Pain Killer Turns Evil
HEADACHE TO ASTHMA? Ľ A new survey by the CDC reveals that popping
paracetamol more than six times a month increases the risk of asthma and
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). One explanation: paracetamol
lowers levels of glutathione, an antioxidant found in lung tissue.
LONGEVITY Ľ If you want to live longer in old age, hang out with your
friends instead of your family. Thatís what not to say that spending time
with your family is bad, but contact only or mostly with your family, even
close contact, wonít lengthen your life the way time with friends will.
Thatís what the Australian Longitudinal Study of Aging (ALSA) has found.
The study began in 1992, and monitored 1500 people for 10 years. Taking
into account factors like money, social status, overall health, and
lifestyle, researchers found that close contact with family members has
little effect on survival rates, but the more contact people had with a
network of friends and confidants, the longer they lived. The difference
was significant, and the researchers speculate that friends may be more
important than family in the maintenance of mood and optimism, sel-esteem,
and coping mechanisms. That feeling of connection to a friends and peers
may not only have mental benefits Ė it may bolster the body