Your Health

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These "Your Health" selections from our news feed are chosen because they may be useful to your health or the health of others you care about. These news items and research reports provide information that you can use in making choices about food, consumer products and daily activities.

Also see CHE's fact sheets for brief summaries of specific topics, including steps you can take to protect yourself and your children from environmental hazards.

News Concerning Your Health

Natracare becomes first brand with Made Safe certified feminine & maternity care.

February 24, 2017

As the first nontoxic certification to apply widely to consumer products, the revolutionary MADE SAFE seal verifies that products are made without chemicals or ingredients known to harm human health, animals and ecosystems.

Milk, fruit and vegetable, and total antioxidant intakes in relation to mortality rates: cohort studies in women and men.

February 22, 2017

Dietary antioxidant intake, especially in women, seems to modify the elevated death rate associated with high milk consumption. American Journal of Epidemiology.

Cheap cloth masks unreliable against Valley pollution: study.

February 22, 2017

The results of a new study done in Nepal suggest that inexpensive cloth masks worn by people who hope to reduce their exposure to air pollution vary widely in effectiveness and could be giving users a false sense of security, especially in highly polluted localities. My Republica.
[See the study: Evaluating the efficacy of cloth facemasks in reducing particulate matter exposure]

Mercury in fish, seafood may be linked to higher risk of ALS, study suggests.

February 21, 2017

The study found that among participants who ate fish and seafood regularly, those in the top 25 percent for estimated annual mercury intake were at double the risk for ALS compared to those with lower levels. CBC News.

Long-term cell phone use increases brain tumor risk.

February 20, 2017

A newly published review and meta-analysis of the research on cell phone use and brain tumor risk found that long-term or heavy cell phone use was associated with a statistically significant increased risk of brain tumors. Electromagnetic Radiation Safety.
[See the study: Mobile phone use and risk of brain tumours: a systematic review of association between study quality, source of funding, and research outcomes]

Lower serum vitamin D during remission increases risk of clinical relapse in patients with ulcerative colitis.

February 20, 2017

The threshold level of blood vitamin D that was protective was greater than 35ng/ml, which is within the range recommended by the National Institutes of Health for a healthy individual. Newswise.
[See the study: Low serum vitamin D during remission increases risk of clinical relapse in patients with ulcerative colitis]

Pushing for chemical transparency.

February 20, 2017

Shoppers may unknowingly be exposed to chemicals that, even in small doses, can interact with living cells and potentially disrupt normal biological functions. North Carolina Health News, North Carolina.

How air pollution harms your health—and how to avoid it.

February 20, 2017

It can cause eye irritation, breathing difficulties and heart disease. Here are ways to limit the damage. The Guardian.

Pizza, burgers and the like: a single high-fat meal can damage the metabolism.

February 18, 2017

Even the one-off consumption of a greater amount of palm oil reduces the body's sensitivity to insulin and causes increased fat deposits as well as changes in the energy metabolism of the liver. ScienceDaily.
[See the study: Acute dietary fat intake initiates alterations in energy metabolism and insulin resistance]

Birth may not be a major microbe delivery event for babies.

February 16, 2017

Between four and six weeks after birth, C-section/vaginal birth microbiome differences on the mouth, nose and skin were largely gone Science News.
[See the study: Maturation of the infant microbiome community structure and function across multiple body sites and in relation to mode of delivery]

With colon cancer, smokers may be less likely to survive.

February 16, 2017

Researchers examined five-year survival odds for 18,166 people diagnosed with colorectal cancer and found current smokers were 14 percent more likely to die during the study period than people who never smoked. Reuters Health.
[See the study: Smoking at diagnosis significantly decreases 5-year cancer-specific survival in a population-based cohort of 18 166 colon cancer patients]

Why exercise is good for the heart.

February 15, 2017

Even a single workout could be good for the heart. That's the conclusion of a fascinating new study in mice that found that 30 minutes on a treadmill affects gene activity within cardiac cells in ways that, over the long haul, could slow the aging of the animals' hearts. New York Times.
[See the study: Acute exercise activates p38 MAPK and increases the expression of telomere protective genes in cardiac muscle]

Gluten-free diet may increase risk of arsenic, mercury exposure.

February 14, 2017

People who reported eating gluten-free had higher concentrations of arsenic in their urine, and mercury in their blood, than those who did not. The arsenic levels were almost twice as high for people eating a gluten-free diet, and mercury levels were 70 percent higher. ScienceDaliy.
[See the study: The unintended consequences of a gluten-free diet]

The science of sweet.

February 14, 2017

Two recent books attempt to put the final nail in sugar's coffin: The Case Against Sugar, by science writer Gary Taubes, and Soda Politics, by New York University nutrition professor Marion Nestle. Even if the nefarious nature of sugar comes as no surprise to you, these books should be required reading if only to understand the scope, power, and impact that Big Sugar has had on America's health—or, perhaps more accurately, sickness. Outside.

Tipping point: revealing the cities where exercise does more harm than good.

February 14, 2017

In at least 15 cities, air pollution has now become so bad that the danger to health of just 30 minutes of cycling each way outweighs the benefits of exercise altogether, according to new research. The Guardian.
[See the study, as shared previously in this list: Can air pollution negate the health benefits of cycling and walking?]

Flame retardant chemicals found in more people.

February 14, 2017

Research led by Duke University shows that two flame-retardant chemicals, which belong to a class of flame retardants called organophosphates, not only were found in the urine of most of the 857 adults and children tested but also rose steadily in samples collected between 2002 and 2015. Consumer Reports.
[See the study: Temporal trends in exposure to organophosphate flame retardants in the United States]

Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D has a modest positive association with leukocyte telomere length in middle-aged US adults.

February 13, 2017

In a nationally representative population of adults, serum 25(OH)D was positively associated with leukocyte telomere length in middle-aged participants (aged 40–59 y), independently of other factors. Journal of Nutrition.

Paleolithic and Mediterranean diet pattern scores are inversely associated with all-cause and cause-specific mortality in adults.

February 13, 2017

Findings from this biracial prospective study suggest that diets closer to Paleolithic or Mediterranean diet patterns may be inversely associated with all-cause and cause-specific mortality. Journal of Nutrition.

Antibacterial soaps possibly dangerous, FDA says in ban.

February 13, 2017

Consumers soon won't be able to buy antibacterial hand soaps, products federal officials are describing as unneeded and possibly dangerous. WWBT TV News, Virginia.
[See the 2013 FDA press release about the rule]

'Clear crisis in cancer prevention awareness,' says AICR.

February 10, 2017

Reporting results from its latest survey of awareness among the general public, the group notes that fewer than half of the respondents were aware of well-established lifestyle-related risk factors for cancer, including inactivity, consumption of alcohol, diets high in red meat, diets low in vegetables and fruits, and consumption of processed meats. Medscape.
[See the 2017 AICR Cancer Risk Awareness Survey Report]