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1 in 5 Preemies With Lung Disease Exposed to Secondhand Smoke

February 27, 2015

FRIDAY, Feb. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — High levels of nicotine were found in the hair of many children with premature birth-related lung disease whose parents claimed not to smoke, a new study finds.
The lung disease bronchopulmonary dysplasia often occurs in children who were born prematurely. Not surprisingly, exposure to tobacco smoke can be harmful […]

2 of 3 Smokers Will Die Early If They Don’t Quit, Research Shows

February 24, 2015

TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Two-thirds of smokers will die early from their habit if they don’t quit, a new study suggests.
The findings indicate that it’s never too late to quit smoking, one expert said.
Researchers analyzed data from more than 200,000 people taking part in a study conducted by the Sax Institute in […]

Mental Illness, Homelessness Linked to Heart Disease in Study

February 24, 2015

TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Homeless people with mental illness are at high risk for heart disease, a new study suggests.
Canadian researchers found that they have a 24.5 percent risk of heart attack, fatal or nonfatal stroke, or sudden cardiac death over 30 years.
The risk is about 10 percent for a person of […]

Host of Factors Influence Baby’s Immune System

February 21, 2015

SATURDAY, Feb. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Numerous factors influence the makeup of bacteria in the digestive system, which then alters the immune system and changes susceptibility to allergies, researchers report.
The team at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit conducted six studies of gut bacteria in babies and found that they varied by: the mother’s race/ethnicity; […]

Chantix Linked to Higher Quit Rates in Certain Smokers: Study

February 17, 2015

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The anti-smoking medication Chantix can boost the likelihood that cigarette smokers who aren’t ready to stop cold turkey will cut down gradually, a new study suggests.
“The main contribution of this study is that it demonstrates that for patients who are not ready to quit right […]

Smoking During Pregnancy May Raise Diabetes Risk for Daughters: Study

February 16, 2015

MONDAY, Feb. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women whose mothers smoked while pregnant may be two to three times more likely to develop diabetes as adults, new research suggests.
The finding is based on the tracking of 1,800 women whose mothers had been participants in an earlier study.
All the mothers had received obstetric care in the […]

Graphic Images on Cigarette Labels Affect Smokers’ Brains: Study

February 16, 2015

MONDAY, Feb. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Disturbing images on cigarette warning labels have a significant effect on smokers’ brains, according to a new study.
“You want warning messages to be memorable,” study co-author Daniel Romer, associate director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, said in university news […]

Smoking Linked to Damage in the Brain, Researchers Find

February 13, 2015

FRIDAY, Feb. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Smoking may damage part of the brain by causing thinning in a crucial area, new research shows.
The study included more than 500 male and female smokers, former smokers and nonsmokers who were an average of 73 years old.
Brain scans revealed that current and former smokers had a thinner […]

U.S. Smoking Deaths May Be Underestimated, Study Suggests

February 11, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Smoking may be killing more people than even current estimates indicate, a new study suggests.
According to the U.S. Surgeon General, about 480,000 Americans die of smoking-related causes each year, but that figure may be closer to 540,000, researchers from the American Cancer Society report.
While […]

Smokers May Get Less Benefit From Drugs for Arthritic Back Pain

February 10, 2015

TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Smoking may hamper the effects of certain drugs used to treat inflammatory arthritis in the lower back, a new study from Switzerland says.
Researchers from University Hospital Zurich looked at how 700 people with this type of arthritis responded to treatment with a class of drugs called tumor necrosis […]


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