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Diagnostic error may be far more common than most people think. A new study estimates that up to 12 million Americans don't get the correct diagnosis when they visit their doctors' offices. The researchers analyzed three previous studies of outpatient... (Read More)
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Low levels of vitamin D are linked to a range of serious health conditions, including cancer, heart disease, arthritis, depression, diabetes, osteoporosis and falls among elderly people. Two new studies analyzed data from prior research involving over one million people.... (Read More)
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For decades we've been told that saturated fat and cholesterol are the twin culprits behind heart disease, but a new study suggests that sugar may be at least as dangerous to the heart. The research published in JAMA Internal Medicine... (Read More)
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It's no wonder Americans feel as if they are on a roller coaster. A week ago the headlines quoted an editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine: "Enough is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin and Mineral Supplements." The doctors... (Read More)
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Nut Eaters Live Longer

Nuts used to be considered high-risk snacks. That's because they are high in fat. Cardiologists worried that regular nut consumption might clog coronary arteries. A large study published in The New England Journal of Medicine finally puts that fear to... (Read More)
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A Mediterranean-style diet is proving beneficial for more than just the heart. Researchers have been following women in the Nurses Health Study for decades. In the most recent analysis, more than 10,000 middle-aged women were evaluated after 15 years. Their... (Read More)
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Pancreatic cancer is rare but quite aggressive. New research based on a study of half a million Americans over 50 years old shows that it is possible to reduce the risk of developing pancreatic cancer. The subjects were part of... (Read More)
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Q. Don't you think it is counterproductive to advertise so many drugs on TV and at the end of the commercial it says "may cause cancer"? We are battling cancer every day with so many people affected by this terrible... (Read More)
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Scientists have just developed a way to determine whether environmental exposures were responsible for an individual's cancer. Mass spectrometry combined with statistical analysis of archived biopsy samples can now help doctors determine whether a specific carcinogen caused the tumor. This... (Read More)
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Low-dose aspirin is linked to a lower likelihood of some tumors growing and spreading, according to a study from Sweden. The researchers reviewed records from 80,000 patients in the cancer registries and found that those taking low-dose aspirin before diagnosis... (Read More)
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Here we go again. Research is accumulating that popular blood pressure drugs increase the risk for serious cancers. In May a front-page article in the Wall Street Journal blew the lid off an internal squabble at the FDA regarding a... (Read More)
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Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition triggered by gluten in the diet of sensitive individuals. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye, and consequently is common in some of America's most popular foods, including pizza, pasta, pretzels... (Read More)
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Low dose aspirin may help prevent colon cancer in women. Numerous studies have suggested that regular aspirin use has a protective effect against a number of different kinds of cancers. The dose, however, has been controversial. A new study involving... (Read More)
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Two new studies suggest that people who develop cancer may be less likely to come down with Alzheimer's disease. Italian investigators collected data from more than 200,000 people over the age of 60 for six years. During that time roughly... (Read More)
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Grandma always said to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables. Now scientists at the University of Maryland have completed a comprehensive review of the benefits of modified citrus pectin, and it seems that Grandma was offering good advice. Modified citrus... (Read More)
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Regular aspirin use has been linked to a lower likelihood of a number of common cancers including colo-rectal, esophageal, stomach, breast, prostate and lung. Researchers have been searching for an explanation for this phenomenon. Now, scientists have completed a small... (Read More)
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Cancer is one of our scariest diseases. That's because it is the second leading cause of death in the U.S., killing nearly 600,000 people each year. It is not surprising that many Americans do everything in their power to avoid... (Read More)
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A front-page story in the Wall Street Journal has blown the lid off a highly controversial internal squabble at the FDA involving a popular category of blood pressure medicine. ARBs (angiotensin receptor blockers) are among the most frequently prescribed drugs... (Read More)
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