News Briefs of July 2019

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Sugary drinks, including 100% fruit juices, may raise cancer risk

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For some time now, researchers have been linking sugary drinks with a wide range of health risks. Obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease are only some of the conditions that previous studies have associated with sweetened drinks. Some studies in rodents have suggested that the added sugar in soft drinks can drive the spread of cancer and fuel tumor growth. Now, new research further explores the link between sugary drinks and cancer. The observational study, appearing in the BMJ, finds an association between high intake of sugary drinks and cancer. Source: Medical News Today

Everything you need to know about summer colds

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Regardless of when a person catches a cold, the cause is a virus. As the weather turns warm, the viruses that cause most colds tend to shift. Enteroviruses cause many summer colds, triggering upper respiratory symptoms such as a runny nose and sore throat, as well as stomach problems. Enteroviruses are more common in the summer months than rhinoviruses, which are more common in colder months. Antibiotics cannot usually treat colds, but home remedies can help a person feel better faster. Read on to learn more about getting a cold in the summer and how to alleviate the symptoms. Source: Medical News Today 

What to do if you’ve lost your voice

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When a person loses their voice, it is typically due to inflammation of the voice box, or larynx. Doctors call inflammation of the voice box laryngitis. Resting the voice, avoiding irritants, and potentially using prescription medications may all help. Acute laryngitis is short-lived inflammation of the larynx that will commonly resolve without treatment but can last a couple of weeks. Voice overuse, an upper respiratory infection, or severe irritation from smoke and other pollutants can cause acute laryngitis. Laryngitis can also become chronic and last a long time. Acid reflux, allergies, smoking, and some infections can all cause chronic laryngitis. Source: Medical News Today

Health Benefits To A Cold Shower

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Many people prefer warm showers to cold showers. However, some studies have shown that using cold water may be beneficial to physical and mental health.People have used cold water therapies for centuries as a treatment to invigorate and enhance their overall well-being. Some scientific studies support the beneficial effects of cold showers on mental and physical health. Even brief bursts of cold water can be worth incorporating into a regular shower routine. Source: Medical News Today

Life Expectancy in the United States Is Lower Than Cuba or Slovenia

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Life expectancy rates around the world have been steadily rising in recent years. However, in the United States, it’s a different story. Over the past three years, life expectancy has declined to 78.6 years old, one of the lowest rates among developed nations. Experts say this isn’t good enough. “The U.S. continues to have lower life expectancy compared to other developed countries, which is concerning. We spend more per capita GDP on healthcare than any other country, yet we don’t receive the anticipated health benefits from such spending,” said Dr. Ky Stoltzfus, assistant professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Source: Healthline

Prediabetes Doesn’t Have to Turn Into Diabetes

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Being diagnosed with “prediabetes” makes it sound like you’re just one slippery step away from developing type 2 diabetes. That’s true in some cases but not the majority, a new study finds. The study concludes that a majority of prediabetes cases don’t eventually develop into type 2 diabetes. Millions of people in the United States have prediabetes, but most of them don’t know they have the condition. A diet high in fiber, grains, and vegetables, as well as a regular exercise routine, can help reverse a prediabetes diagnosis. People who have prediabetes are much more likely to return to normal blood sugar levels than to develop diabetes, according to researchers from the Aging Research Center at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. Source: Healthline 

Diabetic Women Are Up to 47% More Likely Than Men to Get Heart Failure

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Women with diabetes are more likely to get heart failure than men because they don’t manage the condition as well, scientists have said. This difference in risk was particularly high for type 1 diabetics, with a 47 percent higher chance of heart failure in women than men. Women with type 2 diabetes, meanwhile, had a risk nine percent higher than men with the same condition, the study of 12million people found. It is already known that diabetics are more likely to get heart disease because high blood sugar can cause blockages in blood vessels which become damaged over time. Source: DailyMail

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