The Health News USA August 26 2017

Overview

  • Snack company KIND dumped  45,485 pounds of sugar in Times Square to spark conversation about how much added sugar children consume. The American Heart Association recommends children eat no more than one hundred calories of added sugars but children are eating much more than that.
  • While no individual or family is immune to cancer, some families may be more at risk of developing certain types of cancer than others. According to the American Cancer Society, between 5% and 10% of all cancers result directly from gene mutations inherited from a parent.
  • Research shows that cell phones are far dirtier than most people think, and the more germs they collect, the more germs you touch. Cell phones carry 10 times more bacteria than most toilet seats.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 26th of August 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto. Health News

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/08/22/over-45-000-pounds-sugar-dumped-times-square-illustrates-alarming-child-health-trend/583131001/

The American Heart Association recommends consuming no more than six teaspoons of added sugar a day for women and nine teaspoons daily for men. Snack company KIND dumped forty five thousand four hundred eighty five pounds of sugar in Times Square Tuesday to spark conversation about how much added sugar children consume. It is meant  to represent how much added sugar American children are eating every five minutes.The American Heart Association recommends children eat no more than one hundred calories of added sugars, also known as free sugars, daily. But, children are eating much more than that — over two hundred seventy calories. Most comes from sweetened drinks. KIND estimates the average nine-year-old eats their weight in added sugar each year.

Added sugars are sugars manufactures add to foods, as well as honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit juice concentrates. Children who consume too much added sugar are at risk to become overweight or obese. Studies have also said such sugars increase the risk of death from heart disease. Perhaps the biggest problem with added sugars is that they are what many call empty calories, meaning they have no nutritional value.

http://www.timesbulletin.com/Content/Health-News/Health-News/Article/Understanding-family-cancer-syndromes-/194/1200/211378

Few, if any, families have not been affected by cancer. While no individual or family is immune to cancer, some families may be more at risk of developing certain types of cancer than others.
In many instances, cancers that run in families can be linked to behaviors that families share. For example, families that smoke tobacco may be more vulnerable to cancer than those that don’t, as the smoke from tobacco is known to contain dozens of carcinogens. Cancer can affect multiple generations even in families in which only one person smokes, as exposure to secondhand smoke also increases cancer risk.

But poor behaviors or the effects of those behaviors are not the only cancer risk factors that can be passed down from generation to generation. According to the American Cancer Society, between five and ten percent of all cancers result directly from gene mutations inherited from a parent. When cancers within a family are strongly linked to such mutations, this is known as family cancer syndrome.

Cancer is not necessarily caused by a family cancer syndrome, even if gene mutations are inherited. But the following factors may make it more likely that cancers in a family are caused by a family cancer syndrome: Many cases of the same type of cancer, especially if the cancer is considered uncommon or rare; More than one type of cancer in a single person; Cancers that occur in both of a pair of organs, such as in both kidneys, both breasts or both eyes; More than one childhood cancer in siblings; Cancer that occurs in a sex that is not usually affected by that type of cancer, such as a man being diagnosed with breast cancer
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Family cancer syndromes are rare, but understanding them can still help families make the right lifestyle choices.

http://time.com/4908654/cell-phone-bacteria/

Most people don’t give a second thought to using their cell phone everywhere, from their morning commute to the dinner table to the doctor’s office. But research shows that cell phones are far dirtier than most people think, and the more germs they collect, the more germs you touch. In fact, your own hand is the biggest culprit when it comes to putting filth on your phone. Americans check their phones about forty seven times per day, according to a survey by Deloitte, which affords plenty of opportunities for microorganisms to move from your fingers to your phone. Emily Martin, assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health said that  people are always carrying their cell phones even in situations where they would normally wash their hands before doing anything.

Scientists at the University of Arizona have found that cell phones carry ten times more bacteria than most toilet seats.Human skin is naturally covered in microbes that don’t usually have any negative health consequences, and that natural bacteria, plus the oils on your hands, get passed on to your phone every time you check a text or send an email. Viruses can also spread on phones if one person is sick with strep throat or influenza and coughs on their cell phone before handing it off to a friend. Keeping your phone out of the bathroom will help, but if you want to clean your phone, a few different methods will work. Many people just wipe their phones with a soft microfiber cloth, which will remove many of the germs. For a deeper clean, it’s recommended using a combination of sixty percent water and forty percent rubbing alcohol. Mix the ingredients together, and then dip a cloth in the solution before wiping it gently across your phone. Unless you’re sick, doing this a few times each month is plenty. Stay away from liquid or spray cleaners, which can damage your phone. Still, the best advice has more to do with you than the phone. Wash your hands several times a day, the experts say, and you’ll likely be just fine.

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