The Daily Buzz: October 8, 2014
Smoking and drinking may boost risk of oral HPV; antibiotics might help treat eating disorders; and the Daily Mail is "addictive and probably carcinogenic."
Smoking and Drinking May Raise Your Risk for Oral HPV
Tobacco users are more likely to test positive for oral HPV, according to a new report. A separate study also found higher incidents of oral HPV among male heavy drinkers, regardless of sexual history. Researchers say both drinking and smoking may suppress the immune system and make it harder for the body to fight off infection.
Could Antibiotics Treat Eating Disorders?
French academics have apparently discovered an intestinal protein which they say may cause anorexia and bulimia by preventing the body from effectively regulating appetite. This would mean that antibiotics could be used to help eating disorders. If there were an antibiotic to treat society’s obsession with body image, that might help, too.
Smoking Drops to Record Low in the UK
The rate of smoking among people over 18 in the UK has fallen from 19.8% in 2012 to 18.7% in 2013, according to new numbers. This is the lowest level since recording started in the 1940s, back when there were no “studies” and smoking was hassle-free.
“Addictive and Probably Carcinogenic”: the Dangers of the Daily Mail
On the heels of the Daily Mail‘s embarrassing article yesterday exposing “The Terrible Truth About Cannabis,” the Guardian responds: ”While many view the Daily Mail as a harmless, recreational newspaper, a newly published study definitively absolutely 100% proves it is actually highly addictive, causes mental judgement problems and damages health.” Touché!
Four-Year-Old Brings Heroin to Delaware Day Care
This “show-and-tell” day is one to remember: A young child from Delaware switched backpacks with her mom and showed up at school with 249 baggies of heroin, some of which she passed around to her classmates. No kids were harmed, and the mother of the child has not been charged.