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The apparent risk of cancer among light–moderate drinkers may occur primarily among those who underreport their actual intake of alcoholic beverages. There is strong evidence that heavy consumption of alcoholic beverages is related to increased risk of several cancers. But the relationship of light-to-moderate drinking is less clear. This subject has been thrust into public health consciousness by meta-analyses and reviews leading to statements that the alcohol-cancer association is continuous at all drinking levels and that there is no safe…
Heavy drinking leads to an increase in alcohol-related injuries among Spanish students. In Spain, consumption of alcoholic beverages is part of the culture and traditionally, alcoholic beverages are consumed regularly with meals, family celebrations and social events. However, such a drinking pattern is increasingly replaced among young people by periodic weekend consumption, with episodes of binge drinking ("botellon"). Such heavy drinking is generally practiced outdoors, in public spaces where large numbers of young people meet. Destruction of public property, hospital…
Women who moderately consume alcoholic beverages seem to have a lower risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and an improved functional health status. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic, inflammatory arthritis leading to progressive joint and organ system damage and increasing disability. The rate is three times higher in women than in men. Both genetic and environmental factors (such as smoking, hormone use) seem to play a role in the risk of developing RA. The famous Nurses'…
In the traditional Mediterranean diet, many healthy lifestyle factors such as fresh staple foods, enjoyable meals and moderate regular consumption of wine are combined. Worldwide, the Mediterranean diet is regarded as a healthy and enjoyable way of eating. In Barcelona, early April, researchers from all over the world gathered to present and discuss the latest scientific evidence. The presentations and discussions focused mostly on cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer and other chronic diseases, in particular on the advantages of the Mediterranean…
The consumption of different alcoholic beverages and the cognitive decline at middle age was investigated in a Dutch study. Only moderate red wine consumption was associated with a lower decline in cognitive function among middle-aged men and women. Dementia is one of the most common neuro-degenerative disorders. Rapid cognitive decline over time increases the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. There is no treatment at present that can stop the progress of dementia. To postpone or prevent cognitive decline and…
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