July 02, 2020
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Your Priorities for a Healthy Old Age
There's one risk factor for chronic disease that out-weighs most others. Can you guess what it is? Read more >

Pick Three -- or Four
Five lifestyle factors have been found to lead to a disease-free old age. The more of them you put into practice, the better your odds. Read more >

Flame Retardants Breed Reading Problems
PBDEs have been banned for a while, but they persist in the environment, disrupting brain development. Kids pick them up in the womb. Read more >

Tea Time
Tea drinkers live longer and healthier lives than those who rarely drink the brew. Green tea has a particularly strong effect. Read more >

An Exercise Cancer Vaccine
A very large study makes clear just how much exercise can cut the risk of many cancers. Read more >

E-Cigs Disappoint
E-cigarettes were supposed to help smokers quit. The problem is, they often don't, leaving smokers' lungs even more damaged. Read more >

Prehab to Avoid Rehab
If you are older and facing surgery, consider getting in shape before the big day. It could help you avoid rehab and speed recovery. Read more >

Preventing Skin Cancer --Teens Lead the Way
Warnings about sun safety seem to be working: Melanoma is on the rise -- except when it comes to teens and young adults. Read more >

Youthful Skin, Thanks to Pomegranates
The antioxidants you eat in fruits like pomegranates help defend against damage from the sun and make you look years younger. Read more >

The Chemicals You Avoid by Cooking at Home
Eating out is fun; it's convenient. It also exposes you to cancer-causing chemicals. Read more >

Red Wine, Chocolate, Berries, Nuts
Flavonoids are compounds that cut the risk of cancer and heart disease. It's easy to add them to your diet. Read more >

Prevent Diabetes...with Plants
Eating a plant-based diet can give your body a leg up against type 2 diabetes. But not all diets are the same. Read more >

Baseball Players Lead in Longevity
MLB players tend to live longer than the rest of us. Early fitness and ongoing exercise and diet discipline may be the reason. Read more >

Big Tobacco's Failed Ad Campaign
When tobacco companies were ordered to pay for an ad campaign on the dangers of smoking, reaching vulnerable markets was not a priority. Read more >

Beer Belly? Beware
Having a lot of belly fat, fat that surrounds your organs, increases a man's risk of prostate cancer, a Harvard study found. Read more >

The EPA Goes Easy on Pesticides
Pesticides banned in Europe, Brazil and China are often still legal and in use in the U.S. Why's that? Read more >

Choose Foods, Not Supplements
Nutritional supplements have some concerning associations with heart disease, cancer and health in general. Buy good food instead. Read more >

Colon Cancer Screening by Mail
Screening for colon cancer in your own home has real appeal, but some still need an incentive. Read more >

Why You Need a Primary Care Doctor
Health screenings and cancer prevention are just two reasons to have a doctor watching over your healthcare and advocating for you. Read more >

The Vaccine Too Many Doctors and Parents Skip
The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine prevents seven types of cancer, yet few teens and preteen receive it. Read more >

The Carb Chronicles
A massive review of carbohydrate studies finds that one quality distinguishes the good carb from the bad. Read more >

A Welcome Drop in Cancer Rates
Rates for many types of cancer are down, but screening is a big issue. Read more >

Nail Polish Continues to Put Fertility at Risk
Twenty years ago the risks of certain chemicals in nail polish were exposed. Little has changed. Read more >

Tanning Outside the Law
There are laws governing who can use tanning salons and how often. But enforcement is lacking, and teens are at risk. Read more >

No Safe Level of Alcohol Consumption?
More evidence that even moderate drinking may be harmful to our long-term health. Read more >

Opting Out of Breast Surgery
For frail, elderly women, surgery for breast cancer may not be the best option. What to think about. Read more >

Reconsidering Daily Low-Dose Aspirin
A five-year study found no benefit and a bit of a downside to taking aspirin daily if you are generally healthy. Check with your doctor. Read more >

BPA All Over Again
After the endocrine disruptor BPA was banned, replacement plastics were developed. They appear to be no improvement. Read more >

When Doctors and Patients Collaborate
Patients are more likely to take the necessary steps to improve their health if their doctors ask them what is and isn't working for them. Read more >

When Kids Smoke Second-Hand
Second-hand smoke has lots of risks for kids. Rheumatoid arthritis may be another. Read more >

How Much Sunscreen is Enough?
Most of us apply too little sunscreen to get the protection we seek. DNA damage is the result. Here's a good rule of thumb. Read more >

A Promising Alternative to the Pap Smear
Testing for the human papillomavirus, or HPV, catches cervical cancer sooner than Pap smears do. But there are other risks to consider. Read more >

Clothes Call at the Barbecue
Chemicals -- PAHs -- from grilling not only get into your lungs and food, they get into your clothes as well. Read more >

A Triple-Negative Threat
Basal-like breast cancer usually affects younger women. It is highly aggressive and largely untreatable. That may be changing. Read more >

Plastic-Eating Enzymes!
Researchers have developed an enzyme that digests plastic. Now to put it to work cleaning up our bottle-strewn beaches. Read more >

From the Mouths of Drinkers
People who drink alcohol have disruptions in their oral bacteria which could lead to more serious health problems. Read more >

A Cheeseburger with a Side of Phthalates
Eating out in fast food places raises the level of these chemicals, found in plastics, in your body. The consequences aren't good. Read more >

New Worries about Calcium Supplements
Calcium supplements, with or without vitamin D, appear to up the risk of intestinal polyps associated with colon cancer. Read more >

The Good Guys Living on Your Skin
Your skin is host to a form of bacteria that may help keep skin cancer and eczema at bay. Read more >

A Recovery Garden
Cancer survivors who tended vegetable gardens were less stressed, more fit and had a stronger sense of self worth. They ate better, too. Read more >

Protect Your Preschooler
The risk sun exposure poses to nursery schoolers' skin is often overlooked. Take the opportunity to protect your kids. Read more >

Diet, Inflammation, and Cancer
Diets with lots of meat and sugar, and little fiber, set the stage for inflammation and colorectal cancer. Read more >

Hairdressers to the Rescue
Barbers, masseuses and hairdressers see your skin and scalp up close, making them valuable for early cancer detection. Read more >

Hormone Replacement Therapy's Cloudy Record
A task force finds that hormone therapy carries more health risks than benefits, but what about short-term treatment? Read more >

Easing Breast Cancer Treatment Pain with Needles
Acupuncture eases the painful side effects from drugs used to treat hormone-sensitive breast cancer. Read more >

Cancer As a Numbers Game
Nearly half of all cancers are the result of risk factors that we can control. Read more >

The Gap in HPV Vaccination Rates
Human papilloma virus can bring on cell changes that lead to cancer. How we can raise vaccination rates. Read more >

Tanning and Depression
People who pursue a tan, even knowing the risk of skin cancer, may be self-treating for depression. Read more >

Heartburn Meds May Trigger Liver Disease
Common proton pump inhibitors like Nexium or Prilosec can harm gut bacteria and increase the risk of liver disease. Read more >

A New Look at HRT
Good news for women suffering from hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. Read more >

Saved by Fiber
You can cut your colorectal cancer risk by eating more whole grains and less of these foods. Read more >

B-Complex and Cancer
A vitamin supplement appears to raise the risk of cancer in men who smoke. Read more >

The Perks of Moderate Drinking?
Moderate drinkers seem to enjoy certain health benefits. But heavy drinkers are considerably less fortunate. Read more >

Bright Lights, Late Nights, Breast Cancer
Your risk for breast cancer goes up with your nighttime exposure to artificial light. Shift workers are especially vulnerable. Read more >

Energy-Dense Foods and Cancer Risk
Eating foods that pack lots of nutrients in each calorie can cut your risk of cancer. Read more >

A Parkinson's - Melanoma Connection
Parkinson's patients are nearly four times likelier to have a melanoma. Having a melanoma also raises the risk of Parkinson's. Read more >

Long Live Coffee Drinkers
Two big studies find that coffee's benefits know no racial or ethnic boundaries. Coffee drinkers live longer, period. Read more >

Visit Your Local "Farmacy"
Nutrients in fruits and vegetables contain compounds that can kill prostate and other cancer cells. Read more >

Sunburn Season
Protecting your skin from damaging UV rays begins with hats, sunglasses, and picking the right sunscreen. Read more >

The Affordable Care Act's Impact
When Harvard researchers looked at how the ACA has affected the health of low-income adults, this is what they found. Read more >

Too Much Sun Protection?
Staying out of the sun and sunblock cut your risk of skin cancer, but they can also contribute to vitamin D deficiency and celiac disease. Read more >

Commuting on Two Wheels
Walking to work is good for your health, but biking to work packs an even bigger health punch. Read more >

Smoke Screen
Bigger, more graphic, warnings on cigarette packs reduce smoking. But the U.S. tobacco industry is blocking them. The public is not pleased. Read more >

Changing the World, One Hamburger at a Time
Reducing the amount of red meat you eat isn't just good for your health, it's good for the environment, too. Read more >

Youth Is No Protection
The risk of colorectal cancer is going down, except for people under 50. For them, it's going up. Read more >

The Calculations of Cancer Patients
Weighing the pros and cons of treatment options is not easy for patients, particularly when they are reeling from a cancer diagnosis. Read more >

A Direct Line to Your Doctor
When patients can tell their doctors about symptoms as they happen, ER visits go down and survival rates go up. Read more >

Magic Mushrooms Ease the Fear of Death
Psilocybin can be a wonder drug when it comes to helping cancer patients overcome the anxiety associated with their diagnoses. Read more >

Health By The Handful
Want to lower your risk of heart disease, cancer, or death by up to 25 percent? Grab some nuts. But not too many. Read more >

Puff, Puff, Puff Yourself to Death
Putting graphic warnings on cigarette packs helps smokers quit and saves lives. Read more >

Another Myth about HRT Laid to Rest
There are a lot of claims made regarding the risks and benefits of hormone replacement. A big study takes one off the list. Read more >

With Sunblock, The Customer Is Not Always Right
The sunscreens we like may not give us adequate protection, depending on what we're doing outdoors. Read more >

Broad Support for Physician-Assisted Death
A survey found broad (75%) support for terminal patients being given access to life-ending drugs. Read more >

Can You Trust That Online Diagnosis?
It's easy to send a selfie of that mole or skin tag to a telehealth site, but it may not be smart. Read more >

Meat and Mortality
A Mayo Clinic study finds that eating meat regularly shortens life spans. Read more >

Patients Turn to Social Media
Social networking sites like Yelp can help you pick a hospital as well as a restaurant. Read more >

Hormones For The Heart
Hormone replacement therapy can help reduce atherosclerosis if it is started early in menopause. Read more >

Light Therapy for Cancer Patients
It is not uncommon for cancer patients to be depressed. Light therapy can be a non-invasive treatment. Read more >

Too Many Moles?
Conventional wisdom has it that people with lots of moles need to be extra worried about skin cancer. But other factors are more important. Read more >

Protect Your Daughters: Fiber-Ize Them
Eating a fiber-rich diet as a teenager, with plenty of fruits and vegetables and whole grains, can reduce the risk of breast cancer. Read more >

A High Price to Pay For A Tan
Tanning salon regulars raise their risk of melanoma by 500%. Read more >

Why “BPA-Free” May Not Mean Much
Supposedly safer, BPA alternatives like BPS still seem to disrupt our hormones. Read more >

Coming To A Beach, Park, or Ski Slope Near You
The best way to prevent skin cancer may be to make sun screen available for free wherever people go to be outdoors. Read more >

An Alternative to Mammograms?
Ultrasounds catch breast cancer early just as well as a mammogram does. And they cost far less. Read more >

Demand A Retest
If your PSA test score is high, go back and do it again. Scores can vary considerably. Read more >

Addicted To Pain
Chronic pain affects the brain’s addiction pathways, suggesting new approaches to pain management. Read more >

Reduce The Risk of Lethal Prostate Cancer
Men who don't smoke, exercise and eat well can reduce their risk of prostate cancer by 70%. Read more >

More Dangerous Than Smoking
Smokeless tobacco, such as chewing tobacco, may be even worse for your health than lighting up. Read more >

A Vitamin To Prevent Skin Cancer
A form of vitamin B3, nicotinamide, can reduce the risk of certain skin cancers. It's also safe and inexpensive. Read more >

Breast Self-Exam? Forget It
The American Cancer Society has revised its guidelines on breast cancer. Forget self-exams. Read more >

The Angelina Effect
When celebrities come forward about health concerns, the public gets informed. Read more >

The Mediterranean Diet's Grand Slam
The Mediterranean Diet is good for the heart, metabolism, keeping our brains healthy, and at least one form of cancer. Read more >

Coffee for Colon Cancer?
Coffee may prevent the recurrence of colon cancer. Talk to your doctor. Read more >

Don't Douche
Feminine hygiene products contain dangerous chemicals called phthalates. Don't bother. Your body does just fine on its own. Read more >

DDT Exposure in Utero Linked to Breast Cancer Risk Later in Life
Daughters of mothers exposed to DDT are four times more likely to develop breast cancer. Read more >

A Prescription for Death from Prostate Cancer?
Men who eat lots of meat and fatty carbs have over twice the risk of dying from prostate cancer. Read more >

Overnight Fasting Offers Big Health Dividends
The longer the period between your last food of the day and first of the next, the lower your risk of two major diseases. Read more >

Vegetarian Diets Appear to Reduce Risk of Colorectal Cancers
Adults worried about colorectal cancer might want to think about what they eat. Read more >

Skin Damage Continues After You're Out of the Sun
Exposure to the sun can cause skin damage hours after you go indoors. Read more >

Immersion Blenders May Leak Toxic Chemicals into Food
Some brands of hand blenders contain toxic chemicals that may be transferred to food. Not good for kids. Read more >

Health is a Partnership, Not Solely Physicians' Responsibility
When a doctor tells a patient to exercise or take a medication and the patient doesn't, who is responsible? Read more >

BPA Exposure Linked to Handling Register, Gas, and ATM Receipts
Thermal papers like register and ATM receipts can transfer the endocrine disruptor BPA to the skin, especially if skin lotions are used. Read more >

Increasing Skirt Size Linked to Greater Breast Cancer Risk
Has your skirt size been steadily increasing over the years? If yes, so has your risk of breast cancer. Read more >

Smokers Need the Right Message to Quit
Some smokers need to be scared into quitting; others do best with a gentler, more positive approach. Figuring out who needs what. Read more >

Higher Body Mass Can Lead to Cancer
It's not just about your heart. Many types of cancer are far more likely to occur as your body mass index (BMI) rises. Read more >

Re-Classifying Cancers to Improve Treatment
Cancer is usually identified by where it occurs. But its genetic qualities can be more important when choosing treatment. Read more >

Mammograms Benefit Women Even Past Age 75
Mammograms can help even women over 75 enjoy longer and cancer-free lives. Read more >

Are Electronic Cigarettes A Threat to Public Health?
Electronic cigarettes may help some smokers go smokeless. But kids are picking them up like they're harmless consumer products. Read more >

A Gel to Fight Breast Cancer, without the Side Effects
Treating breast cancer with a gel on the skin may be as effective as oral drugs, and without the risks. Read more >

Are Routine Pelvic Exams Unnecessary?
They're sometimes painful, intrusive and now it appears they offer little benefit. The ACP comes out against routine pelvic exams. PAP smears not included. Read more >

Cancer “Partnership” Provides Hope for New Drug Targets
Researchers have uncovered a genetic combo that drives cancer's spread. Luckily, there also seems to be a chink in its armor. Read more >

High Cholesterol Appears Linked to Breast Cancer Risk
Women with high cholesterol are more likely to develop breast cancer. But there's a possible treatment. Read more >

At the Intersection of Obesity, Diabetes and Cancer
The obese suffer from chronic inflammation in fat cells. This not only can bring on diabetes, it may also promote cancer. Read more >

Sun Worshipper or Sun Addict?
Some people need the sun the way an alcoholic needs a drink. And the health risks can be just as severe. Read more >

Eating Red Meat Increases Breast Cancer Risk
Women who regularly eat red meat from a young age have a greatly increased risk of breast cancer. Read more >

Are You Ever Too Old for Colorectal Cancer Screening?
Colorectal cancer screening can benefit even those over 75. But it is a good idea to discuss the pros and cons with your doctor. Read more >

Fasting May Reboot the Immune System
A couple days of fasting may help the immune system reboot. But don’t try it at home just yet. Read more >

Daily Coffee Fix Could Reduce Liver Cancer Risk
People who drink more coffee have a far lower risk of HCC, a common liver cancer. The more one drinks, the better. Read more >

Young Women Often Unaware of the Cancer Protection Offered by the HPV Vaccine
Human papilloma virus spreads easily with sexual contact. It can make girls vulnerable to cervical cancer. The HPV vaccine is the answer. Read more >

Study Calls Need For Yearly Mammograms Into Question
Yearly mammograms don't prevent cancer deaths. Where does this leave women over 40? Read more >

New Treatment Would Force Cancer Cells to Kill Themselves
A new treatment can trick cancer cells into killing themselves. And the success rate is nearly 100%. Read more >

Yoga's Benefits for Cancer Survivors
Yoga can increase cancer survivors' energy, reduce fatigue, and lower inflammation at the cellular level. Read more >

A Tomato-Rich Diet Can Lower Risk of Breast Cancer
A tomato-rich diet increases the levels of a hormone that improves insulin sensitivity, and reduces the risk of breast cancer. Read more >

Chemical in Grape Seed Extract Kills Prostate Cancer Cells
A compound in grape seed extract selectively kills prostate cancer cells. Read more >

Vitamin Supplements Offer Few, If Any, Health Benefits
We spend billions on nutritional supplements every year. Three studies say it's money down the drain. Read more >

Another Type of Sunray Ages Skin Prematurely
Low exposure to UVA1 light can cause skin damage. And most sunscreens do not offer protection. Read more >

A Cholesterol - Breast Cancer Connection
Having high cholesterol raises the risk of breast cancer and appears to fuel its spread. Read more >

A Handful of Nuts Daily Lowers Heart Disease and Cancer Risk
Eating a handful of nuts regularly can cut the risk of heart attack by almost a third. Cancer, too. Read more >

Even Light Exercise May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
Walking an hour a day can cut the risk of breast cancer by a significant amount. Read more >

Mammograms for Women in Their 40s May Be Lifesavers after All
Breast cancer tends to be more aggressive in younger women, making routine mammograms in women under 50 a good idea. Read more >

Compound in Vegetables Offers Protection from The Effects of Radiation
Good news for cancer patients -- a substance in veggies protects against the effects of radiation. Read more >

Experts Urge Doctors to Treat Unhealthy Lifestyles Just Like a Disease
Preventive medicine means treating unhealthy lifestyles just as you would treat disease. Read more >

The Future of Medicare: The Great Divide
Medicare is running out of money. Is it misuse of benefits, or too few doctors offering services? Read more >

Hormone Replacement Therapy Offers Little Protection from Disease
Hormone replacement therapy doesn't seem to offer many health benefits beyond easing the symptoms of menopause. Read more >

Celiac Disease and Lymphoma Risk
Celiac disease can set the stage for cancer, if inflammation in the intestine is not controlled. Read more >

New Test Could Take the Guesswork Out of Treating Prostate Cancer
A new genetic test may take the guesswork out of figuring out which prostate cancers are deadly. Read more >

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Rates Higher Near Plants That Emit Benzene
Rates of non-Hodgkin lymphoma rose the closer a family lived to benzene-emitting plants. Read more >

Women with Certain Breast Tissue Abnormalities May Be Able to Avoid Surgery
Monitoring certain tissue abnormalities picked up by mammograms is just as effective as surgically removing them in most cases. Read more >

Certain Antihypertensive Drugs Increase Breast Cancer Risk
Certain blood pressure medications significantly raise a woman's risk for breast cancer. Read more >

Even Young, Healthy Smokers Show Signs of Lung Damage
Even very early on, smoking causes changes to stem cells that set the stage for cancer. Read more >

High Phthalate Levels in Women May Reduce Fertility
Phthalates are found in air fresheners, toys, plastic storage containers and reduce IVF success. Read more >

Antibiotics Harm Bacteria...and The Machinery of Our Cells
Antibiotics can kill bacteria, but they also cause serious stress to our own cells. Read more >

A Gene Behind the Body's Clock Affects Aging
Maintaining a regular sleep-wake cycle keeps you healthy, and may help you live longer. Read more >

Making Smoking Cessation Part of a Routine Health Assessment
Doctors often don't address the obvious when it comes to smokers with lung disease. But remedies exist. Read more >

Regular Sunscreen Use Reduces Aging of Skin
It's official: Exposure to the sun's rays ages your skin. But is the problem the same for all skin colors? Read more >

Brain Exercises Can Help Breast Cancer Survivors with “Chemo Brain”
Cognitive exercises can help improve brain function after chemotherapy. Read more >

Eating Peppers Reduces the Risk of Parkinson's Disease
Eating peppers regularly lowers your risk of Parkinson’s disease. Nicotine is the active ingredient. Read more >

Treatment Delays and Survival Rate for Breast Cancer Differ by Race, Socioeconomic Status
Race, SES, and age are predictors of survival in women with breast cancer. Read more >

Alcohol Consumption and Breast Cancer, A Closer Look
Moderate alcohol consumption may offer some benefit to women who have had breast cancer. Read more >

Prostate Screening Decisions: Have a Man to Doctor Talk
Most men don't need PSA testing. The risks are too great, the benefits too few. But you will likely need to bring it up. Read more >

Processed Meat Increases Risk for an Early Death
Processed meats like bacon and sausage have been found to shorten life, especially if eaten frequently. Read more >

A Troubling Pattern in End-of-Life Care
When a person is dying, it is important to discuss hospice care with doctors to avoid unnecessary treatments and offer more hospice time. Read more >

Smartphone Apps Delay Diagnosis and Treatment of Skin Cancer
Using a smartphone app to analyze a mole or skin lesion for melanoma is a potentially deadly mistake. Read more >

No Need for Yearly Mammograms in Women 66 and Up
Yearly mammograms are unnecessary for women over 65. Worse, they are the source of frightening false-positive results. Read more >

BPA Exposure Damages Male Reproductive Tissue
A new study finds human fetal cells are highly sensitive to the endocrine disruptor bisphenol A. It's not just about lab animals anymore. Read more >

Exposure to Stress Interferes with Prostate Cancer Treatment
Being under stress seems to interfere with the effectiveness of cancer drugs. Beta blockers may help Read more >

Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Menopausal Symptoms
Complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies may provide relief for women transitioning to menopause. HRT helps, too. Read more >

Dietary Carotenoids Decrease Breast Cancer Risk
The pigments that give some fruits and veggies their vibrant color help protect the body from breast cancer. Read more >

Doctors Often Misdiagnose Patient Preferences
Patients often surprise their doctors by choosing different treatments than their doctors expect. Knowing all the options helps. Read more >

Antioxidant in Red Wine Could Enhance Prostate Cancer Treatment
Dr. Tip: The antioxidant found in red wine and red grape juice could help enhance prostate cancer treatment. Read more >

Increased Calcium Intake Reduces Risk of Hyperparathyroidism
Parathyroids are only the size of grains of rice, but can cause bone loss, cancer, and depression... Read more >

HPV Vaccine Does Not Change Sexual Behavior in Girls
Good news for parents: protecting girls with the HPV vaccine does not encourage sexual activity. Read more >

Hormone Replacement Offers a Benefit When Started Soon After Menopause
A new study finds HRT has protective benefits. But another study found it to be risky. Who can keep up? Read more >

TMI? The Debate About Celebrities and Illness
When Robin Roberts, Padma Lakshmi or Kylie Minogue talk about their health, they raise awareness... Read more >

Cat Ownership Not Linked To Increased Brain Tumor Risk
You can pick up the T. gondii parasite simply through contact with contaminated soil or vegetables; direct exposure to cat feces is not... Read more >

How Red Meat (and the Way You Cook It) Can Lead to Cancer
We're learning more about why eating red meat may increase our risk for cancer. Read more >

Grapefruit Juice Could Help Reduce the Necessary Dose of Chemotherapy Drugs
Adding a glass of grapefruit juice can enhance the effect of an anti-cancer drug. And with no... Read more >

Heartburn and Cancer
Heartburn appears to be linked to esophageal cancer. The rates for both are up and it may not... Read more >

Concern over UV from Compact Fluorescent Bulbs
Place lamps with CFL bulbs at a distance, or put the bulbs behind glass to avoid exposure to UV radiation that can damage skin. Read more >

While Still Controversial, PSA Testing Does Save Many Lives
New research tells us not to be so fast to drop PSA testing, as it still saves a lot of lives. Read more >

Popularity of Spray-On Tans Prompts Concerns about Their Safety
Spray-on tans definitely reduce chances of skin cancer, but a chemical in the sprays is not good... Read more >

Can Bees Help Fight Prostate Cancer?
Caffeic acid phenethyl ester from the substance bees use to patch their combs, stops tumor growth... Read more >

Exercise May Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer Risk, Regardless of Age
Exercising just 10 to 20 hours a week can reduce breast cancer risk by almost a third. And it doesn't have to be a hard workout. Read more >

Patients' Opinion of Medical Care May Differ from Reality
Your opinions - both good and bad - about the medical care you receive may not be reality-based... Read more >

Teens, Alcohol and Benign Breast Disease
Teen girls who drink have an increased risk of benign breast disease and ultimately, breast cancer.. Read more >

Aspirin Could Significantly Cut Your Risk of Cancer
Aspirin may reduce your risk of developing cancer. But there are some risks. Read more >

Harmful Chemicals, Unlisted on Labels, Can Lurk in Everyday Products
Worrisome compounds can appear in even the most "natural" household products... Read more >

FDA Makes Plans to Correct Cancer Drug Shortage in the U.S.
Worrying shortages of two major cancer drugs propel the FDA to find new ways to boost supplies. Read more >

Researchers Gain Insight into How BRCA Mutations Increase Breast Cancer Risk
Researchers discover exactly what makes BRCA mutations so dangerous for breast cancer risk... Read more >

Mid-Morning Snacks May Undermine Weight Loss Efforts
Snacking may be hazardous to your diet. It can be a sign of mindless eating. Read more >

Wider Waists May Up Colon Cancer Risk
Being overweight is a risk factor for colorectal cancer. Read more >

Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy Aids Reconstruction
For some women, nipple-sparing surgery can help their breasts look more natural after breast cancer surgery. Read more >

Teaching Doctors Empathy
Can listening to their own encounters with patients help doctors become more responsive... Read more >

Colon Cancer Linked to Bug
Colon cancer tissue was infected with a specific bacterium. Could this mean a cancer antibiotic... Read more >

National Drug Shortages: The Story No One's Following
Drug shortages have more than tripled. Patients in smaller hospitals suffer as less profitable... Read more >

Researchers Pin down Significant Genetic Predictor of Ovarian Cancer
Having a faulty RAD51D gene means a 1 in 11 chance of ovarian cancer. Knowing your status can help.. Read more >

BPA-Free Water Bottles Pass the Test, Some Aluminum Bottles Don't
It pays to do a little research to be sure that water bottle is BPA-free, especially if you plan to drink hot liquids from it. Read more >

Social Causes Kill as Many as Heart Attack, Stroke and Lung Cancer
Proof that public health must be seen in a broader light than it currently is... Read more >

The Latest Cell Phone - Cancer Study Finds No Link
A new review study finds no good evidence of a cell phone-brain tumor connection... Read more >

Broccoli, the Key to a Longer Life?
Eating lots of cruciferous vegetables - like broccoli and cauliflower - appears to be related to a longer life. Read more >

New Clues to Turning Off Cancer Growth
From a chance discovery, scientists develop a new way to shut down cancer growth. Read more >

The "Best" Hospitals May Be No Better Than the One around the Corner
Hospitals rated the best by big publications may not be any better than others. Read more >

ACE Inhibitors May Increase Breast Cancer Recurrence Risk
A popular blood pressure medication appears to increase the risk of recurrence among survivors. Read more >

Doctors Would Often Choose Different Treatments for Themselves than for Their Patients
Doctors would often choose different treatments for themselves than those they would recommend... Read more >

Lasers Detect Skin Cancer More Accurately than Current Techniques
A laser probe finds deadly melanomas better than current methods, potentially saving time, lives... Read more >

High Disease Rate May Not Mean Poor Health
We tend to think a low disease rate means that doctors are doing a good job... Read more >

The Tomato: A Multi-Talented Food
Tomatoes are one of the few fruit and vegetables that are even better for you when cooked. Read more >

Alternatives to Colonoscopy
You may be able to avoid this dreaded test with fecal occult blood tests or flexible sigmoidoscopy. Read more >

Cancer Patients on Opioid Drugs Have More Cognitive Deficits
Cancer patients on opioid painkillers often experience confusion, disorientation and forgetfulness. Read more >

Vitamin D: How Much Is Enough? How Much Is Too Much?
There's more evidence that at high doses vitamin D greatly reduces cancer risk. But what about... Read more >

Doctors Turn to Surgical Biopsies Too Often, Study Finds
Doctors are ordering surgical breast biopsies when needle biopsies would suffice. What's the cost... Read more >

Waiting Longer to Begin HRT May Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer
Waiting longer than five years to begin hormones after menopause may reduce the risk of breast cancer associated with HRT. Read more >

Avastin May Do More Harm than Good
The cancer drug Avastin appears to reduce a person's chance of surviving when administered with certain chemotherapies. Read more >

Menopause Symptoms Are Linked to Reduced Breast Cancer Risk, Say Researchers
Hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause may actually have a protective effect when it comes to certain cancers. Read more >

Breast Cancer Success Rate May Depend on the Doctor Treating It
Success rate in treatment is linked to the surgical skill and radiation strategy of your oncologist. Read more >

Women without Family History of Breast Cancer Are Still at Risk
Women without a family history of breast cancer are still at risk: so talk to your doctor about the right time to screen. Read more >

Prostate Cancer: Exercise Means a Longer Life
Men who have had prostate cancer can improve their chances of survivial considerably by being active. Read more >

Cancer: Quit Smoking for Pain Relief
Is it that smoking actually increases cancer pain, or that greater pain increases smoking? Read more >

Researchers Are Figuring Out How to Turn Cancer Cells Off
In certain conditions, cancer cells signal the immune system to "eat" them, leading to powerful... Read more >

Anti-Smoking Laws Clean Up the Air
Wisconsin passed a law banning smoking in bars and restaurants. Now the air in them is not dangerous Read more >

Even A Little Smoke Poses "Immediate" Risk to the Body
According to the Surgeon General, there is no safe level of cigarette smoke, even if it is secondhand. Read more >

Daily Aspirin May Lower Cancer Risk
A study found that low daily doses of aspirin greatly reduced the risk of several types of cancer. Read more >

More Evidence That Mammograms Under 50 May Reduce Risk
Just in: Another new study finds that early mammograms may bring big benefits to women under 50. Read more >

Secondhand Smoke: Worse for Children
Don't smoke at home. Secondhand smoke appears to affect children even more than it does adults. Read more >

Low-Dose Aspirin May Reduce Risk for Colon Cancer
Low doses of aspirin may be quite effective in fighting off colon cancer in those at high risk — but how it works is still a mystery. Read more >

Hormones Raise Cancer Risk
Hormone replacement therapy may increase the risk of developing breast cancer and of dying from it. Read more >

Doctors Aren't Following Colon Cancer Screening Guidelines
Doctors are over-prescribing some colon cancer screening, and ignoring other tests. Healthcare... Read more >

Why Aren't People Eating Whole-Grain Foods?
Afraid you won't like whole grains? Popcorn is a whole grain. And there are many ways to eat and prepare them. Experiment. Read more >

To Screen or Not to Screen? That is the Question
Two new studies add to the debate about whether mammograms should be standard for women in their 40s Read more >

Hormone Replacement Therapy Makes Mammograms Hard to Read
HRT may affect how doctors interpret the tests, leading to diagnoses diagnoses of breast cancer... Read more >

Alcohol Disrupts the Biological Clock
Reduced messenger RNA activity appears to be behind the sleep and mood problems in drinkers. Read more >

Luckily, Cancer Risk Does Not Depend on Personality, Researchers Find
The idea that one's personality can contribute to cancer has not been found to be true. Read more >

Think You're Safe with Just a Cigarette a Day? Think Again
Smoking just one cigarette a day, or being around smokers, can lead to damage to your airways. Read more >

Cancer Cells Use Fructose to Multiply
Cancer cells actually prefer fructose over glucose to fuel themselves and multiply. Read more >

Is a Little Stress Good for The Body? New Research Shows It Might Help Fight Cancer
Mice "stressed" by living in stimulating environments fought cancer better than those not stressed. Read more >

Study Says PSA Test Saves Lives
Screening for prostate cancer may pick up small cancers that really shouldn't be treated. Read more >

HDL or "Good" Cholesterol May Reduce Cancer Risk
HDL, the “Good” cholesterol, has been linked to lower cancer risk in addition to its contribution to heart health. Read more >

Another Benefit of Broccoli: Breast Cancer Treatment
A compound in broccoli called sulforaphane may stop the growth of breast cancer stem cells. Read more >

Researchers Find Way to Detect Lung Cancer Earlier
A new approach yields cells that provide a look at a genetic marker which may predict cancer... Read more >

Weight Gain over Time Significantly Ups Breast Cancer Risk
Significant weight gain (over 30-pounds) during middle-age can increase a woman's risk of breast cancer after menopause. Read more >

New Study Shows Only Small Connection between Fruits, Veggies and Reduced Cancer Risk
While the exact relationship between fruits, vegetables, and cancer risk has not yet been determined, it can't hurt to continue eating... Read more >

Blood Pressure Meds Might Reduce the Spread of Breast Cancer, Study Says
Beta-blockers appear to help reduce the spread of cancer. Read more >

A Healthy Diet and Less Alcohol May Lower Risk of Breast Cancer
Heavy alcohol consumption and a fatty diet raise the risk of breast cancer by up to 20%. Read more >

Reducing Nausea and Vomiting from Chemotherapy
Aprepitant, already FDA approved, offered nausea relief to bone marrow transplant recipients. Read more >

Don't Worry, Be Active
Exercise can reduce the anxiety people may feel when living with a chronic illness. Read more >

Six Months of Nicotine Patches Work Better Than Two
Nicotine patches tend to be more effective when used for longer periods of time. Read more >

New Studies Help Researchers Predict and Detect Pancreatic Cancers
Two studies have identified different to detect the risk and presence of pancreatic cancer early... Read more >

Quitting Smoking after Early Lung Cancer Diagnosis Doubles Survival
It's never too late to quit smoking. When people diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer quit smoking, they double their chances of survival. Read more >

Adequate Selenium in Diet May Reduce Esophageal, Stomach Cancers
Selenium is found in meats, grains and nuts. It can be toxic if too much is taken, but adequate amounts seem to reduce cancer risk. Read more >

Researchers Discover Why Apples May Actually “Keep the Doctor Away”
It appears apples provide beneficial bacteria and a pH environment that keep the intestines healthy and the doctor away. Read more >

Acupuncture May Reduce Hot Flashes (and Up Sex Drive) in Breast Cancer Patients
Giving breast cancer patients acupuncture can help ease the side effects of hormone therapy and improves sex drive in some. Read more >

Researchers Break Code for Skin, Lung Cancers
The genetic mutations causing skin and lung cancer have been mapped, and nearly all of them are the result of exposure to sun or smoke respe Read more >

Nanosensors May Detect Cancers Sooner, Finds Study
The search is on to develop nanosensors that would detect biomarkers in blood or sputum to catch cancers early. Read more >

Milk Thistle May Help Chemo Patients with Liver Damage, Study Finds
The herb milk thistle appears to help keep levels of two key liver enzymes low during chemotherapy. Read more >

Eating Soy-Rich Foods May Reduce Risk for Ovarian, Endometrial Cancers
Soy-based foods mimic estrogen's effects and may lower women's risk of ovarian and endometrial cancers. Read more >

Spices Halt Growth of Cancer Stem Cells
Compounds in tumeric and pepper slow the growth of cancer stem cells, which can in turn prevent tumor formation. Read more >

Quitting in a Virtual World Helps Smokers Quit for Real
A video game in which virtual smokers stomp out their cigarettes actually helped real smokers quit Read more >

Low Cholesterol May Signal Undiagnosed Cancer
Low cholesterol may be a sign of undiagnosed cancer. Read more >

Improving the Safety of Radiation Therapy
Researchers have found a way to protect healthy cells from radiation therapy, using a cell signaling inhibitor and making the therapy far more effective. Read more >

Breast Tenderness with HRT Linked to Higher Breast Cancer Risk
Hormone replacement therapy often causes breast tenderness, which appears to be associated with a higher risk of breast cancer. Read more >

Green Tea May Help Fend off Certain Cancers
Drinking lots of green tea can reduce the risk of cancers of the blood and lymph system. Read more >

A Chink in the Armor of Pancreatic Cancer
Pancreatic cancer is treatment-resistant, as evidenced by the death of Patrick Swayze. New research has found a way to turn off the TAK-1 enzyme... Read more >

Watchful Waiting as a Treatment Option for Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancers are classed from low to high risk based on three factors: size, location and microscopic appearance. Read more >

Hormone Replacement Therapy May Increase Breast Cancer Risk
There are a number of things to consider when thinking about beginning hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Read more >

Vaccinating for HPV May Also Prevent Breast Cancer, Study Finds
Vaccinating against HPV (Human Papillomavirus) may also prevent against certain forms of breast cancer. Read more >

Preserving Fertility in Stage I Ovarian Cancer Patients
For women with Stage 1 ovarian cancer, it may not be necessary to remove the uterus or both ovaries, thus preserving fertility. Read more >

Vigorous Daily Exercise May Cut Cancer Risk in Half
Working out with moderate to high intensity for at least 30 minutes per day may cut your overall risk of cancer by half. Read more >

Foods' Glycemic Index Linked to Risk of Breast Cancer
Glycemic load is significantly correlated with estrogen receptor-positive/progesterone receptor-negative breast cancer. Read more >

Researchers Discover How Cancers Metastasize to the Brain
Cancers that spread to the brain but originate in other parts of the body outnumber those that begin in the brain by about 10 to one. Read more >

Researchers Find Growth Factor May Reverse Alzheimer's Symptoms in Mice
A growth factor (GCSF) often used to increase white blood cell production in the bone marrow of cancer patients may actually reverse Alzheimer‘s Read more >

Stopping Cancer from Spreading
Engineers have come up with a device that prevents cancer cells from spreading or metastasizing. It uses tiny molecular channels... Read more >

Ginger Helps Reduce Nausea from Chemotherapy
Cancer patients suffering from ill effects of chemotherapy reported significantly less nausea if they took ginger supplements. Read more >

Researchers Home in on Why High-Fiber Diets Help Fight Colon Cancer
Butyrate, an end-product of the breakdown of fiber in the gut, acts as an anti-cancer agent in a couple of different ways. Read more >

Secondhand Smoke Exerts Ill Effects Quickly, Researchers Say
Even a brief exposure to cigarette smoke can have a negative cardiovascular effect. Read more >

Eating Charred Meat May Up Pancreatic Cancer Risk
Heavily cooked and charred meats are strongly linked to pancreatic cancer risk. Read more >

Wristbands May Ease Nausea Associated with Radiation Therapy
Wearing a wristband during radiation therapy may lessen the nausea that often accompanies the treatment — and this may not by due to placebo effect, a new study reports. Read more >

Omega-3's Reduce Tumors in Mice
The more Omega-3 fatty acids mice consumed, the more their tumors shrank. Other variables also showed improvement. Read more >

Prostate Screening via PSA Test May Be Unnecessary
While some forms of prostate cancer may never pose a health threat, other forms are quite malignant and can be life-threatening. Read more >

Study Details Adverse Effects of Chemotherapy in Women
When healthy cells are damaged by the chemicals used in the chemotherapy, the patient may experience unwanted side-effects. Read more >

Safer and Tastier: Marinating Meat Reduces Suspected Carcinogens
Cooking meat at high temperatures produces suspected carcinogens. Marinating meat before cooking lowers the amount of these substances. Read more >

Mediterranean Diet Wins Again
A Mediterranean diet is a diet that's rich in grain, fruits, vegetables, nuts, olive oil and includes a moderate amount of red wine. Read more >

The Scent of Skin Cancer Cells
Some dogs are able to detect skin cancer because its cells emit an odor that is distinct from that of normal skin. Read more >

Melanoma's Alarming Rise
In order to avoid melanoma, young women should wear plenty of sunscreen and avoid the hottest parts of the day. Read more >

Fertility Treatment Brings New Hope to Women Undergoing Chemotherapy
A new fertility treatment for women facing cancer treatment significantly increases the odds that they will be able harvest their eggs. Read more >

Smokers Quit in Clusters
When people close to you quit smoking, you are more likely to quit as well. Read more >

Gum Disease and Cancer Risk
A few years ago they told us gum disease was associated with a higher risk of heart attack and stroke. Read more >

Breast Cancer Risk Remains Long After Quitting HRT
Results suggest that any woman who have taken combination HRT should continue to have regular mammograms. Read more >

Cleaning Products and Your Child's Lungs
Using strong cleaning products while pregnant may put your child at risk for breathing problems. Read more >

Anemia Drugs Pose Possible Danger to Cancer Patients
Anemia, or a shortage of red blood cells, is a common side effect of many serious diseases, including cancer. Read more >

Should We Take Multivitamins?
Multivitamin use can create an overabundance of folic acid which may put people at risk for cancer. Read more >

Caffeine Reduces Ovarian Cancer Risk
Caffeine reduces the risk of ovarian cancer; and alcohol and cigarette use had no ill effect. More Read more >

New Test for Prostate Cancer Risk
There are five known genetic risk factors for prostate cancer. Read more >

Why Stopping Smoking Does Not Always Stop Cancer
As researchers have long known, when cigarette smokers quit, they reduce their risk of developing many — but not all — smoking-related diseases. Read more >

Cancer and Color
Many fruits and vegetables get their color from chemical compounds called anthocyanins. Read more >

Low Cholesterol Associated with Cancer?
Many studies show that lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or "bad" cholesterol) is one of the most important things we can do to prevent heart disease. Read more >

Fat Cells Can Kill Cancer
Believe it or not. Read more >

Red Wine Protects the Prostate
In the past few years, researchers have found evidence for all sorts of healthful effects of red wine, particularly on the heart. Read more >

First Evidence of Alcohol-Cancer Link
Studies find that consuming alcohol increases your chance of rapid tumor growth. Read more >

Frequent Exercise Reduces Breast Cancer Risk
New data suggest that long-term and intense physical exercise may help protect women against some types of breastcancer. Read more >

The Busier, The Better
When it comes to breast-cancer surgery, a new study suggests that experience is crucial — far fewer patients die at hospitals that perform more surgeries. Read more >

Family Size Linked to Brain Tumor Risk
Believe it or not, the number of brothers and sisters you have, especially younger ones, could predict your chances of developing a brain tumor, according to a new study. Read more >

Three Ways to Lower Cancer Risk — Exercise, Aspirin Consumption and Childbirth
We have long known that certain behaviors such as smoking and consumption of fatty foods lead to an increased risk of developing cancer. Read more >

Preventing Skin Cancer with — a Tan
A recently released study has produced an improved understanding of the process of skin tanning, a breakthrough that may lead to a new way of protecting fair-skinned people from skin cancer. Read more >

Does Prostate Cancer Treatment Cause Diabetes and Heart Disease?
A common treatment for prostate cancer puts men at increased risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, according to a new study. Read more >

Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer: Yes or No?
For decades, women with breast cancer have struggled with a decision — whether or not to undergo chemotherapy. Read more >

Detecting a Killer
While lung cancer is one of the more preventable cancers — the vast majority of the 160,000 annual deaths it causes in the United States result from smoking — it is also one of the deadliest. Read more >

Prostate Cancer Treatment: Too Much Too Soon?
More than half of men with lower-risk prostate cancer received surgery or radiation treatment, when a wait-and-see approach might have been a better option, according to a new study. Read more >

Estrogen + Testosterone = Breast Cancer?
Women who take a combination of estrogen and testosterone to treat the symptoms of menopause may be putting themselves at greater risk for breast cancer. Read more >

Cancer and the "Lance Armstrong Effect"
Experts have long wondered why testicular cancer survivors like seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong do so much better than people with other advanced cancers. Read more >

Pomegranate 1, Cancer 0
Pomegranate juice greatly reduced the doubling time in prostate cancer patients. Read more >

Treatment Options for Resistant Lymphoma
New hope for patients with treatment-resistant lymphoma. Read more >

Fighting Fire With Fire
Viruses take aim at cancer cells. Read more >

Killer Showers?
Researchers find a link between showers and cancer, clear evidence shows the transfer of THM's from shower water into the blood. Read more >

Green Tea May Protect Women From Breast Cancer
Drinking green tea may help protect women from getting breast cancer — that's the good news from a study by researchers at the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Read more >

More Sex, More Cancer?
The more sexual partners a man has, the greater his risk of prostate cancer. Read more >

As Easy as (Cherry) Pie?
Cherries — whether fresh, frozen, dried, or canned — are a powerful triple threat in the body's battle against cancer. Read more >

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