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Could Watching TV Raise Your Colon Cancer Risk?

There may be a link between early-onset colorectal cancer — colon or rectal cancer diagnosed before age 50 — and time spent sitting and watching television.

By Diane Domina

Arsenic and Lead In Fruit Juice?

About half of 45 popular commercial fruit juices have elevated levels of potentially harmful heavy metals, according to this report.

By Diane Domina

Parasite in Cat Poop Linked to Schizophrenia

A large study suggests common pathogens, including one found in cat feces, are associated with an increased risk of serious psychiatric disorders and suicide.

By Diane Domina

Not Getting Enough Sleep? You May Feel More Pain

Pain can make it difficult to sleep, but does a lack of sleep also affect pain levels? A study published in the Journal of Neuroscience suggests it does.

By Diane Domina

Vitamin D May Lower Diabetes Risk

Results of a study suggest vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, improves insulin sensitivity, lowers glucose levels, and reduces type 2 diabetes risk.

By Diane Domina

Heart Disease Now Affects Nearly Half of American Adults

According to the AHA's Heart and Stroke Statistics — 2019 Update, 48 percent of adults in the U.S., about 121.5 million people, have heart disease.

By Diane Domina

Kidney Cancer From von Hippel-Lindau Syndrome

Dr. Eric Jonasch is researching drug therapies for kidney cancer caused by von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) syndrome, a genetic disorder which causes tumors and cysts.

By Rachel Zohn

'Healthy Thoughts' May Lower Blood Pressure in Stroke Survivors

Stroke survivors who believe they can take steps to prevent a subsequent brain attack have significantly lower blood pressure than survivors who feel hopeless.

By Diane Domina

What Is Epigenetics?

Epigenetics theory offers hope that we can end genetic illness.

By Julie A. Fast

Lower Your Blood Pressure, Keep Your Mind Sharp?

Studies have shown a link between blood pressure) and dementia risk. However, target blood pressure levels are somewhat controversial.

By Diane Domina