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  • Toddler Breastfeeding

    Breastfeeding May Lower Risk of Childhood Leukemia

    Breastfeeding offers myriad benefits to mothers and babies. Now a new review of 18 previous studies published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics finds that breastfeeding may lower the risk of childhood leukemia. Childhood cancer is a leading cause of death among children and adolescents in developed countries, with leukemia accounting for 30 percent of childhood […] More

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    Smoking During Pregnancy Increases Cancer Risk Among Daughters

    Smoking is a well-known risk factor for many complications during and health problems after pregnancy. Now a new study published in the journal Human Reproduction reveals that daughters of women who smoke while pregnant have an increased risk of developing ovarian and breast cancer later in life. The study also found that girls whose mothers […] More

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    Caramel Color in Soda Poses Cancer Risk

    Drinking soda like cola that contains caramel color may increase the risk of cancer above the accepted threshold of one extra case in every 100,000 individuals because the chemical process during the manufacture of the caramel coloring produces a carcinogen known as 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI), suggests an analysis from Consumer Reports. One of the oldest and […] More

  • Hormonal Replacement Therapy

    Menopausal Hormone Therapy Increases Ovarian Cancer Risk

    Using hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to treat the symptoms associated with menopause increases the risk of developing the two most common forms of ovarian cancer even when used for only a few years, says a new meta-analysis published in the journal The Lancet. Hormone replacement therapy, or menopausal hormone therapy, can relieve these symptoms of […] More

  • Death from Cigarettes

    More Americans Die from Smoking Than Previously Estimated

    Smoking cigarettes increases the risk for many health problems such as lung disease, heart disease, stroke, and cancer. Previous research found mortality among current smokers at rates two to three times higher than among individuals who never smoked. Now a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that estimates about the […] More

  • Classroom Library

    Parents Ask School to Ban Unvaccinated Students Amid Measles Outbreak

    Amid the current measles outbreak affecting California and other states, the Krawitt family has asked Reed Elementary in Tiburon in Marin County, California to ban unvaccinated students from campus — to protect 6-year-old Rhett who cannot receive the measles vaccine because of a weakened immune system from chemotherapy after battling leukemia for the past four […] More

  • Sunburst in Cloudy Sky

    Vitamin D May Increase Breast Cancer Survival

    Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, is essential for good health and may help in the fight against breast cancer. Women high levels of vitamin D who are battling breast cancer are twice as likely to survive the disease than women with low levels, suggests the findings of a new study published in the journal Anticancer […] More

  • Grapes on Vine

    Grape Seed May Aid in Fight Against Bowel Cancer

    Grape seed may aid the effectiveness of chemotherapy in killing colon cancer cells and may reduce the side effects of chemotherapy, suggests new research from the University of Adelaide as published in the journal PLOS ONE. To test the effects of grape seed on chemotherapy for bowel cancer, the researchers used commercially available grape seed […] More

  • Young Boy with Shaved Head

    Cancer Experts Call for Change in EU Rules That Stop Children with Cancer from Benefiting from New Drug

    Leading cancer experts are urging the European Union (EU) to change regulations on children’s cancer drug trials, arguing that the current system denies children new, potentially life-saving drugs. Current EU rules allow pharmaceutical companies to obtain exemptions for performing expensive drug trials in patients under the age of 18 — even despite evidence that the […] More

  • Woman and Breast Cancer Screenings

    Annual Screenings Do Not Reduce Risk of Death from Breast Cancer

    Despite current recommendations for yearly breast cancer screenings, annual screening for the disease does not reduce the likelihood of death any more than physical examination or usual care in women between the ages of 40 and 59, suggests a new study published in the journal BMJ. Researchers in Canada led by Prof. Anthony B. Miller […] More

  • Aspirin Pills in Box

    Daily Aspirin Use Reduces Ovarian Cancer Risk by 20 Percent

    Women who use low-dose aspirin daily may reduce their risk of ovarian cancer by up to 20 percent, suggests new research from the National Institutes of Health as published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Previous research has suggested that the daily use of aspirin may reduce the risk of breast cancer and […] More

  • Plastic Bottles

    Exposure to BPA During Pregnancy Linked to Liver Tumors

    Exposure to BPA during pregnancy and nursing increase the risk of developing liver tumors, suggests a new study by researchers from the University of Michigan (U-M) School of Public Health. BPA, or bisphenol A, is a synthetic compound used to make certain plastics and epoxy resins. The addition of BPA results in plastic that is […] More

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