Need another reason to lose weight? Obesity-cancer link reaffirmed

There may be plenty of room for debate about whether some aspects of everyday life cause cancer -- whether it's drinking too much coffee, eating too much sugar or talking too much on a cell phone. But the opposite seems to be true regarding the causal link with obesity, according to a scientific review by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Fourteen years ago when the IARC, based in Lyon, France, first reviewed relevant studies, its expert panel issued a report finding sufficient evidence that excess body fat increases the risk of certain cancers. Now, the group's latest reassessment, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), reaffirms those findings --

Your parents hold clues to your life expectancy, heart health

Your parents may have a significant influence on how likely you are to stay healthy later in life. Scientists have long suspected that the lifespan of parents holds clues to how long their own children will live, and now a new study reveals that parents' longevity is linked to their offspring's heart health, too. So, long-lived parents may reduce the risk of morbidity and mortality in their kids, according to the study, which was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology on Monday. "This research is important, as it shows that knowing the age at which your parents died provides information on your own risk of death and disease," said Janice Atkins, a research fellow at t

CRISPR - Cas9: Gene editing technology

This animation depicts the CRISPR - Cas9 method for genome editing – a powerful new technology with many applications in biomedical research, including the potential to treat human genetic disease. Source: McGovern Institute at MIT

One hour of physical activity daily can improve your health

It's well-known that sitting down all day, be it at your desk, on the couch or in a car, is bad for your health. People know they should be getting up regularly, stretching their legs and simply moving their bodies more, but how many actually do it? Not enough. Twenty-three percent of adults globally -- and an alarming 80% of adolescents at school -- failed to be as active as they should have been in 2015, according to a new study. The potential health consequences are big, particularly for people who spend more of their day sitting. Keeping your body stationary for prolonged periods of time can increase your chances of developing a range of diseases, including certain cancers, type 2 diabet

Mean Age of Mothers is on the Rise: United States, 2000–2014

Key findings - Data from the National Vital Statistics System The mean age of mothers has increased from 2000 to 2014 for all birth orders, with age at first birth having the largest increase, up from 24.9 years in 2000 to 26.3 years in 2014. Increases in the average age for all birth orders were most pronounced from 2009 to 2014. In 2014, Asian or Pacific Islander mothers had the oldest average age at first birth (29.5 years), while American Indian or Alaska Native mothers had the youngest (23.1 years). Mean age at first birth increased in all states and the District of Columbia (D.C.) from 2000 to 2014, but D.C. (3.4 years) and Oregon had the largest increases (2.1 years). A mother's age a

US fertility rate falls to lowest on record

Figure: Birth rates, by selected ages of the mother, United States, 1990-2015 The US fertility rate fell to the lowest point since record keeping started more than a century ago, according to statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 1909, the government began keeping track of what's called the fertility rate. The general fertility rate is the number of births out of 1,000 women between the ages of 15 to 44. In the first three months of 2016, the fertility rate in the US fell to the lowest level. The rate was 59.8 births per 1,000 women. The first quarter of 2015 had seen similarly low rates at 60 births per 1,000 women. The US fertility rate has been in a ste

Male Fertility May Decline With Age

It has long been known that females have a ticking biological clock when it comes to reproduction, but evidence suggests that male fertility also declines with age. This is a particularly important finding given that many men are now fathering children when they are older. Though perhaps not as dramatic as the impacts of mothering at an advanced age, the age-related decline in male fertility is nonetheless an important issue that men wanting to have children should consider when family-planning. Part of male age-related fertility problems has to do with the quantity and quality of sperm that a man can generate. As a man ages, he produces declining volumes of semen. One study found this reduc

Study: Men’s Overall Health Is Related to IVF Success

In the first report exploring links between men’s somatic health and assisted reproductive technology (ART) outcomes, researchers analyzed over five thousand IVF cycles using fresh eggs and sperm, performed between 2004 and 2014 at the Stanford Fertility and Reproductive Health Center. They found that male partners’ health conditions influenced outcomes such as fertilization, implantation, pregnancy, miscarriage, and live birth rates. The retrospective cohort study reviewed the records of 2,690 men who underwent 5,037 fresh IVF cycles. The Stanford IVF clinical database provided cycle outcomes including: calculated fertilization rate, clinical pregnancy rate, miscarriage rate, implantation

What to Say (and What Not to Say) to Someone with Infertility Issues

Infertility is an extremely sensitive topic. Knowing what to say, and perhaps more importantly, how to communicate with someone experiencing infertility, will make conversations much easier. Below are suggestions for what (and what not) to say to someone who is struggling with infertility. What to say? 1. Let them know that you care – the best thing you can do is let them know that you care, are available anytime to be an open listener, and another shoulder to lean on. 2. Do some research and know about the topic – read up about infertility, and possible treatments or other family building options your friend is considering, so that you are informed when your friend needs to talk. 3. Provide

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