Graphic images of smoking help
Australia's landmark cigarette legislation banning logos and putting dire health warnings and graphic images of sick or dying smokers on packs seems to be working, data shows. The country's Bureau of Statistics says household consumption of tobacco fell 4.9 percent in the year ended in March and cut 0.1 percentage point from Australia's gross domestic product in the first quarter. Cigarette and tobacco consumption fell 7.6 percent in the first quarter, Commonwealth Bank economists said.
Study ties meat, breast cancer
Women who eat red meat often may have a slightly higher risk of breast cancer, a study suggests. A diet loaded with red meat has been linked to colon and pancreatic cancers among others, but there's been less evidence for breast cancer. In the new study, researchers at Harvard University analyzed data from more than 88,000 women ages 26 to 45 who were surveyed in 1991. Their red meat intake varied from never or less than once a month, to six or more servings a day. Initial results in 2006 showed a preliminary link between eating red meat and breast cancer after 12 years; the new research published online in the British journal BMJ confirmed the findings with 20 years of followup. Scientists estimate there were an extra 6.8 cases of breast cancer for every 1,000 women among women who ate the most red meat.