WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 -- When you fire up the grill for your Memorial Day cookout, beware: Those tantalizing aromas hold an underestimated health risk.
Grilling meats at a high temperature can produce cancer-causing compounds called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). You can be exposed to significant PAH levels simply by breathing in the sweet scent of barbecue.
WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 -- One out of every three U.S. adults has high blood pressure that should be treated with medication, under guidelines recently adopted by the two leading heart health associations.
The American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association redefined high blood pressure at 130/80 in November, down from the previous level of 140/90, based on new evidence supporting a lower threshold.
WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 -- Consumers should stop using over-the-counter teething products that contain benzocaine because they pose a serious health threat to infants and young children, U.S. health officials warned Wednesday.
Benzocaine can cause a serious health threat called methemoglobinemia, which greatly reduces the level of oxygen carried through the blood. The condition is potentially fatal, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a news release.
WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 -- Evidence linking a Mediterranean diet to a slew of health benefits is extensive and growing, but new research finds Americans in some regions aren't taking to it.
The increasingly popular eating plan emphasizes fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and olive oil while limiting red meat and other saturated fats, refined sugars and processed foods. The Mediterranean diet has been shown to reduce chronic illnesses, including cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 -- Vaping has been touted as a way to help smokers quit, but new research finds e-cigarettes and free nicotine replacement products barely move the motivation needle.
"As best we know right now, the most effective tool to help all smokers stop is to pay them to do so," said the study's lead author, Dr. Scott Halpern. He's an associate professor of medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia.
WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 -- In a reversal of historical patterns, lung cancer is now more common among young U.S. women than men, a new study finds.
The good news, researchers found, is that over the past two decades, lung cancer rates among 35- to 54-year-old Americans have dropped across the board. But the decline has been steeper among men so that now, incidence of the disease is higher in white and Hispanic women born since the mid-1960s.