Understanding and Reducing Your Cancer Risk: Insights from Dr. Jon Ebbert
“February marks National Cancer Prevention Month, a time when we turn our collective focus towards the prevention strategies that can help us reduce the risk of cancer. A leading voice in this discussion is Dr. Jon Ebbert, the medical director of the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center. Dr. Ebbert’s extensive research and expertise shed light on the significant role that lifestyle choices, including tobacco use, alcohol consumption, and maintaining a healthy weight, play in influencing cancer risk.”

A quarter of smokers quit within a year or two of menthol bans, researchers find
“Menthol cigarette bans are effective at getting people to quit smoking, new research finds. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has said that a menthol ban is a “top priority,” but public health advocates have accused the Biden administration of dragging its feet, and the ban has gotten caught up in election-year politics despite research showing clear health benefits.”

Is Housing Health Care? State Medicaid Programs Increasingly Say ‘Yes’
“States are plowing billions of dollars into a high-stakes health care experiment that’s exploding around the country: using scarce public health insurance money to provide housing for the poorest and sickest Americans.”

The Atlantic Diet: Why Eating Local, Whole Foods May Improve Your Health
“This trendy diet may help stave off chronic disease, but it’s one of many eating patterns that prioritize whole foods and richness.”

Physical activity improves stress load, recovery, and academic performance-related parameters among university students: a longitudinal study on daily level
“Physical activity has been proven to be beneficial for physical and psychological health as well as for academic achievement. However, especially university students are insufficiently physically active because of difficulties in time management regarding study, work, and social demands. As they are at a crucial life stage, it is of interest how physical activity affects university students’ stress load and recovery as well as their academic performance.”

Sleep, Exercise, and Avoiding Cigarettes are Key to Reducing IBS Risk
“Adopting healthy lifestyle habits is linked to a decreased risk of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). These habits include not smoking, vigorous physical activity, and getting enough quality sleep. Experts said that not smoking may reduce inflammation, exercise can regulate bowel movements and sleep can boost immune function – all of which contribute to a healthy gut and minimizing IBS symptoms. To treat IBS, avoid spicy foods, caffeine, and alcohol. Also, exercise regularly, don’t smoke and practice good sleep hygiene.”

Mindfulness at work protects against stress and burnout
“A new study has revealed that employees who are more mindful in the digital workplace are better protected against stress, anxiety and overload. Researchers from the University of Nottingham’s Schools of Psychology and Medicine analysed survey data from 142 employees. The results have been published today in PLOS ONE.”