General Health

Cheers and Jeers

hands_clappingCheers to…

Keeping your kitchen clean. Germs and bacteria can multiply in a neglected kitchen. Clean your sponge, for example, when it starts looking nasty. You can run it through the dishwasher, clean it with bleach, or just toss it and replace it with a new one. Read more tips to keep your kitchen germ-free here.

An international study finding a genetic link between five mental disorders. The study, published in the Lancet medical journal, showed that autism, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and major depressive disorder have common genetic risk factors. Researchers are optimistic that understanding more about the connection between these disorders will lead to better treatments.

Jeers to…

Breast cancer, which may be on the rise in young women. A study released in The Journal of the American Medical Association showed that breast cancer cases in women age 25 to 39 have increased from 250 cases per year in the ‘70s to 800 per year by 2009. Though the increase seems small, researchers worry because the disease is more deadly in younger women than in older women.

Fried foods, which are harmful to your liver. The saturated fats in fried chicken, onion rings, and French fries can contribute to the development of a condition known as fatty liver. The damage fried foods do to the liver is comparable to the damage caused by hepatitis. Learn more about the danger of fried foods here.

By Laura Jungreis