Habits 

Vaping Is Dangerous, but Many Just Don’t Care

While cigarette smoking rates among teens have dropped over the last few decades, the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) — also called vaping — has risen in this age group. Surveys show that many teens don’t know about the dangers of these products, and a few popular vaping trends could increase the risks even more. One of the most popular products among teens — a flash drive-shaped system called JUUL — contains roughly the same amount of nicotine as an entire pack of cigarettes. In the 2 years since JUUL…

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Life Style 

Just one alcoholic drink a day could shorten your life, study says

Having as little as one alcoholic drink a day could shorten your life, according to a major new study. An analysis of 600,000 drinkers found that drinking five to 10 alcoholic drinks a week was likely to shorten a person’s life by up to six months. This increases with higher alcohol consumption, with those who have 18 drinks or more losing up to five years of life. Experts said it challenged the idea that light drinking was good for us. Scientists, who compared the health and drinking habits of alcohol…

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Habits 

WHO plans to classify video game addiction as a disease

Lisa Pont has heard plenty of scepticism about video game addiction and whether it’s truly a medical condition that should be classified as a disease, as the World Health Organisation plans to officially do in a couple of months. “Some people think it trivializes other diseases. People think, ‘Oh my God, how can you get addicted to gaming? Just put (the controller) down,’ or like, ‘Please, then anything can be a disease,”‘ says Pont, a social worker at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. “But I’ve been…

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Life Style 

Should I Use a Toilet Seat Cover?

Stopping the spread of microbes is important to reduce the spread of infection, colds and flu. Time and again research has demonstrated soap and water can kill germs causing acute gastroenteritis, pneumonia, hepatitis A and other contagious illnesses, including methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). In fact, handwashing may be the single most important strategy for reducing your exposure to potentially disease-causing germs and subsequent illness. While it is not the only factor, it drastically reduces the germs access to your body. Inside a public bathroom many opt for toilet seat covers…

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Habits 

Smoking ‘shisha’ can lead to breast cancer; expert warns

Smoking of “shisha” and excessive alcohol intake have been identified as rising causes of breast cancer among the young people in the country, President of Breast Care International Dr. Beatrice Wiafe Addae has revealed. She is also worried that breast cancer is fast increasing among the youth in Africa and Ghana in particular. Shisha smoking, also called or hubble-bubble smoking is a way of smoking tobacco through a bowl with a hose or tube joined on. The tube has a mouthpiece that the smoker uses to breathe in the smoke….

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Diet 

Are Organ Meats Good for You?

For thousands of years, people across the globe have eaten meat not only as a tasty food but to boost energy and vitality. Especially where plentiful, not only have tender fillets, roasts and juicy steaks been consumed, many have actively opted for organ meats such as liver, heart and kidney. They may not have realized it in earlier epochs, but there’s a good chance that their reliance on such “primitive” fare may have provided them with the energy, vitality and overall health to survive. Some experts contend that the hunter-gatherers…

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Diet 

Ultra-processed foods ‘linked to cancer’

A link between highly processed foods and cancer has been suggested by French researchers. They classified foods including cakes, chicken nuggets and mass-produced bread as “ultra-processed”. A study of 105,000 people hinted the more of such foods people ate, the greater their risk of cancer. A lot of caution is being expressed about the study, but experts said a healthy diet is best. Diet is already known to affect the risk of cancer. Being overweight is the biggest preventable cause of the disease after smoking and the World Health Organization…

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Diet 

Who Really Needs to Go Gluten-Free

It seems like “gluten-free” labels are popping up everywhere, including on foods that never had any gluten to begin with. Is this a health bandwagon you should jump on … or shy away from? Gluten is a protein found mostly in wheat, barley and rye. A gluten-free diet is a must for the 2 percent of the population diagnosed with celiac disease, to avoid serious intestinal inflammation. Some people have a lesser condition called non-celiac gluten sensitivity and may feel better on a gluten-free diet. What to avoid when you…

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Habits 

NO SAFE LEVEL OF SMOKING, STUDY FINDS

Smokers need to quit cigarettes rather than cut back on them to significantly lower their risk of heart disease and stroke, a large BMJ study suggests. People who smoked even one cigarette a day were still about 50% more likely to develop heart disease and 30% more likely to have a stroke than people who had never smoked, researchers said. They said it showed there was no safe level of smoking for such diseases. But an expert said people who cut down were more likely to stop. ‘Stop completely’ Cardiovascular…

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Diet 

Is Obesity ‘Contagious’?

Living in a neighborhood with a high rate of obesity might raise the odds that you and your children will become plus-sized, too. That’s according to a new study involving more than 1,500 U.S. Army families. The researchers say their findings may help explain why high obesity rates in the United States tend to cluster in certain geographic areas. “Living in a community where obesity is more of the norm than not can influence what is socially acceptable in terms of eating and exercise behaviors and body size,” explained study…

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