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Shisha pipes as injurious as cigarettes

Shisha is an Arabic pipe with a flexible tube. Water is used to cool the smoke that is produced by burning fruit-scented tobacco.

The study also found that one shisha smoking session could produce four to five times more carbon monoxide than smoking a cigarette could do, though the exact level of carbon monoxide inhaled by each cigarette smoker was different and could not be ascertained.

High carbon monoxide levels can cause damage to the brain and unconsciousness.
When carbon monoxide exhale by various people was measured it showed that a normal non-smoker’s level was three parts CO per million parts of air (ppm) which means less than one per cent of blood was not working properly, a light smoker had CO levels of 10-20 ppm, and a heavy smoker 30-40 ppm.

Shisha smokers had 40-70 ppm of CO in their breath, which affected 8-12 per cent of their blood.

Carpet underlay may cause cancer
Your carpet might be putting you at a greater risk of developing cancer, warns a respiratory physician.

Bill Musk has revealed that hessian bags used to transport deadly asbestos products were later reused as carpet underlay.

Anyone exposed to the underlay risk developing mesothelioma, an incurable cancer.

A spokesman for Western Australia’s Health Department has urged home renovators to take care with their carpet. He also said that people should hire professionals to tear up carpet underlay, and thoroughly clean the house afterwards.
The bags were used in carpet underlay until the 1970s.

Booze and desire for food
The type of alcoholic drink you consume may have an impact on your desire for food, suggests an Australian study.

Dr Anna Kokavec, La Trobe University, found that the additional nutritional content of various alcoholic beverages influence the body’s reaction to alcohol.

The researchers measured the effect of red wine, white wine, light beer or regular beer on the hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis, which is responsible for the synthesis of the steroid hormones cortisol and dehyrdoepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS).

Kokavec said that DHEAS and cortisol, commonly known as a stress hormone, influence appetite, adding: “We need a sufficient release of cortisol to make us feel hungry”.
DHEAS levels varied depending on what type of alcohol was consumed.

Watch your waist for asthma risk
Apple-shaped women with a waist bigger than 88cm are at increased risk of developing asthma — even if they have a normal body weight.

It is well-known that being overweight raises the risk of asthma but the new study, by the Northern California Cancer Centre at Berkeley, suggests that the amount of weight women carry around the abdomen might be particularly important.

Scientists argue that waist circumference may be a more useful measure because it more closely reflects levels of visceral fat deposits found around the body’s organs.

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