Tummy Fat Linked to Liver Cancer

New findings in the journal Gut reveal too much fat surrounding internal organs increases risk of liver cancer recurrence after treatment. Scientists followed 62 people who received treatment for liver cancer. Of the participants, 27 had high amounts of belly fat and 35 had lower amounts. After one year, the high group had 15.9% risk of recurrence, while the low group only had 9.7% and three years later the figures were 75.1% and 43.1%, respectively; Reuters reports.

In April, a study claimed men with excess belly fat have a 15% higher risk of heart failure and women have a 30% higher risk. Too much abdominal fat seemingly affects everything. Other research has linked tummy fat to stroke, migraine headaches and even death risk.

In related news, the CDC reports Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama continue to lead the nation in obesity, but no worries. Australia is officially fatter than the United States.

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Plastic: More Study Needed on Phthalates

Experts want the Environmental Protection Agency to conduct a risk-assessment on the potential dangers of phthalates, chemicals used to make plastics soft and flexible, for things like toys, food packaging and medical devices. Currently, animal studies indicate phthalates may decrease testosterone levels in males and heighten risk of liver cancer. And many phthalates have already been banned in Europe for nearly a decade; via Reuters.

Bisphenol-A or BPA is another harmful chemical found in plastic drawing heavy scrutiny.