Women who eat a lot of red meat have an increased risk for heart disease,
according to a 26-year study of 84,136 women published in Circulation,
the journal of the American Heart Association.
However, substituting fish, poultry, low-fat dairy, and nuts for red meat
can significantly reduce that risk, the study authors suggest.
The study found women who ate the most red meat (more than two servings
a day) faced the highest risk for heart disease. Compared with women who ate
one serving a day of red meat, women who ate one serving a day of a different
protein-rich food had a:
- 30 percent lower risk for heart disease if they ate one serving of nuts
- 24 percent lower risk for heart disease if they ate one serving of fish
- 19 percent lower risk for heart disease if they ate one serving of poultry
- 13 percent lower risk for heart disease if they ate one serving of low-fat dairy
Parents should be wary about health information they find on the Internet,
especially if this online material may be the only health care advice they seek
In a study published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, British researchers
performed Google searches on five children’s health issues. Of the first 100 websites
cited for each condition, 11 percent gave incorrect information, 49 percent
provided irrelevant information, and 39 percent offered information that was
judged to be correct and consistent with scientific evidence.
Government sites were found to be the most accurate.
Almost 20 percent of American teens have signs of hearing loss, according
to a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association.
The researchers looked at data on 1,771 12-to-19-year-olds from across the
U.S. and found one out of five had some evidence of hearing loss. One out of
20 had at least mild hearing loss. The prevalence of hearing loss has increased
by about one-third in roughly 15 years. These losses are enough to harm social
development, communication skills, and educational achievement. An earlier
Australian study found exposure to loud music on personal listening devices
was associated with a 70 percent risk for hearing loss.
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