Forget skeletons: Search your family’s closet for tumors instead. Having a first-degree relative like a parent or sibling with cancer roughly doubles your own risk of that disease, according to Noralane M. Lindor, M.D., medical geneticist at the Mayo Clinic. Read the full article for Men’s Health.
Just as a good training program builds you up, falling off the workout wagon can have the opposite effect—sometimes almost immediately. Experts call this phenomenon “detraining,” and its consequences can weigh even heavier than the gut you see in the mirror. Fortunately, the condition is fully reversible, as long as you get your butt back to the gym. Read the full article for Men’s Health.
This winter, your nagging in-laws and slob of a second cousin may not be the only visitors overstaying their welcome at your place. You could be hosting a whole houseful of festering fungi—think mold, mildew, and yeast—that surreptitiously check in to your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and basement. And those gross guests can worsen asthma and increase your risk of lung infections. It’s time to clear out the sporehouse. You’ll breathe a lot easier. Read the full article in Men’s Health.
Every July, you see colorful explosions. They’re usually a few hundred feet up in the air and elicit oohs and aahs. But if you’re unlucky, they can also erupt in the toilet and prompt prayers for a quick death. Summer is the season for barbecues, pool parties, and camping trips–all settings that can light the fuse of gastrointestinal fireworks. Read the full article in Men’s Health (pdf)–and listen to my interview about it on Men’s Health Live here (mp3).
Bacon and chocolate. Chili and peanut butter. Some unlikely combinations end up working well together. But when it comes to diet and drugs, the wrong pairing can unwittingly turn into a recipe for disaster. Read the full article in Men’s Health.
Lightning doesn’t strike twice—but cancer can. People who survive a skin cancer other than melanoma face a higher risk of 29 other cancers later on, finds new research from the University of Melbourne. Read the full article in Men’s Health.