October 2, 2011

Double Espresso, Anyone?

1 Caffeine Linked to Lower Depression in Women

Women who drink 4 cups of caffeinated coffee per day are 20% less likely to become depressed than those who drink little to no coffee, says a new long-term study of more than 50,000 women. Researchers measured coffee consumption based on data dating back 14 years and then followed participants for another 10 years to assess their physical and emotional health. This is one of the few studies to focus on long-term caffeine consumption. Lead researcher Alberto Ascherio, Harvard School of Public Health, says the study doesn’t prove that coffee lowers depression risk - only that it might be protective against depression in some way. More studies are needed to show whether coffee can be used to prevent depression, says Ascherio.

More at Reuters.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Caffeine Consumption Could Be in Genes

Tags: Coffee, Harvard School of Public Health, Caffeine Consumption and Depression, Coffee Lower Depression Risk in Women, Alberto Ascherio

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Average Age Smoker Stroke, 58

2 Smokers Have Strokes Almost 10 Years Earlier

Smokers tend to be almost a decade younger than non-smokers when they have strokes, say doctors presenting at the Canadian Stroke Congress. Researchers found that the average age of stroke patients who smoked was 58, compared to 67 for patients who didn't smoke. Experts also say that smokers are twice as likely to have strokes, and they have a greater chance of experiencing complications and recurrent strokes. Dr. Andrew Pipe of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, one of the study authors, suggests several ways that the stroke figures can be turned around, including by ensuring that tobacco is appropriately priced, reducing tobacco access to minors, and creating an integrated smoking cessation unit in the health community.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Depression Could Increase Stroke Risk

Tags: Heart Disease Risk Factor, Stroke Risk, Smoking Dangers, Smoking Causes Stroke Earlier, Reasons to Quit Smoking, Canadian Stroke Congress

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It's OK for Addicts to Get High

3 Unconventional Drug Clinic Can Stay Open

The Supreme Court of Canada overruled a lower court’s decision and will allow the Insite clinic in Vancouver to stay open. Since 2003, the clinic has allowed addicts to shoot up drugs in the presence of a nurse to prevent overdosing and also gives them clean needles to lower their risk of contracting blood borne diseases such as HIV and hepatitis. The Canadian government argued the clinic was breaking the law and the goal should be to treat and prevent drug addiction. Proponents of the clinic, which include policeman in the area and local officials, praised the ruling and cite the 35 percent drop in deaths due to drug overdose in Vancouver’s underserved Downtown Eastside district as evidence of its success. Approximately 4,600 drug addicts utilize Insite to get high.

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

Previously: Canadian Government Wants Drug Clinic Closed, Unconventional Drug Clinic Reduces Overdose Deaths

Tags: Canadian Drug Clinic, Clean Needles, Clinic Allows Illegal Drug Use, Deaths Due to Drug Overdose, Drug Addiction, Drug Clinic, Insite Facility, Shooting Up Drugs, Supreme Court of Canada Rules in Favor of Drug Clinic

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