Even if redheads avoid the sun, a new study finds that they’re still at a higher risk for skin cancer. Published in the journal Nature, researchers found that those with red hair are not only more likely to freckle and burn, but they are also more likely to develop melanoma—even more so than blonds. Why? Turns out that the red pigment is related to carcinogenic activity. The study authors advise avoiding as much sun damage as possible and to be religious about skin cancer screenings—good advice for everyone.
A Natural Way To Ward Off Dementia
If you need a little extra motivation to take that morning walk, here it is: New research from the UK shows that older adults who regularly engaged in physical activity reduced their risk of vascular-related dementia by 40% and cognitive impairment from any cause by 60%. So how much do you need? Researchers suggest physical activity of moderate intensity at least 30 minutes three times a week to prevent cognitive impairment.
Antidepressants & Pregnancy: Should You Or Shouldn’t You?
Pregnant women who are depressed are generally told that continuing their medication will help them and their babies. But a new study review questions the assumption that depression is bad for a fetus, and concludes that antidepressants offer more risk than benefit—higher risk of miscarriage, pre-term birth, rare heart defects, and behavioral problems—and should be avoided. Many experts, however, strongly disagree.
How Hurricane Sandy Messed With Our Health
Hurricane Sandy has caused the cancellation of 300 Red Cross blood drives in 14 states, and as the storm heads west, more cancellations are expected. The cancellations have resulted in more than 9,000 blood and platelet donations lost, and the long-term impact is expected to be significant. You can help by giving blood; find a local blood drive in your area at redcrossblood.org or americasblood.org.
The Domestic Violence Issue No One Thinks About
Nearly 50% of female domestic violence victims delay entering a women’s shelter because of concerns for leaving a pet behind. Not only does this prevent people from getting help, it also means animals remain in danger as well; 85% of women entering shelters talk about pet abuse in their family. While some shelters do allow animals, most don’t. The American Kennel Club is working to change that by offering grants to 11 pet-friendly women’s shelters across the country. See how you can help by going to the AKC Humane Fund website.