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The Checkup: February 8, 2009 - February 14, 2009

Another Good Reason to Exercise

More than 100,000 people are diagnosed with colon cancer in the U.S. each year. New research suggests a straightforward, if not downright simple, way to cut that number by almost a quarter. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Harvard University analyzed 52 studies about exercise...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  February 13, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Cancer , Nutrition and Fitness  
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New Test for Prostate Cancer?

Scientists have made a discovery that could lead to a simple test to help doctors decide which men who have prostate cancer require treatment and which do not. More than 180,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year in the United States, making it the second leading form of...

By Rob Stein  |  February 12, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Cancer  
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Concern for Pets Might Prompt Smokers to Quit

It's pretty hard to live in 21st century America and not know that smoking is bad for you. Yet millions of Americans still cling to their tobacco-based habits. But if smokers won't quit for the sake of their own health, perhaps they will out of concern for their pets' well-being....

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  February 11, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Smoking  
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Mediterranean Diet and Cognitive Impairment

Is it the fish? The olive oil? Those legumes, grains and fruit? Or perhaps that daily dose of red wine? Nobody knows exactly which component of the Mediterranean diet makes it such a healthful way of eating. But evidence that it's good for you continues to mount. The latest: A...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  February 10, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Green Tea Setback?

Green tea has a growing reputation as a health-promoting dietary supplement. Research in recent years has shown that it may reduce risk of cardiovascular disease and several kinds of cancer, for instance. Many people use green tea to help cope with chemotherapy's side effects. But a new study casts a...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  February 9, 2009; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Alternative and Complementary Medicine , Cancer  
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