Posts Categorized: Wellness

4 Steps to Quit Cigarettes for a Day—Then a Lifetime

Tomorrow, people who want to stop smoking will participate in the American Cancer Society’s 37th Annual Great American Smokeout. Quitting may not be easy, but it’s possible—and worth it. Steep prices aside, tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disability in the US. Smoking causes a third of all cancer deaths and… Read more »

More Cause for Concern About BPA: Obesity

Prenatal and childhood exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) and obesity are “significantly associated,” according to a recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. BPA is a chemical used in manufacturing certain plastics and as a lining for many food and drink containers. The new research re-affirms prior studies that demonstrate a link… Read more »

Organic Food: What’s the Difference?

While they look like their “conventional” counterparts, organic foods’ differences are more than skin-deep. Organic food farmers use no petroleum-derived fertilizers, chemical pesticides or antibiotics during growth and production, and work to conserve soil and water and while reducing pollution. These extra measures are usually reflected in the price, so it’s important to know what… Read more »

Are Airport X-Ray Scanners Safe?

Officials at the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) were mistaken if they thought using ionizing radiation to screen upwards of a billion travelers a year wouldn’t raise potential health concerns. Indeed, the use of airport “backscatter” X-ray scanners, which employ full-body imaging to detect banned and dangerous items, has vocal advocates on both sides of… Read more »

New Study Reveals Promising Diabetes Prevention Strategies

A new study focusing on patients with pre-diabetes concentrates on aggressive glucose-lowering treatments to achieve normal glucose levels in people with pre-diabetes to achieve maximum reductions in progression to diabetes in the long-term. The study has some promising results. People with pre-diabetes (a high risk state for overt type 2 diabetes) who experience a period… Read more »

World No Tobacco Day

We observe World No Tobacco Day each May to increase awareness about health problems caused by tobacco use. This year, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) “tobacco industry interference” theme highlights the tobacco industry’s efforts to thwart tobacco control policies around the world and reminds organizations and governments of their responsibility to be vigilant against the… Read more »

Anti-Tobacco Ads Show Painful Effects of Smoking

The painful reality of illness and damage suffered by real people because of smoking is the focus of a new anti-tobacco ad campaign. Launched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the ads show the toll of illnesses caused by smoking and secondhand smoke. The “Tips from Former Smokers” campaign features ex-smokers with tobacco-related… Read more »

Nicotine During Pregnancy Increases the Rick of Colic

Babies are more likely to have colic when their mothers smoked or used nicotine replacement therapy during pregnancy, according to research just published in the journal Pediatrics. A significantly increased risk of infantile colic—ranging from 30 to 60 percent—was associated with prenatal nicotine exposure in the study of more than 63,000 mothers in the Danish… Read more »

Lead in Lipstick Should Worry the FDA—and You, Too

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a report that it found lead in hundreds of shades of popular brands of lipstick found everywhere from drugstores to department stores. The agency said that the lead levels it found pose no health risk. However, this claim flies in the face of scientific consensus that there… Read more »