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Latest by Lara DeSanto

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Treatment

Pancreatic Cancer Treatment Takes a Step Forward

A new drug combination has been shown to shrink tumors and extend patients’ lives. Learn the risk factors for this disease and what you can do to lower your odds.

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Tests

New Hope for Throat Cancer

There’s currently no screening test that can help identify HPV-related throat cancer early. But new research suggests we’re one step closer.

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Nutrition

Hey, Chicken Lovers: It May Be Time to Cut Back

New research suggests that white meat may not be much healthier than beef after all.

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Prevention

How Many Steps Should You Walk Each Day?

10,000 may not be the magic number after all, according to new research.

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Symptoms

Knowing These Heart Attack Symptoms Could Save Your Life

Don’t delay—here’s why acting quickly at the first sign of a heart attack is vital.

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Prevention

Working It! How Exercise Helps Fight Heart Failure

While heart failure patients used to be told to prioritize rest, now experts say physical activity is vital—here’s what you need to know to get started.

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Prevention

Simple Ways to Manage Fluid Buildup

When you have heart failure, one major sign that it could be getting worse is excess fluid buildup in your body. Here are some key steps to keeping your levels in balance.

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Risk Factors

More Proof: E-Cigarettes Are Not Healthy

The flavorings in e-cigs might be enticing, but new research suggests they can cause significant damage to blood vessels. Here’s what you need to know about vaping—and how to quit all cigarettes for good.

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Prevention

That Pinterest Recipe for Homemade Sunscreen? Skip It

You don’t want to mess around when it comes to protecting your skin from harmful UV rays.

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Prevention

The Truth About Preventing Memory Loss

Doing puzzles and taking supplements aren’t going to cut it. The good news? Warding off dementia is probably easier than you think.