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Coffee cuts suicide risk in half, say Harvard researchers

A study by the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) concluded that drinking several cups of coffee a day could cut the risk of suicide by 50 percent in men and women. According to a report in the Harvard Gazette, researchers found that adults who drink two to four cups…

Eating seafood linked to longer lifespan: study

People age 65 and older who eat fish may live an average of two years longer than people who do not consume the omega-3 fatty acids found mainly in seafood, a US study suggested on Monday. People with higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids also had an overall risk of…

White rice linked to Type 2 diabetes, says study

PARIS — Health researchers said on Thursday they had found a troubling link between higher consumption of rice and Type 2 diabetes, a disease that in some countries is becoming an epidemic. Further work is need to probe the apparent association and diets that are notoriously high in sugar and…

Air pollution tied to lung cancer in non-smokers

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – People who have never smoked, but who live in areas with higher air pollution levels, are roughly 20 percent more likely to die from lung cancer than people who live with cleaner air, researchers conclude in a new study. “It’s another argument for why the…

Teen violence linked to heavy soda diet: study

PARIS — Researchers in the United States said on Tuesday they had found a “shocking” association — if only a statistical one — between violence by teenagers and the amount of soda they drank. High-school students in inner-city Boston who consumed more than five cans of non-diet, fizzy soft drinks…

BPA linked to behavior problems in girls: study

Girls who were exposed to the industrial chemical bisphenol A while in the womb showed more behavioral problems at age three than those whose moms had lower BPA levels, said a study released Monday. Anxiety, depression and hyperactivity were seen more often intoddler girls whose mothers had high levels of the chemical in their urine…

Haiti cholera epidemic to hit 800,000: study

LONDON – Up to 800,000 Haitians will contract cholera this year, double the estimates of UN agencies, a report published by The Lancet on Wednesday claimed. A US team led by Jason Andrews from Harvard School of Public Health also found that a recent dip in reported cases was likely…

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