Firefighters Risk Cancer from 9/11
Firefighters who were first responders on the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Centre have a high risk of getting cancer according to a recent research. Two studies examined only white male firefighter trying to establish the health risks among the 9/11 first responders.
According to researchers, the heavy dust and all the toxic chemicals resulting from the attack and in the months after the attack, has a great impact on the first responders.
According to a report, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association’s JAMA Oncology:
“Our study shows that World Trade Centre exposure may be a risk factor for the development of multiple myeloma and its precursor disease. We found the median age of multiple myeloma diagnosis to be 57 years, which is roughly 12 years younger than what is seen nationally.”
It’s not a surprise that first responders, as well as survivors of the attacks, might have a higher cancer risk than the average population. According to the research:
“Many WTC first responders were initially exposed to aerosolized dust and toxic fumes from burning jet fuel and building materials.”
This dust included glass fibers, pulverized cement, lead, asbestos, all cancer-causing compounds called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons which can be a danger when inhaled for a longer period of time.
Ditch Burgers from Your Diet if you are Trying to Get Pregnant
We all know that hamburgers, fries and all fast food is not a healthy option for anyone. However, recent studies suggest that women who eat more fast food than an average person spend a longer time trying to get pregnant. From the other side, those who eat more fruit tend to conceive more easily and quickly.
This study from the University of Adelaide in Australia is just one of many studies confirming that eating healthy is crucial for our fertility.
Women who tend to eat fruit less than one time a month took approximately two weeks longer to get pregnant than women who tend to eat fruit three times a day or even more.
Jessica Grieger of the University’s Robinson Research Institute, who led the study said:
“It shows that healthier foods support conception, while unhealthier foods do not so much.”
Researchers studied 5,500 women who never had a baby and who were pregnant. The women were from Australia, New Zealand, UK and Ireland. The women were asked about the specific foods they ate and how often they ate vegetables, fruits, fried chicken, and burgers.
The US health guidelines recommend eating fruit two or three times a day and indeed there are some women who eat fruit once a month. Researchers suggest that eating unhealthy food can make things more difficult for a woman who is trying to get pregnant.