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How Driving Could Lead to Skin Cancer

Side windows may block only 44% of UV-A rays: study

(Newser) - Ever gotten a sunburn while driving with the windows up? A new study explains why. Most vehicle windshields block harmful UV-A rays—the kind that raise the risk of everything from cataracts to skin cancer—but your side windows might not, says Brian Boxer Wachler of California's Boxer Wachler... More »

British Medical Group: E-Cigs Save Lives

They should be 'encouraged and endorsed' for smokers: body

(Newser) - The CDC says e-cigarettes may have long-term health effects and might even encourage users to pick up traditional cigarettes. The UK's Royal College of Physicians is singing a much different tune: It's urging smokers to give them a try. The lead author of a report released Thursday says... More »

America's Poor Live Longer in 'Unexpected' Places

Stanford researchers analyze over 1B records

(Newser) - A new study says America's wealthy live longer than its poor, which is hardly surprising. But it also says low-income people live longer in certain places—like affluent cities including New York and San Francisco, NPR reports. Why isn't clear, but lead study author Raj Chetty of Stanford... More »

Scientists Find Cause of Repeat Miscarriages

Scientists hope to correct a lack of stem cells in womb lining

(Newser) - For two decades, researchers have been searching for the cause of multiple miscarriages, which afflicts thousands of women. Now, for the first time, scientists say they have identified the culprit and have a possible treatment in mind. Researchers at Warwick University in the UK examined tissue samples from the womb... More »

Heartburn Meds May Raise Risk of Dementia

Study raises concerns about proton-pump inhibitor drugs

(Newser) - Certain heartburn drugs have already been linked to heath woes including heart disease and kidney disease. Now a study in JAMA Neurology says those drugs—proton-pump inhibitors like Prilosec, Prevacid, and Nexium—may also boost the chance of dementia, UPI reports. Analyzing a German health insurer's data on nearly... More »

More Young People Are Getting Colon Cancer

And usually spot it at an advanced stage, study says

(Newser) - A new study says one in seven US colon cancer patients is younger than 50—raising questions about why more young people seem to be getting the disease and what can be done about it, reports HealthDay via the Philadelphia Inquirer . "Colon cancer has traditionally been thought of as... More »

Sugar-Free Drinks Also Bad for Your Teeth

Acids in many drinks still cause tooth decay

(Newser) - Worried about tooth decay? Switching to sugar-free drinks won't save you from the acids that destroy enamel and wear down tissues in your teeth, a new study says. Researchers at the University of Melbourne reached this conclusion by having people drink sugar and sugar-free drinks, and found little difference... More »

Here's What Potent Pot Does to Your Brain

Study finds damage in white matter used to send signals

(Newser) - A new study raises concerns for those who indulge in potent forms of marijuana. Researchers out of King’s College London and Rome's Sapienza University studied brain scans of 56 patients who had reported an episode of psychosis and 43 healthy volunteers. They found that those who regularly smoked... More »

How Office Air Makes You Dumber

Poor ventilation is among the problems, study says

(Newser) - Yeah, that air you're breathing at the office? It's likely diminishing your brain power by more than half unless it's kept environmentally clean, according to a new study . Researchers came to this conclusion by placing 24 professionals—including engineers, designers, and architects—in a specialized office for... More »

It's Not the Sitting That's Killing You

It's the lack of movement, so physical activity can help: study

(Newser) - The UK's National Health Service says desk jockeys should get up and move every 30 minutes to avoid an increased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular problems, and premature death attributed to too much sitting. A new study , however, suggests that may not be necessary. Why? The risk of early death... More »

It's Scientifically Better to Be Born in Summer

Summer babies grow taller, are generally healthier: study

(Newser) - There's more reason to be jealous of summer babies than all those birthday parties by the pool: They may be healthier adults, according to a new study. University of Cambridge scientists surveyed roughly 500,000 Britons aged 40 to 69 for their birth dates, height, weight, and the age... More »

Too Much Sitting Can Kill You in a New Way

Sitting is 'slowly but surely killing us,' says an expert

(Newser) - Too much sitting is already linked to a higher risk of anxiety disorder and certain types of cancer . Now you can throw liver disease into the mix, too. A new study out of South Korea finds those who spend at least 10 hours a day on their behinds have a... More »

Common Antidepressant Is Unsafe for Teens: Study

Reanalysis upends results of 2001 study on Paxil, funded by its marketer

(Newser) - A 2001 study of antidepressant Paxil, or paroxetine, found it to be a safe and effective treatment for depression in adolescents. Fourteen years later, a second study based on identical data has found the opposite: Paxil can make young people suicidal and likely to hurt themselves, researchers say, per HealthDay... More »

Love the Beach? Know This About Fecal Contamination

Stay out of the water, but really stay off the sand

(Newser) - If your response to learning the local beach is closed due to fecal contamination is to wrinkle your nose and lay out your blanket for sunbathing on the sand, you may want to reconsider. A press release on a new study, published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology , notes... More »

Standing at Work Could Be Bad for You, Too

Study looks at long-term muscle fatigue

(Newser) - Study after study has told us how bad it is to spend our workdays sitting. New research indicates standing may be problematic, too. A press release on the study, published in Human Factors last month, notes that almost half the planet's workers have jobs that require them to... More »

Study: To Exercise More Intensely, Use Your Brain

Doing cognitive tasks while exercising may increase workout speed

(Newser) - That person reading a book on the treadmill may be on to something. A University of Florida study published last month in PLOS ONE showed that older people may be able to exercise more intensely—and gain the benefits associated with that—by doing two things at once. The scientists... More »

Breast Milk Sold Online Isn't Always Purely Human

In study, 10% of samples contained cow's milk

(Newser) - Women who purchase breast milk online likely have their baby's health in mind, which makes the findings of a study published today in Pediatrics so concerning. Researchers led by Nationwide Children's Hospital bought 102 samples of milk via milk-sharing websites and discovered that 10 of them "had... More »

This Diet Slashes Alzheimer's Risk by 53%

Stick to it so-so and you'll still cut your risk

(Newser) - "We devised a diet and it worked." Indeed: After nearly a decade of research, researchers from Chicago's Rush University Medical Center have concluded that those who followed what they've termed the "MIND diet" slashed their risk of developing Alzheimer's disease by 53% as compared... More »

Study Has Bad News for Teen Potheads

It finds a link between daily use in teens, reduced-term memory in adulthood

(Newser) - Marijuana may be 114 times less deadly than alcohol , but that doesn't mean it's without its negative consequences, per a study published today in the journal Hippocampus . Northwestern University researchers found that former teen potheads—more technically, those who lit up daily for roughly three years—had a... More »

Coffee Habit Wards Off Yet Another Illness

Caffeine may protect you from multiple sclerosis, researchers say

(Newser) - Rejoice yet again , coffee lovers: A new study says that four or more cups a day may reduce your chance of getting multiple sclerosis, LiveScience reports. An international group of researchers looked at two datasets—one Swedish and one American—and found that people who didn't drink coffee were... More »

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