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Alcohol Ups Prostate Cancer Risk
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Alcohol Ups Prostate Cancer Risk

It’s not news that alcohol increases the risk of breast cancer, as well as a few cancers of the digestive system, but now comes research from the University of Victoria suggesting a significant relationship between alcohol consumption and the risk of prostate cancer. A U of Victoria news release reports […]

Marijuana May Be Bad For Your Heart
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Marijuana May Be Bad For Your Heart

Many marijuana users think the drug is good for their head, but researchers at St. Luke’s University Health Network in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania suspect that it could be bad for their hearts. Science Daily reports on a study of 33,343 people who were hospitalized with stress cardiomyopathy between 2003-2011 in the United […]

Relax With Controlled Breathing
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Relax With Controlled Breathing

Election results made you anxious? Or overly excited? In either case, controlled breathing can bring you back to a comfortable, relaxing place. The New York Times tells us how it may work. One theory, the Times reports, “is that controlled breathing can change the response of the body’s autonomic nervous […]

The Dangers Of Dog Kissing
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The Dangers Of Dog Kissing

Your dog wants to kiss you, meaning he wants to lick your face. You don’t want to be cruel, but you also don’t want dog germs, or do you? To answer that question, the New York Times consults a few experts. Dr. Leni K. Kaplan, a lecturer of community practice service […]

Brain Training Games Don’t Work
Attitude Health

Brain Training Games Don’t Work

Computerized brain-training games are apparently good for something: They improve your ability to play a particular computer game. But do they make you smarter? According to a review of nearly 400 studies of brain training published last week in the journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest, there is no credible evidence […]

Hormones For Prostate Cancer Up Dementia Risk
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Hormones For Prostate Cancer Up Dementia Risk

About half of the men diagnosed with prostate cancer in the United States eventually end up with some kind of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT), which suppresses testosterone and slows the progression of cancer. Now come researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, who, after studying almost a decade’s worth of data, […]

Calcium Supplements May Hurt Heart
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Calcium Supplements May Hurt Heart

About 43 percent of Americans take a supplement that includes calcium, thought to be a builder of strong bones. But now come researchers from Johns Hopkins University with a concern that calcium in the form of supplements may raise the risk of plaque buildup in arteries and heart damage, even though […]

The Latest Supplements du Jour
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The Latest Supplements du Jour

Multivitamins, which, in the opinion of many experts, never did anything, are out. Vitamin D, probiotics and fish oil are in. That’s the word from the supplement fashion police, otherwise known as epidemiological researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. HealthDay reports their recent survey, which found that […]

Exercise Brain Boost May Not Last
Fitness Health

Exercise Brain Boost May Not Last

Faithful readers of New York Times health columnist Gretchen Reynolds probably know that she has several times extolled the brain benefits of exercise. Now comes Reynolds with some less than great news: those benefits may not last. Reynolds cites a new study from researchers at the University of Maryland that took […]