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Poor and Hispanic Women Receive More Unnecessary Surgery For Breast Cancer; from journal Archives of Surgery

September 22, 2011

A new study has found that poor, Hispanic, and elderly women in the U.S. are more likely to have unnecessary surgery for breast cancer. The studay looked at surgery records for 18,000 women in California. One third of those women had mastectomies with lymph node removal for early stage cancers which had not yet spread beyond the breast. The women with nodes removed were more likely to be poor, old, or Hispanic.   2005 guidelines...

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Association Found Between Stress and Breast Cancer Aggressiveness; from American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)

September 21, 2011

Stress may play a role in the aggressiveness of breast cancer according to a new study by researchers at the School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago. Researchers found that after diagnosis, black and Hispanic patients reported higher levels of stress that white patients, and that higher levels of stress were associated with more aggressive tumors.    The study included 989 breast cancer patients, 411...

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United Nations Holds Summit On Non-communicable Diseases; from United Nations

September 20, 2011

The United Nations General Assembly backed steps to combat non-communicable diseases (NCDs) worldwide after a 2-day summit on the topic. This was only the second high level meeting at the U.N. to address global health; the first being meetings on the AIDS epidemic.   Heart disease, cancer, chronic lung disease, diabetes, and mental illness have a huge economic and social impact worldwide, according to a new report from the World...

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Calorie Labels Do Change Behavior; from British Medical Journal

July 27, 2011

A study of New York City's 2008 food labeling law shows calorie labeling had a positive affect on fast-food customers. In studying customers reciepts, researchers found that 1 in 6 people purchased fewer calories.    New York City's 2008 food labeling law requires fast food restaurants to prominently post calorie information on their menus. The law was an effort to combat the rising levels of obesity in the U.S. Obesity is at an...

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Hispanics Lag In Sun Protection; from Archives of Dermatology

July 19, 2011

A new study found many Hispanics lagging in sun protection. Hispanic adults in the U.S. who spoke better English or had been in the U.S. longer were more likely to wear sunscreen or stay in the shade. Also, those who are more eductated were more likely to have safer sun habits.   There appears to be a misunderstanding among some that people with darker skin are not at risk for skin cancer. However, all skin types can get skin cancer....

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Obesity Rates Increase In Most States; from the Trust for America's Health & the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

July 16, 2011

Americans continue getting fatter, according to a report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The report, entitled "F As In Fat", found that obesity rates rose in 16 states. No state had a decrease in obesity. Twelve states have obesity rates over 30%. Mississippi led the pack with 34.4%. Colorado, with an obesity rate of 19.8%, was the only state under 20%.   This represents a marked increase...

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Family Cancer Histories Should Be Updated More Often; from Journal of the American Medical Association

July 14, 2011

In a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers advise that doctors should update their patients' family cancer histories every 5-10 years. In current practice the records are often updated only when a patient is worried about cancer. However, family history can affect screening recommendations.    Researchers analyzed over 11,000 records of patients enrolled in the Cancer Genetics Network, a registry...

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American Men With Cancer More Likely To Die Than American Women; from the National Cancer Institute

July 12, 2011

A study by the National Cancer Institute has found than American men who are diagnosed with cancer are more likely to die from the disease than American women. The study analyzed data from 36 different types of cancer from 1977-2006. For lip cancer, for instance, 5.5 men died for each woman's death. Lung cancer, which is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women, had a disparity of 2.3 men's deaths for each woman's death from...

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Healthy Lifestyle Reduces Risk Of Sudden Cardiac Death For Women; from Journal of the American Medical Association

July 06, 2011

Women who lead a healthy lifestyle are less likely to die from sudden cardiac events, according to new results from the Nurses' Health Study. Women who adhered to all of the study's healthy lifestyle factors had over a 90% reduced risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD). The four factors studied were overweight, smoking, inactivity, and poor diet. The reduction of risk increased with each factor: 46% reduction for adhering to one factor, up to...

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Americans Eating More; from journal PLoS Medicine

June 30, 2011

A study examining American eating habits over 30 years has found that Americans are eating more often and consuming an average of 570 more calories per day than they did in the 1970s. The study looked at portion size, total calorie consumption, as well as number of meal eaten. The size of meals has stabilized in recent years, but the number of calories continues to rise. Part of the increase in calories is from sugary soft drinks;...

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