Drowsy driving is common and dangerous
Have you ever nodded off while driving? Though it is very unsafe, it is more common than you think. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that four percent of Americans admit to having recently fallen asleep at the wheel.
With a dramatically increased risk of accidents (and even fatality), the CDC warns that people should be more aware of their condition before getting in the car. The study found that one in 24 adults in the U.S. have fallen asleep while driving, and that figure may be even higher as many people do not notice when they nod off behind the wheel.
The report found five percent of 18-44 year olds admit to falling asleep while operating a vehicle, and that men are more likely than women to check out for a few seconds.
To best avoid a mid-drive nap, the CDC recommends getting at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night, avoiding alcohol before getting behind the wheel and getting treatment for sleep disorders if necessary.
Sourced from: Medical News Today, Drowsy Driving Is Frequent and Dangerous
Smoking tied to cancer: Jan. 11, 1964
Although a committee of British doctors and scientists had linked smoking and cancer two years earlier, the report issued on this morning by an advisory committee working with U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry is expected to have huge repercussions. That’s why aides to President Lyndon Johnson have asked that the release of the document be moved to a Saturday—they’re that nervous about the impact it will have on the stock market.
The first two copies of the 387-page report, wrapped in brown paper, are delivered to the White House early in the morning. Then a few hours later, reporters begin gathering in a Washington auditorium. After they’re locked in and denied access to phones, the journalists are handed the report and given 90 minutes to read it, after which they’re able to ask Terry questions. He reiterates the conclusions that cigarette smoking is a cause of lung cancer in men and a probable cause in women.
In early February, the American Medical Association accepts a $10 million grant to do research for six cigarette companies and less than a month later, writes a letter to the Federal Trade Commission objecting to the labeling of cigarettes as health hazards. Nevertheless, within a year Congress passes a law requiring warning labels on cigarette packs, and in 1970 cigarette advertising is banned from TV.
10 Reasons to Strength Train
All too often the benefits of strength training (also referred to as weight lifting or toning) are overlooked. Women especially fall into a cardio rut and forget to work on sculpting those ever important muscles. Here are 10 key reasons to add strength training to your fitness regimen.
Lose weight by cutting out alcohol calories
It’s the beginning of January, meaning half the world just decided that they need to lose some weight in a New Year’s Resolution. Fad diets take hold for a few days, though lasting effects are more difficult to achieve – possibly due to alcohol consumption.
According to the World Cancer Research Fund, nearly 10 percent of calories consumed by those who drink come from alcohol. Unlike food, alcohol has little to no nutritional value.
The concern is that people are wholly unaware of how bad alcohol is for your waistline. A single glass of wine, for example, has 178 calories, which is roughly the same number of calories as a four-piece Chicken McNuggets from McDonald’s. According to the World Cancer Research Fund, it would take nearly an hour of brisk walking to burn off one beer.
Bottom line: want to lose some weight? Cut back on the drinking. It’s doing more damage than you think.
Sourced from: BBC News, Alcohol Calories ‘Too Often Ignored’
Immune 'booster' could be used to fight cancer
Japanese scientists are working on a way to leverage the body’s own immune capabilities to battle back against cancer and HIV…but with a twist. The body naturally creates immune system cells – known as cytotoxic T-cells, a type of white blood cells – though not in large quantities. The researchers have now found a way to mass-produce these immune cells, which can then be injected into the body to help fight back against a strong disease. In a sense, the injection is like calling in the cavalry to assist your own system.
In the study, teams from the University of Tokyo and the Riken Research Centre for Allergy and Immunology extracted the naturally-produced T-cells from participants, then converted them into stem cells. The scientists could then dramatically increase the production of the cells in a lab setting before converting back into T-cells for injection.
The study was shown to be effective against skin cancer and HIV, and trials for other forms of cancer should progress in the future.
Sourced from: BBC News, Immune System ‘Booster’ May Hit Cancer