Breast cancer: Cut down on alcohol to lower risk

New research involving Australian women aged 45 years and over found that the majority of this cohort believes that there is not a significant link between alcohol consumption and breast cancer risk. That could not be less true, the investigators warn.

The World Health Organization (WHO) note that breast cancer is the most prevalent type of cancer in women across the world.

Many factors can increase the risk of developing breast cancer, some of which are nonmodifiable — chiefly age and sex — and some of which a person can act upon, including a lack of physical activity or being overweight.

Full story at Medical News Today

COPD and anxiety: Researchers test promising approach

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease affects millions of people worldwide. Its main symptom is breathlessness, which can be distressing and causes many people with this lung condition to experience anxiety.

According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 3.17 millionpeople died from causes related to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) worldwide in 2015 alone.

COPD symptoms — typically shortness of breath and coughing — can be more or less severe.

Full story at Medical News Today

Scientists Ask WHO Not to Classify E-Cigarettes as Tobacco Products

An international group of scientists is asking the World Health Organization (WHO) not to classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products, according to Reuters.. The 53 scientists say the devices can help reduce smoking.

The scientists argue in a letter to WHO Director General Margaret Chan that e-cigarettes are “part of the solution” in the fight against smoking. “These products could be among the most significant health innovations of the 21st century – perhaps saving hundreds of millions of lives. The urge to control and suppress them as tobacco products should be resisted,” the scientists wrote.

Full story of WHO and classification of e-cigarettes at drugfree.org