October 27, 2011

Fizz, Fizz, Pop, Pop

1 Teen Violence Linked to Soda Consumption

Teens who drink 5 cans of sugary, carbonated soft drinks/week are more likely to behave aggressively and carry weapons, says research. Findings were based on a survey of 1878 Boston teens, ages 14-18 who answered questions about soft drink consumption and behavior. Researchers also noticed a link between high soda consumption, smoking and drinking alcohol. Stats indicate that 23% of those drinking one or no soft drinks/wk carried a gun or knife. This rose to about 43% for those who drank 14 cans/week. Violence towards peers rose from 35% to 58%; violence towards siblings rose from 25.4% to over 43% for teens who consumed quantities of carbonated, sugared soft drinks. Researchers think the sugar and/or caffeine content of soft drinks may account for teens’ aggressive behavior.

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

Previously: Schools See Less Soda Consumption

Tags: Aggressive Behavior, Sugary Beverages, Soda Consumption, Teen Violence, Carbonated Drinks and Teen Violence, Sugary Beverages and Teen Violence

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Bombing Hereditary Cancers

2 Aspirin Can Halve Cancer Risk

Risk of hereditary cancers may be halved by regularly taking aspirin, find researchers from Queen's University in Belfast. Colon and uterine cancers are among the most common forms of cancers that develop as a result of a gene fault inherited from a parent. Researchers found that patients who had been taking a regular dose of aspirin had a 50 percent lower risk of hereditary cancers compared with those not taking aspirin. The findings, published in Lancet, open up new avenues for cancer prevention research, including trials to assess the most effective dose of aspirin for prevention of hereditary cancer. Researchers explain that anyone considering taking aspirin should discuss the regimen with their doctors first. Aspirin may cause stomach problems, such as ulcers.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Lancet Journal, Aspirin Benefits, Reducing Cancer Risk, Aspirin Prevents Cancer, Reducing Hereditary Cancers, Queen's University Belfast, Prevention Hereditary Cancer, reducing risk colon cancer

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New Methods Not Better or Safer

3 Yaz Birth Control Increases Blood Clot Risk

A six year study has shown that Yaz, a newer birth control pill manufactured by Bayer, increases the risk of blood clots by 75 percent compared to other forms of birth control in a cohort of over 800,000 American women. Yaz contains the hormone drospirenone which is made in the lab. The Ortho Evra patch and Nuvaring, which use estrogen and two other hormones, also increase the likelihood of problems. Some health officials are questioning why new drugs that are no better than the older ones and carry a higher risk are being put on the market. A previous study involving over 1,000,000 women from Denmark found that using Yaz doubles the blood clot risk compared to levonorgestrel, an older hormonal birth control pill which is contrary to earlier research showing there was no increased risk.

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

Previously: Yasmin Poses Higher Venous Thromboembolism Risk, Some Birth Control Pills to Get New Warning Labels

Tags: Birth Control Pill, Contraception, Drospirenone, Levonorgestrel, The Pill, Yaz, Hormonal Birth Control, Blood Clot Risk Factors, Ortho Evra, Nuvaring

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