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Smoking causes DNA mutations that make lung cancer more likely: study

Smoking causes DNA mutations that make lung cancer more likely: study

Every year of cigarette smoking causes DNA mutations in lung cells that make the deadly disease of cancer more likely, according to a study published in the most recent edition of the journal Science.

Researchers found that those who smoke a pack of cigarettes daily for a year make the DNA in every cell in their lungs to acquire nearly 150 new mutations. The cells in the larynx acquire nearly 97 new mutations, while the pharynx and oral cavity accumulate 39 and 23 new mutations, respectively.

FDA looking to reduce Nutella’s serving size from 2 to 1 tablespoon

FDA looking to reduce Nutella’s serving size from 2 to 1 tablespoon

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has confirmed that it is looking to reduce Nutella’s serving size from current two tablespoons to one because the chocolate-hazelnut spread is now being used by consumers on bread, instead of as part of their desserts.

Nutella and several other nut-based cocoa spreads have to list higher serving sizes on the packaging because the government consider then as “dessert toppings.”

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Latinos, African Americans have higher rates of diabetes than Whites and Asians

Latinos, African Americans have higher rates of diabetes than whites and Asians

Latino and African American adults have notably higher rates of diabetes than White Americans and Asians, stats released by the L.A. County Department of Public Health showed.

According to fresh stats, 13.7 per cent of Latino adults and 10.7 per cent of African Americans have diabetes, while rate of the disease among both whites and Asians is 8.2 per cent. The trend also confirmed that that the disease continues to grow.

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Measles Complication Leads to Fatal Consequences for Many Patients Years after Recovery

Measles Complication Leads to Fatal Consequences for Many Patients Years after Recovery

A deadly measles complication leads to serious consequences for many, years after recovering, a new study suggests. The medical community earlier thought that the incurable measles complication, years after recovery of patient, is a rare phenomenon. However, the new study found that the deadly complication killed at least 16 children and young adults in California and it might not be as rare as earlier thought. The infection is caused when measles virus staying in the brain of patient, even years after recovery.

Alaska’s first marijuana shop attracting long queues of buyers

Alaska’s first marijuana shop attracting long queues of buyers

Alaska’s first legal marijuana store, which started selling the recreational drug with a grand opening last Saturday, having been attracting long queues of buyers. Alaska allowed recreational use of marijuana two years back but Herbal Outfitters was waiting for demand to pick up before setting up a shop in the state.

The grand opening of Herbal Outfitters took place a couple of years after state voters legalized the use of the recreational pot. State voters approved a measure to legalize marijuana use in November 2014.

Johnson & Johnson faces third major setback in Baby Powder Issue

Johnson & Johnson faces third major setback in Baby Powder Issue

Johnson & Johnson faced another setback as a jury awarded $70 million to a California woman who used J&J baby powder and claimed that it caused her cancer. The trial in the current cases started on September 26 and jury ruled in favor of Modesto, California based Deborah Giannecchini. J&J faces more than 1,700 lawsuits regarding baby powder and shower-to-shower gel promoted by the company.

American Academy of Pediatrics issues New Guidelines on Screen Time

How Important Are New Guidelines Issued by American Academy of Pediatrics on Screen Time

The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its guidelines for screen time for kids and adolescents and many health experts are surprised with the new guidelines. The earlier guidelines suggested less than two hours per day of screen time for kids above two years of age. For kids below two years, the AAP guidelines suggested no screen time. With changing times, the consumption of digital media has increased. There is plenty of interesting content worth watching for kids on internet and AAP guidelines suggest that parents should watch content with kids.

Research links Waist Size and Type 2 Diabetes to Increased Liver Cancer Risk

Research links Waist Size and Type 2 Diabetes to Increased Liver Cancer Risk

Obesity has been linked to increased cancer risk in studies conducted in the past but a new study has found direct link between waist size and risk of liver cancer. The study team noticed that higher BMI and type 2 diabetes raised the risk of liver cancer. The study team found that people with type 2 diabetes had 2.6 times higher risk of liver cancer compared to those without diabetes.

Support for Marijuana legalization grows across the country before Elections

Support for Marijuana legalization grows across the country before Elections

Fresh survey conducted by Pew Research indicates rising support for marijuana legalization across the United States. The survey reported that 57 percent of Americans favor marijuana legalization and only 37 percent are against it. Many states have already relaxed their ruling regarding marijuana usage. Earlier, surveys conducted by Gallup and the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research have indicated rising support for marijuana legalization.

Immunotherapy drug termed as ‘game changer’ for Head and Neck Cancer

Immunotherapy drug termed as ‘game changer’ for Head and Neck Cancer

Immunotherapy based drug nivolumab has been termed as ‘game changer’ for head and neck cancer by a research team at the European Cancer Congress. The team conducted a detailed clinical trial and the results of the study have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Relapsed head and neck cancer is extremely difficult to treat for patients with failed chemotherapy treatment. The study team noticed impressive results for patients taking nivolumab.

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