ASH Daily news for 23 April 2015



HEADLINES

  • Bees may become addicted to nicotine-like pesticides, study finds
  • Quit smoking at age 60: Lower risk for heart attack and stroke within the first five years
  • Asthma cure ‘could happen in five or six years’ after scientists discover cause
  • Sugar industry compared to tobacco industry as report finds sugar to blame for obesity epidemic
  • Canada: Nova Scotia menthol ban ignites debate
  • Egypt: Government to construct two tobacco processing factories in Malawi

    Bees may become addicted to nicotine-like pesticides, study finds

    A study carried out by scientists from Newcastle University and published in the journal Nature has found that bees prefer foods containing neonicotinoids pesticides and may get addicted in the same way humans get hooked on cigarettes.

    The research supported a second study also published in Nature, which suggests that neonicotinoids harm wild bee populations.

    Sources
    Nature: Bees prefer foods containing neonicotinoid pesticides
    Nature: Seed coating with a neonicotinoid insecticide negatively affect wild bees

    Source: The Guardian, 22 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1EcCrsK

    Quit smoking at age 60: Lower risk for heart attack and stroke within the first five years

    In an analysis of 25 studies which compiled data from over half a million people aged 60 or over, scientists from the German Cancer Research Center  found that twice as many smokers die from cardiovascular disease than life-long non-smokers do.

    Within the first five years after smoking one’s last cigarette, the risk decreases measurably and on average, the risk for former smokers is only 1.3 times that of people who have never smoked in their lives.

    Even those who quit smoking past age 60 benefit from the decreased risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

    Source
    German Cancer Research Center: Quit smoking at age 60: Lower risk for heart attack and stroke within the first five years

     

    Source: BrightSurf, 22 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1yVkrmG

    Asthma cure ‘could happen in five or six years’ after scientists discover cause

    A cure for asthma could be on the horizon following the identification of the gene CaSR (calcium sensing receptor), which is triggered by cigarette smoke, allergens and car fumes, and causes Asthma.

    Professor Daniela Riccardi from Cardiff University said: “Our paper shows how these triggers release chemicals that activate CaSR in airway tissue and drive asthma symptoms like airway twitchiness, inflammation and narrowing. Using calcilytics – nebulized directly into the lungs – we show it’s possible to deactivate CaSR and prevent all of these symptoms.”

    Source: The Mirror, 22 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1byeIc0

    Sugar industry compared to tobacco industry as report finds sugar to blame for obesity epidemic

    An editorial published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine has suggested that sugar and carbohydrates, rather than a lack of exercise, are responsible for the obesity epidemic.

    The editors accuse the food industry of promoting the idea that exercise matters more than food, in tactics described as “chillingly similar” to those of the tobacco industry.

    Source

    British Journal of Sports Medicine: It is time to bust the myth of physical inactivity and obesity: you cannot outrun a bad diet

    Source: The Telegraph, 23 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1GkU1dJ

    Canada: Nova Scotia menthol ban ignites debate

    Plans to make it illegal to sell flavoured tobacco including menthol, in Nova Scotia is facing opposition from tobacco companies and a group representing convenience store owners.

    If passed the ban will come into effect from May 31st.

    Source: Metro News, 22 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1GkUr3y

    Egypt: Government to construct two tobacco processing factories in Malawi

    The Egyptian Government has announced that it will build two tobacco processing factories in Malawi as a way of supporting the tobacco industry in the country.

    Malawi is one of the top ten producers of tobacco in the world and it accounts for most of Malawi’s agricultural export earnings.

    Source: All Africa, 22 April 2015
    Link: http://bit.ly/1yUHL3R