- Created on 30 October 2013
Sick day? What's that?! Nearly 90 percent of office workers surveyed by Staples this year admitted to showing up on the job even when they knew they were contagious. That's up from last year's findings that 80 percent of employees went to work when they were under the weather.
Their reasoning? They don't want to fall
- Created on 28 October 2013
Coffee drinkers might be less likely to develop the most common type of liver cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma, according to a new review of studies.
Researchers from the Università degli Studi di Milan in Italy looked at 16 studies published between 1996 and 2012 that included data from 3,153 cases of hepatocellular carcinoma.
Coffee consumption was associated with a 40 percent decreased risk of hepatocellular carcinoma, with some studies even suggesting a more than 50 percent decreased risk from drinking three cups of coffee a day.
However, it's still not known if coffee causes this decreased risk in liver cancer, or if people who have liver disease then try to drink less coffee, researchers noted.
"The inverse association might partly or largely exist because patients with liver and digestive diseases reduce their coffee intake. However, coffee has been shown to affect liver enzymes and development of cirrhosis, and therefore could protect against liver carcinogenesis," researchers wrote in the study.
The findings are published in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology; researchers noted this is the first meta-analysis on liver cancer and coffee published since 2007.
Coffee consumption has been linked in past research to decreased risks of a variety of other cancers, including prostate cancer, oral cancer, basal cell carcinoma (a type of skin cancer) and endometrial cancer. However, moderation may be key -- a recent study also linked high coffee consumption with a higher risk of death for people under age 55.
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- Created on 25 October 2013
Are you getting your fill of fiber?
A new study of more than 23,000 people shows that those who consume low amounts of fiber in their diets have a higher risk of conditions such as obesity, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular inflammation.
In addition, researchers also found that people in the study generally consumed lower amounts of fiber than is recommended by the Institute of Medicine.
"Our findings indicate that, among a nationally representative sample of nonpregnant U.S. adults in NHANES [National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey] 1999-2010, the consumption of dietary fiber was consistently below the recommended total adequate intake levels across survey years," study researcher Cheryl R. Clark, M.D., Sc.D., of the Center for Community Health and Health Equity, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, said in a statement.
Women ages 19 to 50 should get 25 grams of fiber each day, while men in the same age group should get 38 grams, according to guidelines from the Institute of Medicine. And women older than 50 should get 21 grams of fiber each day and men older than 50 should get 30.
However, the study, published in the American Journal of Medicine, showed that average dietary fiber intake was 16.2 grams each day, for all age groups and genders.
Eating fiber won't just protect your heart -- research has also linked consumption with a lower risk of stroke, and even a longer life.
Foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and beans are high in fiber, while processed foods and refined grains are low in fiber, according to the Mayo Clinic. A cup of raspberries, for instance, has 8 grams of total fiber, while an apple with skin has 4.4 grams of total fiber and a cup of lentils has 15.6 grams of total fiber.