Monday, 24 December 2018

Obesity explains almost 1 in 20 cancer cases globally

Excess body weight is responsible for about 4% of all cancer cases worldwide and an even larger proportion of malignancies diagnosed in developing countries, a recent study suggests.

As of 2012, excess body weight accounted for approximately 544,300 cancers diagnosed annually around the world, researchers report in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. While overweight and obese individuals contributed to just 1 per cent of cancer cases in low-income countries, they accounted for 7 to 8 per cent of cancers diagnosed in some high-income Western countries and in Middle Eastern and North African nations.

"Not many people know about excess body weight and its link to cancer," said lead study author Hyuna Sung of the American Cancer Society in Atlanta.

"Trying to achieve healthy weight and maintaining it is important and may reduce the risk of cancer," Sung said by email.

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No asbestos in J&J baby powders in Singapore: HSA

No asbestos has been detected in Johnson & Johnson baby powders in Singapore, the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) said on Friday (Dec 21).

The finding is the result of tests conducted on talcum powders by the authority, its spokesman told Channel NewsAsia.

HSA added that it has not received any reports of "adverse reaction" associated with the use of Johnson & Johnson baby powders.

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You  may want to read something humorous: Why I was called Johnson's Baby Powder by SM Ong

Organic food could be WORSE for the environment

Organic plants are worse for the environment than conventionally farmed foods, new research from Sweden suggests.

A lack of chemical fertilisers means more land is used to grow crops and as a result 70% more carbon is emitted, the study found.

The authors claim that even organic meat and dairy products are – from a climate point of view – worse than their conventionally produced equivalents.


Do not want your child to have asthma or hayfever? Get a pet!

To protect children from asthma and hayfever, parents may need to fill their house with pets.

Every extra dog or cat in the house reduces a child's chance of getting an allergic disease by a fifth, a study has found.

The danger is lowest for children who grow up with five or more pets, probably because of the bugs the animals carry.

Scientists say a large number of pets may have a 'mini-farm' effect, as children who grow up close to cattle on farms also tend to have a lower risk of allergic conditions.