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Drinking twice as fatal for women as men

Women alcoholics are twice as likely to die early as men with alcohol dependence,
according to a German study.

The finding has prompted GPs to call for screening of female patients for excessive alcohol consumption.

Researchers followed 149 heavy drinkers for 14 years and found that women alcoholics were nearly five times as likely to die early as their non-addicted peers.

But alcohol-dependent men were only twice as likely to die early as members of the general population.

The alcohol-addicted men and women were about 20 years younger on average than the normal life expectancy at the time of their death, the researcher found.  “Our findings suggest that women with alcohol dependence should be considered at higher risk of premature death than alcohol-dependent men,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted the researchers of the study as saying.

High intake of red meat ups breast cancer risk

A new research from The Cancer Institute of New Jersey has revealed racial differences in the link between consumption of meat and breast cancer risk.

The Cancer Institute of New Jersey is a Center of Excellence of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS).

Previous research on meat intake and its relation to breast cancer risk has been limited to Caucasian women. Using data from a new case-control study based at The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, known as the Women’s Circle of Health Study, investigators explored the association between meat consumption and breast cancer risk in African-American women.

Using a questionnaire focused on the frequency of food intake, researchers examined 976 African-American and 873 Caucasian women with breast cancer and 1,165 African-American and 865 Caucasian women without cancer.

Investigators found that Caucasian women in the group with the highest consumption appeared to have an increased breast cancer risk if they ate unprocessed red meat and poultry as compared to Caucasian women with the lowest intake.

Drying laundry indoors `may be hazardous to health`

People who leave laundry drying around their home are putting their health at risk, as the damp clothes cause moisture which sparks dust mite and mould spore growth – posing a threat to those with asthma, hay fever and other allergies, researchers have warned.

According to a study by Glasgow’s Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit, a total of 75 percent of households had moisture levels which could lead to dust mite growth, the Mirror reported.

The report also found a strong link between drying laundry and mould spores.

A particular mould spore known to cause lung infections in people with weakened immune systems was found in 25 percent of the more than 100 homes tested and sampled.
Experts said that families should ensure their home has a dedicated drying area – and that special spaces should be incorporated into new houses.

“These spaces should be independently heated and ventilated. It’s very much going back to airing cupboards,” researcher Rosalie Menon said.

Hanging washing on airers, radiators and other surfaces around the home is common, but in cold weather 87 percent of us dry clothes indoors.

Menon warned people are not aware of how much moisture this adds. “Going into people’s homes, we found they were drying washing in their living rooms, in their bedrooms,” she said.

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