Daily aspirin reduces cancer risk

Cancer
Research on aspirin's potential impact on cancer prevention received significant coverage online and on network news broadcasts, where it received more than six minutes of coverage. However, the story was not widely covered by print media. (more…)
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Growing number of experts backing colonoscopy alternatives

Cancer
The San Francisco (CA) Chronicle reported that even though a colonoscopy "is the best, one-shot way to screen and detect colon cancer for now, most health professionals agree," a growing "number of experts are beginning to voice support for alternative methods, which they say could be used more widely to prevent colorectal cancer." (more…)
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New HPV, pap smear guidelines released

Cancer, Woman's Health
The CBS Evening News reported, "The government put out new guidelines today for screening for cervical cancer. ... For decades, women have been told to get a pap smear as often as once a year." Now, "the new recommendation calls for a test every three years for women 21 to 65" and women "ages 30 to 65 are being told they can wait five years if they get an additional test for human papilloma virus, or HPV." (more…)
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For women who imbibe, red wine may be healthier option

Cancer, Heart Health, Nutritional Health, Woman's Health
When it comes to the consumption of alcohol, the message has been decidedly mixed. Some studies show that moderate consumption might offer some health benefits, especially for the heart; other studies show an increased risk for certain cancers, especially breast cancer, with even the consumption of a very small amount of alcohol. What's a woman to do? (more…)
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Occasional marijuana use may not damage lungs

Bioethics, Cancer, General Health, Mental Health
The Washington Post "The Checkup" blog reports, "Smoking marijuana doesn't appear to do the kind of damage to people's lungs as smoking tobacco does," according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. "But that may have to do more with the way marijuana is typically smoked than with anything inherent in the substance itself." (more…)
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