Father’s diet may influence long-term health of offspring

When it comes to ensuring the future health of a newborn, a lot of emphasis is placed on the mother’s lifestyle – as numerous studies have found that a mother’s weight and diet can heavily influence a fetus’s development in the womb.

But it may not just be mom’s eating habits that can affect an unborn child. New research from McGill University in Montreal has revealed that a father’s diet pre-conception may also play a crucial role in the future health of his offspring.

“We know the father contributes half the heritable information, so the potential is there to have an enormous impact on the development of offspring,” lead author Dr. Sarah Kimmins, Canada research chair in epigenetics, reproduction and development at McGill, told FoxNews.com. “But the research is all targeted at the mother. If you look at national sites, their phrasing is, ‘Women need to do the following preconception.’  Not a single word is there of the father.”

 

Fat to blame for a half a million cancers a year, WHO agency says

Some half a million cases of cancer a year are due to people being overweight or obese, and the problem is particularly acute in North America, the World Health Organization’s cancer research agency said on Wednesday.

“The number of cancers linked to obesity and overweight is expected to rise globally along with economic development,” said Christopher Wild, IARC’s director.

Study: Dropping Facebook makes people happier

A new study from Denmark finds that people are happier when they stay away from the social media site Facebook, which distorts reality and provides a false perception of what others are accomplishing in their lives.
“We asked both groups what moods they had experienced that day. People who had taken a break from Facebook felt happier and were less sad and lonely,” the study concluded. “After one week without Facebook the treatment group experienced an increase in their social activity – and an increase in their satisfaction with their social life.”

Exercise just as good as drugs in war on major disease

Exercise could be as effective as some of the best drugs which protect against major diseases, research has found.

A study of more than 300 trials has found that physical activity was better than medication in helping patients recovering from strokes – and just as good as drugs in protecting against diabetes and in stopping heart disease worsening.

The research, published in the British Medical Journal, analyzed data about studies on 340,000 patients diagnosed with one of four diseases:  heart disease, chronic heart failure, stroke or diabetes.

 

 

E-cigarette vapor contains nicotine, not other toxins

People standing near someone using an e-cigarette will be exposed to nicotine, but not to other chemicals found in tobacco cigarette smoke, according to a new study.

E-cigarettes, or electronic cigarettes, create a nicotine-rich vapor that can be inhaled, or ‘vaped.’

Researchers and regulators have questioned whether e-cigarettes are a smoking cessation aid or may lure more young people toward smoking, as well as what effects they have on health.

Eating organic produce can limit pesticide exposure

People who eat organic produce may have lower levels of some pesticides in their bodies than people who eat similar amounts of
conventionally grown fruits and veggies, according to a new study.

The study is among the first to predict adult exposures to organophosphate pesticides based on people’s usual diets, the
researchers said. Organophosphates are the pesticides commonly used on conventionally grown produce.

 

Doctor Shortages Aren’t Just a Veterans Affairs Problem. They’re a Nationwide Problem

America is running out of doctors. The country will be 91,500 physicians short of what it needs to treat patients by 2020, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. By 2025, it will be short 130,600.

Comments…another significant reason for each individual, especially
parents, to be most responsible for one’s and children’s health.  Physician
shortages will only worsen in the future, but more importantly, doctors
typically know little about causes, nutrition, and optimal health practices;
instead they’re trained to deal with symptoms, drugs, and antiquated health
solutions. They’re rarely up to date on the latest nutritional research and
verifiable, scientific discoveries.

 

Doctor says sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine

A U.S. doctor is making it his mission to publicly highlight some scary effects sugar has on the body. The chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine says we’re becoming more dependent on sugary foods and drinks – saying they’re even more addictive than cocaine.

On”CBS This Morning,” Dr. Mark Hyman said, “In animal studies, they find that the rats go for the sugar and that it’s eight times as addictive as cocaine. Small amounts of sugar can be part of a normal diet, but most of us are addicted to sugar and don’t know it.”

 

Crispr: Breakthrough announced in technique of ‘editing’ DNA to fight off deadly illnesses

A revolutionary technique for “editing” the human genome with extreme precision has been used for the first time to “cut and paste” the genes of a key type of immune cell involved in protecting the body against a wide range of diseases, from diabetes to HIV and cancer.

Scientists believe the development could eventually result in a new approach to fighting viral infections and cancerous tumours, by “gene editing” the T-cells of the immune system in the laboratory before putting them back into the patient to protect against ill health.