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U.S. court strikes down graphic warnings on cigarettes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Friday struck down a law that requires tobacco companies to use graphic health warnings, such as of a man exhaling smoke through a hole in his throat. The 2-1 decision by the court in Washington, D.C., contradicts another appeals court’s ruling in a similar case earlier this year, setting up the possibility the U.S. Supreme Court will weigh in on the...

Cut salt to prevent stomach cancer

The rate of stomach cancer would decrease if we reduced our consumption of salt in our diet, it said in a report by the World Cancer Research Fund. According to this non-profit organization, which funds cancer research, 14% of cases of stomach cancer could be prevented by reducing salt intake to the recommended daily amount, less than six grams, which corresponds with a teaspoon. “Cancer of the stomach is...

Phthalates increase the risk of diabetes

Chemicals, phthalates, found in some cosmetics such as creams and soaps, increase the risk of diabetes in women, according to a recent study by U.S. researchers. Women with the highest levels of phthalates in urine were 60% more likely to have diabetes, concluded researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, after analyzing data on 2,350 women. “This is an important first step in exploring the...

Hormone therapy is safe for health

Hormone therapy did not negatively impact the health of postmenopausal women, concluded a research group representing 15 major medical organizations in North America. This group, which includes the Society of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists of Canada and the SIGMA Canadian Menopause Society, spoke in favor of hormone therapy. “Too many postmenopausal women are deprived of the benefits of hormone...

In U.S. soda scuffle, experts say it’s no easy choice

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – At Andrea Giancoli’s community nutrition classes, participants bring in cans and bottles of whatever they typically drink every day, from sodas and fruit juices to sweet teas. Then the Los Angeles-based dietician helps them read the back of their containers for portion size, calories and sugar content. Then one by one, she stacks sugar cubes by their drink so they can visualize...

The Supreme Court maintains the health reform of Barack Obama

WASHINGTON – It’s a huge political victory for Barack Obama, in just over four months of the November U.S. presidential. The Supreme Court of the United States has approved Thursday the bulk of its law on the generalization of the Medicare reform emblematic of its mandate, intended to provide health coverage to more than 30 million Americans who were uninsured. This historic reform arouses fierce...

Daffodils May Help Depression

The daffodils that grow in South Africa contain a substance that will develop a treatment against depression, according to Danish researchers. A team of scientists from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, had already discovered that these plants contain a substance that affects the mechanisms at work in the brain for depression. Now they come to see that this compound may also cross the blood-brain barrier, one...

Obesity in children affects performance in mathematics

Children’s performance in mathematics could be affected by overweight and obesity, according to a study by U.S. researchers. Scientists at the University of Missouri at Columbia, found that obese children had worse results in mathematics, and this, in the first year than those who were never overweight. Math scores of boys who became obese in the third or fourth year did not seem affected. For girls became...

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