May 13, 2013

Especially Drunk Driving

1 Teens Who Text and Drive Run Other Risks

Two separate studies of data drawn from a 2011 survey of 15,000 high school students have found that teens who text while driving are likely to engage in one or more other risky behaviors. Some 45 percent of all students 16 or older report texting while at the wheel in the past 30 days, and those who do so are five times more likely than non-texters to also drive while drinking alcohol, and frequent texters are more likely to not use seat belts than those who only occasionally text while driving. Texting drivers are also more likely to engage in binge drinking, to smoke tobacco or marijuana, to use indoor tanning devices and to practice unsafe sex. The study also found that almost as many teens text while driving in states where it is illegal as in states where it is unrestricted.

More at News.cincinnati.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Adults Text and Drive More Than Teens

Tags: Teenage Drivers, Texting and Driving, Teens Who Text While Driving, Risky Teen Behavior

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Widely Used in Vietnam

2 Agent Orange Linked to Lethal Prostate Cancer

Agent Orange, an herbicide widely used for deforestation during the Vietnam War and often contaminated with dioxin, has been linked to lethal forms of prostate cancer in US veterans, according to a study in the journal of the American Cancer Society. Previous data suggests that exposure to Agent Orange increases a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer but didn’t suggest a link to forms of the disease that require detection or therapy. Medical experts say this is an important distinction. “Having a means of specifically detecting life-threatening cancer would improve the effectiveness of screening and treatment of prostate cancer," said Mark Garzotto, MD. The study indicates that exposure to Agent Orange is linked to a 52% higher risk of developing the most lethal forms of the disease.

More at Eurekalert.org | Hat tip to www.medicalnewstoday.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: New Research on Anti-Prostate Cancer Foods

Tags: American Cancer Society, Prostate Cancer, Prostate Cancer Risk, Agent Orange, Dioxin, Dr. Mark Garzotto, Herbicide Health Risk

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Actress Carries the BRCA1 Gene

3 Jolie Had Preventive Double Mastectomy

Actress Angelina Jolie recently announced that she's had a preventive double mastectomy. Jolie made the decision to have the surgery after learning that she carries the BRAC1 gene. Her doctor estimated that she had an 87 percent risk for developing breast cancer and a 50 percent risk for ovarian cancer. In a New York Times op-ed article, Jolie wrote that she "decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk…." In 2007, Jolie's mother died from ovarian cancer at age 56.

More at CNN | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: NJ’s Christie Weight Loss Surgery

Tags: Ovarian Cancer Risk, Preventing Breast Cancer, Preventive Double Mastectomy, Angelina Jolie BRAC1 Gene, Jolie Double Mastectomy

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Smoke-Free Rooms Polluted

4 Stay in Totally Smoke-Free Hotels

Smoke-free hotel rooms may not offer adequate protection from the dangers of tobacco smoke, suggest researchers who studied budget to mid-range hotels located in San Diego, Calif. The researchers analyzed surfaces and the air quality of hotel rooms to find evidence of tobacco smoke pollution, or third hand smoke. Non-smokers who stayed in the hotels also provided urine and finger wipe samples to test for exposure to nicotine and NKK, a cancer causing agent in tobacco smoke. Researchers found that smoking in a hotel polluted both the smoking and non-smoking rooms. The research, published in BMJ, concludes that it's best to stay in a completely smoke-free hotel. The study authors write that the time has come to "abandon smoke-free exemptions for hotels."

More at EurekAlert | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Exercise Ball Chairs Provide No Benefit

Tags: British Medical Journal BMJ, Smoke Free Hotels, Third Hand Smoke, Metabolites Cotinine

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