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

Regular brisk walks and a daily longer one help lower office workers' blood lipids.

June 26, 2017

Taking 2-minute brisk walks every 30 minutes and a half-hour walk each day reduces blood lipid levels when measured in response to a meal consumed around 24 hours after starting the activity, research shows for the first time. ScienceDaily.

Reports of side effects with cosmetics increasing.

June 26, 2017

The three most commonly reported products were hair care, skin care and tattoos. Products that most often involved reports of serious health problems were baby items, which accounted for about half of these cases, followed by personal cleanliness supplies, hair care and hair color. Reuters.

Psychosocial stress and obesity among children residing in Kaunas City.

June 26, 2017

Pathological mother-child relations, lower parental education levels, and smoking may be predictors of children's overweight/obesity. Measures oriented towards health behavior and psychosocial stress management should be encouraged among parents in order to decrease the risk of overweight/obesity in their children. Environmental Research.

New report: Preventing Cognitive Decline and Dementia: A Way Forward.

June 22, 2017

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) initiated this study with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to take stock of the current state of knowledge on interventions for preventing cognitive decline and dementia, to help shape the messages NIA conveys to the broader public about these conditions, and to inform future actions and research in this area.

Extra-virgin olive oil preserves memory, protects brain against Alzheimer's.

June 21, 2017

In a new study, researchers show that consumption of extra-virgin olive oil protects memory and learning ability and reduces the formation of amyloid-beta plaques and neurofibrillary tangles in the brain—classic markers of Alzheimer's disease. ScienceDaily.

Use of mobile and cordless phones and change in cognitive function: a prospective cohort analysis of Australian primary school children.

June 20, 2017

Our study shows that a larger proportion of children used cordless phones (CPs) compared to mobile phones (MPs). We found limited evidence that change in the use of MPs or CPs in primary school children was associated with change in cognitive function. Environmental Health.

Folate deficiency as predisposing factor for childhood leukaemia: a review of the literature.

June 20, 2017

Overall, maternal folic acid supplementation before and during pregnancy seems to confer protection against the risk of childhood leukaemia in the offspring. The optimal folic acid requirements and supplementation doses need to be established, especially in conjunction with other vitamins in order to determine the most successful combinations of nutrients to maintain genomic health and wellbeing. Genes & Nutrition.

The Florence Statement on Triclosan and Triclocarban.

June 20, 2017

This statement documents a consensus of more than 200 scientists and medical professionals on the hazards of and lack of demonstrated benefit from common uses of triclosan and triclocarban. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Effects of radon and UV exposure on skin cancer mortality in Switzerland.

June 19, 2017

Risk of malignant melanoma death associated with residential UV exposure was higher for individuals engaged in outdoor work with UV exposure, though not statistically significantly different compared to not working outdoors. Environmental Health Perspectives.

Individual and joint effects of early-life ambient PM2.5 exposure and maternal prepregnancy obesity on childhood overweight or obesity.

June 19, 2017

We observed that early life exposure to PM2.5 may play an important role in the early life origins of childhood overweight or obesity (COWO) and may increase the risk of COWO in children of mothers who were overweight or obese before pregnancy beyond the risk that can be attributed to mother’s prepregnancy body mass index alone. Environmental Health Perspectives.

A new link between hair dye and breast cancer? Maybe, says Rutgers study.

June 19, 2017

The possible association between commonly used hair products and the most frequently diagnosed cancer for women came to light in a close look at 4,285 women in New Jersey and New York who have been diagnosed with some form of breast cancer. The study revealed a different effect based on race. NJ Advance Media.

Nutrition experts warn coconut oil is on par with beef fat, butter.

June 19, 2017

In an unpleasant surprise for many health food devotees, research showed that coconut oil increased LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in seven out of seven controlled trials. Researchers saw no difference between coconut oil and other oils high in saturated fat, like butter, beef fat and palm oil. Chicago Tribune.
[See the advisory: Dietary fats and cardiovascular disease: a Presidential Advisory from the American Heart Association]

Re-examining the association between residential exposure to magnetic fields from power lines and childhood asthma in the Danish National Birth Cohort.

June 19, 2017

We did not find evidence that residential exposure to MF during pregnancy or early childhood increased the risk of childhood asthma. This interpretation is in line with the lack of an established biological mechanism directly linking MF exposure to asthma, but high exposure was very rare in this cohort. PLoS One.

The heat wave sweeping the East Coast comes with a side of smog.

June 14, 2017

The culprit is a dangerous mix of diesel exhaust, paint fumes and trees, baked by the heat to create a blanket of ozone. Bloomberg News.

Western diet increases Alzheimer's pathology in genetically predisposed mice.

June 12, 2017

The authors found that APOE4-carrying mice fed a Western-like diet high in saturated fat and sugars for 12 weeks had increased deposits of β-amyloid protein as well a greater number of glial cells, characteristic of Alzheimer's disease (AD). These changes were not observed in mice carrying APOE3, which could mean that carriers of APOE4 are more susceptible to the effects of obesity on AD. ScienceDaily.
[See the study: Obesity accelerates Alzheimer-related pathology in APOE4 but not APOE3 mice]

Vegetarian diets almost twice as effective in reducing body weight, study finds.

June 12, 2017

Dieters who go vegetarian not only lose weight more effectively than those on conventional low-calorie diets but also improve their metabolism by reducing muscle fat, a new study has found. ScienceDaily.
[See the study: The effect of a vegetarian vs conventional hypocaloric diabetic diet on thigh adipose tissue distribution in subjects with type 2 diabetes: a randomized study]

New video: Finding a Path to Safety in Food Allergy.

June 12, 2017

This video and the report of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine discuss some promising approaches for improving the lives of people with food allergy.

From sperm to offspring: assessing the heritable genetic consequences of paternal smoking and potential public health impacts.

June 12, 2017

The review revealed strong evidence that tobacco smoking is associated with impaired male fertility, and increases in DNA damage, aneuploidies, and mutations in sperm. Studies support that these effects are heritable and adversely impact the offspring. Mutation Research/Reviews in Mutation Research.

Air pollution more harmful to children in cars than outside, warns top scientist.

June 12, 2017

Prof Stephen Holgate, an asthma expert at Southampton University and chair of the Royal College of Physicians working party on air pollution, said there was enough evidence to tell parents that walking and cycling exposes their children to less air pollution than driving. The Guardian.

E-cigarettes potentially as harmful as tobacco cigarettes, UConn study shows.

June 11, 2017

Using a new low-cost, 3-D printed testing device, UConn researchers found that e-cigarettes loaded with a nicotine-based liquid are potentially as harmful as unfiltered cigarettes when it comes to causing DNA damage. EurekAlert!
[See the study: Automated 3-D printed arrays to evaluate genotoxic chemistry: e-cigarettes and water samples]