Even as few as three alcoholic beverages per week may increase a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, a new study finds.Women in the study who drank three to six glasses of wine per week were 15 percent more likely than those who did not drink to develop breast cancer, researchers found in reviewing data taken over a 28-year period.The study adds to the growing body of evidence of a link between alcohol consumption and an increased risk of breast cancer. Drinking moderate to high amounts of alcohol has previously been linked with breast cancer risk, but the effects of consuming low amounts of alcohol had been unclear. Alcohol may be increasing breast cancer risk by altering levels of the sex hormone estrogen, the researchers said.Still, while the increased risk found in this study is real, it is quite small. Women will need to weigh this slight increase in breast cancer risk with the beneficial effects alcohol is known to have on heart heath, said Dr. Wendy Chen, of Brigham and … [Read more...] about 3 to 6 Drinks a Week May Increase Breast Cancer Risk
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Politicians in the United Kingdom have called for a review of government guidelines on alcohol consumption. Alongside its current recommendation that people should limit their total alcohol intake to three to four units per day for men and two to three units for women (there are about two units in a glass of wine), members of a House of Commons committee said the U.K. health department should advise citizens to take at least two days off from drinking each week.Canada already includes this "drink holiday" recommendation in its alcohol guidelines, while the United States does not. Considering these mixed messages, which consumption pattern is actually healthiest? Will it really benefit your health to two take nights off from drinking each week?According to Thomas Greenfield, senior scientist at the Alcohol Research Group (ARG), a government-funded research organization based in Emeryville, Calif., the argument in favor of "drink holidays" is that heavy drinkers might find it easier to … [Read more...] about UK Recommends Weekly ‘Alcohol Holidays’ for Good Health
Last week was a busy one for people watching the federal government’s rules on energy and the environment. With the opening of a new administration, the Republican-dominated Congress has been quick to kill regulations from the previous administration and enact new ones of its own. Below we take a glance at some of the most noteworthy actions taken by the executive branch and Congress this week. 1. Rolling back the stream protection rule: Congress wasted no time wielding a previously little-used rule called the Congressional Review Act, which allows the legislative branch to repeal rules and regulations passed in recent months. According to the Federation of American Scientists (via Vox), the 115th Congress can now overturn rules submitted on or after June 13, 2016 in an expedited reversal process. The stream protection rule, finalized in late December, is among those rules that found itself on the chopping block. The rule required coal companies that had … [Read more...] about Relaxing coal pollution, methane flaring rules: This week in Congress
Fast-food restaurants are serving healthier options, although only marginally so, according to a study published last week in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.You may have known that changes were afoot in the fast-food restaurants most vilified by doctors for serving unhealthy fare. McDonald's, Burger King and others now offer salad, fruit, and skim milk. The new offerings, advertised prominently, would make one think that a trip to the local burger joint is suddenly heart-healthy, and waistline-friendly.Not quite, said Mary Hearst, director of public health at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn., lead author on the report."The advertising of fast food restaurants has been emphasizing 'healthy' items, but there has been no data to support the claims," she told LiveScience.The study found that the nutritional quality improved only somewhat between 1997 and 2010. Based on the Healthy Eating Index, a measure of diet quality that assesses conformance to federal diet … [Read more...] about Do Fast-Food Restaurants Fall Short on Their Health Claims?
HMD Global, the company that owns the right to manufacture and sell Nokia-branded handsets has launched the Nokia 4.2 smartphone in India. A new addition to the budget segment smartphones in the Indian smartphone market, the handset was launched earlier this year at Mobile World Congress (2019) in February at a starting price of $169. Nokia 4.2 smartphone price, offers and availability The Nokia 4.2 smartphone has been launched in India in only one storage unit -- that offers 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage — priced at Rs 10,990. As part of launch offers, buyers will get Rs 500 off on the purchase of the handset till June 10. To avail this, they will have to use promo code “LAUNCHOFFER” when buying from Nokia’s official website. Buyers will also get six-month free screen replacement worth Rs 3,500 under the Nokia phone screen protection insurance. HDFC bank credit and debit card users will also receive 10% cashback — valid for both EMI and regular … [Read more...] about Nokia 4.2 with Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor, 13+2MP rear cameras launched in India