Wed Jan 24 2018

Category: Smoking

Smoking, Drinking, and Exercise Can Interact with Genes

Posted in Blood Pressure, Drug / Alcohol Abuse, Exercise / Fitness, Foods / Drinks, Genetics, Research, Smoking

Smoking, drinking, and exercise can interact with genes.  That's according to a report from the journal Circulation.  They say that smoking, alcohol consumption, and a lack of exercise can cause a person's genes to influence their odds of developing high blood pressure.  Researchers analyzed the information from more than 3,600 people from 14 to 93 [&hellip

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Who Is at Risk for Developing Asthma?

Posted in Ache / Pain, Asthma, Medications, Mental Health, Parenting & Pregnancy, Research, Smoking

Asthma is a serious medical condition with varying degrees of severity, but in people who have problematic forms, each breath can be torture.  There are many medications to treat asthma, and we know that the condition is due largely to a combination of airways that constrict, or get smaller, reacting to stimuli and an airway [&hellip

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Dealing with Heartburn

Posted in Ache / Pain, Digestion / Stomach, Foods / Drinks, Medications, Smoking

I often hear patients complain about heartburn.  They talk about the discomfort and how frustrating it can be.  But for most people, with a visit to the pharmacy, the use of a wide variety of products can make a difference.  But there are two things you should know when it comes to heartburn.  First, alcohol, [&hellip

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Preventing Osteoporosis Early in Life

Posted in Ache / Pain, Arthritis, Exercise / Fitness, Foods / Drinks, Musculoskeletal, Smoking, Vitamins & Supplements

Osteoporosis is a serious health problem.  The thing about osteoporosis that you have to understand is that it is a debilitating problem that can occur over time, but there are ways to prevent it.  For instance, if you exercise when you're young, if you take calcium, drink milk and do things to fortify bone, if [&hellip

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Poor Lifestyle Choices and Heart Disease

Posted in Anxiety / Depression / Stress, Exercise / Fitness, Foods / Drinks, Heart Health, Lifestyle, Smoking

Heart disease cannot be underestimated as a major health problem.  Obviously, we all know about the seriousness of heart disease, but one of the things many people don't realize is the slow, insidious path that leads to it; poor diet, lack of exercise, not able to handle stress, cigarette smoking, lifestyle issues that can put [&hellip

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Study Shows Even Light Smoking Carries Serious Risks

Posted in Cancer, Heart Health, Lifestyle, Lung / Pulmonary, Research, Smoking

If you're a person who smokes casually, maybe you light up a cigarette a few times a day in social settings, you probably think it's safe, but you may want to look at it again.  That's according to a Norwegian study of 43,000 men and women.  They found that smoking fewer than five cigarettes a [&hellip

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Second-Hand Smoke and the Risk of Stroke

Posted in Smoking, Stroke

Stroke risk is higher for people married to a smoker than those whose spouses do not smoke.  Researchers found this out in a study of 16,000 Americans.  People married to a smoker average a 42% greater risk for stroke.  For former smokers married to smokers, the risk is higher, an average of 72%.  However, stroke [&hellip

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‘The Truth’ Youth Smoking Cessation Campaign

Posted in Pediatrics, Smoking, Teen Health

How do you get an effective health promotion message to teenagers?  The ‘truth’ campaign, which specifically harnesses common youth attitudes such as rebellion and confrontation of authority, seems to have found an answer.  David Holtgrave, director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Global Tobacco Control and author of a study assessing the program’s impact, comments

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Teen Smoking Cessation Program Is Cost Effective

Posted in Smoking, Teen Health

‘Truth’ is a smoking intervention campaign aimed at keeping teenagers from smoking, and it’s not only effective, it saves a lot of money.  That’s according to David Holtgrave, director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Global Tobacco Control and author of a recent study assessing the truth campaign

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Older Smokers May Find It Especially Hard to Quit Smoking

Posted in Smoking

Older people who’ve smoked for some time may have a particularly hard time giving up the habit, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states.  Michelle Bellantoni, a geriatrics expert at Johns Hopkins, says a few factors come into play

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