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A large study in the renowned journal The Lancet last week caused uncertainty among all wine drinkers, who thought it would be beneficial for them. According to the publication, even very moderate drinking is worse than not drinking at all and this conclusion seems to contradict other studies which have found that moderate drinking is associated with a higher life expectancy and lower cardiovascular events. Summary: A recent study[1] - published in the Lancet- examining the consumption of alcoholic beverages…
Which measurable influence does a healthy lifestyle have of American adults? And which factors are part of a healthy lifestyle? These are the questions that Harvard researchers examined by using the enormous amount of data about the associations between different lifestyle factors and causes of mortality from two big observational studies that have already been running for the last three decades: 800,000 participants in the Nurses’ Health Study and 45,000 men in the Health Professionals Follow-Up study. The data from…
In April, a meta-analysis “Risk thresholds for alcohol consumption: combined analysis of individual-participant data for 599 912 current drinkers in 83 prospective studies” with more than 100 authors, among them many renowned scientists, was published in the well-known journal The Lancet. The Lancet issued a press release to communicate the results of the study: “Alcohol limits in many countries should be lowered, evidence suggests” Examining the original data more carefully, including those in the supplementary appendix of the publication, the…
In this community-based study of middle-aged white men, heavy consumption of alcoholic beverages was significantly associated with a higher aortic calcification. Light to moderate drinking was not related to aortic calcification. Thus, heavy alcohol consumption may be an independent risk factor for atherosclerosis. Although a J-shaped association has been very well established between light to moderate alcohol consumption and coronary heart disease, it is not clear whether consuming alcoholic beverages has an impact on atherosclerosis. To investigate the relationship between…
This study is the first to investigate the impact of alcohol intake on mortality from five leading causes of death in Japan. The results suggest a J-shaped association* between the consumption of alcoholic beverages and the risk of total mortality and three leading causes of death (heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, cancer). However, heavy drinking increased the risk of mortality and highlights the importance of moderate drinking together with “liver holidays”. Several studies have reported health benefits for light-to-moderate drinkers of…
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