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Drinking coffee may reduce risk of getting liver cancer

Community support boosts veteran-owned coffee shop Pale Horse Coffee, a veteran-owned coffee company, expands to a second location after the community rallied to keep them going through the pandemic. A new study brews up some good news for avid coffee drinkers. Consuming three to four cups of joe a day may reduce the risk of […]

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Under the influence: How COVID has affected our drinking

Two in three people reported no change or a decrease in their alcohol consumption during the pandemic in a new study on alcohol consumption and purchasing in NSW during and after the lockdown. Credit: Shutterstock COVID-19 has changed our alcohol purchasing and consumption patterns in individual and unexpected ways, demonstrating resilience and a focus on […]

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Low-to-moderate drinking may protect cognition during aging

(HealthDay)—Low-to-moderate alcohol consumption may be associated with better global cognition scores among middle-aged and older adults, according to a study recently published in JAMA Network Open. Ruiyuan Zhang, M.D., from the University of Georgia College of Public Health in Athens, and colleagues used data from the Health and Retirement Study, which assessed cognitive functions in […]

Health Problems

Which came first: Brain size or drinking propensity?

For years, researchers have observed that alcohol consumption is associated with reduced brain volume and concluded that drinking can literally shrink the brain. But new research turns that theory on its head, suggesting that reduced brain volume may represent a genetically-conferred predispositional risk factor for heavier alcohol consumption. “Our results suggest that associations between alcohol […]

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Drinking and your health: A reality check

(HealthDay)—The Mediterranean diet consistently tops the list of food plans that convey health benefits, and one reason many people like it is that it allows moderate amounts of red wine. But there’s no definitive proof that wine or any form of alcohol should be on everyone’s menu. And an analysis of many observational studies done […]

Personal Health

Study reveals genes associated with heavy drinking and alcoholism

A large genomic study of nearly 275,000 people led by Penn Medicine researchers revealed new insights into genetic drivers of heavy drinking and alcohol use disorder (AUD), the uncontrollable pattern of alcohol use commonly referred to as alcoholism. In the largest-ever genome-wide association study (GWAS) of both traits in the same population, a team of […]