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

Revealed: deadly toxic air enters bloodstream 15 minutes after cyclists inhale it.

April 26, 2017

A groundbreaking study shows for the first time that nanoparticles in vehicle emissions are able to “cross the barrier” from the lungs into blood vessels. Evening Standard, United Kingdom.
[See the study: Inhaled nanoparticles accumulate at sites of vascular disease]

Consumers being misled by labeling on 'organic' beauty products, report shows.

April 25, 2017

The makers of many “organic” beauty products have been accused of confusing and meaningless labelling, according to a new survey in which 76% of consumers admitted they felt misled. The Guardian.
[See more about the Come Clean About Beauty League Table]

Diet rich in plant protein may prevent type 2 diabetes.

April 24, 2017

While plant protein may provide a protective role, meat protein was shown to increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. Medical News Today.
[See the study: Intake of different dietary proteins and risk of type 2 diabetes in men: the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study]

At least global warming may get Americans off the couch more.

April 24, 2017

With less chilly winters, Americans will be more likely to get outdoors, increasing their physical activity by as much as 2.5 percent by the end of the century, according to a new study in Monday's edition of the journal Nature Human Behaviour. But the affect varies by month and location. Associated Press.
[See the study: Climate change may alter human physical activity patterns]

Use of antibiotics linked autoimmune diseases.

April 24, 2017

According to research conducted by a team of scientists in Australia, giving antibiotics to children impedes the normal growth and development of "good" bacteria that inhabit the digestive tract (gut). Nairobi Daily Nation, Kenya.
[See the study: Early-life antibiotic treatment enhances the pathogenicity of CD4+ T cells during intestinal inflammation]

The unintended consequences of a gluten-free diet.

April 23, 2017

Despite such a dramatic shift in the diet of many Americans, little is known about how gluten-free diets might affect exposure to toxic metals found in certain foods. Epidemiology.

Risk of psychosis from cannabis use lower than originally thought, say scientists.

April 20, 2017

At a population level, an increased risk of psychosis from cannabis use is low, and those vulnerable to developing serious mental health problems is relatively rare. The research highlights, however, that more reviews on the impact of high potency cannabis is needed in order to make a full assessment of the risks. ScienceDaily.
[See the study: Cannabis, psychosis and schizophrenia: unravelling a complex interaction]

Records found in dusty basement undermine decades of dietary advice.

April 20, 2017

Ramsden, of the National Institutes of Health, unearthed raw data from a 40-year-old study, which challenges the dogma that eating vegetable fats instead of animal fats is good for the heart. Stat.

Why doctors are urging people to stop using plastic food wrap.

April 20, 2017

“If you’re heating a plate in the microwave, just cover it with another plate or a chemical-free paper towel,” suggests Andrea Gore, professor of pharmacology at the University of Austin in the US, who has studied the effects of chemicals on reproductive function. Collective Evolution.

Scientists find risk of lead exposure comes from both ends of firearms.

April 20, 2017

Individuals at firing ranges are exposed to very high amounts of lead from shooting firearms, and exposure is as high at outdoor firing ranges as it is at indoor ranges. Medical Xpress.
[See the study: Lead exposure at firing ranges—a review]

The story of how fake sugar got approved is scary as hell.

April 20, 2017

The common-sense wisdom about the most widespread artificial sweetener on the market, aspartame, is that it's perfectly safe. But some independent scientists conclude that there are insufficient data. And how it was approved by the FDA is not reassuring. Vice.

Antidepressants not as harmful during pregnancy as previously thought, a new study shows.

April 20, 2017

A study of 1.6 million children found a small increased risk of preterm birth but no increased risk of autism or ADHD from antidepressants during pregnancy. Washington Post.
[See the study: Associations of maternal antidepressant use during the first trimester of pregnancy with preterm birth, small for gestational age, autism spectrum disorder, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in offspring]

These natural beauty brands are using big data to give skin care a makeover.

April 18, 2017

Armed with a new website, Follain is teaming up with brands that take a science-based approach to natural beauty. The goal? To demystify the industry and bust the long-prevailing myth that beauty products need toxics. Fast Company.

Vitamin B diminishes effects of air pollution-induced cardiovascular disease.

April 13, 2017

"Our results showed that a two-hour exposure to concentrated ambient PM2.5 had substantial physiologic impacts on heart rate, heart rate variability, and white blood counts. Further, we demonstrated that these effects are nearly reversed with four-week B-vitamin supplementation," noted Andrea Baccarelli, MD, PhD. ScienceDaily.
[See the study: B-vitamin supplementation mitigates effects of fine particles on cardiac autonomic dysfunction and inflammation: a pilot human intervention trial]

Trans fats ban linked with fewer NY heart attacks & strokes.

April 12, 2017

Local bans on artery-clogging trans fats in restaurant foods led to fewer heart attacks and strokes in several New York counties, a new study suggests. Fox News.
[See the study: Hospital admissions for myocardial infarction and stroke before and after the trans-fatty acid restrictions in New York]

Parental smoking linked to genetic changes found in childhood cancer.

April 12, 2017

Smoking by either parent helps promote genetic deletions in children that are associated with the development and progression of the most common type of childhood cancer. UCSF News Center.
[See the study: Correlates of prenatal and early-life tobacco smoke exposure and frequency of common gene deletions in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia]

Cross-cultural study strengthens link between media violence, aggressive behavior.

April 12, 2017

In addition to measuring media violence, researchers examined five other risk factors: neighborhood crime, peer delinquency, peer victimization, gender and abusive parenting. Combined, these factors substantially predicted aggressive behavior and as a set were more powerful than any individual effects. ScienceDaily.
[See the study: Media violence and other aggression risk factors in seven nations]

Behavioral risk factors of breast cancer in Bangui of Central African Republic: A retrospective case-control study.

April 12, 2017

The study showed that little or no education, marriage, positive family history of cancer, radiation exposure, charcuterie, fresh fish, groundnut, soybean, alcohol, habit of keeping money in bras, overweight and obesity were associated with breast cancer risk among Central African women living in Bangui. PLoS One.

The effect of cell phone usage on semen quality and fertility among Jordanian males.

April 12, 2017

There were no statistical significance differences between both groups regarding sperm quality parameters according to cell phone use, but there were statistical differences in the frequencies of sperm concentration, volume, viscosity, liquefaction time and means of immotile sperms and abnormal morphology. Middle East Fertility Society Journal.

Sunshine and air: what should you tell your asthmatic patients about vitamin D?

April 12, 2017

The administration of vitamin D reduced the frequency of acute exacerbations, namely emergency department visits, hospitalizations, or the need to administer corticosteroids, by over 60%. However, lung function measurements did not change, nor were the Asthma Control Test™ scores of daily symptoms altered. Medscape Today.
[See the study: Vitamin D for the management of asthma]