‘Beauty sleep’ turns out to be true, says study

Men's Health, Mental Health, Woman's Health
The idea of people needing "beauty sleep" has acquired some scientific backing, according to a Swedish study. People deprived of sleep for long periods appear less attractive and more unhealthy than those who are well rested, say researchers. Here are the details from the BBC: Volunteers were photographed after eight hours sleep and again after being kept awake for 31 hours. Observers scored the sleep-deprived participants as less healthy and less attractive, the BMJ reports. The concept of beauty sleep is well known. But, according to researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, it has lacked scientific support. The team asked untrained observers to rate the faces of 23 young men and women who had been photographed after a normal night's sleep and then after a night of sleep deprivation. The photographs were…
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EPA says saccharin not a threat after all

Nutritional Health
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finally and completely dropped the artificial sweetener saccharin from its list of substances that were possibly hazardous. Here are the details from Reuters Health: The white crystalline powder used in diet drinks, chewing gum, and juice was dubbed a potential cancer-causing agent in 1980. While a review by the National Toxicology Program and the International Agency for Research on Cancer cleared saccharin in the late 1990s, it has remained on the EPA's potential hazard list. The EPA said it is dropping saccharin and its salts from its hazard list after a request by the Calorie Control Council, which argued that the scientific basis for remaining on EPA's list no longer applies. The Calorie Control Council is an industry group representing manufacturers and suppliers…
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Does postmenopausal estrogen plus progestin therapy increase breast cancer risk?

Cancer, Woman's Health
It's not rare for my female patients who are in menopause to ask whether postmenopausal estrogen plus progestin therapy increases breast cancer risk. We used to think that women could take estrogen plus progestin (Prempro, etc) for 5 years without increasing breast cancer risk. Then this was shortened to just 2 to 3 years ... and now some experts say there is NO safe period. New evidence also suggests that estrogen plus progestin increases the risk of ADVANCED breast cancer ... and almost doubles MORTALITY. But, and this is CRITICAL, this explains only the RELATIVE risk. The increase in ABSOLUTE risk is very small ... about 1 or 2 more breast cancer deaths for every 10,000 women taking Prempro for one year. In other words, the risk of breast cancer mortality does…
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