Tag: smoking

Smoking Increases Women’s Risk for Peripheral Artery Disease

Among initially healthy women, smoking for even a short time is a potent risk factor for symptomatic peripheral artery disease (PAD), according to the results of a prospective cohort study reported in the June 7 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. “This study showed that—as has been previously shown for heart attacks and for lung cancer—that smoking…

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Women With High Vitamin D Had Lower Risk for Early-Onset AMD

High vitamin D blood levels appear to be associated with a decreased risk for the development of early age-related macular degeneration (AMD) among women younger than 75 years, according to the results of a study reported in the April issue of theArchives of Ophthalmology. “…AMD, a chronic, late-onset disease that results in degeneration of the…

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Smoking in Early Pregnancy Linked to Infant Heart Defects

Smoking in early pregnancy may raise the risk for certain congenital heart defects (CHD) in infants, according to the results of an analysis from the Baltimore-Washington Infant Study reported online February 28 and in the March print issue of Pediatrics. “Maternal smoking during pregnancy has been implicated as a possible risk factor for birth defects, but…

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