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Online Help Improves Weight Loss; from International Journal of Obesity

June 30, 2011

A Japanese study has found that people are somewhat more successful at losing weight with online help compared with traditional weight loss programs. Researchers from University of Tsukuba Institute of Clinical Medicine in Ibaraki, Japan reviewed 23 studies comparing online programs with traditional probrams. They found that patients in programs with an online component lost an average of 1 1/2 pounds more than patients in non-internet...

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Childhood Cancer Survivors At Higher Risk For Multiple Tumors Later; from Journal of Clinical Oncology

June 29, 2011

A large study has found that about 10% of childhood cancer survivors face a future of additional, and sometimes multiple tumors. The federally funded study, Childhood Cancer Survivor Study, found that 9.6% of survivors of childhood cancers developed new tumors which were unrelated to their original cancers. Of the 9.6% (1,382 study participants), around 30% developed 3 different types of tumors. One hundred and fifty three survivors...

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Benefits of Mammogram Greater Than Previously Believed; from journal Radiology

June 28, 2011

Regular mammograms prevent breast cancer deaths, and the benefits increase over time, according to a new international study. The study of over 130,000 Swedish women covering 29 years has shown the number of women saved goes up with each year of screening.   The women were divided into two groups: one received an invitation to screening, and the other received regular care. The screening phase of the study lasted 7 years. The results...

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Too Much TV Linked with Heart Disease & Diabetes; from Journal of the American Medical Association

June 16, 2011

A new analysis has shown an association of hours of television watching with heart disease, diabetes, and premature death. Researchers from Harvard School of Public Health found that for every 2 hours of TV watching, the risk of type 2 diabetes increased 20% over an 8.5 year follow-up period. The risk of heart disease rose 15% over a decade, and the risk of death from all causes went up 13% over a 7 year period. Based on incidence of...

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Cancer Survivors Have Greater Health Care Expenses; from journal Cancer

June 14, 2011

A new study has found that cancer survivors in the U.S. spend between $4000 to $5000 more annually on healthcare than people who have never had cancer. There are approximately 12 million cancer survivors in the U.S. Survivors are often susceptible to later health complications. Their average medical expenses were $9300 per year.   The study was carried out by researchers at Penn State University. The research focused on survivors...

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Formaldehyde Listed As Carcinogen; U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

June 12, 2011

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) issued a statement last week listing formaldehyde as a carcinogen, and several other chemicals as possible carcinogens. Formaldehyde is a chemical found in many household products including composite wood products, paper product coatings, plastics, synthetic fibers, and some textile finishes. It is also used as a preservative in medical labs, and in some consumer hair products. People...

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Hip Strengthening Exercises Reduce Knee Pain; from the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting

June 09, 2011

Hip strengthening exercises performed by female runners reduced patellafemoral pain in a new study from the School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. The runners performed exercises such as single-leg squats and strengthening exercises using elastic bands twice per week for six weeks. Measuremenst of the hips, knees, and ankles were taken before and after the trial for both the...

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Oncologists Warn Of Shortage of Cancer Drugs; from American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting

June 07, 2011

U.S. cancer drugs are in short supply, undermining the ability of doctors to treat their patients most effectively. Generic cancer drugs, such as cisplatin, doxorubicin, cytarabine and leucovorin, are in particularly short supply. Many drugs are in short supply because there is no incentive for drug companies to make low-cost generics which have low profit margins. Doctors have little hope the situation will change soon, causing them...

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MyPlate Icon Replaces Food Pyramid; U.S. Department of Agriculture

June 06, 2011

Last week, First Lady Michelle Obama and the Dept. of Agriculture announced the launch of a new icon to replace the food pyramid. The MyPlate icon is designed to be a simple-to-understand tool to help Americans make better food choices.  The new icon is in the shape of a plate, making it visually simple to understand. More emphasis is placed on fruits and vegetables now. There will also be additional information, "how-tos", and online...

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Obesity Raises The Risk Of Dying From Breast Cancer; from the Endocrine Society's 93rd Annual Meeting

June 06, 2011

Women who maintain a healthy weight before and after a breast cancer diagnosis are more likely to survive the disease long term. A new study found that obesity is strongly linked to dying from the disease. Overweight or obese women with estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer had a 69% increased risk of dying of breast cancer. There was no increase in mortality risk for obese women with estrogen receptor-negative cancers.  The study...

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