Health stories for Feb. 22, 2013
UNDATED - Here are today's 2 Your Health stories for Feb. 22, 2013 -
The annual "Go Red for Women" luncheon was held in Baton Rouge. News2's Sylvia Weatherspoon served as emcee for the event which helps raise money for research and screenings.
Knowing the signs of heart disease was the focus of the luncheon. Since, heart disease ranks one of the top killers of women. One in three women die each year from cardiovascular disease, but it can be avoided.
There's hope for some breast cancer patients. The Food and Drug Administration approved a new drug called "kadcyla." it targets tumor cells while sparing the healthy ones. The drug should be available in about two weeks.
A cup of coffee does more than just get you though the day. It could help you live longer.
The latest study shows people who drink coffee regularly are healthier than those who do not. Coffee drinkers are less likely to die from heart disease, stroke, injuries, diabetes, or infections. People who drink 3 or more cups a day get the most benefit, both caffeinated and decaf drinker lived longer.
More debate over the health risks associated with cell phones. The Federal Communications Commission says they're safe, but the World Health Organization classifies phones as a possible carcinogen, meaning they have the potential to cause cancer. Dr. Sanjay Gupta says, "The concern of what a lot of scientists will use to describe it is they're saying it sort of causes a "heating up" of the brain, much like an egg for example that's being cooked."
The brains of children are more vulnerable because their skulls are thinner. To be on the safe side, don't put a cell phone against your head.