There have been many interesting developments on the health front of late. If you're a little behind on your reading, grab a cup of coffee (or your fave beverage) and get caught up on the top healthy living-related stories this week. Then tell us: What did we miss? Tweet us @Shape_Magazine or let us know in the comments below!
1. Sugary foods may cause endometrial cancer. In what's called a meta-analysis, researchers at Rutgers University examined almost 100 large-scale studies to determine what might cause endometrial cancer and found that while coffee may actually protect against it, sugary and starchy foods may increase the risk of developing the disease. Additionally the researchers found that women who were obese had two to three times the rate of endometrial cancer than women who are not.
2. 9/11 cancer cases are on the rise. In slightly scary and somber news, more than 1,100 people who lived or worked near the World Trade Center on 9/11 have been diagnosed with cancer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting. Although there was some confusion and debate surrounding the first documented cases of cancer, with some officials suggesting there wasn't enough research to conclusively demonstrate whether the cancers were caused by working or living near ground zero, a 2011 study published in The Lancet found that firefighers who worked at ground zero were 19 percent more likely to develop cancer than those who did not.
3. The public's distrust of GMO grows. Food regulators and companies have long had close relationships in the U.S., which concerns many consumers, Food Politics reports. This is despite the fact that studies suggest GMO foods may not be as harmful as previously believed.
4. Men with smaller testicles may make better fathers. File this one under "Who knew?" Previous studies have suggested that men with higher testosterone levels are less into the idea of parenting, but a new study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is the first to find an independent correlation between testicle size and parenting. Testicle size determines how much semen is produced, and it would appear that the greater the semen output there is, the smaller the parenting output is.
5. Early mammograms may reduce breast cancer deaths in younger women. Contradicting 2009 recommendations that women start getting regular mammograms at age 50 instead of age 40, a new Harvard University study suggests that testing younger women may save lives. However, some experts are skeptical, saying that because cancer tends to be more aggressive in women under 50, early detection doesn't actually reduce the number of deaths.
6. Your Chobani yogurt may be making you sick. Days after Chobani voluntarily pulled Greek yogurt that had been contaminated with mold off the shelves, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that at least 89 people have reported falling ill after eating the product. However, this doesn't mean you have to toss all your yogurt! As long as yours doesn't have an expiration date between September 11 to October 7, you should be in the clear. And if you do need to trash some, restock since Greek yogurt is such a great source of protein and calcium. (Psss...want to win a free gym membership? SHAPE and Chobani have partnered together to provide three lucky winners a year-long membership to Crunch!)