Painkillers and cancer, Night shift and breast cancer, Obesity and kidney stones
Painkillers and cancer
|Updated: 5/29/2012 5:31 pm
||Published: 5/29/2012 4:27 pm
Painkillers are good for headaches and other pains - but now scientists say they could also protect us from skin cancer.
New research finds that common painkillers, such as aspirin, may help prevent some forms of skin cancer.
Doctors out of Denmark have found these medications might decrease the risk of developing the three major types of skin cancer, including the most serious, malignant melanoma.
Study authors say more research is needed to better understand why these painkillers prevent some skin cancers.
Night shift and breast cancer
Researchers have found women who work the night shift more than twice a week may be increasing their breast cancer risk.
That risk goes even higher among women who describe themselves as "morning" people rather than "evening" people.
The team found women who worked the night shift had a forty percent higher risk of breast cancer.
No one could determine why night shift work increased breast cancer.
Some believe it could be because of the increased stress and the disruption of the body's 24-hour clock.
The findings appear in "occupational and environmental medicine" medical journal.
Obesity and kidney stones
The numbers of Americans with kidney stones has almost doubled since 1994.
And researchers believe the obesity epidemic is the most likely reason why.
Researchers found 1 in 11 Americans now develops kidney stones compared to one in twenty back in 1994.
The team believes the rise is most likely due to increases in obesity, diabetes and gout, which are risk factors for kidney stones.
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