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Vit C Improves Lung Function in Babies of Mom Smokers

Scientists have found a potential treatment that could reduce the impact of maternal smoking on their newborn babies’ respiratory health. Although doctors advise women smokers to avoid smoking during pregnancy, about 50% of women cannot quit the habit. This has been associated been with an increased risk of babies suffering from wheezing, asthma and other problems. Lead author Cynthia T. McEvoy, MD, associate professor of pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and colleagues report at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Washington, DC that they have found that vitamin C intake during pregnancy […]

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Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women in the western world, and scientists led by Dr. Chi Le-Ha, of the University of Western Australia, found a significant link between passive smoking and reduced HDL levels in teen girls that may explain why. The researchers reported that exposure to secondhand smoke at home appears to lower the levels of the HDL (good) cholesterol in teen girls. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol is a substance that reduces heart disease risk. The study was recently published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The study included more than 1,000 male […]

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Heart Disease Risk Factors Affect Brain Function

New research published recently in the American Heart Association journal Stroke shows that brain function in young adults may decline as their risk factors for heart disease increase. Lead author Hanneke Joosten, M.D., a nephrology fellow at the University Medical Center in Groningen, The Netherlands states that while people think that risk factors such as smoking and obesity are bad for the heart, they are not aware that these are also bad for the brain. The study included around 3,800 participants aged 35- to 82-years who underwent mental function tests that measured their ability to reason, plan and initiate and […]

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Secondhand Smoke Poses Highest Heart Disease Risk

A new study provided additional evidence on the threat of secondhand smoke.  Researchers found that exposure to secondhand smoke was already an independent predictor of the prevalence of coronary artery plaque.  It was found that the risk of developing diseased arteries increases as the duration and degree of exposure increases. Harvey S. Hecht, MD and colleagues reported online in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging that the overall prevalence of coronary artery plaque in those exposed to passive smoke was higher compared to the general public. Those with the highest amount of exposure have a 90% chance of having coronary plaque compared with […]

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Smoking Kills More than HIV

It has long been recognized that smoking is one of the factors that can reduce life expectancy in the general population. In people who are infected with HIV, the introduction of highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART) has reduced mortality related to the infection, although lifestyle factors may influence their survival. To examine these interactions, researchers from the Copenhagen University Hospital led by Marie Helleberg, MD looked into the risks of smoking in HIV-infected people receiving anti-retroviral therapy. They used data from the Danish HIV Cohort Study, a population-based nation-wide study that involved HIV patients treated at Danish HIV centers from […]

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