02/04/2013
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  • NEWS

    Screening for cancer can't be a bad thing, can it? Consumer Reports has evaluated 11 cancer screenings and found that for most people, eight cancer screenings aren’t necessary unless a person is at high risk for a particular cancer.  The study concluded that many cancer screenings are oversold and may confuse matters rather than clarify them.  Among those that fit that description, according to Consumer Reports, are urine tests for bladder cancer, CT-scans for lung cancer, blood tests for prostate cancer, tests for ovarian cancer and checks for testicular cancer.


  • NEWS

    It's flu season and news outlets are reporting that this is one of the worst years on record. So, not surprisingly, some scammers are peddling fraudulent flu cures and treatments, prompting the FDA to issue a warning about online and retail shops selling bogus products. It advises people to steer clear of items that claim to "boost natural immunity to the flu," "prevents from catching the flu," "speeds up recovery" and products marketed as an "effective, safe alternative to the flu vaccine."


  • NEWS

    Calorie counting is a staple of many diets – flip the packaging of a product over and check out its impact.  But those numbers on the label may not be as accurate as we’d like to believe, according to new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    But that’s not necessarily bad news. Researchers found that the method for estimating calorie counts, developed more than 100 years ago, doesn’t take into account how food preparation and digestion can affect calorie absorption.  The result is that the calorie estimates you see on labels are likely higher than the number of calories you’re really absorbing.


  • INFOGRAPHIC OF THE WEEK

    We know that fast food can be bad for our waistlines.  But does it also affect our mental health?  Some research suggests that too much of it can lead to moodiness and depression. Here's what you should know.  

  • QUOTE OF
    THE DAY

    A healthy attitude is contagious but don't wait to catch it from others.  Be a carrier.

    —Tom Stoppard


  • NEWS

    Marriage is good for your heart in more ways than one.  A Finnish study found that unmarried men and women are more likely to die of a heart attack at any age than married couples.  Between 1993 and 2003 there were 15,330 cardiac events in Finland, about half of which resulted in death. These cardiac incidents occurred 58 to 66 percent more often among unmarried men compared to married men, and 60 to 65 percent more often in unmarried women compared to married women.


  • NEWS

    Short bouts of exercise throughout the day may be just as effective as structured workouts. A study from Oregon State University found that people who commit to living ‘active lifestyles’ by doing simple activities throughout the day, such as raking leaves, shoveling snow or walking up and down stairs could be getting health benefits similar to someone who relies on more regimented workouts.

  • SLICE OF HISTORY

    Gertrude Levandowski, a 58-year-old widow from Burnips, Michigan, undergoes an unprecedented surgical procedure in a Chicago Hospital to remove an ovarian cyst. It's usually not a complicated operation, but it is for Levandowski because she weighs more than 600 pounds and the cyst accounts for a large part of that weight.

    Over four days doctors drain fluid from the growth at the rate of 120 drops per minute until they extract almost 200 pounds of liquid. Then they to remove the cyst itself, which even in its shrunken form, weighs almost 150 pounds. Levandowski recovers quickly and when she leaves the hospital, she's lost half her weight.

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