Today’s Headlines: Surprising Mosquito Magnets, How a Sedentary Lifestyle Can Negatively Affect You, and The Correlation Between Weight and Cancer

What you drink, what you wear, and the make-up of your skin may put you at risk for mosquito bites. Grayson Brown, a mosquito scientist who works at the University of Kentucky, says there are many factors that could lure mosquitos to your body. “One study by Japanese researchers found that drinking a single beer increased mosquito attraction. Brown said it’s not clear why that might be, but it’s possible alcohol raises the body temperature of drinkers and makes them sweat more, both known mosquito magnets… ‘Color is [also] a cue. They are much more likely to go to someone in dark clothes versus somebody in light clothes,’ he said.” Other attractions that could lead to mosquito bites included yeast, blood type, and skin bacteria. (CBS)

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Sitting too much during the day can decrease your lifespan and cause health problems. But new research suggests that these same health problems can be caused even if people exercise to counteract their sedentary lifestyle. “The trouble is, it’s hard to measure just how inactive people are and there’s not enough evidence yet to show just how much, or how often, you have to exercise to counteract the effects of sitting, the group said in a scientific update. At least 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise — walking briskly rather than strolling around the house — should be the minimum goal…And it may be worthwhile to encourage desk-bound workers to get up and move a bit every hour or so. Yet even this may not outweigh the effects of sitting at a computer all day, driving home in a car, and then relaxing in front of the TV or with a tablet computer. ‘Regardless of how much physical activity someone gets, prolonged sedentary time could negatively impact the health of your heart and blood vessels…’” The new evidence encourages people to move more throughout the day as a preventative measure. (NBC)

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A women’s cancer risk could increase if she’s overweight. A study found that the length of time a woman is overweight may increase her risk for breast, endometrial, colon, and kidney cancers. “The risk of developing any of those cancers rose in tandem with the number of years a woman had been overweight. On average, the study found, the odds rose by 10 percent for every 10 years a woman had been obese. Similarly, they climbed by 7 percent for every decade she’d been overweight. When the researchers took a closer look, four cancers were clearly connected to the duration of a woman’s excess weight: breast, endometrial, colon and kidney. But the findings do not prove excess weight causes these cancers.” Researchers suggested that extra weight could indicate an unhealthy lifestyle that may lead to cancer. (CBS)

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