Lower-fat diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and grains may lower risk of death from breast cancer

Lower-fat diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and grains may lower risk of death from breast cancer

The Washington Post (5/15, McGinley) reports that in “the latest analysis of the federally funded Women’s Health Initiative,” researchers found that “women who followed a lower-fat diet rich in fruits, vegetables and grains had a lower risk of dying from breast cancer than those on a higher-fat diet.” The findings are scheduled to be presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s annual meeting.

UV light in tanning beds may trigger genetic mutations that can lead to skin malignancies

UV light in tanning beds may trigger genetic mutations that can lead to skin malignancies

Reuters (4/29, Rapaport) reports that “indoor tanning is associated with a higher risk of developing…melanoma at younger ages, and” research “suggests the ultraviolet (UV) light in tanning beds may be triggering genetic mutations that can lead to skin malignancies.” After looked at “data on 114 melanoma patients who had a history of indoor tanning and 222 melanoma patients who did not,” investigators “estimated that melanoma developed about a decade earlier when patients had a history of indoor tanning.” Meanwhile, “genetic mutations linked to melanoma were also more common among indoor tanners, occurring in 43 percent of patients in this group compared with 28 percent of cases in people without a history of indoor tanning.” The findings were published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

WHO issues exercise, sleep, screen recommendations for young children

WHO issues exercise, sleep, screen recommendations for young children

Following up on our last blog post about WHO screen time recommendations, the WHO has released exercise and sleep recommendations for children up to 4 years old.
The World Health Organization recommended that infants younger than 1 should be physically active several times daily and receive 12 hours to 17 hours of good sleep per day, while children ages 1 to 4 should have at least 180 minutes of daily physical activity and those ages 1 to 2 and 3 to 4 should get 11 hours to 14 hours and 10 hours to 13 hours of sleep daily, respectively. Babies ages 1 and younger shouldn’t be given any screen time, while children ages 2 to 4 should have only one hour of daily screen time, according to the WHO.

CNN (4/24),  Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (4/24)

Many popular e-cigarette products contaminated with bacterial, fungal toxins, study suggests

NBC News (4/24) reports on its website that a new study demonstrates “dozens of popular e-cigarette products are contaminated with bacterial and fungal toxins that cause lung disease.” The impurities “were found in nearly a quarter of single-use e-cigarette cartridges and in over three quarters of e-liquids, the team at the Harvard School of Public Health found” after assessing “75 popular e-cigarette products…from 10 top selling U.S. brands.” The findings were published in Environmental Health Perspectives.