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Binge Drinking In College Years May Raise Risk For Heart Disease

Binge Drinking In College Years May Raise Risk For Heart Disease | Year 9 Journal | Scoop.it
Otherwise healthy young binge drinkers have alterations in vascular function that may represent early clinical manifestations of cardiovascular risk.
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This article explains how binge drinking can affect college-aged students, although it focuses on one major health risk associated with binge drinking: cardiovascular diseases. It aims to make these students aware that there are long term health risks, by associating the consequences of bad lifestyle choices. The study involved 36 participants, 17 of which were binge drinkers and 19 were abstainers. It was concluded that the binge drinkers were found to have 2 types of abnormal muscles that control blood flow, similar to changes brought about by high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I believe that this article is quite effective because while it gives the details of cardiovascular diseases and how horrifinigly and quickly they cause death, the statistics that it presents are quite alarming and help reinforce the message that binge drinking is a health hazard.

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Study shows heavy drinking could kill you more quickly than smoking

Study shows heavy drinking could kill you more quickly than smoking | Year 9 Journal | Scoop.it
Study shows heavy drinking could kill you more quickly than smoking
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or instance, researchers not only discovered that heavy drinking will generally kill more quickly than smoking, women are at much greater risk of death than men.

In addition, they found that alcoholics tend to die about 20 years sooner, on average, than the general public.

Also, those who are dependent upon alcohol generally live shorter lives than do smokers, and that alcohol-dependent women suffer death at a rate 4.6 times higher than average.


This came as a surprise. Prior to reading this article i believed that smoking was a much greater threat than alcohol. I encourage everyone to look at this article and then chose their lifestyle choices.
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/038077_heavy_drinking_death_risk_smoking.html#ixzz2ksR1v9uL

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HIV drugs may get new role in fighting cancer

HIV drugs may get new role in fighting cancer | Year 9 Journal | Scoop.it
(Reuters) - A type of HIV medicine that stops the AIDS virus from entering immune system cells could in future be put to work against cancer in new combination therapies being developed by drug companies.Interest...
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A type of HIV medicine that stops the AIDS virus from entering immune system cells could in future be put to work against cancer in new combination therapies being developed by drug companies.

Interest in using so-called CCR5 inhibitors to fight tumors was fuelled last year when U.S. researchers, testing the drugs on mice, reported a marked reduction in aggressive breast cancer cells spreading to the animals' lungs.

 

Citi said it expected vicriviroc to re-enter clinical testing in combination with cancer immunotherapy as Merck explores its potential across multiple tumor types, including melanoma, colorectal, breast, prostate and liver cancer.

Immunotherapy, which harnesses the body's immune system to fight cancer, is a hot new area for cancer research, with some experts predicting the approach will in future form the backbone of many cancer treatments.

 

This shows that developments in H.I.V combat may also be transferred onto the prevention and removal of other diseases. In otherwords they are not prohibited only for HIV.

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The Dangers of Teenage Binge Drinking: What Parents Should Know

The Dangers of Teenage Binge Drinking: What Parents Should Know | Year 9 Journal | Scoop.it
April is National Alcohol Awareness Month. Laura Gilbert, MFT describes one of the most overlooked dangers associated with underage drinking.
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This article sends a message to parents and teaches them about teenage binge drinking. 

Alcohol is a depressant. That doesn’t mean that people get depressed when they drink (although that is often case!) Keeping it very simple, alcohol is in the classification of drugs that reduce the activity in the central nervous system, and lower levels of awareness in the brain. Depressants slow down brain functioning. How does this manifest? One who is drunk might slurs his/her words, stumble around, have decreased inhibition, get drowsy, pass out and even…die. Yes, they can die. Keeping it very simple again, if a teen (or an adult, for that matter) drinks too much too fast (binges), their brain slows down so much that it essentially stops communicating to the lungs that they should breathe. And you die.

Why are teens so vulnerable to binge drinking?

1. Teens are more susceptible to peer pressure

2. Often they will engage in drinking games that encourage drinking more and more in a very short amount of time.

3. They often drink alcohol out of water bottles or other containers where it is difficult to monitor the amount of alcohol they have consumed.

4. Teens are often physically smaller than adults, so can handle less alcohol.

5. And, based on typical adolescent brain development, they have more difficulties thinking about consequences of their actions…especially if they are drunk already.

All parents should be aware of the dangers of binge drinking. And all parents should communicate this information to their kids, even though they don’t think their kid drinks at all. Sit them down and talk to them about these basics.

And, what can teens do? Always have the number of a trusted adult (it may be you, but it may be someone else) in their cell phone that they can call. If a friend passes out and cannot be roused, don’t leave them to “sleep it off.” It sounds dramatic, butcall 911. Have them help each other, because you can’t be with them 24/7. It could save a life.

 

These messages will shock parents, but also provide a basis in which they can help their children.

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Matthew Galanti's comment, November 20, 2013 5:39 PM
This insight is highly beneficial to my increasing knowledge, i am now able to fully comprehend the dangers of binge drinking and its all thanks to you umur!!! grazie
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CDC: Chlamydia, gonorrhea cases increasing

CDC: Chlamydia, gonorrhea cases increasing | Year 9 Journal | Scoop.it
Infections from sexually transmitted diseases are increasing among certain groups, according to a report Thursday from the CDC.
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Reports of infections from sexually transmitted diseases are increasing among certain groups, according to government data.

"STDs continue to threaten the health and well-being of millions of Americans," says Hillard Weinstock, one of the authors of the 2011 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Surveillance report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Teen binge-drink fears Tasmania News - The Mercury - The Voice of Tasmania

Teen binge-drink fears Tasmania News - The Mercury - The Voice of Tasmania | Year 9 Journal | Scoop.it
Teen binge-drink fears TEENAGE binge drinking has reached alarming levels with children as young as 13 hospitalised by it.

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Matthew Galanti's curator insight, May 21, 2013 8:13 AM

After reading this article, it has alarmed me to reflect upon how many teenagers younger than myself are abusing alcohol by consuming it in large quantities in a short period of time. This irresponsible act is resulting in children being hospitilised, vomiting repeatedly and in some cases,  unconscious. Whilst reading this article, I was astonished by the fact that these Tasmanian teenagers are poorly educated about the illegal consumption of alcohol. This lack of education about alcohol consumption is unfortunatly influencing their behaviour around the dangerous drug.

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Alcoholic Drinking Among Australian Teens Still Prevalent, Younger Teen Drinking Drops

Alcoholic Drinking Among Australian Teens Still Prevalent, Younger Teen Drinking Drops | Year 9 Journal | Scoop.it
A survey of 25,000 Australian high school students has found that alcoholic drinking among younger teens 12 to 15 years dropped. However, those considered older teens aged 16 to 17 continued to consume alcohol in much riskier levels.
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By Esther Tanquintic-Misa | December 11, 2012 5:49 PM EST

A survey of 25,000 Australian high school students has found that alcoholic drinking among younger teens 12 to 15 years dropped. However, those considered older teens aged 16 to 17 continued to consume alcohol in much riskier levels. 

 

This conflicts with my previous scoop, stating that there was more alchohol consumers at younger ages,however this shows that it is dropping but increasing at older levels. These tests need to be repeated in order to achieve accurate result.

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Half of parents 'allow teens to drink'

Half of parents 'allow teens to drink' | Year 9 Journal | Scoop.it
Half of all Australian parents allow their teens to consume alcohol at home, placing many on a path to problematic drinking.
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Prior to reading this article i believed that the majority of australian parents discouraged the consumption of alcohol. 

Some of their findings include:

Wealthier families were also more likely to allow the practice, which placed a developing brain at risk, Professor Ian Hickie said.

Dr Bennett said many parents allowed underage drinking because they felt it was "harmless" or, at least, it was a safer introduction to a practice that teens would otherwise do without supervision.

"Binge drinking in young people is on the rise and it's shocking to think that one teenager a week dies of alcohol abuse."

 This article is perhaps the most important that i have investigated, and i encourage my classmates to read it.


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Teen drinkers at greater health risk

Teen drinkers at greater health risk | Year 9 Journal | Scoop.it
Most teenagers are having their first full drink of alcohol by the
age of 15, study finds.
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This is an disturbing insight into the lifestyle choices of "most teenagers", this habit places them at higher risk of dependence, disease, and drug and alcholol problems in their future.

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'Lifestyle diseases' a new threat to Asia-Pacific countries: WHO | ABC Radio Australia

The World Health Organisation has reported that 'lifestyle' diseases are becoming a serious threat to people in Asia-Pacific countries, even as they overcome more traditional illnesses.
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This is very serious, as these countries are already attempting to overcome traditional illnesses, whilst being bombarded with lifestyle diseases, do to bad lifestyle choices. 

These are destroying economies that are trying to develop and provide better prosperity for their respective countries.

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Workplace stress, lifestyle diseases threaten India's high-tech growth

Workplace stress, lifestyle diseases threaten India's high-tech growth | Year 9 Journal | Scoop.it
NEW DELHI: A sharp rise in lifestyle diseases such as heart problems and strokes, coupled with a lack of adequate preventive health care, threatens India's future growth prospects, a research study...
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This shows how Lifestyle choices are preventing the development of many countries

 

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HIV cases and unprotected sex hit new highs

HIV cases and unprotected sex hit new highs | Year 9 Journal | Scoop.it
HIV cases among indigenous Australians has spiked, while unprotected sex among some gay men is now at its highest level.
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This shows how important it is to make the right lifestyle choices, and how bad choices can affect you

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Getting drunk without the hangover or health risks – scientist seeks investment for ‘alcohol substitute’ drug

Getting drunk without the hangover or health risks – scientist seeks investment for ‘alcohol substitute’ drug | Year 9 Journal | Scoop.it
Scientists are developing a drug which mimics all the positive effects of being drunk without any of the health risks, addiction – or hangovers.
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This is not the perfect solution, however it may pave the way to better lifestyle choices. This is of utmost importance as the extent of alcohol abuse is huge.

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Blood test hope for skin cancer

Blood test hope for skin cancer | Year 9 Journal | Scoop.it
A simple blood test could be used to identify patients whose skin cancer has spread, according to a presentation at the National Cancer Research Institute conference.
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This article is based upon the relitively new hope of detecting skin cancer, in its early stages through a simple blood test. It reiterates the message that we often hear that if caught in its early stages, skin cancer can be treated more effectively and beaten. The article effectively conveys the importance of early detection by explaining that skin cancer can spread to other organs in the body placing the patient in a life threatening situation as the diagnosis and hence treatment is delayed. It also adds that the new blood test, used to screen certain DNA, could lead to new treatments for people who's cancer has spread. This article leaves us with the new hope of detecting cancer in its early stages, however is not a reality today and imprints the impression that we need to do something until this treatment, or others like it become a viable option.

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Matthew Galanti's comment, November 20, 2013 5:37 PM
thanks umur for this very helpful insight, clap clap
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China's Proposed Ban On HIV-Positive Bathers Highlights Misconceptions

China's Proposed Ban On HIV-Positive Bathers Highlights Misconceptions | Year 9 Journal | Scoop.it
Flying in the face of medical research, China's Ministry of Commerce recently released a proposal to prohibit access to public baths for carriers of the HIV virus and other sexually transmitted diseases.
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"Banning HIV patients from using public bathhouses and spas will only exacerbate people's misunderstanding, discrimination and fear of HIV/Aids, and will not help reduce the transmission of the disease," he said.

 This is very true, this will not help majorly reduce the transmission of the disease, only increase discrimination and fear. This is not a viable solution, as we are all human beings and all have equal rights.
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Samantha Schiodtz's curator insight, November 18, 2013 6:10 PM

Considering HIV/AIDS isn't spread through skin contact or contagious in terms of being in the same vacinity as someone, this rule only encourages people to misunderstand the disease and further discriminate against people who may have it. 

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Duke Doctors Discover Possible HIV Deterrent In Breast Milk

Duke Doctors Discover Possible HIV Deterrent In Breast Milk | Year 9 Journal | Scoop.it
Duke researchers say a protein in breast milk may be a key in preventing babies from contracting HIV from their infected mothers. The protein Tenascin-C is
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Duke researchers say a protein in breast milk may be a key in preventing babies from contracting HIV from their infected mothers. 

The protein Tenascin-C is produced by the body to aid in helping wounds heal.  Doctors found after isolating the breast milk component that it neutralizes HIV transfer even as breast-fed babies are exposed multiple times daily.  

 This is yet another way that H.I.V is slowly trying to be eradicated, but first it must be understood.
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Binge drinking traps brains in adolescence, Brisbane research shows

Binge drinking traps brains in adolescence, Brisbane research shows | Year 9 Journal | Scoop.it
Teenagers who binge drink risk trapping their brains in permanent adolescence and lay the groundwork for alcoholism, new research shows.
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Teenagers who binge drink risk trapping their brains in permanent adolescence and lay the groundwork for alcoholism, new research shows.

A new study has looked at the effect of excessive binge drinking during adolescence on a particular receptor in the brain.

Because it inhibits part of the brain's development, binge drinking over time keeps people in an emotionally immature state

 

This shows that bad lifestyle choices will effect the rest of their lifes.



Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/binge-drinking-traps-brains-in-adolescence-brisbane-research-shows-20121109-291t0.html#ixzz2kflh0YKC

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CDC: Chlamydia, gonorrhea cases increasing

CDC: Chlamydia, gonorrhea cases increasing | Year 9 Journal | Scoop.it
Infections from sexually transmitted diseases are increasing among certain groups, according to a report Thursday from the CDC.

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Chris Haris's curator insight, September 16, 2013 8:24 PM

This article from the CDC is serious because it shows that Chlamydia and gonorrhea cases increasing, most likely because people have not been educated in this area. This article is leading to show that schools need to educate students on how to protect themselves from STi's.

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Contraception - choices - Better Health Channel

Contraception - choices - Better Health Channel | Year 9 Journal | Scoop.it
Several methods of contraception are available. The method you choose will depend on your general health, lifestyle and relationships.
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Several methods of contraception are available. The method you choose will depend on your general health, lifestyle and relationships. Contraceptives available include physical barriers and devices, hormonal (oral, implant and injectable) methods, sterilisation, emergency and ‘natural’ methods.


This shows that it is easy, and much more worthwile to use contraception than to risk getting sti's


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Doctors tired of alcohol damage

Doctors tired of alcohol damage | Year 9 Journal | Scoop.it
Surgeons warn of the impact of alcohol.
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''Surgeons are now spending an inordinate amount of time on alcohol-related injuries,'' Professor Grigg, a vascular surgeon and professor of surgery at Melbourne's Monash University, said.

''The tragedy is so much is preventable,'' Dr Crozier said. ''Whether harm is occurring through an impulsive act by an intoxicated young person who ends up injuring themselves or someone else, or someone is harmed through an act of aggression by an intoxicated person, the end result can be horrific injuries and death.''
''It would be better by far to prevent the harm closer to source. We need to tax beverages proportional to their alcohol content and reduce the availability of alcohol in the community.''


This examplifies that there are much more important things than getting drunk. It is a stark reminder to those alchohol abusers who consistantly ignore warnings and place not only themselves, but also the others around them in danger.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/doctors-tired-of-alcohol-damage-20130427-2ilc7.html#ixzz2kfiTsmjv




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Research proves sunblock prevents melanoma › News in Science (ABC Science)

Research proves sunblock prevents melanoma › News in Science (ABC Science) | Year 9 Journal | Scoop.it
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This is the first conclusive proof that sunscreen helps prevent the development of melanoma. The test reqiured the test subjects to wear sun screen and others to wear sunscreen. The people who wore sunscreen  stayed melanoma free, whilst the others developed melanoma. This is of utmost importance and has caused me to encourage sun-screen, even on cloudy days.

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Mercury News editorial: Eliminate TB, HIV/AIDS? It is within reach

Mercury News editorial: Eliminate TB, HIV/AIDS? It is within reach | Year 9 Journal | Scoop.it
The Global Fund says all it needs is $15 billion over three years to vanquish the two deadliest diseases on Earth, and malaria too. The U.S. should do its part.
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This is a very big opportunity; the chance to vanquish the two deadliest diseases on this planet; and malaria too. 

This timing is crucial as TB is already becoming resistant to the drugs.

 

"TB and AIDS can go the way of polio and smallpox, diseases that once crippled or killed and now are all but vanquished. In an increasingly heartless world, let's make this happen."

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United States to allow transplants of HIV-infected organs

United States to allow transplants of HIV-infected organs | Year 9 Journal | Scoop.it
’Positive-to-positive’ transplants would create new pool of donors for infected patients.
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This will create a "new pool of donors for infected patients", offering infected patients a chance to keep living. However this is only partially effective, as it poses no new permanant solution, only allowing short-term solutions to the Hiv problem.

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Chlamydia linked to premature and still births

Chlamydia linked to premature and still births | Year 9 Journal | Scoop.it
Researchers find an increased risk of premature birth and still births among women who have had chlamydia.
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This represents one of the many consequences of STI's and, not making good choices

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Alcohol abuse 'costing Britain £6bn a year'

Alcohol abuse could be costing the UK up to £6 billion a year in NHS bills, premature death, losses to business and drink-related crimes and accidents, it was claimed today
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This shows how alcohol is affecting the government, and forcing them to use money on their wellbeing; instead of others who need their help and have made better lifestyle choices

 

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