An Iranian study reports that the consumption of beverages at very high temperatures roughly doubles the risk of developing esophageal cancer. Download the column
Recent studies have shown that, following exposure to cigarette smoke, the cells of the respiratory tract respond to this oxidative stress by decreasing the effectiveness of antiviral defenses, which facilitates infection by the rhinoviruses responsible for colds. Download the column
The third report from the World Cancer Research Fund confirms the enormous influence of lifestyle on the risks of developing many types of cancers. The conclusions are spectacular: nearly 40% of all cancers could be prevented through adoption of a healthy diet, regular physical activity and maintaining a healthy body weight. Download the column
A recent report confirms the role of neonicotinoid insecticides in the decline of bee populations. This negative impact is caused by the high toxicity of these synthetic molecules, derived from nicotine, towards the nervous system of these insects. Download the column
Despite the harmful effects which are well known to be associated with the use of tobacco, 20% of Canadians still smoke due to their very strong addiction to nicotine. A recent study suggests that electronic cigarettes facilitate quitting smoking and could thus represent a valuable asset to people who want to stop smoking. Download this column.
Three quarters of the people who stop smoking gain weight over the course of the next few months, even if their caloric intake remains stable. These excess pounds are caused by major changes in the intestinal flora which increases the absorption of energy contained within food. Download this column.