3 To Know: An egg a day may reduce heart disease risk, more

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1. An egg a day may reduce heart disease risk, study finds

Eating one egg a day may significantly cut your risk of cardiovascular disease, according to a new study from Chinese researchers.

The study published in the journal Heart recruited more than 500,000 people in China between 2004 and 2008 to ask about their egg consumption. The study, led by researchers from Peking University Health Science Center, was then narrowed down to people who did not have previous cancer, cardiovascular disease or diabetes.

Stock image of chicken eggs

The results showed people who consumed one egg a day carried a lower risk for cardiovascular disease and strokes compared with those who didn’t eat eggs at all.

“Among Chinese adults, a moderate level of egg consumption was significantly associated with lower risk of (cardiovascular disease), largely independent of other risk factors,” says an excerpt from the study.

The study didn’t explore health risks associated with people who eat more than one egg daily.

Eggs have long received a bad rap over concerns they could boost cholesterol, but they have been recommended more frequently by dietary experts for their high protein and other nutrients like vitamins D and K, as well as omega-3 fatty acids.

In 2015, an expert panel advising the federal government on nutrition updated its dietary guidelines to remove daily limits on dietary cholesterol saying dietary sources don’t really affect the amount of cholesterol in the blood.

2. Start colon screening at 45, not 50, Cancer Society urges

Most people should start screening tests for colon and rectal cancers at 45, rather than waiting for 50, as long recommended, the American Cancer Society said Wednesday.

The group said the initial test does not have to be a colonoscopy, a procedure that typically requires a day off from work and an unpleasant bowel cleansing routine.

Instead, it could be one of several other tests, including home stool tests available by prescription.

The shift by the Cancer Society is based on new information about the increases in colon and rectal cancers among younger adults, said Andrew Wolf, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Virginia. He led the group writing the new recommendations.

Colon and rectal cancers have increased 51percent among adults younger than 50 since 1994, the Cancer Society said.

“We don’t know why it’s going on,” Wolf said, noting that suspects include obesity and poor diet. “But it’s increasingly clear that it is happening.”

Meanwhile, cases and deaths have declined in older adults, at least partly because of screening, which can lead to the detection and removal of polyps before they become cancerous.

3. East Naples man accused of transmitting child porn

Deputies say an East Naples man expressed interest in hurting children was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of transmitting child pornography.

Richard Farias, 21, faces two charges of transmission of child pornography.

Richard Farias

The Collier County Sheriff ’s Office received two tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and one tip from the FBI about someone who was using the internet to exploit children, according to an arrest report.

According to the report, someone was participating in a live video chat Sept. 23, 2017, and streamed a video depicting a child engaged in a sex act with an adult. On March 14, the same suspect went on another Omegle video chat and watched another child pornography video, the report states.

The Sheriff ’s Office investigation determined the broadcasting and transmitting of child pornography came from an address on Acadia Lane in East Naples. The report states investigators also determined Farias was “likely the suspect.”

On May 23, a Sheriff ’s Office sergeant in charge of exploitation investigations obtained a search warrant and served it Tuesday. Farias was at the home when the warrant was served, the report states.

Statements Farias made to investigators were redacted from the report. — Staff reports