Health stories for March 6, 2013
UNDATED - Here are today's 2 Your Health stories for March 6, 2013 -
Keeping the alcohol sealed may help reduce your risk of cancer.
A report found a strong link between alcohol and cancer.
Heavy drinkers face the biggest risk, but even a drink a day increases your odds of getting the disease.
Alcohol is responsible for one out of every 30 cancer deaths each year.
Women are still living longer than men, but not as long as they used to.
Researchers say the lifespan gap between men and women is narrowing as women 75 and younger are dying at higher rates.
They say higher smoking rates, obesity and less education are the culprits.
For men, life expectancy has remained consistent.
While health care in the U.S. generally falls behind other high income countries, there is some good news.
New rankings show the U.S. on top in the treatment of brain cancer and third in colorectal cancer.
Cancer treatment in general is a U.S. Strength, as well as treatment of strokes and falls.
We rank near the bottom for heart and lung disease, diabetes and kidney issues.
We spent more money on health care than any of the other 18 countries in the rankings.
Sleep is important for good health.
Sleep deprivation increases your blood pressure and stresses hormones, making you more prone to weight gain.
Insomnia may triple the risk of heart failure.
It activates stress responses in the body that may negatively affect heart function.
Researchers say insomnia does not cause heart failure.
Between six and eight hours a night is the recommended amount of sleep.
Sleep disorders in kids is nearly 30%, but the rate is higher if they have special needs.
Researchers say it's related to physical and behavioral differences.
They say early detection is they key to improving sleep.
Signs of sleep issues in kids include snoring, sleep walking and trouble falling or staying asleep.