E-cigarette use linked to 28% reduced likelihood of smoking cessation

The CBS News (1/15, Welch) website reports that a new study “published online...in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine found that adult smokers who use e-cigarettes are actually 28 percent less likely to stop smoking cigarettes.”
        HealthDay (1/15, Thompson) reported that researchers “combined the results of 20 studies that had control groups of smokers not using e-cigarettes, comparing them to smokers who also use e-cigarettes to see which group quit tobacco more often.” They concluded “that the odds of quitting smoking were 28 percent lower in smokers who used e-cigarettes compared to those who did not.”

E-cigarettes, as used, aren't helping smokers quit, study shows
Posted: 14 Jan 2016 01:25 PM PST
Electronic cigarettes are widely promoted and used to help smokers quit traditional cigarettes, but a new analysis found that adult smokers who use e-cigarettes are actually 28 percent less likely to stop smoking cigarettes.

Warning labels may deter parents from buying sugar-sweetened beverages, study suggests

Reuters (1/14, Rapaport) reports that a new study published online in the journal Pediatrics suggests that parents may be less inclined to buy their children sugar-sweetened beverages if they came with warning labels detailing potential health risks.
        CNN (1/14, Storrs) reports that the study found that 40 percent of parents who saw the health warning label “went with the sugary drink option, compared with 53% of the parents who saw the calorie label and 60% of those who were given no labels.” CNN points out that “bills are under consideration in New York and California that would require sugar-sweetened beverages to feature health warning labels on their packaging, similar to tobacco warning labels.”

Prevention of early deaths hope as research links kidney disease to heart damage

The premature deaths of thousands of kidney disease sufferers could be prevented after new research found the condition was directly linked to heart ...

Speed reading promises are too good to be true, scientists find

Learning to speed read seems like an obvious strategy for zipping through the emails, reports, and other text we encounter daily, but a new report shows that the claims made by many speed reading programs and apps are probably too good to be true. Examining research on the science of reading, a team of scientists finds little evidence to support speed reading as a shortcut to understanding large volumes of text in little time.

Researchers kill drug-resistant lung cancer with 50 times less chemo

The cancer drug paclitaxel just got more effective. For the first time, researchers have packaged it in containers derived from a patient's own immune system, protecting the drug from being destroyed by the body's own defenses and bringing the entire payload to the tumor.

Does Uric Acid Protect Against Parkinson's in Men?

Men with high urate were at lower Parkinson's risk in case-control study


Link between obesity, increased risk of colorectal cancer revealed

The culprit for the link between obesity and colorectal cancer is excess calories, say scientists, but risk can be reversed through lifestyle modification or, potentially, use of an approved drug, a new report suggests.

Your Health: Cancer Action Coalition of Virginia is busy

A recent American Cancer Society report said cancer is edging out heart disease in many states as the top cause of death. There is better prevention ...

More Americans living to 100 years and more

Death rates for the oldest Americans charted a steady decline According to researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,


Some older individuals undergo cancer screening tests that are not recommended for them

Reuters (1/21, Rapaport) reports that research published in JAMA Oncology suggests some older individuals undergo screening tests for breast and prostate cancer despite the fact that those tests aren’t recommended for them. Investigators looked at data on nearly 150,000 people who were at least 65 years of age.
        HealthDay (1/21, Reinberg) reports that the data indicated “among these people, 51 percent had had a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test or mammography in the past year.” Among those who underwent screening, nearly “31 percent had a life expectancy of less than 10 years.”