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Ban ham to cut kids’ cancer risk

Parents should not to put ham and other processed meat into their children’s lunchboxes to help them avoid developing a cancer risk later in life, experts have warned.
Eating too much processed meats such as salami, hot dogs and bacon over decades can raise the risk of bowel cancer, they said.
According to the World Cancer Research Fund, there is ‘convincing evidence’ of the link between processed meats and bowel cancer in later life. It said that children should therefore adopt a healthy eating pattern from the age of five and avoid processed meat.
“If children have processed meat in their lunch every day then over the course of a school year they will be eating quite a lot of it,” said Marni Craze. “It is better if children learn to view processed meat as an occasional treat if it is eaten at all.”
Processed meats are usually manufactured using sodium nitrite, a colour fixer that is carcinogenic.

Marriage makes women gain weight

Marriage can make women pile on the pounds, according to a new study.
A study, conducted by researchers at the University of Queensland, has linked marriage to less physical activity.
The researchers examined data taken from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health, which surveyed more than 14,000 young women between the ages of 22 and 27 two times, three years apart.
They found that those who got married were 32 per cent more likely to have a fall in physical activity. According to study author Wendy Brown, this could be due to the impact on discretionary time and women putting family needs before their own.

Even exercise is addictive as drugs

Runners, beware. A study on mice has found that excessive running shares similarities with drug-taking behaviour.
The scientists who conducted the study reason that if excessive exercise is addicting, then maybe, to feel good, addicts could take moderate exercise instead of drugs.
The findings also shed light on the potentially fatal eating disorder called anorexia athletica, in which exercise undertaken to shed pounds becomes as compulsive as taking drugs, resulting in even greater weight loss. “Excessive running shares similarities with drug-taking behaviour,” the researchers said.
“As with food intake and other parts of life, moderation seems to be the key. Exercise, as long as it doesn’t interfere with other aspects of one’s life, is a good thing with respect to both physical and mental health,” said Robin Kanarek, Tufts University.

Kissing poses herpes risk

The next time you kiss your partner, keep this health warning in mind — the symbol of affection is a major transmitter of herpes.
While kissing ‘demonstrates love and affection’, it also poses risks, warns the Australian Herpes Management Forum (AHMF) ahead of the roll-out of a national ad campaign.
AHMF executive director Tricia Berger says that kissing poses risks to both adults and children. “No parent kissing their child or partner kissing their girlfriend wants to pass along the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV), but people should be aware this is the main method of transmission,” she said.

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