A summary of important health news from the past week.
The Hidden Health Effects Of Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment in the workplace is a huge ethical issue that can be damaging to health. Research shows that sexual harassment in the workplace can lead to mental and physical health issues. The most common diagnoses are depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Some licensed psychologists have found that sexual harassment in the workplace can even lead to long term physical symptoms ranging from muscle aches to high blood pressure. These conditions are worsened for those who experience sexual harassment earlier in their careers.
Scientists in Belgium have developed a better understanding of what is called the Warburg effect, which is when cancer cells use more sugars for energy than non-cancerous cells. Until this study, it was unclear if the effect was a cause or consequence of cancer. An author on the study noted, "Our research reveals how the hyperactive sugar consumption of cancerous cells leads to a vicious cycle of continued stimulation of cancer development and growth."
Exposure to air pollution before birth may shorten our lives
In a study recently published in JAMA Pediatrics, researchers found that babies born to women exposed to pollution during pregnancy have shorter telomeres. Telomeres are a type of genetic biomarker that often serve as an indication of aging. As a result, researchers hypothesize that exposure to air pollution before birth might have a negative impact later in life, but more research is required before definitive conclusions are drawn.
Obesity among all US adults reaches all time high
The National Center for Health Statistics published new research on the increasing rates of obesity among US adults. According to these results, 40% of US adults and 19% of youth are obese. There has been a 30% increase in adult obesity and a 33% increase in youth obesity from 1999-2000. These rates are estimated to increase significantly in the future with rates of obesity in minorities skyrocketing.
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