33MD for February 24, 2009

POSTED: Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - 6:35pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:57pm

A new study involving a million women shows alcohol may raise the risk of cancer. That’s according to doctors with the University of Oxford. They say there’s a risk for all types of cancer, even with moderate consumption. With each drink, doctors say the risk of breast, rectum, and liver cancer rose 13% and the type of alcohol consumed didn’t matter. Researchers say any type raises the risk. They say these new findings may outweigh the heart benefits of alcohol.

Sexual lyrics may make “sexual” teens. A new Pittsburgh University study has linked sexually-explicit songs to early sexual experiences. In a study of 700 teens, researchers found 45% of those who regularly listen to sexually charged music have sex. That’s compared to 21%n of in-frequent listeners. The study’s lead author is urging parents talk to their children about sex.

Could there be a vitamin combo to improve your eyesight? Scientists think they’ve found it. They found women who took a supplement of folic acid and vitamins B-6 and B-12 reduced their risk for age-related macular degeneration by 41%. Researchers say the vitamins appear to help lower levels of an amino acid called homocysteine, that’s linked to the disorder. The doses used in this study are more than what is normally recommended. Researchers say more studies are needed to determine the amount of vitamins necessary to see a benefit.