Global Cancer Incidence Could Rise 75 Percent by 2030
The number of people worldwide with cancer is set to increase 75 percent by 2030, with particularly severe rises in the poorest nations. That's according to a report by the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer, published Thursday in the Lancet Oncology. Increases will likely be seen in types of cancer linked with a westernized lifestyle—poor diet, lack of exercise, and bad habits like smoking—such as breast, prostate, lung, and colorectal cancers, HealthDay reports. Though improved living standards in nations like those in sub-Saharan Africa could lower the rate of infection-related cancers, those places will likely see an increase in the types of cancer seen in higher-developed countries. The number of people affected by cancer in some of the poorest countries could jump by more than 90 percent. "Countries must take account of the specific challenges they will face and prioritize targeted interventions," Christopher Wild, the IARC's director, told Reuters.
How to Stay Healthy at Work
Gossiping at the water cooler? Try catching germs there. The microwave door and refrigerator handle are among the dirtiest places in a typical office, according to a new study from commercial products company Kimberly-Clark Professional. Researchers swabbed nearly 5,000 surfaces in office buildings that house about 3,000 employees, including law firms, insurance companies, call centers, and manufacturing facilities. "It's a very specific examination of what places are most problematic," says Jack Brown, a professor of molecular biosciences at the University of Kansas at Lawrence, who was not involved in the study. "It's common sense—think about where people go and what they touch."
In the study, released last week, researchers analyzed the swabs using an ATP meter, a device that assesses sanitary conditions by measuring levels of adenosine triphosphate, a molecule found in animal, vegetable, bacteria, yeast, and mold cells. High levels of ATP indicate that a surface is loaded with bacteria and viruses. An ATP reading over 100 suggests that a surface could afford to be cleaned, while readings of 300 or higher are considered officially dirty and at high risk for spreading illness. [Read more: How to Stay Healthy at Work]
Making Sense of the Gluten-Free Food Frenzy
[Overheard at dinner parties, buffet tables, and salad bars across America]
"Keen-wah. I don't really know what it is either, but it's supposed to be healthy, and it's gluten-free. Here, try it."
"Oh, cool. My sister-in-law is gluten-free. I'm thinking maybe I should do that—you know, to help with my IBS."
For a substance largely unheard of until recent years, gluten—a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and other products—seems to be on everyone's lips these days. And why wouldn't it be? A gluten-free diet has been touted as a cure for everything from obesity and rashes to autism and migraines. Gluten-free products now command their own keys on menus and sections in grocery stores. Previously exotic grains that lack gluten, like quinoa and amarinth, have become more mainstream. And manufacturers are promoting their gluten-free products. Glutenfreely.com, a "community and e-commerce site" owned by General Mills, provides tools for gluten-free living such as recipes and products, including its own Chex cereal, now in five gluten-free versions. Just last week, Frito-Lay entered the fray, announcing it would begin putting the gluten-free label on many of its already gluten-free products, including varieties of Doritos, Cheetos, Fritos, and Lay's. [Read more: Making Sense of the Gluten-Free Food Frenzy]
Angela Haupt is a health reporter for U.S. News & World Report. You can follow her on Twitter or reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.