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Childhood obesity starts in the womb?

Childhood obesity starts in the womb?

There is incontrovertible evidence that some harmful drugs and toxins can affect lifelong health. For example, if women take certain drugs in pregnancy, such as thalidomide, there are well documented effects on lifelong health. These have obvious and dramatic effects on the child... [More]
QMUL experts develop smartphone gaming app to help promote smoking cessation

QMUL experts develop smartphone gaming app to help promote smoking cessation

A smartphone app that could help smokers stick to New Year's resolutions to quit has been developed by academics at Queen Mary University of London and Kingston University. [More]
Researchers warn about taking psilocybin-containing ‘magic mushrooms’

Researchers warn about taking psilocybin-containing ‘magic mushrooms’

In a survey of almost 2,000 people who said they had had a past negative experience when taking psilocybin-containing "magic mushrooms," Johns Hopkins researchers say that more than 10 percent believed their worst "bad trip" had put themselves or others in harm's way, and a substantial majority called their most distressing episode one of the top 10 biggest challenges of their lives. [More]
Many smokers desire counseling to help them quit, but only few are receiving it

Many smokers desire counseling to help them quit, but only few are receiving it

Among American adults who have a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or clinical depression, 57 percent are smokers. In contrast, only 15 percent of U.S. adults overall smoke. [More]
USA Medical shares 3 tips to help people stick to New Year's resolutions for better health

USA Medical shares 3 tips to help people stick to New Year's resolutions for better health

At the beginning of each new year, many people make resolutions to improve their health; they may aim to lose weight, stop smoking, exercise more, remember to take prescriptions as directed. [More]
New review shows how automated telephone systems could play vital role in delivery of health care

New review shows how automated telephone systems could play vital role in delivery of health care

A new Cochrane Review, summarizing data from 132 trials of automated telephone systems in preventing and managing long-term health conditions, concludes that they probably have the potential to play an important role in the delivery of health care. [More]
Researcher developing smartphone-based technology to help people quit smoking

Researcher developing smartphone-based technology to help people quit smoking

What if a smartphone app could help you avoid relapsing back to smoking even before you knew you were at risk? A researcher from the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center at the Stephenson Cancer Center is developing smartphone-based technology to help people receive real-time tobacco cessation treatment when they are most at risk. [More]
Bedfont Scientific donates over 50 Smokerlyzers to join battle against tobacco dependency

Bedfont Scientific donates over 50 Smokerlyzers to join battle against tobacco dependency

Bedfont Scientific, who in 2016 is celebrating 40 years in business, has donated over 50 carbon monoxide breath monitors, famously known as the Smokerlyzer, to the ENSP. [More]
Experts advise patients to refrain from e-cigarette use before plastic surgery

Experts advise patients to refrain from e-cigarette use before plastic surgery

Cigarette smokers are at increased risk of complications after plastic surgery. [More]
New study finds smoking cessation at any age reduces risk of death

New study finds smoking cessation at any age reduces risk of death

Tobacco use continues to be a major cause of cancer and premature death. Most studies of cigarette smoking and mortality have focused on middle-aged populations, with fewer studies examining the impact of tobacco cessation on disease and mortality risk among the elderly. [More]
Quitting smoking during addiction treatment may improve recovery rates in teens

Quitting smoking during addiction treatment may improve recovery rates in teens

A Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine researcher has found that addiction treatment results improved when teens in a residential program stopped smoking. [More]
Cigarette smoking may disrupt kidney-protective effects of medications in CKD patients

Cigarette smoking may disrupt kidney-protective effects of medications in CKD patients

To improve care for patients with kidney dysfunction, investigators are striving to identify modifiable risk factors that may slow the progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD) to kidney failure. [More]
Stop Smoking Services across England facing ongoing budget cuts

Stop Smoking Services across England facing ongoing budget cuts

Stop Smoking Services across England are facing ongoing budget cuts after six in ten local authorities (59 per cent) were forced to reduce their funding in the last year according to a new joint report by ASH and Cancer Research UK published today (Wednesday). [More]
Smoking, excess weight may influence how rheumatoid arthritis symptoms improve with treatment

Smoking, excess weight may influence how rheumatoid arthritis symptoms improve with treatment

A study finds that smoking or being overweight makes it more difficult for patients with rheumatoid arthritis to achieve optimal control of inflammation and symptoms, despite standard of care treatment. [More]
New guidelines recommend use of antiplatelet therapy and exercise program for treatment of PAD

New guidelines recommend use of antiplatelet therapy and exercise program for treatment of PAD

New guidelines for the treatment of peripheral artery disease (PAD), include recommendations on the use of antiplatelet therapy to reduce the risk of blood clots and statin drugs to lower cholesterol and advise PAD patients to participate in a structured exercise program. [More]
Medicaid programs cover more number of preterm births than private insurance plans, study shows

Medicaid programs cover more number of preterm births than private insurance plans, study shows

Medicaid programs cover a higher proportion of preterm births than private insurance plans, according to a new study from researchers at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health and the March of Dimes. [More]
Study examines link between vaping and subsequent heavy cigarette smoking among adolescents

Study examines link between vaping and subsequent heavy cigarette smoking among adolescents

In a study appearing in the November 8 issue of JAMA, Adam M. Leventhal, Ph.D., of the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, and colleagues examined associations of e-cigarette vaping with subsequent smoking frequency and heavy smoking among adolescents. [More]
Smoking may shorten HIV patients' lifespan more than HIV itself

Smoking may shorten HIV patients' lifespan more than HIV itself

Among people living with HIV who smoke cigarettes, smoking may now shorten their lifespan more than HIV itself, according to a new modeling study published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases. [More]
Bedfont Scientific recommends people to quit smoking with Smokerlyzer

Bedfont Scientific recommends people to quit smoking with Smokerlyzer

Lung Cancer Awareness month approaches again in November 2016, in the hope to make people aware of the facts and figures that can save people’s lives. Bedfont Scientific, based in Harrietsham, Kent, manufacturer of the Smokerlyzer, a breath carbon monoxide (CO) monitor used to help people quit smoking, is encouraging people to quit the habit which contributes to 86% of lung cancer deaths in men and 72% in women, according to latest ASH statistics. [More]
Perceptions of e-cigarette vary among lung health professionals, survey reveals

Perceptions of e-cigarette vary among lung health professionals, survey reveals

At the CHEST Annual Meeting 2016 in Los Angeles, results from an online questionnaire sent to members of the American College of Chest Physicians earlier this year revealed that perceptions of e-cigarette harms and benefits among lung health professionals vary. [More]
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