcohol consumption causes approximately four percent of all deaths worldwide and is responsible for roughly five percent of global diseases. A study of alcohol consumption in Tuscany, Italy has found that alcoholics have significantly higher rates of both general and cancer mortality when compared to the general population. Results will be published in the February 2012 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research and are currently available at Early View. "[We conducted...

Beer May Have The Same Positive Cardiovascular Effects As Wine
2011-11-15 09:29:48

A study conducted by Research Laboratories at the Fondazione di Ricerca e Cura “Giovanni Paolo II”, in Italy suggests that there are positive cardiovascular effects from beer consumption, much like wine is known to have in moderate amounts. Published online by the European Journal of Epidemiology, the research pooled different scientific studies conducted worldwide in previous years to examine data involving over 200,000 people, for whom alcohol drinking habits were associated...

2011-11-14 22:21:15

Alcohol consumption by adolescents may increase breast cancer risk in those with a family history of the disease Breast cancer patients often wonder what their daughters might do to reduce their risk of also developing cancer. Are there dietary intakes or behaviors that can be modified by their daughters to lower their own chances of getting the disease? A new study published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, sought information relevant to this...

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2011-11-02 11:21:25

According to a new study, consumption of 3 to 6 alcoholic drinks per week is associated with a small increase in the risk of breast cancer. The researchers reported in the journal JAMA Wednesday that consumption in both earlier and later adult life also increases the risk of breast cancer. "In many studies, higher consumption of alcohol has been associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. However, the effect of low levels of drinking as is common in the United States has not...

2011-11-02 08:38:41

Consumption of 3 to 6 alcoholic drinks per week is associated with a small increase in the risk of breast cancer, and consumption in both earlier and later adult life is also associated with an increased risk, according to a study in the November 2 issue of JAMA. "In many studies, higher consumption of alcohol has been associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. However, the effect of low levels of drinking as is common in the United States has not been well quantified," according...

2011-10-31 23:17:54

Doctors who drink more themselves are more liberal in their advice to patients on alcohol consumption. They set higher thresholds for what is harmful, and while men who are heavy drinkers get to continue drinking, women are often advised to stop altogether, reveals a thesis from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Researchers at the University of Gothenburg's Sahlgrenska Academy have for the first time looked into how family doctors' own drinking habits affect...

2011-10-28 12:16:12

Scientists including those from Queen's University have discovered that taking regular aspirin halves the risk of developing hereditary cancers. Hereditary cancers are those which develop as a result of a gene fault inherited from a parent. Bowel and womb cancers are the most common forms of hereditary cancers. Fifty thousand people in the UK are diagnosed with bowel and womb cancers every year; 10 per cent of these cancers are thought to be hereditary. The decade-long study, which...

Coffee Linked With Decreased Risk For Skin Cancer
2011-10-25 13:36:14

New research announceded on Monday offers evidence that drinking coffee is associated with a decreased risk of a common and slow-growing type of skin cancer known as basal cell carcinoma. Scientists from Brigham and Women´s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston examined the risks of basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and melanoma in connection with coffee consumption and found the decreased risk was only seen in BCC. The team presented their...

2011-10-25 09:43:09

Drinking plenty of fluids may provide men with some protection against bladder cancer, according to a study presented at the 10th AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, held Oct. 22-25, 2011. Although the study did not determine why increased fluid intake might be protective, Jiachen Zhou, M.B.B.S., M.P.H., a doctoral candidate in epidemiology at Brown University, hypothesized that the fluids may flush out potential carcinogens before they have the...


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  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'