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Association alcohol and sleep apnea further investigated

Alcohol is suggested to increase the risk of sleep apnea. A new meta-analysis now combines data from randomized controlled trials to further investigate this proposed association. Results show that alcohol is related to several breathing parameters related to sleep apnea. The meta-analysis was recently published in the scientific journal Sleep Medicine Reviews. Read more

The Dutch Beer Institute offers grant of € 5,000 for researchers

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The Dutch Beer Institute offers a grant of € 5,000 for the study of responsible alcohol/beer consumption in a healthy lifestyle. The project should focus on biomedical, nutritional or (psycho-)social aspects of responsible alcohol consumption, specifically taking into account (non-alcoholic) beer. Application deadline is 26 November 2018. Read more

Effect alcohol consumption on hypertension risk in men and women: a meta-analysis

A new meta-analysis looks at the association between alcohol consumption and incidence of hypertension in both men and women. Results show that for men any alcohol intake increases the risk of hypertension, compared to abstainers. For women, there is no increased risk up to 2 drinks per day. This meta-analysis was recently published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Read more

Prof. Ascension Marcos to make a presentation on “Beer, immune system and microbiota” at the XIth ISIN Conference on immunonutrition: immunonutrition in health and disease in London on 11 September 2018

Prof. Ascension Marcos to make a presentation on “Beer, immune system and microbiota” at the XIth ISIN Conference on immunonutrition: immunonutrition in health and disease in London on 11 September 2018. Read more on http://www.immunonutrition-isin-london2018.com/index.php Read more

Association between alcohol consumption and lung cancer still unclear

A new study investigates the association between alcohol consumption and lung cancer in Spanish never smokers. The results, published in the scientific journal European Journal of Public Health, do not show a clear association. More research is needed to further investigate the association and the underlying mechanism. Read more

Limited evidence for association between alcohol consumption and prostate cancer

Alcohol can increase the risk of certain types of cancer. However, the association with prostate cancer is still unclear. A recent meta-analysis looks into the specific association between wine consumption and prostate cancer. The overall evidence for an association is limited, but the results suggest that especially red wine might have protective effects for prostate cancer. The study is published in the scientific journal Clinical Epidemiology. Read more

First meta-analysis on alcohol consumption and perceived attractiveness of others

What drives people to drink alcohol? Many factors play a role in this question. One of these factors involves the perception of physical attractiveness. A recently published meta-analysis combined all available research on the role of alcohol consumption in perceived attractiveness of others. The results, published in the scientific journal Addiction, show that alcohol consumption may have a small effect of increasing perceived attractiveness of people of the opposite sex. Read more

Alcohol affects facial expression of emotions in social drinkers

Alcohol consumption often happens in social contexts. A new study reviews the effect of alcohol on the facial expression of emotions in social drinkers. The results, published in the scientific journal Psychology Research and Behavior Management, show that the extent of social interaction appears to be an important factor. Read more

Alcohol consumption and healthy ageing: more research needed

The aging population is growing. Therefore, it is important to examine the impact of lifestyle factors on the aging process. This systematic review and meta-analysis investigates the association of alcohol consumption (and smoking) with healthy ageing. Compared to non-drinkers, drinkers had a slightly higher chance to age healthily. However, results should be interpreted with caution. The study is published in the scientific journal BMJ Open. Read more

More research needed on effect of alcohol consumption on gastrointestinal cancer survival

Alcohol consumption is an established risk factor for the development of certain types of cancer. A new systematic review looks into the role of alcohol on the survival prognosis among patients with gastrointestinal cancer. The results, published in the scientific journal Best Practice and Research: Clinical Gastroenterology, show that light alcohol consumption probably does not have a negative effect on the survival prognosis. Read more

Healthy lifestyle, including moderate alcohol consumption, lowers the risk of CVD and mortality in older women

A healthy lifestyle lowers the risk of cardiovascular diseases and mortality. A new meta-analysis looks at four lifestyle factors, including alcohol consumption, among middle-aged and elderly women specifically. The results indicate that a healthy lifestyle, including moderate alcohol consumption, lowers the risk of cardiovascular diseases and mortality. The study is recently published in the European Journal of Epidemiology. Read more

Meta-analyses on the association between alcohol and skin cancer: no firm conclusions

Two meta-analyses recently investigated the association between alcohol and two types of skin cancer. Both studies carefully conclude that each glass of alcohol could increase the risk of these specific types of skin cancer. It is still unknown whether alcohol causes this effect or that other confounding factors play a role. The underlying mechanism is also unknown. More research is therefore necessary before strong conclusions can be drawn. The results are published in the scientific journals British Journal of Dermatology and European Journal of Nutrition. Read more

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