Health Bits: Smoking may be a generational habit

2013-09-15 06:00

City Press health reporter Zinhle Mapumulo’s pick of new health and lifestyle research

» Nanodiamonds change the way cancer treatment is administered

People suffering from brain tumours will be happy to know scientists have found a way of delivering chemotherapy drugs directly to the tumours without having to inject the drug in their veins.

The new method, which uses tiny particles called nanodiamonds, is not only more effective in killing the cancer but has fewer side effects, says a study published in the Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine Journal recently.

The study was conducted by researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles; Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

» Smoking may be a generational habit

If your grandparents and parents were smokers, there is a great chance that you will smoke too, according to a new study published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research.

Conducted by researchers from the University of Texas School of Public Health, the study examined three generations of the US population from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics to determine if behaviours are passed down and examined the magnitude of the influence of smoking behaviours across generations.

They found that while the direct link between a grandparent smoking and a grandchild was not significant, it did double the odds of the grandchild smoking.

» Nutritional supplements, diabetes and your unborn child

Can nutritional supplements during pregnancy prevent type 1 diabetes in the unborn child? A new scientific study conducted by researchers from Lund University in Sweden suggests so.

Researchers analysed blood samples from umbilical cords and compared the level of a group of fats known as phospholipids.

The results of the study show that low levels of phospholipids increase the risk of the child developing the autoimmune disease type 1 diabetes early in life.

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