• Why the latest study on cell phone use and brain cancer won’t be the last word

    A Danish study published in the BMJ – the largest study to date on cell phones and brain cancer- found no correlation, but many believe the debate isn't over. Many scientists believe the study was flawed or not broad enough, and many feel that it would be virtually impossible to create a study that would provide a

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  • Plaque, Appendicitis Bacterium Linked to Colon Cancer

    A bacterium that causes appendicitis and gum disease– fusobacterium– has been detected in colon tumors, according to new research that suggests it may set the stage for colorectal cancer, the second-deadliest malignancy.  Only lung cancer kills more people each year.  Most of us have probably never even heard of the fuscobacterium!  We at The Good For You Network have

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  • Cellphones: More Radiation Than Thought?

      A government test used to measure the radiation people absorb from their cellphones might underestimate the levels to which most adults and children are exposed, according to a group of doctors and researchers whose stated mission is to promote awareness of environmental health risks they believe may be linked to cancer. Researchers from the Environmental

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  • Spit test could be early indicator of pancreatic cancer

    Could the type of bacteria in the mouth be an early warning sign of pancreatic cancer?  There are different kinds of bacteria in the mouth– certain strains could present more of a health risk than others.  Findings from a new study highlight the importance of oral hygiene, at a time when there is a spotlight

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  • Prostate Test Finding Leaves a Swirl of Confusion

    The controversy over the PSA test has left men in a quandary– Do you have the test? Just how reliable is it? When is watchful waiting warranted? How accurate are biopsies? This week, the United States Preventive Services Task Force is expected to announce its recommendation against routine testing for blood levels of prostate-specific antigen, the

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  • Family and Peers Have Big Impact on Health

    A new study suggests that family and social networks play a vital role in individual health, and that individuals can make a positive difference in the health lives of not only themselves, but others around them. The multi-national study consisted of more than 15,000-people living in 12 countries. Fifty-one percent of respondents (through online and

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  • How to Steer Toward the Path of Least Treatment

    Dr.  Rita Redberg, editor of Archives of Internal Medicine, a journal that has been publishing a series of papers on overtreatment, along with many doctors surveyed for this story, say the trend in medicine has been toward running more diagnostic tests and using more invasive procedures and more medications, even when tests may not be

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  • Big tobacco kept cancer risk in cigarettes secret; study

    Has big tobacco been holding out on its customers? New research suggests that tobacco companies have known for 40 years that cigarette smoke contains cancer-causing particles, but deliberately hid the information from the public. CBS News, 10/3/2011

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  • Free formula samples at hospitals raise concern

    By sending patients home with goodie bags filled with infant formula, are hospitals encouraging new moms to use formula rather than breastfeeding, which is considered a healthier option for both the baby and the mother? Yahoo! News, 9/25/2011

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  • U.S. advisers urge FDA to address antipsychotics in kids

    Drug regulators have been urged by U.S. pediatric health advisers to continue studying weight gain and other side-effects of antipsychotic drugs because these drugs are increasingly taken by children. Jonathon Mink, a child neurology expert, said, “There is serious concern that children may be at a higher risk for serious adverse effects and we just

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  • Yes, You Are Getting Shorter Height Loss May Signal health Risks, Especially for Men; some Exercises Help

    Is getting shorter as you get older just an inevitable part of the aging process? Although most people do lose height as they get older, height loss could signal additional health risk. A recent study takes a look at what contributes to height loss; what, if anything, can be done about it; and why men, women

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  • Questions for Better Care

    More informed patients may be a key to improving health care, reducing medical errors, and increasing the rate of early detection. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is launching a new campaign to encourage patients to ask more questions as a way to make the most of the time they have with their doctors.

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  • Scientists Hint at Why Laughter Feels So Good

    Laughter has been regularly promoted as good medicine but a new study suggests that the healing benefits of laughter actually come from the muscular exertions involved in producing the familiar ha, ha, ha.  The physical act of laughing releases chemicals in the brain that make people feel good and more resistant to pain. The New

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  • The Post Labor Day Letdown

    For many people, the end of summer brings dread. Psychologists say several major stressors come together this time of year, including fear of change, waning daylight and mourning for good times past. Melinda Beck explains on Lunch Break. The Wall Street Journal, 9/6/2011

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  • 9/11 Dust Cloud Highly Toxic

    This ABC News story details how the toxic mixture of chemicals in the air impacts the health of people who have been exposed to it. ABC News, 9/8/2011

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