News ArchivesRead News
Health: Smoking, Parkinson’s, And Stress
Thursday December 22, 2005
Dec 19, 2005(CBS) - Medical Reporter Stephanie Stahl reports on how being exposed to cigarette smoke can have blinding consequences among other topics.
There is mounting evidence indicating that cigarettes are not only bad for smokers but those around them. Now a new study from Cambridge University says second hand smoke can cause vision problems.
Second hand smoke nearly doubles the risk of developing age related macular degeneration and the risk is much higher for smokers.
Researchers found smoking a pack a day for 40 years tripled their risk of vision loss.
Macular Degeneration Disease is the leading cause of partial blindness in the United States.
Teens And Smoking
Smoking is losing its popularity among teenagers according to a new government report, it says cigarette smoking is at its lowest level for them and teens are also using fewer illegal drugs like marijuana.
However, they may have been replaced by other hazardous vices. A growing number of teenagers are turning to the recreational use of prescription medications such as vicodin and oxycontin.
Ibuprofen could provide protection against Parkinson’s disease. Researchers looked at more than 150,000 woman enrolled in a cancer study.
They discovered that over the counter medications like Advil and Motrin could prevent the onset of the crippling disease.
In fact, regular ibuprofen users had a 35-percent lower risk of developing Parkinson’s than non users. There was no evidence that aspirin provided the same benefit.
Holidays And Stress
Finally, all the last minute shopping and running around during the holidays can trigger serious stress according to researchers from Florida University.
Warning signs include head and body aches, trouble sleeping and irritability. Over time that stress can run down your bodies defenses.
Some advice from the experts include do not forget to give yourself a gift this year, a little scheduled down time to relax.
Recent NewsDec 8 - New technique scours the genome for genes that combat disease
Dec 8 - Restless sleep may be an early sign of Parkinson's, dementia
Dec 1 - Defects in cell's 'waste disposal system' linked to Parkinson's
Dec 1 - Dual virtual reality/treadmill exercises promote brain plasticity in Parkinson's patients
Nov 17 - 'Moving Day' participant is not letting young-onset Parkinson's disease stop him
Nov 17 - Focused ultrasound shows promise for treating Parkinson's tremor
Nov 17 - New research to target air pollution as a potential trigger for Parkinson’s
Nov 17 - This device will let you feel what it's like to suffer from Parkinson's
Nov 10 - How does Parkinson's disease influence depression?
Nov 10 - House votes to repeal ObamaCare's Medicare cost-cutting board
Nov 10 - Microsoft shows off watch that quiets Parkinson's tremors
Nov 3 - Utah group battling Parkinson's disease with boxing
Nov 3 - UVA-LED STUDY EXAMINES POTENTIAL OF SOUND WAVES TO MANAGE PARKINSON’S DISEASE
Oct 27 - Herbicide's link to Parkinson's disease
Oct 27 - NTU Singapore, KAIST scientists discover new mechanism that causes Parkinsonian symptoms
Oct 27 - 70,000 Washingtonians face higher insurance costs after Trump order, officials say
Oct 18 - Brain disconnections may contribute to Parkinson's hallucinations
Oct 18 - Fighting Parkinson's disease through dance
Oct 17 - Scientists Identify Structure of PINK1, Key Parkinson’s-protective Protein
Oct 17 - Diabetes drug cuts Parkinson's risk by 28 percent, study finds