This is Public Health

Household cleaning products may contain toxic substances linked to health problems such as asthma, allergic reactions, and cancer, according to a new report by the Environmental Working Group.

The environmental group rated more than 2,000 household cleaners — from laundry soaps and stain removers to bathroom cleaners and floor care products. Products are graded A to F based on the safety of the ingredients and how well the maker discloses those ingredients.

Read the full article here.

Do you ever get tired of going to a bar or event and leaving smelling like an ash tray? If so, check out this great resource from TFL’s Let’s Be Totally Clear site for smoke-free events and venues throughout the state of Louisiana. Its updated frequently, so check back from time to time to see what’s going on in your area!

Click here for smoke-free events.

Click here for smoke-free venues.

The Southern University System is celebrating 1 year since it passed the states first 100% tobacco-free policy. Check out this great Letter to the Editor from the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living & Let’s Be Totally Clear grantee Linda Early Brown from the SUS Ag Center:

One year ago, Southern University became the first university system to pass a 100 percent tobacco-free campus policy. The tobacco-free policy, implemented on January 2, is effective on all five campuses. SU’s policy goes above and beyond by making the campus grounds and events completely tobacco-free inside and out, including prohibiting distribution, advertising or gifting of any such products.

The Communities of Color Network, in collaboration with the SU system and the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL), are excited about this opportunity for the students, faculty and staff statewide to begin working towards a healthier and tobacco-free lifestyle. We look forward to being an integral part in the implementation phase of the tobacco-free policy by continuing to educate staff, faculty members and students on the SU campus on the benefits of being tobacco-free.”

Click here to read the full article from the Louisiana Weekly.

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Whole grains are essential to a healthy diet and have lots of great benefits, including curbing our risk for cancer and numerous other health issues. MD Anderson has created an easy list of what are and aren’t really true whole grains that we can all use as we do our grocery shopping and cooking. Its a great thing to keep handy to help you eat well!

Check out MD Anderson’s list here.

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For the fifth year in a row, the incidence of onscreen smoking in youth-rated movies is down, decreasing from 2,093 scenes in 2005 to 595 in 2010. This drop in onscreen smoking promises to promote a decline in youth smoking rates. Recent studies from the National Cancer Institute reveal that adolescents with the most exposure to onscreen smoking are about twice as likely to start smoking as those with the least exposure. And the benefits of reducing onscreen tobacco use also extend to adults as more than 80% of adult smokers begin their habit as adolescents. Read more about tobacco information that adolescents and parents should keep in mind.

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A new study suggests that oral cancer rates on the rise in men could be the result of exposure to human papillomavirus (HPV) during oral sex with women. HPV is the same sexually transmitted virus responsible for the vast majority of cases of cervical cancer in women. While Gardasil, one of the two major vaccines used to prevent HPV, was approved for women between the ages of 11 and 26 in 2006, it wasn’t approved for use in males in the United States until 2009, which has put men behind the curve. Read more about the risk of oral cancer from oral sex or visit the Planned Parenthood website for a wide variety of resources and tips for safe sex practices.

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Robert Lustig, MD, a leading expert on childhood obesity at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), is quickly gaining recognition for his recent lecture on sugar in the Western diet. Dr. Lustig argues that too much fructose may be one of the cornerstones of the obesity epidemic in the U.S. Read more about why Lustig believes sugar should be viewed similarly to cigarettes and alcohol than a common childhood treat, or watch his video lecture on Youtube.

Tips for Preventing Colon Cancer

February 28th, 2011

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According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 140,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with colorectal cancer each year. Certain lifestyle factors including lack of exercise, obesity, alcohol consumption, smoking and eating high amounts of red and processed meats can increase the risk of developing colon cancer. However, the good news is that making better lifestyle choices now can significantly decrease one’s risk for developing colorectal cancer later. In addition to preventive annual colorectal screenings for men and women age 50 and above, people of all ages are advised to get plenty of physical activity, maintain a healthy bodyweight, quit smoking and limit red and processed meat intake to help prevent colorectal cancer. The Prevent Cancer Foundation offers other prevention tips, as well as a list of symptoms that could potentially indicate colon cancer.

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Looking for a new reason to adopt a healthier lifestyle? A new study finds that four combined bad habits can age you by as much as 12 years. The four habits include smoking, drinking too much, inactivity and poor diet, all of which can contribute to weight gain, heart disease, cancer and even premature death. Read more.