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Is Noise a Risk Factor for High Blood Pressure?

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Researchers analyzed health data concerning 21,403 workers with occupational noise exposure and found that those with mild bilateral high frequency hearing loss had 34% increased hypertension risk. Despite the finding, experts say that further research is needed before noise exposure becomes an official risk factor for hypertension.

PLOS ONE, October 2019

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Don’t Let Babies Sleep on an Incline.

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission warns parents not to let a baby sleep in rockers, pillows, car seats, or any other product that holds an infant at an incline greater than ten degrees. Researchers report that lying on an incline can activate a baby’s stomach muscles, making it easier to turn over, even if they’ve never done so before. Once a baby is on their stomach, the angle can make it tough for them to get out of that position, ...

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Cancer Risk Increases for Those Overweight Before Age 40.

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An analysis of data from the Me-Can study, which involved over 220,000 European adults, revealed that individuals who are overweight before age 40 have an elevated risk for several cancers, including endometrial cancer (70%), male renal-cell cancer (58%), and male colon cancer (29%).

International Journal of Epidemiology, October 2019

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Smoking Linked to Prostate Cancer.

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A review of data concerning 73,668 male military veterans revealed smoking is associated with a 15% increased risk for prostate cancer.

Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, October 2019

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Vitamin D Supplement During Pregnancy May Reduce Gestational Diabetes Risk.

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Past research has identified a relationship between deficient vitamin D levels and an increased risk for gestational diabetes. In a study involving nearly 5,000 pregnant women, researchers observed that participants with below-average vitamin D status who took a daily vitamin D supplement lowered their risk for gestational diabetes by 17%.

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, October 2019

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