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The Checkup Archive: Prevention

The latest on cellphones and cancer risk

This paper is especially convincing because it accounts for the amount of time between exposure to radiation and the onset of cancer. Assuming it takes 5 to 10 years after exposure for brain cancer to appear, the authors observe, there would have been a rise in the number of such cancer cases in the UK during the years included in the study, as they would reflect exposures occurring between 1990 and 2002.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | February 21, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Cancer, Prevention  
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New data on crib injuries

What hasn't been tallied until this study is the number of non-fatal, but often quite serious, injuries to babies who have been placed in cribs, playpens or bassinets. An average of 26 such injuries per day occurred during the time studied, most (66 percent) involving falls, usually from cribs (83 percent) and most commonly affecting the head or neck (40 percent).

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | February 16, 2011; 6:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Family Health, Infant health, Kids' health, Motherhood, Parenting, Prevention, Sleep  
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Study links diet to longevity, but with confusing findings

According to press materials announcing a new study's publication in the January 2011 edition of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, researchers found that among 2,500 adults ages 70 to 79, those who maintained a diet deemed "healthy" were less likely to die and more likely to enjoy good health during the 10-year period examined.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | December 28, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Aging, Dietary Guidelines, General Health, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity, Prevention, life expectancy  
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Pro-vegetarian PCRM names worst cookbooks of 2010

Sorry, Trisha Yearwood and Gordon Ramsay. Too bad, Ina Garten. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine doesn't like the way you cook.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | December 23, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Cancer, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity, Prevention, Vegetarianism  
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GERD and esophageal cancer: 5 things you should know

After I reported on a study about gastroesophagael reflux disease (GERD) and esophageal cancer last week, I heard from the folks at the Esophageal Cancer Action Network (ECAN) , a nonprofit organization that works to raise awareness of esophageal cancer and advocates for better research into the deadly disease's causes and potential treatments.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | December 20, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Cancer, Prevention, digestive tract health  | Tags:  Cancer  
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Is that right? Aspirin reduces cancer risk?

The analysis revealed that for some cancers, taking a modest dose -- 75 milligrams, or roughly the equivalent of a U.S. baby aspirin, daily -- was associated with reduced likelihood of later dying from that cancer. The effect was stronger for some cancers (the 20-year esophageal cancer death risk was 60 percent lower for those taking aspirin than those on placebo; that number was 40 percent for colorectal cancer, 35 percent for gastrointestinal cancer and 30 percent for lung cancer) than for others (10 percent for prostate cancer).

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | December 10, 2010; 8:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Cancer, Cardiovascular Health, Health News, Is That Right?, Prevention  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Keeping caffeine from kids, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 9, 2010
New vitamin D recommendations, Rob Stein , November 30, 2010
Is that right? Vitamin E boosts cardio health?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 5, 2010
Campaign promises bullied young gay people: 'It Gets Better', Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 1, 2010
Does mental activity prevent dementia? , Rob Stein , September 1, 2010
Study: Prophylactic surgeries protect women, Rob Stein , August 31, 2010
Forgiving nuns may reap rewards, Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 5, 2010
Vitamins fail another test, Rob Stein , August 4, 2010
Texting while driving, a medical matter?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 10, 2010
Can we beat childhood obesity?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 1, 2010
When kids want to eat junk, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 4, 2010
Is that right? An extra 10 pounds won't hurt, might help?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 30, 2010
Genetic screening: Can we handle the truth?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 18, 2010
More worrisome mammogram news, Rob Stein , December 2, 2009
The dangers of walking and talking , Rob Stein , November 18, 2009
More fodder for the fat-but-healthy debate, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 5, 2009
Getting Guys to Wash Their Hands, Rob Stein , October 15, 2009
Watch Out For That Monitor!, Rob Stein , June 11, 2009
Sour Economy Hits Health, Rob Stein , May 21, 2009
Learning to Love the Female Condom, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 18, 2009
Is That Right? Juicy Juice for Brain Development, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 15, 2009
How Not to Spread AIDS, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 16, 2009
Pancreatic Cancer News You Can't Use, Jennifer LaRue Huget , March 13, 2009
Colonoscopy Still Saves Lives, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 17, 2008
No Flu Shot? What's Your Excuse?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 12, 2008
Colon Screening: Ready to Go Virtual?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 19, 2008
Hooked on Hookahs, Jennifer LaRue Huget , May 14, 2008
Mucking with My Martini, Jennifer LaRue Huget , April 23, 2008
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