Health Alert 4-18-12

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

April 18, 2012 - More bad news for smokers and one more reason to quit. People who smoke menthol cigarettes are more than twice as likely to suffer a stroke, compared to those who smoke non-menthols. That's according to a new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Researchers also found the risk of stroke was more than three times higher for women and non-African Americans who smoke menthols. Experts say it's unclear why menthols pose a greater risk of stroke, but do not increase other smoking-related illnesses, like cardiopulmonary problems or lung diseases.

According to a peer review study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, fish oil may be short on benefits for stroke and heart attack survivors. The supplement has become popular for promoting heart health but a new study says the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil don't help people with a history of cardiovascular disease. Early studies suggested that omega-3s may fight blood clotting, hardening of arteries and inflammation, but those theories have never been confirmed conclusively.


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