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Binge Drinking Leads to Liver Damage

Liver damage from alcohol consumption has always been linked to a chronic drinking problem. However, a study at the University of Missouri reveals that there is also a connection between binge drinking and the risk for developing alcoholic liver disease as well as other health problems. The study, which was recently published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, found that binge drinking has a significant effect on the liver, whether it is done occasionally or in combination with chronic drinking.  Author Shivendra Shukla, PhD, Margaret Proctor Mulligan Professor at the University of Missouri School of Medicine states that their study […]

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Two new studies suggest that people who are overweight or obese and consume too much alcohol have a high risk of developing serious liver disease that could lead to death. The first study involved more than 107,000 women in the United Kingdom who were classified according to body mass index (BMI, a measure of body fat) and alcohol consumption. The results of the study, which were recently presented at the International Liver Congress in the Netherlands showed that women who were overweight or obese and drank more than six pints of beer or nine small glasses of wine weekly were […]

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Unhealthy Alcohol Intake a Global Burden

More than 200 diseases and injuries has been attributed to alcohol consumption, according to study lead author Kevin Shield, which includes several types of cancer such as female breast cancer on top of those known effects of drinking such as liver cirrhosis and traffic accidents.  The study, published in a recent issue of the journal Addiction, shows that alcohol was responsible for more than 5% of the global burden of disease and injury, third after hypertension and tobacco smoking. The findings show huge differences by geographical region, number of alcohol consumers, and the amount of alcohol intake and general patterns […]

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Alcohol, a Leading Cause of Cancer Death

Studies have shown that alcohol consumption is linked to many types of cancers, including cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, breast, liver, colon and rectum. It is estimated that it accounts for about 4% of deaths due to cancer worldwide. Timothy Naimi, MD, MPH, from the Department of Medicine at BUSM and colleagues from the National Cancer Institute, the Alcohol Research Group, Public Health Institute and the Center for Addiction and Mental Health report that about 20,000 cancer deaths related to alcohol intake occur annually in the US. This accounts for 3.5% of all deaths due to cancer. The researchers […]

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Researchers at the University Hospital of North Norway, Tromsø, Norway found that the incidence of non-migrainous headaches was significantly higher among people who have low serum vitamin D levels than those with normal levels. Marie Kjaergaard, MD and colleagues conducted a study, which looked into the relationship between vitamin D levels and headaches, after studies previously reported a high prevalence of headache in people who lived in high latitudes. They pointed out that very few case reports have studied the effect of vitamin D on headache, and that intervention studies have not been done. The prospective study involved more than […]

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