Millions of UK residents face poisoning risk from lead water pipes

The tap water in Ben Archard’s apartment in the Herne Hill neighbourhood of south London flows through toxic lead pipes, increasing the risk of brain damage to his children and prompting him to pay for bottled drinking water.Tests carried out by the local authority this year revealed that more than half of the 96 flats on the privately owned estate in Lambeth had lead levels in drinking water above the legally permitted 10 micrograms per litre and 60 “receive or are at risk of receiving water above the safe level for lead in drinking water”.“It is frightening,” said Archard, an...

Reduce dementia risk with these food and activity choices

Eating more natural, unprocessed food, keeping active and having a good social life are all ways you can fight off dementia as you age, according to two new studies published Wednesday in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. One study investigated how physical and mental activities such as household chores, exercise, and visiting with family and friends could potentially lower the risk of dementia. The other study looked at the impact of eating ultraprocessed food on the future risk of dementia. PHYSICAL, MENTAL AND SOCIAL ACTIVTY HELPS Over 500,000 people participating in...

Study finds that healthy lifestyle can offset genetic risk

Share on PinterestEven people with a high genetic risk for stroke may be able to offset it by adopting a healthy lifestyle, a new study says, Image credit: Specker/Vedfelt/Getty Images.Researchers investigated how cardiovascular health interacts with a high genetic risk for stroke.They found that optimal cardiovascular health reduces the lifetime risk of stroke among those with a high genetic risk. Basic lifestyle interventions, such as following a healthy diet, exercising, and not smoking cigarettes, partially offset this risk.Stroke is the second leading cause of death worldwide and a major cause of disability and dementia. In the United States, adults aged...

Monkeypox now a global health threat. But risk not necessarily higher in Canada: experts – National

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared monkeypox a public health emergency Saturday, and while experts acknowledge the virus may be a constant threat in Canada, they say the risk level hasn’t necessarily increased in the country. “I don’t think that that threat has necessarily increased at the moment, but it certainly has the potential to do so,”  said Dr. Donald Vinh, an infectious diseases specialist at McGill University Health Centre.READ MORE: ‘Anyone can get monkeypox’: experts emphasize science-first messagingIsaac Bogoch, an infectious diseases specialist at the Toronto General Hospital, said the risk to the general public in Canada is extraordinarily low...

A healthy lifestyle can offset a high genetic risk for stroke — ScienceDaily

People who are genetically at higher risk for stroke can lower that risk by as much as 43% by adopting a healthy cardiovascular lifestyle, according to new research led by UTHealth Houston, which was published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association. The study included 11,568 adults from ages 45 to 64 who were stroke-free at baseline and followed for a median of 28 years. The levels of cardiovascular health were based on the American Heart Association's Life's Simple 7 recommendations, which include stopping smoking, eating better, getting activity, losing weight, managing blood pressure, controlling cholesterol, and reducing...

Whether you’re 18 or 80, lifestyle may be more important than age in determining dementia risk, study reveals — ScienceDaily

Individuals with no dementia risk factors, such as smoking, diabetes or hearing loss, have similar brain health as people who are 10 to 20 years younger than them, according to a new Baycrest study. The study found that a single dementia risk factor could reduce cognition by the equivalent of up to three years of aging. "Our results suggest lifestyle factors may be more important than age in determining someone's level of cognitive functioning. This is great news, since there's a lot you can do to modify these factors, such as managing diabetes, addressing hearing loss, and getting the support...