our bodies and the environment is called
The paper, by Cathy Wyse, working in
the chronobiology research group at the
University of Aberdeen, focuses on how
the human clock struggles to stay in tune
with the irregular meal, sleep and work
schedules of the developed world, and
how this might in;uence health and even
“Electric light allowed humans to
override an ancient synchronization
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higher in those who have lived for
many years in a radon-contaminated
house. Radon detection kits are inexpensive and easy to use. You can purchase a kit at your local hardware
store or other retail outlets.
Other causes of lung cancer in nonsmokers include secondhand smoke,
exposure to cancer-causing agents in
the workplace and air pollution.
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“The human clock struggles
to remain tuned to our
highly irregular lifestyles.”
between the rhythm of the human clock and
the environment, and over the last century,
daily rhythms in meal, sleep and working
times have gradually disappeared from our
lives,” Wyse says. “The human clock
struggles to remain tuned to our highly
irregular lifestyles, and I believe that this
causes metabolic and other health
problems, and makes us more likely to
become obese. Studies in microbes, plants
and animals have shown that synchroniza-
tion of the internal clock with environmental
rhythms is important for health and survival,
and it is highly likely that this is true in
humans as well.”
Wyse believes that circadian desynchro-
ny affects human health by disrupting the
systems in the brain that regulate metabo-
lism, leading to an increased likelihood of
developing obesity and diabetes.
The American Cancer Society
reports that, according to a recent large
study, screening for lung cancer with
CT scans has been shown to lower the
risk of lung cancer death among heavy
smokers. But these tests carry their
own risks, and for nonsmokers who
have a low likelihood of developing
lung cancer, the risks of complications
from screening are higher than the
chances of catching it early, so routine
screening isn’t recommended.
Learn more about lung cancer and
awareness events in your area. Go to
search “events.” The EPA provides
“A Citizen’s Guide to Radon” at www.
a day keeps
More than 6O million Americans experience heartburn
at least once a month. Are you one of the
25 million adults
who suffer daily from heartburn?
What triggers heartburn?
• Heartburn occurs most commonly after eating a
large meal. In addition, alcohol, spicy foods,
chocolate, citrus fruits, coffee, caffeinated drinks,
peppermint, and tomatoes can trigger heartburn.
• Lying down after eating makes digestion difficult
and heartburn more likely. To help prevent this you
should allow 2 hours to digest before bedtime.
Do I have frequent heartburn?
If you suffer from frequent heartburn, 2 or more days per
week, you may benefit from a proton pump inhibitor, or PPI.
What is a PPI?
The gastric acid pumps found in the stomach produce
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What type of PPI is recommended?
One of the leading PPI medications recommended for
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