Category Archives: Health

Are 10,000 Steps Needed for Longevity?

A new study shows that 10,000 steps may not be necessary for good health.

According to a new study, fewer than 10,000 steps are necessary for seniors to have optimal health.

By Free Radical

The prescribed goal of walking at 10,000 steps or more each day for the purpose of improved health started in large part with a marketing campaign that was launched in Japan decades ago in order to promote a pedometer. A pedometer is a device that counts how many steps someone takes. Since that time, it was adopted in the U.S. as a goal to promote good health.

However, according to recent research, a study of older women showed significant improvement by participants who logged just over 4,000 steps per day. Though greater health rewards were enjoyed by individuals who did more, the benefits maxed out at 7,500. For more on this study, click here.

Oakland Couple Wins $2 Billion against Monsanto

Monsanto, which has been purchased by Bayer has lost another lawsuit due to the presumed toxicity of its weed killer, Roundup.

Monsanto, which has been purchased by Bayer, lost another lawsuit due to the toxicity of product, Roundup.

By MCNS Staff

A jury handed an unparalleled $2.055 billion verdict in favor of a couple in California who proved that they developed cancer as a result of long-term exposure to Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup.

The verdict in Oakland includes more than $55 million in compensatory damages to the couple and $2 billion in punitive damages, according to a statement.

The verdict “is as clear of a statement as you can get that they need to change what they’re doing,” one of the plaintiffs’ attorneys, Brent Wisner, told reporters last Monday.

This follows the case of a black man, Dewayne Johnson, who won a $289 million award in a California lawsuit this past year. He also contracted the same type of cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, from the company’s glyphosate-based weed-killer, Roundup. Attorney Brent Wisner participated in Mr. Johnson’s legal team as well.

The plaintiffs, Alva and Alberta Pilliod of Livermore, who are in their 70’s, used the weed killer on their property for more than three decades and were both diagnosed with the same type of cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, four years apart, according to their attorneys.

Cases against Monsanto, which has been purchased by Bayer, were given even more credibility after a 2015 report by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer concluded that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

There have also been concerns about Monsanto having undue influence over regulators, with internal company documents playing a key role in Monday’s verdict, according to the plaintiffs’ lawyers.

In the statement, Michael Miller, another of the Pilliods’ lawyers, said their case is different from two previous Monsanto trials “where the judges severely limited the amount of plaintiffs’ evidence.” He said that in this case the jury was shown a “mountain of evidence showing Monsanto’s manipulation of science, the media and regulatory agencies to forward their own agenda.”

Wisner reported that this evidence included emails and text messages between Monsanto and EPA officials.

However, a Monsanto spokeswoman previously denied that the company had ever paid, given gifts to or done anything else to curry favor with anyone from the EPA.

“This is going to continue until Monsanto and now Bayer takes responsibility for its product attorney Wisner said.

“This is not the end of this litigation,” he said. “This is the beginning.”

Study: Breastfeeding May Prevent Obesity

A new study suggests that breastfeeding may prevent obesity.

A new study suggests that breastfeeding may result in lower rates of obesity.

By Swahili Scientists

Breastfeeding may reduce the likelihood of child obesity, according to new research from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Based upon a study that was led by WHO in Europe and the National Institute of Health in Portugal, infants who are never breastfed are 22 percent more likely to end up obese, while those who are exclusively breastfed for at least six months are 25 percent less likely to be obese.

This study, which was published in “Obesity Facts” and presented at this year’s European Congress on Obesity, obtained data from approximately 30,000 children in 22 countries in connection with the Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative, according to the Guardian.

The study indicates that breastfeeding has a “protective effect” against obesity, which increases the longer a child is breastfed. To illustrate this point, children who were breastfed for at least six months (even children who were also fed formula) still had a 22 percent reduced risk of obesity. Therefore, there appears to be a minimum threshold before breastfeeding becomes beneficial, given that children who were breastfed for less than six months were 12 percent more at risk of becoming obese.

However, the babies that had the lowest risk of obesity in the study were those that only received breast milk directly from the breast for the first three months of life, according to “Harvard Health.”

The researchers suggested that this happens because protein-heavy formula, which comes from cows’ milk, can lead to higher blood insulin levels and stimulate fat cell growth, while breast milk contains hormones that will regulate energy balance throughout life. The researchers also note that breastfeeding could delay the introduction of energy-dense solid foods into a baby’s diet, the Guardian reported.

Therefore, the WHO recommends that mothers should breastfeed exclusively for their baby’s first six months before combining breast milk with complementary foods until they are at least two years old. Additionally, WHO set a goal to increase the prevalence of exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months to 50 percent by 2025.

Study: ‘Moderate’ Consumption of Red and Processed Meat Raises Colon Cancer Risk

By MCNS Staff

Further evidence links red and processed meat to colon cancer.

More data links red and processed meat to colon cancer.

Even “moderate”  amounts of red and processed meat increases the risk of colon cancer, according to a new study of almost half a million people in the United Kingdom.

For over five years, experts at the University of Oxford, University of Auckland and the cancer research arm of the World Health Organization (WHO) analyzed the diets and cancer rates of nearly half a million adults in the United Kingdom who volunteered to participate in the UK Biobank research project.

Published Wednesday, the findings in the International Journal of Epidemiology confirm previous research and warnings from public health experts about the risks of colon cancer, also known as bowel or colorectal cancer.

To read more about the possible increased risks of colon cancer due to red and processed meat eating, click here.