The Royals, Late Nights and Cancer: Latest Health News

by DavalosMcCormack on December 18, 2007

Do Late Nights Cause Cancer

David Letterman and Jay Leno might thank their writers for going on strike. It could save their lives. How? Well, the English Royal Commission is looking into evidence that late nights can increase your risk of cancer.

The study is just the latest to look at the link between staying up late and sleeping with the light on, to cancer. Among the evidence they will look at is the fact that cancer is 60 percent more common among night shift workers than day-time workers; and that women who are totally blind are only half as likely to get cancer as sighted women.

Some studies have shown that light at night interferes with the body’s ability to use melatonin. This hormone is secreted at night and helps boost the immune system and fight cancer.

The Sweetest Cure for Kids Coughs

When kids have a bad cough it’s not just hard on them, it’s also hard on the parents. Watching your kid suffer and not being able to do anything about it is a miserable feeling. But now parents may have a new option, one kids will love.

According to researchers at Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt honey may be helpful in soothing cough symptoms.

Since the FDA issued a warning that over-the-counter cough remedies for kids posed a greater risk than benefit parents have been looking for an alternative. The researchers say honey may be that alternative.

Children given honey at bedtime had an almost 50 percent reduction in cough symptoms compared to a honey-flavored syrup containing a common over-the-counter cough suppressant.

Exercise Boosts Physical Function Even in Old Age

There is yet more proof that exercise is good for you and improves the quality of life, no matter how old you are.

Researchers at Tufts University looked at a group of people aged 70 to 89, all of whom were sedentary and all of whom had health problems. Over the course of the next year the seniors all followed a moderate exercise program that involved walking, strength and flexibility, and balance training.

They not only found that the seniors were able to stay with the program – despite not having done exercise before – but also improved their physical function and quality of life. The biggest benefits came in those exercising more than 150 minutes a week, that’s just two and a half hours.
It just shows, it’s never too late to start, and it’s never too late to benefit.

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