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Can A Glass Of Wine Increase Your Risk For Breast Cancer - HER Week In Health

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In this edition of EmpowHER's, "HER Week in Health" for the week of November 11, 2011, Bailey Mosier reveals a study that says that a daily habit of a glass of wine at dinner may increase your risk for developing breast cancer. We'll also learn that although more obese teenagers are hitting the gym it's what they are doing afterwards that may still be harming them, and finally we cover a study that examines the health benefits of Europe's use of bicycles and wonders why Americans aren't doing the same.

Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier. This is EmpowHER’s HER Week in Health.

Enjoying a glass or two of wine at dinner each night seems harmless enough, but in this week’s edition, researchers warn that daily habit may increase the risk for developing breast cancer. We’ll also learn that obese teenage girls are hitting the gym, but what they do afterward offsets any benefit they just gained. And people in Europe do this, why can’t we? Have a look.

Researchers from Harvard Medical School looked at 100,000 women’s alcohol consumption over four decades and found that even as few as three alcoholic drinks consumed for the entire week moderately increased the risk for developing breast cancer.

Women who reported drinking three to six glasses of wine weekly were 15 percent more likely to develop breast cancer than women who never or rarely drank and women who drank about two glasses of wine daily had a 51 percent increased risk of breast cancer.

While those numbers may sound daunting, the researches say women who drink a handful of drinks each week shouldn’t worry. When that number is around 10 per week, it might be good cause to drink water tonight at dinner.

Researchers from Temple University found that overweight or obese teenagers don’t actually comprehend the connection between calorie consumption and weight loss.

Analysis of 44,000 adolescents found that three quarters of obese teens are trying to lose weight. But obese girls who exercise still drink soda on a daily basis and obese boys aren't exercising at all and instead, playing video games on average three hours a day.

The teens say they are motivated to lose weight, but there is a lack of education about calories in and calories out.

In some Northern European cities, half of all quick trips people take are traveled by bike, not in cars and researchers are asking ‘Why aren’t Americans doing the same?’

Researchers from the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison say Americans could save an estimated $7 billion, including 1,100 lives each year from improved air quality and increased physical fitness if we chose to ride a bike anywhere within five miles of our home instead of hopping in the car.

Chicago and New York have already devoted significant resources to bike infrastructure in recent years, but researchers hope this study provides further motivation for making cities more bike friendly, with better parking, bike racks on buses and trains, and more bike lanes.

That wraps up your EmpowHER HER Week in Health. Join me here at EmpowHER.com every Friday for the latest in women’s health.

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