August 18, 2011

Don't Start Smoking

1 Four Things That Help You Live Longer

You can live longer by not smoking, getting regular physical exercise, eating a healthy diet and limiting alcohol intake, says the CDC. Published in the American Journal of Public Health, the research reveals that nonsmokers ages 17 and older who exercise regularly, drink moderately and eat a healthy diet were 63 percent less likely to die early compared with people who don't have a healthy lifestyle. People who were engaged in all four healthy behaviors were 66 percent less likely to die prematurely from cancer and 65 percent less likely to die early from cardiovascular disease. The CDC says that practicing just one or more healthy lifestyle behaviors can help, but not smoking provides the most protection against dying prematurely from all causes.

More at CDC | Hat tip to WebMD | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Elderly Who Shop Frequently Live Longer

Tags: American Journal of Public Health, Living Longer, Key to Longer Life, Health Risk Behaviors, Health Benefits Exercise, How to Live Longer

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Something Old Is Something New

2 Scientists Using Old Drugs in New Ways

Drugs currently approved to treat certain diseases have the potential to treat others based on research that examined the genetic profile of 100 diseases and paired them up with drugs that reverse the profile. This concept is called drug repositioning and it has led to some interesting discoveries. Cimetidine, a drug used to treat ulcers, has been shown to inhibit the growth of some lung cancer tumors. Researchers have also discovered that the anti-seizure drug topiramate alleviates symptoms due to Crohn’s disease. Another example is Viagra, which not only treats erectile dysfunction but has been shown to work against pulmonary hypertension. The complete results reported in two studies can be seen in the August 17 online edition of Science Translational Medicine.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Smokers on Metformin Decrease Lung Cancer Risk, Insulin Improves Memory in Early Alzheimer's

Tags: Science Translational Medicine Journal, Viagra, Drug Repositioning, Cimetidine, Topimarate, Ulcer Drug Treats Some Lung Cancers, Antiseizure Drug Reduces Symptoms of Crohn's Disease, Science Translational Medicine, Genetic Profile of Disease

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