Light Drinking is Less Healthy Than Previously Claimed


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  • Light drinking is less healthy than previously claimed: According to a new study recently published in the British Medical Journal, reducing even light consumption of alcohol will not only improve health condition against coronary heart disease and lower high blood pressure, but it can also help loosing weight. As the head researcher and a professor of epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Juan Casas stated: “A decades-long belief in health benefits from light-to-moderate drinking may have been flawed. We now have evidence that some of these studies suffer from limitations that may affect the validity of their findings. In our study, we saw a link between a reduced consumption of alcohol and improved cardiovascular health, regardless of whether the individual was a light, moderate or heavy drinker. Assuming the association is causal, it appears that even if you’re a light drinker, reducing your alcohol consumption could be beneficial for your heart.”
  • Some kids manage to beat their Autism: In the last 18 months there has been two research groups which have released rigorous, systematic studies, providing the best evidence yet that some children really do overcome autism. Autism specialists hailed the reports. As Geraldine Dawson, a psychologist and researcher at Duke University’s department of psychiatry and the Institute for Brain Sciences explained: “Those of us who work closely with children with autism have known clinically that there is this subgroup of kids who start out having autism and then, through the course of development, fully lose those symptoms — and yet people always questioned it. This work, in a very careful and systematic way, shows these kids exist.” According to her estimates about ten percent of their autistic patients no longer have symptoms.
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