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Call to tackle smoking amongst mental health patients
A tobacco campaign group is calling for urgent action to tackle the much higher rates of smoking among people with mental health conditions.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Gefahr durch Fracking: Das Dreckwasser von Wyoming
Das umstrittene Fracking kann das Trinkwasser belasten. Ein beharrlicher US-Forscher hat das jetzt für ein Dorf exemplarisch nachgewiesen - gegen viele Widerstände. [...] Fallstudie zu Pavillion. Sie legt nahe, dass das Grundwasser dort tatsächlich mit Fracking-Schadstoffen belastet ist. Und dass diese im Boden nach oben wandern. In Tiefen, die auch von Trinkwasserbrunnen erreicht werden. [...] Was den Forscher zusätzlich empört, ist einfach erklärt: Die US-Gesetzgebung erlaubt es, dass zur Öl- und Gasförderung Chemikalien notfalls auch in Grundwasserreservoire eingeleitet werden. "Ich kenne keine westliche Demokratie, wo so etwas möglich ist", klagt DiGiulio. Man könne doch nicht ernsthaft annehmen, das so etwas ohne Folgen für das Trinkwasser bleibe.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Trauma Doctors Every Second Counts Season 2
min 18 - didn't even make it to 60. // if she made it, she may have been permanently disabled due to lack of oxygen for prolonged time.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Benefits of smoking ban hailed 10 years on
The smoking ban which came into force 10 years ago has saved Scots from breathing in more than half a tonne of toxic material, a study has suggested.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
EU-Tabakrichtlinie: Bundesrat beschließt Schockbilder auf Zigarettenschachteln
lobby put down regulation, delayed it for many many many months. // Die letzte Hürde ist genommen: Ab Ende Mai zieren auch in Deutschland Schockbilder und größere Warnhinweise die Zigarettenschachteln. Der Bundesrat hat das Gesetz gebilligt.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
43% 'resume smoking after giving birth'
But regional data shows wide differences across the country - with more smokers in poorer areas. Prof Jonathan Grigg of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said the findings of this study were a worrying sign for the state of child health.
He added: "We need to fully support parents in the first few months with their baby to highlight to them the importance of keeping their home smoke-free.
"Health visitor and smoking-cessation services are vital to this process, but with the £200m reduction in funding for public health, these services are at risk."
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
More than 600m illicit cigarettes seized by HMRC in six months | Business | The Guardian
Between April and September 2015, hundreds of millions of cigarettes and 137 tonnes of hand-rolling tobacco worth £232m in unpaid duty found
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Obesity bigger cost for Britain than war and terror | Society | The Guardian
Britain spending £47bn a year dealing with the healthcare and social costs of an increasingly overweight population, study finds. Obesity is a greater burden on the UK’s economy than armed violence, war and terrorism, costing the country nearly £47bn a year, a report has found. The study, commissioned by consultancy firm McKinsey and Company, reveals obesity has the second-largest economic impact on the UK behind smoking, generating an annual loss equivalent to 3% of GDP. [...] It has called for a co-ordinated response from governments, retailers, restaurants and food and drink manufacturers to address what it calls the “global obesity crisis”. A series of 44 interventions could bring 20% of overweight or obese people in UK back to normal weight within five to 10 years, the report says. This would save around £16bn a year in the UK, including an annual saving of about £766m in the NHS, according to the study. [...] “Today 25% of the nation is obese and 37% is overweight.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Expect more teenage pregnancies and STIs as public health cuts kick in | Public Leaders Network | The Guardian
[ cut public health budget (prevention & intervention) by +200m ] Slicing money out of local prevention services is ‘economically nonsensical’, completely undermining the pledge to pump billions into the NHS [...] 77% [of councils] said they expected obesity interventions to be cut [...] total spend on STIs by 2020 could top £6bn. [...] Every £1 spent on contraception saves £11 in healthcare costs. Cuts to sexual health sector are economically nonsensical [ TORIES SET NHS UP TO FAIL! Simon Stevens is being ser-up to fail! ] //&! King's Fund analysis - bit.ly/1DsQcFS //&! bit.ly/1TTUVFP - short-termism. with cuts to prevention, and no new prevention initiatives ie sugar tax and processed food tax and meat tax (burger king and co), health coaches at gp surgeries ... 5 year nhs budget targets will be overrun massively by 2020. Simon Stevens is asked to resign before 2020 election.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Abnehmen: Schon leichte Reduktion fördert die Gesundheit - SPIEGEL ONLINE
5 a day? more like 7 to 10 a day // Abnehmen ist schwer: Ohne große Erfolge verlieren vor allem stark Übergewichtige leicht die Motivation. Eine neue Studie zeigt aber, dass schon kleine Veränderungen viel für die Gesundheit bringen. [...] Wichtig sei es, sein Körpergewicht dauerhaft zu reduzieren. Der gesamte Lebensstil - Bewegung, Ernährung, Verhalten - müsse sich ändern, Crash-Diäten seien nicht zu empfehlen, "Ein gesundes Körpergewicht ist eine Lebensaufgabe", so Holzapfel.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Water Fasting w/Vegan Diet Cures High Blood Pressure - Dr. Goldhamer - YouTube
higher blood pressure = higher risk of premature death / leading cause of disability // more ppl will die from drug side-effect than from high blood pressure - thus med profession gives lowering med only when it is really high. // changing lifestyle radically, is seen radical to reverse chronic disease. // also against diabetes! // >> TREATMENT PROGRAM IS COST-EFFECTIVE! even within the first year! than the pills.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Sugary drinks tax 'would stop millions becoming obese' - BBC News
And TV chef Jamie Oliver has campaigned for the tax saying it was the "single most important" change that could be made. The director general of the British Soft Drinks Association, Gavin Partington, said: "The hypothetical claims made in this modelling study run contrary to real-world evidence. "In fact, the soft drinks tax in Mexico has reduced average calorie intake by six calories per person per day, with no evidence that it has reduced levels of obesity." He added that other options such as reducing portion sizes or changing ingredients would be more effective.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Virtually all hospitals now in deficit - BBC News
[ demand of ageing chronically sick population outstrips all planning 5 years, again and again and again ] Adam Roberts, of the Health Foundation think tank, said: "These figures are beyond dire. A comprehensive national plan is urgently needed." The situation raises the prospect of the Department of Health failing to balance the overall books, which would be a huge embarrassment given the extra money the NHS is getting. In autumn's spending review the government announced the NHS would get an extra £8.4bn this Parliament. A big chunk of that, £3.8bn, is being put in next year. [...] [Commentary:] This time the impact is likely to be felt in terms of what doesn't happen. The government has promised the NHS extra money in the coming years to help it cope with demand and transform itself to become fit for the 21st century. But if that goes on paying off debts, the NHS will be on the back foot straight away. The risk then is that a vicious circle develops ... &! bbc.in/1lOPU4z
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Can Liverpool's new hospital make the whole city healthier – and wealthier? | Cities | The Guardian
Jackson also says the trust is working hard to reduce the length of time patients – especially older people – will stay in the hospital. In part by helping people to stay at home for longer and return home more quickly. “Gerontologists will tell you that a 60-year-old who spends 14 nights in hospital will age 10 years,” Jackson says. Speeding up the time it takes to generate results such as ultrasounds will also reduce the time all patients have to spend in the hospital. [...] Despite the city’s fortunes improving in recent years, Liverpool is still one of the most deprived areas of the country [...] while the average household income is £22,787 – £14,000 lower than the national average (pdf) – and four in 10 children live in low income households – more than double the national average.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Evidence-Based Nutrition - YouTube
Sodium Skeptics Try to Shake Up the Salt Debate - youtu.be/f8-qkrenQr0 //&! Why Your Doctor Is Lying To You - youtu.be/R9Z3Wg_Huik - "what is practical and doable [...] soft-pedaling the patient, patronizing the patient, deciding for them. [...] bc they think you can't handle the truth. [...] make things palatable to general public, yes we still will kill people with our recommendation, but less than otherwise. [...] the average doc may get only 1 hour of nutrition and lifestyle course. [...] this is physician-assisted suicide! [...] big broccoli lobby doesn't take out doc to paid dinners. [...] this is tobacco's fight all over again! most doctors smoked. most doctors eat meat. [...] eventually society will catch-up to science. but this is about people's premature death, ageing, ill life, disability, and the environment, ecology and climate change. //&! youtu.be/xpewnQoh45c & Google Talk - youtu.be/7rNY7xKyGCQ
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
South Somerset deploys ‘health coaches’ to take pressure off NHS - FT.com
Chronic conditions make a big share of cost // Underpinning the approach is a careful “segmenting” of patients to discover which are making maximum demands on the system. [...] In South Somerset, it was discovered that just 4 per cent of local people were between them consuming up to 50 per cent of the health and social care budget. High quality global journalism requires investment. Early results among a sample group of 100 patients are striking. Emergency admissions have fallen by 42 per cent, accident and emergency department visits by 4 per cent and outpatient appointments by 15 per cent, year on year, since the establishment of a “hub”, bringing together doctors, nurses and care workers to span the historically iron divide between GP surgery, community and hospital services. [...] “health coaches”. Cheaper than clinicians, and bringing a different skill set, they are seen as key to ensuring patients take responsibility for their own health [...] [mismatch of resources & demand]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Krebs: So lässt sich das Risiko verringern - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Vor Krebs fürchten sich die Deutschen wie vor keiner anderen Krankheit. Mit dem richtigen Lebensstil lässt sich das Erkrankungsrisiko deutlich verringern - leider aber ohne Garantie. Rocklegende David Bowie, Motörhead-Sänger Lemmy Kilmister oder "Harry-Potter"-Star Alan Rickman: Sie alle sind kürzlich an Krebs gestorben. Auch in Deutschland sind bösartige Tumore die zweithäufigste Todesursache, nur an den Folgen von Herz-Kreislauf-Erkrankungen sterben noch mehr Menschen. Die Erkrankungszahlen liegen noch deutlich höher. Im Laufe des Lebens erhalten jeder zweite Mann und fast jede zweite Frau die gefürchtete Diagnose, rund 500.000 sind es jährlich. [...] "Man kann jedes Fleisch bedenkenlos essen. Es kommt aber auf die Menge an", sagt Heiner Boeing vom Deutschen Institut für Ernährungsforschung Potsdam-Rehbrücke. [ CANCER IN MODERATION ] //&! nutritionfacts.org/?s=cancer
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
I had alcohol-related breast cancer. Here’s why I still drink | Joanna Moorhead | Opinion | The Guardian
The chief medical officer advises women to think about cancer when having a drink. But if I did that every time I had a glass of wine, I think I’d feel the cancer had won [...] I guess what it comes down to is quite simply the importance of enjoying life. When I had cancer, I discovered that I didn’t just want to survive; I wanted to have fun, to make the most of every single day, and to enjoy happy occasions and meals with my friends and family. [...] drinking wine, beer or tequila adds a dimension to social occasions that I rather enjoy. And somehow it feels to me that it wasn’t worth surviving cancer if I’m going to limit my life to thinking, every time someone offered me a glass of something, about my breast cancer and the likelihood of it returning. [...] Life is too short to cut out something you enjoy in moderation, [ picking up the words from the food lobby, heart disease and cancer in moderation. sprinkling in doubt. to continue that lifestyle. do you say asbestos in mod? ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Government has no idea about Cancer Drugs Fund's impact, MPs say | Society | The Guardian
Department of Health and NHS England have insufficient data on patient outcomes or value for money, and little control over its spiralling budget, committee says [...] “The Department of Health and NHS England do not have the data needed to assess the impact of the fund on patient outcomes, such as extending patients’ lives, or to demonstrate whether this is a good use of taxpayers’ money.” The fund was set up in 2010 by the Conservative government because of the regular outcry from patient organisations and the media when cancer drugs, which typically offer potential weeks or months of extra life to those with a terminal diagnosis, were turned down by Nice, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
UK cancer death rates after diagnosis drop 10% in ten years | Society | The Guardian
A greater number of people, however, are being diagnosed with and dying from cancer due to age and lifestyle factors [...] But the growing numbers of people being diagnosed with cancer as the population ages and obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, smoking and drinking take their toll, has climbed, which means the actual number of deaths each year has risen over the last decade. Some cancers continue to pose a major problem: the death rates from liver and pancreatic cancer are rising, not falling. [...] regional variations are sometimes shocking. In some areas, people diagnosed with lung cancer are four times more likely to die than in others. That is partly because in some less affluent places, lung cancer caused by smoking is more common and people have more advanced disease when they finally see the GP. But there are also variations in standards of care. [...] [ look at ] Five-year cancer survival rates, % [ if you survive, you are lucky for 5 years. ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Smoking bans reduce harm from passive smoking, study finds | Society | The Guardian
Evidence of 77 reports from 21 countries finds the general post-ban reduction in heart disease is greatest among non-smokers [...] The Cochrane collaboration, a respected not-for-profit organisation of 14,000 academics, examined 77 studies from 21 countries with smoking bans and found a general reduction in hospital admissions for heart disease. Among the evidence cited was a study showing that heart attack admissions in Liverpool fell by 42% in the first five years of the ban on smoking in enclosed public places and the workplace in England.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
PMQs: Corbyn questions PM over cancer test waiting times - BBC News
[ spin, we need strong economy ] Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn questioned David Cameron over waiting times for cancer diagnostic tests and treatment, during Prime Minister's Questions. Mr Corbyn said there was "a serious shortage" of therapeutic radiologists in England and asked why the government was cutting training places by 5%. He also said £200m was being cut from the public health budget [ public services like STI centres, group therapy stopping smoking, alcohol abuse, and obesity help ]. Mr Cameron said the number of radiographers were increasing because of extra investment in the NHS. He added that the UK was hitting many key targets on treatment but had fallen below the target for cancer patients' first treatment to be 62 days after diagnosis. He also told MPs real advances had been made on public health under his government, including banning smoking in cars when children are present. //&! Follow-up - bbc.in/1NQNUhO
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Yes, being lectured to about smoking is boring. So is being addicted to it | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett | Opinion | The Guardian
Films portraying smoking should get adult rating, says WHO. Cigarette companies are turning to film industry to recruit next generation of smokers, warns World Health Organisation. - bit.ly/1QRsAiK
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
'Godsend' operation for Scottish lung patient - BBC News
[ life extension, and improvement of life (plus pills) of people with a self-afflicted chronic disease ] Patricia McCall had tiny valves inserted in her lungs to treat her emphysema. The procedure is an alternative to radical surgery in which diseased parts of the lungs are cut away. Ms McCall was treated at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Clydebank as part of a clinical trial. The hospital is the first in Scotland to fit the valves. [...] Quality of life It is hoped the "Endobronchial Valve" will dramatically improve the quality of life for people with lung disease. Emphysema is usually caused by smoking and is very common in Scotland. //&! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronic_obstructive_pulmonary_disease
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Alan Rickman, giant of British screen and stage, dies at 69 | Film | The Guardian
Alan Rickman, one of the best-loved and most warmly admired British actors of the past 30 years, has died in London aged 69. [...] “surrounded by family and friends”. Rickman had been suffering from cancer. //&! It’s the second time this week we have woken up to terrible awful no good very bad news that someone so beloved has died from cancer. - bit.ly/1Slu99J //&! London-born star Rickman has died in hospital aged 69 surrounded by his family, after battling cancer in secret - http://dailym.ai/1Oun9S2 //&! The news came as a huge shock to Rickman's fans, who hadn't even known he was ill. [ maybe was diagnosed late ie stage 3 or 4, ignored symptoms for too long. ] bit.ly/1RPKVfK //&! "Cancer Battle" - bit.ly/1Zzf492 - In April last year the star revealed he had married his partner of 50 years, Rima Horton, in secret. [ maybe he got late stage/end stage cancer diagnosis some months ago (and been told get affairs in order 'meds can give u some more months, maybe a year or two') ]
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Weekly alcohol limit cut to 14 units in UK for men | Society | The Guardian
New guidance puts male limit in line with women as chief medical officers warn that any amout of alcohol consumption increases cancer risk [...] However, it cautioned that “there is little evidence regarding the impact of any guidelines in changing health behaviours”. //&! Here are the pub owners that make money of chronic and diet-related diseases; bit.ly/1RsVTcy - &! In the biggest shakeup to safe drinking recommendations for 30 years, chief medical officer Sally Davies said science showed there was no safe level of drinking and recommended keeping consumption to 14 units a week – the equivalent of seven glasses of wine or six pints. //&! the cultural observations; brits have a problem - bit.ly/1ObJNjS - a nation of self-medicators, affordable, quick fix coping mechanism. //&! What would Britain be without drink? - bit.ly/1naEsAw
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Aneurysm screening 'helps thousands' - BBC News
[ its like cancer, early detection you know, not prevention. but doesn't say being on operating table can also have side effects/complications ie death. more risk with more heart disease and age. ] Simple ultrasound scans have helped detect more than 10,000 aneurysms - potentially serious blood vessel swellings - since a now UK-wide screening programme started in 2009. If left untreated larger abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) - where the main blood vessel in the body weakens and expands - can be deadly. But because many do not have symptoms, people may be unaware they have an AAA until they fatally burst. A million men have been screened. [...] Public Health England says after 10 years of screening, half of all ruptures should be prevented, saving an estimated 1,500-2,000 lives a year - though the data to support this is not yet available.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Smoker's cough 'could be sign of serious disease' - BBC News
Smokers are being urged not to dismiss the early signs of a debilitating disease as simply a smoker's cough. In a new campaign, Public Health England says too many smokers remain unaware of the risks of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD, which narrows the airways, can leave people struggling to do simple tasks such as climbing stairs. Figures show more than 1m people in England are living with it, with nine in 10 cases caused by smoking. COPD is actually the umbrella term for a number of serious lung conditions including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. NO CURE People with the disease have difficulties breathing, primarily due to the narrowing of their airways and destruction of lung tissue. //&! bbc.in/1QXhR74
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Terror: Wer sind "die", wer sind "wir"? - Kommentar - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Worthülse "unsere Werte" [ trotztem bleibt es, jeder fuer sich ] "Unsere Werte", diese Wendung ist derzeit äußerst beliebt - und gefährlich. Denn sie suggeriert Einigkeit, wo keine ist. Das muss und darf nicht so bleiben. [...] "Unsere Werte". Diese Wendung ist seit den Anschlägen en vogue. "Wir geben unsere Werte nicht auf", schrieb die "Frankfurter Rundschau" und änderte die Überschrift später in "Die Freiheit nicht aufgeben". "Wir werden unsere Werte verteidigen!", formulierte "Der Westen", als würden die Redakteure gleich einen halben Tag frei machen, um selbst zu den Waffen zu greifen. //&! Terror von Paris: Der 13.11. war nicht Europas 9/11 - bit.ly/1N4k79F //&! Die Welt is unerklärbar geworden. - bit.ly/1XhCHwu //&! Was bedeutet es, wenn auf der Titelseite von "Charlie Hebdo" steht: "Sie haben die Waffen, wir haben den Champagner"? - Terror in Paris: Hedonismus und Hass - bit.ly/1MuQNru //&! bbc.in/1N74Epi &! youtu.be/x8GU8c8wYYk?t=2m40s "Never lose your feelings."
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Afghan air strike: Kunduz MSF clinic workers killed - BBC News
western world (politicians and vast majority of public) is not comfortable with boots on the ground (since WMD's/Iraq War catastrophe). so it is in the name of war on terror, the drone strikes, with minimal intelligence, making it a hit and miss. = collateral damage. no wonder why uneducated illiterate people join radicalist and extremist movement (funded and stocked w weapons by Arab League through the backdoors) against the west and other religious minorities in the middle east and other governments that hold local power ... when the west drone strike/bombs their village and family to smithereens ... the west wth no accountability. no transparency. bordering war crime. bordering carpet bombing. // US military apologises for bombing - Afghan President's Office - bit.ly/1VufFa8 &! bit.ly/1VuIC5E &! MFS calls it a war crime - bit.ly/1j8hwQO &! bit.ly/1PXynQt Obama promises internal investigation.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Rare 'healthy' smokers' lungs explained - BBC News
The analysis of more than 50,000 people showed favourable mutations in people's DNA enhanced lung function and masked the deadly impact of smoking. The Medical Research Council scientists say the findings could lead to new drugs to improve lung function. But not smoking will always be the best option, they say. [...] The habit also increases the risk of heart disease and cancers, which are not considered in this study. The scientists also uncovered parts of the genetic code which were more common in smokers than non-smokers. They seem to alter the brain's function and how easily someone can become addicted to nicotine, although that still needs to be confirmed.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Uncle Sam Wants You (to Quit Smoking) - Bloomberg View
There's good news this month from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: In 2015, the smoking rate among adults in the U.S. fell to a new low of 15 percent. Within the military, though, smoking rates remain substantially higher. This not only harms the health of soldiers but also impairs military performance, which is why Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter should push to further discourage smoking in the military.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
U.S. developing sanctions against China over cyberthefts - The Washington Post
[ double standard. probably know that they will be outed come time to have e-mailed trade secrets of other nations big companies to their own national companies, even if it is just for infrastructure or defense contract bids ] The White House is getting ready to issue "unprecedented economic sanctions" against Chinese companies and individuals "who have benefited from their government’s cybertheft of valuable U.S. trade secrets," says the Washington Post. But the Post doesn't explain what those sanctions would be, or why the U.S. is going after individual targets instead of the Chinese government itself. One thing that is clear: Chinese president Xi Jinping is scheduled to visit the U.S. next month.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Griechenland: Warum ein Schuldenschnitt jetzt richtig ist - SPIEGEL ONLINE
[ nennt es doch schuldumschreibung!? longer dated lower interest rates. es wurden ja unsere banken in europa gerettet in 2009/10/11. ] Es ist die richtige Ankündigung zur rechten Zeit: Griechenland wird einen Schuldenschnitt bekommen - auch wenn die Kanzlerin das nicht so aussprechen will. Klingt seltsam, aber so funktioniert Europa nun einmal. // &! bit.ly/1No5spK - Griechenland-Hilfe: Merkels Schneeballsystem - Am Mittwoch stimmt der Bundestag über das dritte Hilfspaket für Griechenland ab. Das Risiko für die deutschen Steuerzahler: ein dreistelliger Milliardenbetrag. Doch die Kanzlerin verschleiert das - die Folgen werden fatal sein.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Europe's economic challenge not just about Greece - BBC News
IMF, Christine Lagarde, said: "I remain firmly of the view that Greece's debt has become unsustainable." [...] Greek debt will reach 201% of GDP some time next year. [...] It is unlikely a portion of the debt will be written off but there may well be an agreement to extend current loans and to lower the rates of interest. [...] [ the overall health of Europe as a whole and its individual parts in question] [...] the eurozone economy splutters. There is a recovery - the eurozone is growing at an annual rate of 1.3% - but it is patchy. In the [Q2'15] France and Italy, which account for 40% of the eurozone economy, flat-lined. Italy which had only recently emerged from recession fell back, managing growth of just 0.2%. [...] [ ECB: on balance, outlook remains on the downside ] The eurozone economy is still smaller than it was in 2008. [...] The fundamental challenges to the European economy remain - how to innovate [...] modernise [...] [ EU project living up to its potential ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Foreign Affairs Expert Leslie Gelb: Masters in Business (Audio) by Bloomberg View | Free Listening on SoundCloud
Leslie Gelb, wrote Pentagon Papers. Which Ellsberg leaked (Whistleblower) - bit.ly/1Lgsq2D // Back in the days, national interests and force was expressed in war and seldomly in economic embargos (Napoleon tried that against British Empire) and there were economic skirmishes (oil/diesel, rubber) in the run-up to WW2 and the first couple of months before USA officially entered WW2. TODAY! National interests are only expressed in economic terms with trade embargoes, tariffs, trade deals and protectionism. Only little military skirmishes here and there and when, the nation tries to hide them from the publics eye (through rouge nations for hire army/special forces, a nations secret services supplying the underground arms trade that doesn't show up on its balance sheet or one of their nations manufacturers. West excluded Russia from recent G8 summit in Munich and made it G7. Russia/Europe/USA playing game of chicken of economic escalation. Or using corporate actors & new cyber war!
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Female lung cancer cases top 20,000 - BBC News
The figure for 2012 represents a rise from 14,000 in 1993, according to the data compiled by Cancer Research UK. It means the rate of lung cancer in the female population has risen by 22% to 65 cases per 100,000 people. The trend is the opposite of what is happening with men and is linked to smoking, which peaked in men in the 1940s but in women peaked in the 1970s. About 24,000 men are diagnosed with lung cancer each year, which means it is the second most common cancer for both sexes. [...] "It really is devastating to see that the number of women diagnosed with lung cancer continues to climb. "We also know survival remains poor and one of the problems is that lung cancer tends to be diagnosed at a late stage when it has already spread." That makes it hard to treat and as a result lung cancer claims the lives of 35,000 people each year. Just 10% of people live for five years after diagnosis - compared with more than 80% for breast and prostate cancer.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Herzinfarkte und Schlaganfälle: OECD-Studie zu Herz-Kreislauf-Erkrankungen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
In Deutschland sterben immer weniger Menschen an Schlaganfällen, Herzinfarkten und anderen Herz-Kreislauf-Erkrankungen. Eine OECD-Studie warnt aber, dass der Anstieg von Fettleibigkeit und Diabetes diese positive Entwicklung stoppen könnte. // SICK POPULATION: Thanks to advances in modern medicine, we are living longer lives, but we’re doing it by lengthening the morbidity phase. In other words, we live longer, but sicker, lives. So, traditional medicine increases the number of old people in bad health. Ideally, though, we’d extend lifespan by slowing aging to delay the onset of deterioration, rather than extending the period of deterioration. - http://nutritionfacts.org/2015/06/11/exploiting-autophagy-to-live-longer/ &! http://nutritionfacts.org/2015/06/16/living-longer-by-reducing-leucine-intake/
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
Grüne Kosmetik: Naturkosmetik Inhaltsstoffe wichtige Fragen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Wie ist die Wirkung? Gerade wenn es um Anti-Aging geht, hegen Verbraucher oft Zweifel, ob die konventionelle Kosmetik mit ihren hochpreisigen Hightech-Produkten nicht doch die besseren Faltenkiller zu bieten hat. Werner Voss winkt ab. In seinem Labor in Münster untersucht der Dermatologe jedes Jahr an die 3000 Produkte. Sein Fazit: "Der Alterungsprozess lässt sich mit keinem Mittelchen, das man von außen auf die Haut aufträgt, aufhalten." Wie knitterig jemand aussieht, hängt zu 90 Prozent von seinen Genen ab, zu 10 Prozent von der Ernährung, davon, ob man raucht, Alkohol trinkt, sich in die Sonne knallt. Es ist eigentlich nur möglich, der Haut Feuchtigkeit zuzuführen, dann sieht sie praller aus. Doch das kann laut Voss jedes solide Gemisch aus Fett und Wasser - die Grundlage einer jeden Creme. Es scheint also egal zu sein, ob man zur herkömmlichen Creme mit Silikonöl als Fettkomponente greift oder der natürlichen mit Pflanzenöl.
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Milestone study probes cancer origin
The well-known ones such as UV damage and smoking mutate the DNA, increasing the odds of cancer.
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august 2013 by asterisk2a
Plasma oxidative stress is induced by single-sprint anaerobic exercise in young cigarette smokers - Taito - 2012 - Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging - Wiley Online Library
Smoking sucks! Significantly higher oxidative stress in young smokers after a single 30s sprint on a cycle ergometer.

"In conclusion, plasma oxidative stress is induced by single-sprint anaerobic exercise in cigarette smokers. Plasma ROS generation in cigarette smokers was higher than that in non-smokers after the Wingate anaerobic test [...] These findings indicate that cigarette smoking increases plasma oxidative stress in concert with single-sprint anaerobic exercise, which may increase the risk of oxidative damage."

Not exercising at all would yet still be the worse option, after all the "total antioxidant content was increased in both smokers and non-smokers after exercise."
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december 2012 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Smoking 'rots' brain, says King's College study
Scientists involved said people needed to be aware that lifestyles could damage the mind as well as the body.

Researchers at King's were investigating links between the likelihood of a heart attack or stroke and the state of the brain.

Data about the health and lifestyle of a group of over-50s was collected and brain tests, such as making participants learn new words or name as many animals as they could in a minute, were also performed.

They were all tested again after four and then eight years.

The results showed that the overall risk of a heart attack or stroke was "significantly associated with cognitive decline" with those at the highest risk showing the greatest decline.

It also said there was a "consistent association" between smoking and lower scores in the tests.

"We need to make people aware of the need to do some lifestyle changes because of the risk of cognitive decline."

- "One in three people over 65 will develop dementia."
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november 2012 by asterisk2a
Epigenetics and health: Grandma’s curse | The Economist
Some of the effects of smoking may be passed from grandmother to grandchild

The DNA sequence itself is not being permanently altered. Even those epigenetic changes that are inherited seem to be subsequently reversible. But the idea that acquired characteristics can be inherited at all is still an important and novel one, and a worrying example of the phenomenon has been published this week in BioMed Central Medicine.

[...] In a nutshell, Dr Rehan showed that if pregnant rats are exposed to nicotine, not only will their offspring develop the asthma induced by this drug, so will the offspring of those offspring.

[...] The cause of the grand-offsprings’ asthma, Dr Rehan believes, is epigenetic modification. Nicotine is not only affecting lung cells, but also affecting sex cells in ways that cause the lungs which ultimately develop from those cells to express their genes in the same abnormal ways.

- Health and Public Health has to be viewed in a HOLISTIC way -
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november 2012 by asterisk2a
Drive to stop teenagers smoking as cost of lung cancer to the UK economy tops £2.4 billion each year | Mail Online
Cost is higher than other common cancers, such as bowel or breast
Each lung cancer patient costs the UK healthcare system £9,071 annually
157,000 children aged 11-15 start smoking in the UK each year.

Researchers at Oxford University calculated that the total annual cost of all cancers to the UK economy is £15.8 billion - £5.6 billion of which is for healthcare costs and £7.6 billion is attributable to premature deaths and time off work.

- about 60 per cent of the total economic costs - and high health care costs.
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november 2012 by asterisk2a
After Smoking Is Banned, Heart Attacks Drop : Shots - Health News : NPR
!!! avoiding secondhand smoke !!!

When smoking is banned in bars and workplaces, the number of people who suffer heart attacks and die drops within months, according to two new studies.

They found benefits not only in saving lives, but in lowering the cost of medical care for heart attacks, stroke and other smoking-related illnesses. It's the best evidence yet demonstrating big, swift health improvements when secondhand smoke is banished.

"We should now accept this as fact," says Richard Hurt, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic who led one of the studies. Tobacco industry arguments that secondhand smoke isn't a major risk factor for heart disease, he says, are "just nonsense," because the only risk factor that changed in those 18 months was secondhand smoke. People's cholesterol and blood pressure stayed the same, and obesity rates increased.
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october 2012 by asterisk2a
Get Up. Get Out. Don't Sit. - NYTimes.com
The research, published in separate medical journals this month, adds to a growing scientific consensus that the more time someone spends sitting, especially in front of the television, the shorter and less robust his or her life may be.

[...] And the findings were sobering: Every single hour of television watched after the age of 25 reduces the viewer’s life expectancy by 21.8 minutes.

By comparison, smoking a single cigarette reduces life expectancy by about 11 minutes, the authors said.

[...] the authors point out, even for people who exercise regularly. It appears, Dr. Veerman says, that “a person who does a lot of exercise but watches six hours of TV” every night “might have a similar mortality risk as someone who does not exercise and watches no TV.”

[...]

“The most striking feature of prolonged sitting is the absence of skeletal muscle contractions, particularly in the very large muscles of the lower limbs,”
obesity  epidemic  diabetes  Exercise  sedentary  behavior  health  health  science  smoking 
october 2012 by asterisk2a
Drogenkonsum unter Jugendlichen: "Nur Loser stecken sich noch eine an" - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Panorama
Bildungsforscher Klaus Hurrelmann: Mit Vernunft ist das nicht zu erklären, sondern mit einem neuen Lebensstil. Den Jugendlichen ist heutzutage körperliche Gesundheit, ausreichend Schlaf und ausgewogene Ernährung für ihr Wohlbefinden wichtig. Sie sind an einer konzentrierten Lebensführung interessiert und wollen leistungsfähig sein.
SPIEGEL ONLINE: Wo hat dieser Trend seinen Ursprung?

Hurrelmann: Die Wirtschaftskrise um das Jahr 2000 hat den Heranwachsenden gezeigt, dass Sicherheit auf dem Arbeitsmarkt keine Selbstverständlichkeit mehr ist. Individuelle Leistungsfähigkeit wurde enorm wichtig, um bestehen zu können. Damals fand eine Trendwende in der allgemeinen Wertorientierung statt. Wir irrten uns mit der Annahme, die Zeit des Postmaterialismus' werde immer weitergehen. Die jungen Leute wandten sich stattdessen wieder traditionellen Werten zu. Sicherheit, Ordnung, Disziplin und Fleiß erleben seither eine Renaissance.
tippingpoint  society  generation  millennials  generationx  generationy  alcohol-abuse  smoking 
february 2012 by asterisk2a
YouTube - ‪The Battle Against Cancer - HPV researchers carrying on the work of a Nobel winner | Tomorrow Today‬‏
Cervical cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer among women. Particularly in countries where preventive treatment is limited, it can also be a frequent cause of death.But there is a new hope thanks to the research work of Harald zur Hausen, who won the 2008 Nobel Prize for Medicine for showing that cervical cancer is caused by viruses. This insight led to the development of a vaccine that aims to prevent infection from the tumor viruses. Now Austrian immunologist Angelika Riemer has taken up the challenge of continuing zur Hausen's work. She and her team in Heidelberg are developing a vaccine that is also effective after infection, by locating the tumor virus and rendering it harmless.
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july 2011 by asterisk2a

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