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A template to fight addiction

After years of denial and hesitation, Punjab has at last taken the first step towards addressing the opioid crisis currently confronting the state. The decision taken last month by the Government of Punjab to open “Outpatient Opioid Assisted Treatment” (OOAT) centres constitutes an evidence-based, compassionate approach for people struggling with dependence — and shows what a health-oriented approach to drug use may look like on a national scale.

Mediterranean diet reduces risk of aggressive prostate cancer

In a new study published in The Journal of Urology®, researchers determined that men who followed a Mediterranean diet, had lower risk of aggressive prostate cancer (PC) than those who followed other dietary patterns like Prudent or Western diets. Although PC is the most common type of cancer in men and can have a high mortality rate, evidence linking PC to specific environmental, occupational, or dietary exposures has been limited. Recent studies have investigated whether certain dietary patterns impact cancer risks, but the results have been inconsistent.

Engaging in Housework may be Beneficial to the Health of Elders

According to a study published in the open access journal BMC Public Health, elderly men across Europe and the US spend less time on housework than elderly women. Researchers found that elderly women on average spent almost five hours a day doing housework compared to only around three hours a day for elderly men. The study also found that while those who did more housework felt healthier, women who did long hours of housework combined with too much or too little sleep reported poorer health.