Eye-opening new report shows how cars can become hot deathtraps in an hour

Even a vehicle parked in the shade on a hot day can reach deadly temperatures, a new report finds.

TODAY (5/24, Fox) reports that researchers have quantified “how long it takes for cars to reach killer temperatures in either the sun or the shade.” Testing six cars of various sizes and makes, researchers found that “left in the sun on a 100-degree day in Arizona, it took just an hour for the interior temperature to hit 116 degrees.” In the shade, “interior temperatures reached 100 degrees after one hour and seats were 105 degrees.” The article points out that heatstroke becomes damaging “when a child’s body temperature rises above 104 degrees.”

Study: Greater Screen Time Associated With Depression and Insomnia in Teens

Adolescents who spent more time doing screen-based activities such as gaming, social messaging, TV watching, or web surfing were more likely to develop symptoms of insomnia and, eventually, depression, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies. The findings also show that gaming was more strongly linked to depressive symptoms than messaging.

Report: Obesity linked to these 12 types of cancers, including breast and colorectal

According to USA Today (5/24, Molina), a report indicates that “staying physically active and eating a healthy diet filled with whole grains, fruits and vegetables not only help lower weight but could cut your risk for cancer.” The new “report from World Cancer Research Fund links 12 types of cancers to being overweight, including breast and colorectal cancer.” USA Today adds, “The report said as of 2016, an estimated 1.97 billion adults worldwide and more than 338 million children and teens were considered overweight or obese.”

Older People Who Lose A Spouse May Be More Vulnerable To Cognitive Decline, Research Suggests.

Reuters (4/20, Crist) reported that research suggests “older adults who lose a spouse may be more vulnerable to cognitive decline in subsequent years and require extra support and monitoring.” Researchers found, “in the study of nearly 7,000 middle aged and older men and women, cognitive functioning declined over time for everyone, but it degraded slightly more and slightly faster for those who had been widowed, regardless of whether they remarried.” Meanwhile, “having a high level of education or at least one living sibling appeared to protect against the decline associated with widowhood.” The findings were published online March 26 in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Five habits may decrease risk of heart disease and cancer, increasing life expectancy by more than 10 years, study suggests

Five habits may decrease risk of heart disease and cancer, increasing life expectancy by more than 10 years, study suggests
USA Today (4/30, Molina) reports researchers found that “following five healthy habits could drastically cut your risk for heart disease or cancer and potentially add more than 10 years to your life.” The five habits are: “eating healthy, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy body weight, not smoking, and moderate alcohol consumption.” The findings were published in the journal Circulation.
In “Science Now,” the Los Angeles Times (4/30, Kaplan) reports the researchers found that women with the five healthy habits “lived about 14 years longer than women who followed none of them,” while “the difference was about 12 years” for men.