Alcohol And Men’s Brain Health

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  • Alcohol and men’s brain health: According to a recent study from the London University College published in the the journal Neurology, middle-aged men who consume too much alcohol may be reducing longevity of their brain’s health including working memory, problem solving skills and ability to reason. Based on results of this 10-year old study of 7,000 men and women , researchers concluded that excessive drinking during man’s 40s and 50s can accelerate mental decline during their later years. Women were not vulnerable to such effects, regardless of how much they drank during the same years. How many drinks was found to be too much? For men: two-and-a-half drinks per day.
  • Protect your family from Radon: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated January as the National Radon Action Month. Radon is an invisible, odorless, radioactive gas that seeps into homes, schools and other buildings through openings in foundation walls and basement floors. One known health effect from prolonged exposure to radon is lung cancer. According to a recent study from the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada, 16% of all lung cancer deaths can be attributed to an exposure to radon. Learn more about steps you can take to protect your family from radon.
  • Combination of children’s vaccines may increase the risk of fever: According to a recent study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, 37.6 percent of children who received vaccination for flu and pneumococcal disease at the same time developed a fever within a day. It’s common that some children get a moderate fever after a vaccination for flu or pneumococcal disease; but when given together, the risk of fever increases extensively. Researchers evaluated 530 children, ages 6 months to 2 years, who received their shots at three clinics in New York City. However, as the lead author Dr. Melissa S. Stockwell, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center pointed out: “These findings are not a reason to avoid the vaccines. Getting the vaccines at the same visit increases the time of protection, and eliminates the problem of failing to return for the second shot.”
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