Health News of the Day

Health News of the Day is a daily summary made from the selected links I post on Twitter. It is in a bullet points format with links to the original sources which include 350 RSS feeds that produce about 2,500 items per day.

  • People obese at the age of 18 are twice as likely to die prematurely compared to normal-weight

  • Being overweight as a teenager boosts risk of premature death by a third - as much as smoking up to 10 cigarettes a day

  • The incidence of peanut allergy among Australian toddlers has doubled in the past nine years. New term "Gen-A" (generation allergy) reflects high incidence of allergic diseases among children

  • Healthy men over 55 should consider taking finasteride to prevent prostate cancer. Finasteride is a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor used to treat prostate enlargement symptoms and baldness. Finasteride has 2 names: Propecia for baldness and Proscar for BPH, prostate cancer prevention will cost $1,000 a year

  • Even a little alcohol increses cancer risk in women. 13% of the cancers of the breast, liver, rectum, and upper respiratory/GI system may be related to alcohol use

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