Today’s Headlines: New Findings in Cancer Research, Physical Attraction, and Osteoarthritis

Taller people may have an increased risk for cancer. While there are many factors that may increase people’s risk for cancer, a new study has reported that height might be another one to add to the list. “Its results found that for every extra 10cm (4in) of height, when fully grown, the risk of developing cancer increased by 18% in women and 11% in men…Taller women had a 20% greater risk of developing breast cancer, they said, while taller men and women increased their risk of skin cancer (or melanoma) by 30%.” Experts that have reviewed the study say that it left out many other factors and that taller people have no reason to worry at the moment. (BBC)

Who you are attracted to is based off of personal experience and preference. A new study found that people will agree on attractiveness in others only half of the time. The other half is based off of unique personal experiences that shape our views of what attractive is. “…the researchers studied the facial preferences of 547 pairs of identical twins and 214 pairs of fraternal twins. The hope was that by studying people who are genetically the same (or at least very similar) and who grew up and in the same environment…. If something is really influenced by genes you would expect identical twins to be more similar to each other than the fraternal twins, Wilmer says. On the other hand, if family environment is highly influential, the researchers would expect fraternal twins to be quite similar to each other in preferences. But that’s not what they found.” The researchers concluded that neither genetics nor environment dictated the variations in perception of attractiveness, deducing that it attraction is a highly unique and personal thing that indeed makes beauty in the eye of the beholder. (Time)

Daily exercise could improve osteoarthritis symptoms. Walking and other forms of light daily exercise can be good for your joints even if you have osteoarthritis, a new study reports. “In general, the exercise programs significantly reduced pain and moderately improved physical function of the knee immediately after treatment. Some studies also found that general quality of life improved. Twelve studies followed up with participants two to six months later and found that knee pain was still reduced, as the authors explain in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.” The study noted that exercising joints that are deteriorating from osteoarthritis may seem counterintuitive, but the exercise actually builds up and strengthens the muscle to provide pain relief. (Reuters)