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Women's lifestyle changes, even in middle age, may reduce future stroke risk
Middle age may not be too late for women to substantially lower their stroke risk through lifestyle modifications. (2020-04-09)
Kids or teen smokers are less likely to kick the habit as adults
The younger you start smoking, the more likely you are to smoke daily as an adult and the less likely you are to have kicked the habit by your 40s, according to an international study that includes the US. (2020-04-08)
Higher levels of coronavirus 'entry point' enzyme in lungs of COPD patients and smokers
People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and people who currently smoke may have higher levels of a molecule, called angiotensin converting enzyme II (ACE-2), in their lungs according to a study published in the European Respiratory Journal today (Thursday). (2020-04-08)
COPD linked to heightened risk of lung cancer in people who have never smoked
COPD, short for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is linked to a heightened risk of lung cancer in people who have never smoked, indicates research published online in the journal Thorax. (2020-04-02)
Effective options for quitting smoking during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
A new Cochrane Special Collection, COVID-19: Effective options for quitting smoking during the pandemic, published today in the Cochrane Library. (2020-04-01)
First FDA-approved drug for thyroid eye disease effective regardless of age, gender
Teprotumumab, the first FDA-approved medicine for thyroid eye disease, provides significant improvement in eye bulging, regardless of patient gender, age or smoking status, according to a study accepted for presentation at ENDO 2020, the Endocrine Society's annual meeting, and publication in a special supplemental section of the Journal of the Endocrine Society. (2020-03-31)
E-Cigarettes more effective than counseling alone for smoking cessation
Smokers who received smoking cessation counseling and used electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) containing nicotine were more than twice as likely to successfully quit smoking compared to those who received counseling but did not use e-cigarettes, in a clinical trial presented at the American College of Cardiology's Annual Scientific Session Together with World Congress of Cardiology (ACC.20/WCC). (2020-03-30)
Addressing unhealthy lifestyles could increase life expectancy of those with severe mental illness
Researchers from King's College London have shown that a combination of approaches that aim to address unhealthy lifestyles, access to healthcare and social issues could reduce the gap in life expectancies by around 28% between those with severe mental illness (SMI) and the general population. (2020-03-27)
Observed 'gateway' effect of e-cigarettes among teens 'likely to be small'
The observed 'gateway' effect of e-cigarette use among teens is 'likely to be small,' with only a tiny proportion of experimental vapers going on to smoke regular cigarettes, suggests research published online in the journal Tobacco Control. (2020-03-17)
New findings boost understanding of arterial aneurysm
Abdominal arterial (or aortic) aneurysm in older men is associated with levels of certain subtypes of white blood cells, a study from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, shows. (2020-03-16)
Rates of at-risk drinking and unhealthy nutrition in Germany vary across regions
Rates of at-risk alcohol consumption are higher in the South and East of Germany, compared to the North and West, according to a study published in the open-access journal BMC Public Health. (2020-03-12)
Heavy stress and lifestyle can predict how long we live
Life expectancy is influenced not only by the traditional lifestyle-related risk factors but also by factors related to a person's quality of life, such as heavy stress. (2020-03-11)
Are non-smoking young adults who use e-cigarettes more likely to smoke in the future?
Young people who have tried e-cigarettes but have never smoked before are nearly five times more likely to go on to try smoking, a new study has found. (2020-03-10)
Adding smoking cessation to lung cancer screening can reduce mortality by 14%
Including smoking cessation with existing lung cancer screening efforts would reduce lung cancer mortality by 14% and increase life-years gained by 81% compared with screening alone, according to a study from Rafael Meza from the University of Michigan and colleagues and published in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology, a publication of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer. (2020-03-09)
Humans transport dangerous smoke residues indoors
A team of scientists discovered that people carry hazardous compounds from cigarette smoke into non-smoking environments. (2020-03-05)
Certain factors predict smoking cessation in patients with rheumatoid arthritis
Smoking doubles the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis and continuing to smoke after being diagnosed has negative effects on patients. (2020-03-04)
Moviegoers contaminate nonsmoking movie theater with 'thirdhand' cigarette smoke
Suggesting that current non-smoking regulations may not be enough to minimize nonsmokers' exposure to thirdhand cigarette smoke, researchers report that concentrations of nicotine and smoking-related volatile organic compounds spiked when moviegoers entered a well-ventilated, non-smoking movie theater, exposing them to the equivalent of between one and (2020-03-04)
Third-hand smoke is no joke, can convey hazardous chemicals
People can carry hazardous compounds from cigarette smoke that cling to their bodies and clothes and then release those compounds into non-smoking environments -- exposing people nearby to cigarettes' adverse effects, a new study shows. (2020-03-04)
Drug interactions with cannabinoids: 5 things to know
A practice article provides 5 things to know on how drugs can interact with cannabinoids in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2020-03-02)
Youth exposure to tobacco outlets and cigarette smoking
A new study led by researchers at the Prevention Research Center of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation explores these questions using real time data from 100 youth participants from 16-20 years old to assess the effect of exposure to tobacco outlets on same-day smoking and the number of cigarettes consumed. (2020-03-02)
The world faces an air pollution 'pandemic'
Air pollution is responsible for shortening people's lives worldwide on a scale far greater than wars and other forms of violence, parasitic and insect-born diseases such as malaria, HIV/AIDS and smoking, according to a study published in Cardiovascular Research. (2020-03-02)
Quitting smoking during the first trimester of pregnancy still puts the baby at risk
Although quitting smoking during the first trimester of pregnancy reduces the risk of low birth weight, it isn't enough to protect the unborn child from being born shorter and with smaller brain size, a new study from the University of Eastern Finland shows. (2020-02-26)
England off track to meet government's 2030 smoke-free target
England will fail to be smoke-free by 2030 if current smoking trends continue, according to a report released today from Cancer Research UK. (2020-02-25)
Just as tobacco advertising causes teen smoking, exposure to alcohol ads causes teens to drink
Exposure to alcohol advertising changes teens' attitudes about alcohol and can cause them to start drinking, finds a new analysis led by NYU School of Global Public Health and NYU Grossman School of Medicine. (2020-02-24)
Childhood physical abuse linked to heavy cigarette use among teens who smoke
A new study in kids at risk for maltreatment shows that physical abuse, especially when they're toddlers or teens, dramatically increases the odds that their adolescent experimentation with cigarettes will lead to a heavy smoking habit. (2020-02-24)
For weight-loss surgery patients who quit smoking, relapse is common
Although 1 in 7 adults smoke cigarettes the year prior to undergoing weight-loss surgery, nearly all successfully quit at least a month before their operation. (2020-02-21)
New study supports the safety of varenicline
A real-world study of over 600,000 adult participants without a history of depression has found that the stop-smoking medication varenicline (marketed as Chantix and Champix) does not appear to be associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular or neuropsychiatric hospitalization compared with nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). (2020-02-20)
Rise in global deaths and disability due to lung diseases over past three decades
There has been an increase in deaths and disability due to chronic respiratory (lung) diseases over the past three decades, finds an analysis of data from 195 countries published by The BMJ today. (2020-02-19)
People living with HIV diagnosed with COPD 12 years younger than HIV-negative people
Researchers analyzed incidences of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) among adults 35 years and older who were living with and without HIV between 1996 and 2015 in Ontario - where over 40 per cent of Canadians living with HIV reside. (2020-02-18)
Heated tobacco devices making inroads among young adults, study finds
Heated tobacco devices -- which heat rather than burn tobacco to create a vapor -- are the next products being pushed by the tobacco industry. (2020-02-17)
Research calls for graphic warning labels to be added to cigarette packages
Experts at the Center for Tobacco Research and The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center are making a case for why the U.S. (2020-02-13)
Cigarette prices have risen following standardised packaging, despite warnings
New study highlights how the introduction of minimum excise tax and the advent of 'plain packs' for cigarettes in the UK has seen prices rise. (2020-02-13)
Smoking rates falling in adults, but stroke survivors' smoking rates remain steady
While the rate of Americans who smoke tobacco has fallen steadily over the last two decades, the rate of stroke survivors who smoke has not changed significantly. (2020-02-12)
Bright idea in dentist's office leads to innovative smoking cessation project
Results from this study, recently published online in Addiction, found providing smokers with a free, two week starter kit of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) increased quit attempts, use of stop smoking medications, and smoking abstinence as compared with standard care in a primary care setting. (2020-02-07)
What is your risk from smoking? Your network knows!
A new study from researchers at Penn's Annenberg School for Communication found that most people, smokers and non-smokers alike, were nowhere near accurate in their answers to questions about smoking's health effects. (2020-02-06)
Lung cancer rates are rising in young women across multiple countries
An International Journal of Cancer study that examined lung cancer rates in young adults in 40 countries across five continents uncovered a trend of higher lung cancer rates in women compared with men in recent years. (2020-02-05)
Healthy habits still vital after starting blood pressure, cholesterol medications
Heart-healthy lifestyle habits are always recommended whether blood pressure or cholesterol medications are prescribed or not, yet many patients let healthy habits slip after starting the prescription drugs. (2020-02-05)
Health: Daily smoking and drinking may be associated with advanced brain age
Daily drinking and smoking may be associated with modest increases in relative brain age compared to those who drink and smoke less, according to a study published in Scientific Reports. (2020-01-30)
Siri, help me quit -- what does your smart device say when you ask for help with addiction?
A new study published in Nature Partner Journal's Digital Medicine finds that the leading intelligent virtual assistants fail to understand questions about where to find help for substance misuse. (2020-01-29)
Never too late to quit -- protective cells could cut risk of lung cancer for ex-smokers
Protective cells in the lungs of ex-smokers could explain why quitting smoking reduces the risk of developing lung cancer, Cancer Research UK-funded researchers have determined. (2020-01-29)
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