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Alcohol with energy drinks isn’t healthy
A new study has revealed that mixing alcohol with energy drinks could put drinkers at risk, leaving them badly dehydrated and possibly leading to vomiting, nausea, and other health problems in the long term.

The study by charity Alcohol Concern also warned that caffeine in energy drinks can mask the effects of alcohol and make drinkers less aware of how drunk they are.

“Both caffeine and alcohol are diuretics, they cause the body to pass water, so mixing energy drinks with alcohol can leave drinkers badly dehydrated, possibly leading to vomiting, nausea, and other health problems in the long term,” the Mirror quoted Andrew Misell, of Alcohol Concern, as saying.

“What’s more dangerous, perhaps, is that the stimulant effect of so much caffeine can mask the depressant effect of the alcohol.

“People drinking energy drinks with alcohol may feel very alert and not realise how drunk they are. One possible result of this is that drinkers will take more risks,” he stated.

According to the charity, a study in the USA found that students drinking alcohol mixed with energy drinks were four times more likely to intend to drive compared with drinkers who had consumed alcohol without energy drinks.

BP drugs may extend lives of melanoma patients
A new study has found that drugs, commonly used to treat high blood pressure, may also slow the progression of deadly skin cancer melanoma.

A review of thousands of medical records in the Danish Cancer Registry showed that melanoma patients, who were also taking a specific beta-blocker, had much lower mortality rates than did patients not taking the drug.

If the results are confirmed in a planned clinical trial, this might be an additional adjunct treatment for cancer patients facing a poor prognosis.

The research found that certain molecules that play important roles in the immune system also appear to promote both tumor growth and metastasis — the shedding and spreading of tumor tissue to other parts of the body.

Ron Glaser, professor of molecular virology, immunology and medical genetics and director of the Ohio State University’s Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research (IBMR), and his colleagues looked at melanoma patients who had taken beta-blockers and at those who hadn’t to determine whether the former group exhibited longer survival.

“Among patients diagnosed with melanoma, those who were taking beta-blockers when their cancer was diagnosed experienced longer survival than those patients who weren’t taking the drug,” said Stanley Lemeshow, a professor and dean of the College of Public Health at Ohio State.

The researchers found that the chance of surviving for a specified number of years improved by 13 percent. When they looked at all causes of death among melanoma patients – not just melanoma – their chances of survival were improved by 19 percent.

The study is published in the current issue of the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.

Cure to back pain lies in exercise, not rest
A study has confirmed that the key to curing agonising long-term back pain is not by resting but by doing more exercise. Little exercise is always better. Back pain does not get cured with complete rest. A little exercise everyday is definitely helpful for backpain.

Research showed those who were as active as possible recovered far more quickly and were not left depressed.  Patricia Olaya-Contreras, a researcher of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, randomly advised 109 patients to either “stay active even though it hurts” or “adjust your activity to the pain”.

The results showed that the active group recovered more quickly and did not feel depressed.

“If you don't keep moving, it's easy to get locked into a downward spiral,” the Daily Express quoted Olaya-Contreras as saying.

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