Low carb diet trumps low-cal for reducing weight and cancer risk

Cancer, Nutritional Health, Obesity
The Chicago Tribune reported, "Following a low-carb diet, even for only two days a week, was better than following a calorie-restricted diet every day for losing weight and lowering insulin levels, which are both associated with lower risks of breast and other cancers," according to a study "presented at the American Cancer Research Society meeting in San Antonio." (more…)
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PSA screening for prostate cancer. The debate continues.

Cancer, Health Headlines, Medical Economics, Men's Health
ABC World News reported, "An earthquake in the debate over men and prostate cancer" regarding a "simple blood test called a PSA. Twenty million men use it to find out if they show a sign of risk, yet today, a government task force is saying healthy men should skip that test, arguing that the treatment that often follows the test may not be worth the consequences." (more…)
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Tanning beds even riskier than previously thought

Cancer, Skin Health
Indoor tanning beds may be even more likely to cause skin cancer than previously believed. New research published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology suggests that the main type of ultraviolet rays used in tanning beds – UVA1 – may penetrate to a deep layer of skin that is most vulnerable to the cancer-causing changes caused by UV rays. (more…)
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Healthy living really does postpone mortality

Cancer, General Health, Heart Health
A major study is reporting that people who practiced four low-risk behaviors are 63% less likely to die (during the stydy period) than those who kept none of those practices. The researchers found that ALL four of these low-risk behaviors were individually associated with a reduction in death and that the higher number of behaviors practiced, the lower the risk of death. So, what were they? (more…)
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Ob/Gyn group issues new guidelines recommending yearly mammograms starting at age 40

Cancer, Woman's Health
There's been a lot of conflicting advice about when women should start getting regular mammograms. Now the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has issued its new guidelines: Annual mammograms starting at age 40, and self-exams for women at high risk for breast cancer. This organization joins a long list of other professional groups who disagree with a government panel's suggestion to wait until age 50. (more…)
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