College drinking With all the beer and alcohol...

HEALTH BRIEFS

May 24, 1998

College drinking

With all the beer and alcohol advertising and sponsorships of sporting events, will it surprise you to learn that athletes are among the heaviest college drinkers?

A study by Southern Illinois University researchers in the Journal of American College Health reports that college athletes consumed an average of 7.34 drinks each week - 78 percent more than nonathletes, who averaged 4.12 drinks.

Tension headaches

The first nationwide study of tension headaches finds that nearly 40 percent of the 13,345 people surveyed suffered from episodic tension-type headaches. Chronic tension-type headaches are more severe but less common.

Of those suffering episodic tension headaches, 43.6 percent reported an average of five days of reduced effectiveness annually due to their headaches, and 8.3 percent missed an average of 8.9 days of work, said Dr. Brian S. Schwartz of the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health.

"The data suggested that tension-type headaches have a significant impact on the individual and society, accounting for lost work days and an even larger number of reduced-effectiveness days," he reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Second-generation cancer

Most survivors of childhood cancer do not face a higher risk of having children who also develop cancer, according to a study in New England Journal of Medicine. The only exception is when the form of cancer is known to be inherited.

The findings are important because more children are surviving cancer and living to have children of their own.

Pub Date: 5/24/98

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