Women have yet another reason to stop smoking while pregnant. In the largest study of its kind, plastic surgeons found smoking during pregnancy significantly elevates the risk of having a child with excess, webbed or missing fingers and toes, according to the January issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the [...]
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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is one of the most common systemic autoimmune diseases, and one of the least understood. Smoking is the major known environmental risk factor for RA, though little is known about the mechanisms involved. HLA-DR shared epitope (SE) genes are a widely recognized genetic risk factor for RA, though little is known about [...]
A new study supports previous research done that used guided health imagery to help smokers quit. Guided health imagery – a technique to help patients relax their muscles and open their minds to images of health and healthy living – has long been used to help surgery and cancer patients, as well as for reducing [...]
Smoking is dangerous not just for the health the smokers but also for their children’s.
Children exposed to tobacco smoke every day have three-and-a-half times higher chances to develop lung cancer than the children of non-smokers.
The results came from a survey involving more than 123,000 people in 10 European countries. Information regarding exposure to [...]
Tobacco smoke triggers the production of COX-2, a cellular protein linked to the development and progression of cancer, according to research published in the January 15 issue of the journal Cancer Research.
Tobacco smoke also promoted rapid cellular production of two proteins that initiate an epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) driven cascade leading to the production [...]
Pregnant women who smoke face a higher risk of developing diabetes during pregnancy — a condition known as gestational diabetes.
Rates of gestational diabetes were highest among women who smoked (4%) and lowest among those who had never smoked (2%), the investigators found. Women who quit before or during pregnancy had intermediate rates of gestational [...]
Current smokers are 33% more likely to develop asthma. People who had given up smoking are 49% more likely to develop asthma than those who never smoked.
The risk of asthma was proportional to the number of cigarettes smoked each day - and the total number smoked during a lifetime so far.
Female smokers and ex-smokers [...]
Long-term counseling and medication can help improve the odds that smokers will be able to quit smoking.
Those who received the long-term medication and counseling had much better smoking-cessation results (50 percent) than those who received short-term medication and counseling. Those who received long-term counseling and placebo had a smoking cessation rate of 42 percent. [...]
The air in bars and casinos can have up to 50x more cancer-causing particles than the air on rush-hour highways.
For casino workers, smoke study underscores hazard
New research into the impact of smoking on snoring has just been published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine which found that after calculating for other snoring risk factors, such as obesity, gender and age, current smoking was responsible for a 17% increase in snoring, and passive smoking a 2.2% increase. [...]