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Drinking wine for heart health? Back pain caused by weather? Findings of two new studies dispute bot

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A new study is showing that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol doesn't provide any heart health benefit, and that cutting back could actually reduce your risk of heart disease and help lower your blood pressure.Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune 

A study involving a review of more than 50 studies by 155 researchers from the United Kingdom, Europe, North America and Australia has come up with findings that no wine or beer lover wants to hear: Even alcoholic consumption considered "light to moderate" may be doing harm to your health, according to findings published Thursday in The BMJ journal.

Carriers of a gene called the alcohol dehydrogenase 1B gene break down alcohol much faster than people who don't have the gene, which leads to symptoms such as facial flushing and nausea. Those symptoms typically lead people to drink less over time, and have healthier heart histories.

The researchers used this genetic marker as an indicator of lower alcohol consumption and improved cardiovascular health.

What the researchers found: People who consume 17 percent less alcohol per week have on average a 10 percent reduced risk of coronary heart disease, lower blood pressure and a lower body mass index, or BMI.

"The best thing to do is to reduce consumption to reduce blood pressure and risk of heart disease," Juan Casas, professor of epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and senior author of the study, told The Guardian.

"We expect that these findings will help to simplify policymaking about alcohol consumption. There was this issue about whether consumption of low to moderate consumption was good for your heart. This study shows that this is simply not the case."

The study, led by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, was funded by the British Heart Foundation and the Medical Research Council.

Weather not linked to sudden

onset of lower back pain

Save your breath the next time you want to curse the weather for the cause of your lower back pain. The Washington Post reported on a study  that dismisses the long-held theory.

The findings, published Thursday in Arthritis Care & Research, come from researchers in Australia who studied nearly 1,000 patients. Using meteorological records, they compared the weather at the time patients first noticed back pain with weather conditions one week and one month before the onset of pain.

They found that sudden, acute episodes of low back pain are not linked to weather conditions such as temperature, humidity, air pressure, wind direction and precipitation.

The researchers did find a slight increase in the chance of lower back pain when higher wind speed and wind gusts were present, but the increase wasn't clinically important, they wrote.

"What we say to patients is 'don't worry too much about weather triggering your back pain. Look for other triggers,'" Jane Latimer, a professor of musculo-skeletal disease at the George Institute of Global Health in Sydney and lead study author, told the Washington Post. 

The researchers suggest that more research be conducted on how weather affects symptoms associated with specific diseases such as fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.


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