How Clean Is Too Clean?
Week of October 18
Dave: I knew I shouldn’t have given the cat away when my daughter was born!
Norbert: What are you talking about, Dave?
Dave: Well, a new study tells us that babies exposed to allergens - like cat dander - before they turn one are less prone to asthma and allergies later. The key is that it has to be within the first year of the baby’s life to see positive results... More »
More Bad News for Smokers
Week of October 25
In the two decades since we learned the BRCA2 gene mutation increases breast cancer risk, we’ve discovered it’s also tied to ovarian, prostate, pancreatic, and fallopian cancers, as well as melanoma. Now we know it also doubles a smoker’s risk for lung cancer.
Researchers discovered this by scanning the genomes of 11,000 people of European descent and looking for variants that would up their risk for lung cancer. They found mutations of the BRCA2 and CHEK2 gene significantly increase a person’s risk - and doubles it for smokers... More »