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Mechanism For Disease Resistance Identified In Plants
A molecular mechanism for plant disease resistance has been identified for the first time by two separate research teams at the University of California's Davis and Berkeley campuses and at Purdue University. (1996-12-20)

Smoking causes cognitive impairment in adolescents
Adolescents who smoke show impairment of working memory and other cognitive functions. (2005-02-01)

Study shows sleep disruption to be arthritis sufferers' chief complaint
Perhaps surprisingly, not being able to sleep appears to be the chief reason that older people with arthritis turn to traditional medical care, as well as non-traditional or alternative care, for relief of their illness. Sleep disruption even outweighs other arthritis concerns such as reduced mobility, not being able to visit family and friends as often and missing work or favorite recreational activities. (2000-02-15)

African-American light smokers need more help with quitting
The common practice of light smoking among African-Americans needs more physician attention than it currently receives since it may be unhealthier for this population than is currently assumed, according to a study. (2001-02-12)

'Massive' tobacco industry third party lobbying for revised European Directive
The tobacco industry deployed 'massive' third party lobbying to subvert revised European regulations on tobacco products, helped by regulatory reforms that seem to have made it easier for corporate interests to influence public health legislation, reveals research published online in Tobacco Control. (2015-02-23)

Cigarette smoking nearly doubles risk for root canal treatment
According to a new study appearing in the April issue of the Journal of Dental Research, cigarette smoking can lead to not only tooth discoloration and gum disease, but also a common dental procedure that helps to heal a diseased tooth -- the root canal. (2006-02-23)

Ebola antibody treatment, produced in plants, protects monkeys from lethal disease
A new Ebola virus study resulting from a widespread scientific collaboration has shown promising preliminary results, preventing disease in infected nonhuman primates using monoclonal antibodies. When treatment was administered one hour after infection, all animals survived. Two-thirds of the animals were protected even when the treatment, known as MB-003, was administered 48 hours after infection. (2012-10-15)

American Thoracic Society Journal news tips for October 2004 (first issue)
Newsworthy research includes articles showing that: among 15,555 randomly selected men and women aged 25 to 54 from 5 countries, investigators found that current smokers, ex-smokers, and passive smokers constituted groups that had a major risk factor for habitual snoring; and in a (2004-10-01)

Group therapy is an effective and cost-efficient way to promote cardiovascular health
A simple support-group intervention program aimed at promoting general health yields significant improvements in the control of the 5 most important cardiovascular risk factors (blood pressure, exercise, weight, diet, and tobacco smoking); the improvement was especially clear for stopping smoking. (2015-11-09)

Lighting up the powerful global smoking lobby
Global public health efforts to reduce smoking are at odds with the interests of the tobacco industry. According to a case study published in the online open access journal Globalization and Health, competing tobacco companies cooperate via a global network of national and regional manufacturing associations to undermine public health measures to counter smoking. (2008-01-16)

Study finds targeting 'ideal cardiovascular health' lowers diabetes risk, but with ethnic differences
A new study published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes [EASD]) shows that significant differences by race/ethnicity exist in the degree of association between measures of cardiovascular health (together constituting 'ideal cardiovascular health') and the risk of diabetes. (2016-06-08)

Lucky break: Quit smoking after fracture surgery for better healing
Smokers who refrain from using tobacco during the six-week period following emergency surgery for an acute fracture heal more quickly and experience fewer complications. (2010-06-01)

Researchers call for investment in cancer control in low- and middle-income countries
Investments in cancer control -- prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment, and palliative care -- are increasingly needed in low- and, particularly, middle-income countries, where most of the world's cancer deaths occur, a paper published today in The Lancet recommends. (2015-11-11)

More than half of EU citizens questioned now think e-cigarettes are harmful
More than half of Europeans now think that e-cigarettes are harmful -- a proportion that has nearly doubled in two years -- show the latest results of a European Union-wide survey, published online in the journal Tobacco Control. (2016-05-24)

Nanoparticle pinpoints blood vessel plaques
A team of researchers, led by scientists at Case Western Reserve University, has developed a multifunctional nanoparticle that enables magnetic resonance imaging to pinpoint blood vessel plaques caused by atherosclerosis. The technology is a step toward creating a non-invasive method of identifying plaques vulnerable to rupture -- the cause of heart attack and stroke -- in time for treatment. (2014-02-06)

'Fingerprint database' could help scientists to identify new cancer culprits
Scientists in Cambridge and London have developed a catalogue of DNA mutation 'fingerprints' that could help doctors pinpoint the environmental culprit responsible for a patient's tumour - including showing some of the fingerprints left in lung tumours by specific chemicals found in tobacco smoke. (2019-04-15)

Though concerned about COVID-19, cigar smokers are smoking more, survey finds
An online survey of cigar smokers found while the majority responded they intended to quit smoking due to concerns about elevated health risks if they contracted COVID-19, more than twice as many reported they increased rather than decreased their tobacco use since the pandemic's onset. (2020-08-05)

Cancer deaths attributable to cigarette smoking in 152 US metropolitan and micropolitan areas
A new study shows 4 in 10 cancer deaths are attributable to cigarette smoking in parts of the South region and Appalachia. (2021-01-26)

Electronic nicotine delivery systems could help reduce smoking
Electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), or e-cigarettes, debuted in China in 2003 and have since become available globally, particularly through the Internet. While they resemble traditional tobacco cigarettes, they produce fewer toxins in the vapor for the smoker. Still, these novel products have unknown long-term health and addiction consequences, are of varying nicotine content and delivery, and may appeal to nonusers and youth. ENDS have been banned by health authorities in Canada and Australia. (2013-02-05)

Female fetuses exposed to tobacco smoke may have increased diabetes risk in middle age
A fetus exposed to tobacco smoke may be at increased risk for diabetes in adulthood, a new study of adult daughters finds. The results will be presented in a poster Saturday, March 7, at ENDO 2015, the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in San Diego (2015-03-07)

Becoming tobacco-free is feasible, boosts safety in a mental health hospital
A new study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) showed positive changes in attitudes and a reduction in patient agitation after implementing a fully tobacco-free environment at Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital. The findings, which appear in the March 2017 issue of The American Journal on Addictions, are contrary to perceptions that eliminating access to tobacco in mental health and addiction centres may have negative outcomes. (2017-03-03)

Re-analysis of cigarettes confirms tobacco companies increased addictive nicotine 11 percent
A re-analysis of nicotine yield from major brand name cigarettes sold in Mass. from 1997 to 2005 has confirmed that manufacturers steadily increased the levels of this addictive agent. Increases in smoke nicotine yield per cigarette averaged 1.6 percent each year or about 11 percent over a seven-year period (1998-2005). Harvard School of Public Health researchers found manufacturers accomplished the increase not only by intensifying nicotine concentration but also by modifying design features to increase the number of puffs per cigarette. (2007-01-18)

UCF, NIH study: Effective, safe anthrax vaccine can be grown in tobacco plants
Enough anthrax vaccine to inoculate everyone in the United States could be grown in one acre of tobacco in one year. The new, cost-effective production method would help the government and health care providers avoid supply shortages and make the vaccine more accessible in poorer nations. (2005-12-19)

Heavy smokers see cigarettes as 'friends'
Heavy smokers -- those who light up 25 times or more a day -- look to their cigarettes for comfort and companionship, according to a new study. (2004-01-14)

Concurrent tobacco and marijuana use may hamper cigarette smoking cessation
Tobacco smokers who also smoke marijuana may be less likely to quit smoking tobacco and less likely to try to quit than those who do not smoke marijuana, according to a study by researchers at The Johns Hopkins University. (2003-04-09)

Moderate lifetime marijuana smoking linked to airway irritation but not lung function
A research study based on analysis of publicly available data has found that recent marijuana use was associated with symptoms of airway inflammation, but that moderate lifetime use was not associated with clinically significant changes in measures of lung function. The study is the largest cross-sectional analysis of the relationship between marijuana use and measures of lung health to date. (2015-01-28)

MD Anderson applauds extension of FDA regulatory authority to all tobacco products
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center fully supports new rules issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today to extend federal regulatory authority to all tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, cigars, hookah and other previously unregulated tobacco products. (2016-05-05)

New evidence that smokeless tobacco damages DNA and key enzymes
Far from having adverse effects limited to the mouth, smokeless tobacco affects the normal function of a key family of enzymes found in almost every organ in the body, according to the first report on the topic in ACS' monthly journal Chemical Research in Toxicology. The enzymes play important roles in production of hormones; production of cholesterol and vitamin D; and help the body breakdown prescription drugs and potentially toxic substances. Smokeless tobacco also damages genetic material in the liver, kidney and lungs. (2010-06-16)

Merging alcohol giants threaten global health, warn experts
The merger of the world's two largest beer manufacturers 'represents a major threat to global health, to which researchers, funders and regulators must respond more effectively,' warn global health experts in The BMJ this week. (2015-11-17)

Brexit's Great Repeal Bill will axe the right to health, warn experts
Brexit's Great Repeal Bill will axe the right to health, warn experts in The BMJ today. (2017-05-02)

E-cigarettes potentially as harmful as tobacco cigarettes, UConn study shows
UConn study shows nicotine-based e-cigarettes are potentially as harmful as unfiltered cigarettes when it comes to causing DNA damage. (2017-06-12)

Youth who use vaping products are more likely to smoke cigarettes, increase use of both
Adolescents who use vaping products are not only more likely to smoke cigarettes but are also likely to increase their use of both products over time, according to a new study. (2018-10-02)

WSU scientists identify contents of ancient Maya drug containers
Scientists have identified the presence of a non-tobacco plant in ancient Maya drug containers for the first time. The researchers detected Mexican marigold (Tagetes lucida) in residues taken from 14 miniature Maya ceramic vessels. The vessels also contain chemical traces present in two types of dried and cured tobacco. (2021-01-15)

IASLC issues new statement on tobacco control and smoking cessation
The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer today issued a new statement on Tobacco Control and Smoking Cessation at the 16th World Conference on Lung Cancer in Denver. The statement calls for higher taxes on tobacco products, comprehensive advertising and promotion bans of all tobacco products and product regulation including pack warnings. (2015-09-07)

Engineered tobacco plants have more potential as a biofuel
Researchers from the Biotechnology Foundation Laboratories at Thomas Jefferson University have identified a way to increase the oil in tobacco plant leaves, which may be the next step in using the plants for biofuel. Their paper was published online in Plant Biotechnology Journal. (2009-12-30)

One in 4 high school seniors now try smoking water pipes
Despite declines in the number of youths who smoke cigarettes, hookah or water pipe use continues to rise among Canadian youth, a new study from the University of Waterloo reports. Published Monday in Cancer Causes and Control, the study found that almost one in four high school seniors try smoking hookah. (2015-03-26)

UCSD biologists find new evidence for one-way evolution
By tracing the 30-million year history of variation in a gene found in plants such as tomatoes and tobacco, biologists at the University of California, San Diego have found new evidence to support an old idea -- that some evolutionary changes are irreversible. (2006-01-18)

More than a billion fewer cigarettes smoked each year as people ditch the cigs
Around 1.4 billion fewer cigarettes are being smoked every year according to new research funded by Cancer Research UK, published today in JAMA Network Open. (2019-08-28)

E-cigarettes significantly raise risk of chronic lung disease, first long-term study finds
E-cigarette use significantly increases a person's risk of developing chronic lung diseases, according to new UC San Francisco research, the first longitudinal study linking e-cigarettes to respiratory illness in a sample representative of the entire US adult population. The study also found that people who used e-cigarettes and also smoked tobacco -- by far the most common pattern among adult e-cigarette users -- were at an even higher risk of developing chronic lung disease than those who used either product alone. (2019-12-16)

Tobacco industry discounting linked to higher cigarette consumption in Europe
Tobacco industry discounting is linked to higher cigarette consumption the following year, finds an analysis of the impact of pricing differentials in 23 European countries and published online in the journal Tobacco Control. (2020-06-16)

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