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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

What your family tree can tell you about your health.

March 22, 2017

Your family health history—the conditions that relatives have, have had, or died of—can provide hints about what to expect regarding your own health. Health.com.
[See My Family Health Portrait from the National Cancer Institute]

A new wave of socially conscious tampon companies focuses on organics and giving back.

March 22, 2017

Whether a woman is on her period or not, substances placed in the vagina go directly into a woman’s bloodstream. And, as it turns out, ingredients like rayon, polyester, artificial fibers, dyes, bleach, and other components that are used to produce mass-market tampons may not be what you want to put inside you. Fast Company.

​How healthy soils make for a healthy life.

March 21, 2017

If the way food is grown affects the composition and health of plants, could farming practices that focus on soil health make food more nutritious? A recent review on fruits says yes. The Conversation, Australia.
[See the review: Postharvest quality and composition of organically and conventionally produced fruits: a review]

Want to eat fish that’s truly good for you? Here are some guidelines to reeling one in.

March 20, 2017

For optimizing health benefits, the best seafood choices are those high in omega-3s and low in mercury. The Conversation.

Lifestyle intervention leads to 10-point drop in systolic blood pressure.

March 19, 2017

"The electronic counseling (e-Counseling) intervention had an effect similar to that of adding an additional blood-pressure-lowering medication," said Robert P. Nolan, PhD. ScienceDaily.

Regular tea consumption reduces risk of neurocognitive disorders in older adults, study says.

March 18, 2017

Dr. Feng and his colleagues from the National University of Singapore found that regular consumption of tea lowers the risk of cognitive decline in the elderly by 50%, while carriers of the genetic variant APOE-e4—which puts them at higher risk for developing Alzheimer's disease—may experience a reduction in cognitive impairment risk by as much as 86%. Sci News.
[See the study: Tea consumption reduces the incidence of neurocognitive disorders: findings from the Singapore longitudinal aging study]

Older women taking statins face higher risk of diabetes.

March 17, 2017

Women over 75 faced a 33 percent higher chance of developing diabetes if they were taking statins, new Australian research shows. The risk increased to 51 percent for those on high doses. ScienceDaily.
[See the study: New-onset diabetes after statin exposure in elderly women: the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health]

Healthy diet good for climate change.

March 14, 2017

Scientists calculate that a relatively modest switch towards a more vegetable-based diet could, in the US at least, lead to a reduction of 222kg in greenhouse gas emissions per person per year, while cutting the relative risk of coronary heart disease, colorectal cancer and type 2 diabetes by 20% to 40%. Climate News Network, United Kingdom.
[See the study: A healthier US diet could reduce greenhouse gas emissions from both the food and health care systems]

The world's most unhealthy health foods.

March 14, 2017

Don't sabotage your nutrition efforts with shady supermarket products masquerading as health food. Here's how to avoid the worst offenders. Outside.

Mayo Clinic discovers high-intensity aerobic training can reverse aging processes in adults.

March 13, 2017

All training types improved lean body mass and insulin sensitivity, but only high-intensity and combined training improved aerobic capacity and mitochondrial function for skeletal muscle. Mayo Clinic.
[See the study: Enhanced protein translation underlies improved metabolic and physical adaptations to different exercise training modes in young and old humans]

B vitamins may help reduce harm from air pollution.

March 13, 2017

The study, led by Jia Zhong of Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, showed that B vitamins such as folic acid, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 may play a critical role in reducing the impact of air pollution on a specific type of epigenetic modification called DNA methylation, which has been linked to cardiovascular disease and even cancer. Xinhua.
[See the study: B vitamins attenuate the epigenetic effects of ambient fine particles in a pilot human intervention trial]

Save hide and seek for the playground: why kids should see their veggies.

March 13, 2017

Getting kids to eat veggies through subterfuge—say, spinach smoothies—sets the bar too low, researchers say. Your child must actually learn to like veggies, weird textures and all. Here's how. National Public Radio.

Asthma and air pollutants discussed in new video.

March 12, 2017

The newest production from the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates discusses asthma and common asthma triggers that impact close to 25 million Americans with the condition.
[See the video: Asthma—what is in the air you breathe?]

Are your sperm in trouble?

March 12, 2017

Our human future will only be as healthy as our sperm. But these days, scientists say, an increasing proportion of sperm—now about 90 percent in a typical young man—are misshapen, sometimes with two heads or two tails. New York Times.

Marijuana use associated with increased risk of stroke, heart failure.

March 11, 2017

Using marijuana raises the risk of stroke and heart failure even after accounting for demographic factors, other health conditions and lifestyle risk factors such as smoking and alcohol use, according to new research. ScienceDaily.

Yes, your sleep schedule is making you sick.

March 11, 2017

Researchers have developed a limited form of sleep deprivation that is euphemistically called wake therapy. It has been shown to have sustained antidepressant benefit in patients with bipolar disorder and major depression. New York Times.

Babies in prams are exposed to high levels of air pollution.

March 10, 2017

Pollution levels varied greatly along the route, with hotspots found at traffic intersections and a bus station. New Scientist.
[See the study: Exposure of in-pram babies to airborne particles during morning drop-in and afternoon pick-up of school children]

Flame retardant chemicals may affect social behavior in young children.

March 9, 2017

"When we analyzed behavior assessments and exposure levels, we observed that the children who had more exposure to certain types of the flame retardant were more likely to exhibit externalizing behaviors such as aggression, defiance, hyperactivity, inattention and bullying," said Kile, the corresponding author of the study. Medical Xpress.
[See the study: Cross-sectional study of social behaviors in preschool children and exposure to flame retardants]

How organic produce can make America less healthy.

March 9, 2017

Organic marketing that emphasizes the perceived threat of pesticide residue could be dissuading some consumers from buying fruits and vegetables at all. Bloomberg News.

Benzene formation in electronic cigarettes.

March 9, 2017

Risks from benzene will be lower from e-cigarettes than from conventional cigarettes. However, ambient benzene air concentrations in the U.S. have typically been 1 μg/m3, so that benzene has been named the largest single known cancer-risk air toxic in the US. For non-smokers, chronically repeated exposure to benzene from e-cigarettes at levels such as 100 or higher μg/m3 will not be of negligible risk. PLoS One.