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6 Things You Should Know This Week in Women's Health News (September 18)

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1. Women with arthritis are more likely to fall into poverty, study says.

A new study from Australia studied 4,000 adults over the course of five years. By the second year, 300 of the participants were diagnosed with arthritis. During the study, 18 percent of women compared to 16 percent of men fell into poverty based on their income. It was also found that the men who developed arthritis were 22 percent more likely to fall into poverty than those without arthritis, while women with arthritis had a 51 percent chance.

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2. Taking a daily dose of aspirin might keep away heart attacks and cancer.

Those who take a daily dose of aspirin medication are less likely to develop heart disease or colorectal cancer, according to a new study backed by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The independent advisory panel of medical experts recommends a low-dose every day for adults ages 50 to 69 who are at risk for cardiovascular disease. The panel also said that if taken for at least 10 years, aspirin can help reduce the risk of cancer. Benefits of taking aspirin may vary depending on one's personal health and age. It is also important to discuss taking an aspirin for these health reasons with a doctor first.
Washington Post

3. Antibacterial soap found to be just as effective as ordinary soap.

It was found in a study in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy that using antibacterial soap killed no more bacteria than a regular soap does when washing hands with water for 20 seconds. The only experiment in which antibacterial soap made a noticeable difference was when it was left for nine hours. Since it is unlikely to wash your hands for nine hours, soap and water will do just fine.

4. Children who spend 40 more minutes outside daily are less likely to become nearsighted.

Using a dozen schools in China with children grades 1 through 12, it was discovered that children who were given an extra 40 minutes of outdoor time daily were less likely to have myopia, or nearsightedness. In the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, half of the schools gave children a 40-minute class of outdoor activities. The other schools kept children on the normal schedule. After three years, 30.4 percent of children in group one were nearsighted, compared to 39.5 percent in the other group.
Washington Post

5. Camel Cigarettes makers were ordered by the FDA to stop selling four of their products.

On Tuesday, September 15, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration ordered R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company to stop selling and distributing four products, stating they violated the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act. The FDA cited the cigarette company’s inability to prove that these four products did not cause a public health concern.

6. Study says that those who drink diet soda are more likely to eat unhealthy foods.

Diet soda is typically thought to be the healthier option, but a new study from the University of Illinois stated that those who choose the low calorie drink opt for more unhealthy foods. In the 10-year study that observed 22,000 adults in the United States it was found that more than 90 percent of those who drank diet soda ate a foods low in nutrition and high in sugar, fats, cholesterol and sodium, daily.

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