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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
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Acupuncture Eases Breast Cancer Treatment Side Effects
New Insights Show Ginseng Fights Inflammation
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
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Many Americans Fall Short on Their Vitamin D
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Get in Step With Summer Foot Care
CANCER
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Broccoli May Help Battle Breast Cancer
CAREGIVING
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Undoing the 'Big Baby' Trend
Tainted China Formula Caused High Rate of Kidney Stones in Kids
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Night Shift Work Hard on the Heart
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
Salt Boosts Blood Pressure in High-Risk Patients
COSMETIC
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
DENTAL, ORAL
Amino Acid May Be Key to Strong Teeth
Sports Drinks May Be Tough on Teeth
Good Oral Hygiene May Protect Against Heart Infections
DIABETES
Whole Grains Take a Bite Out of Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Coffee, Tea Might Stave Off Diabetes
Findings Challenge Tight Glucose Control for Critically Ill Patients
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Breakfast Eggs Keep Folks on Diet
Cinnamon Breaks Up Brain Plaques, May Hold Key to Fighting Alzheimer’s
Mediterranean Diet Enriched With Nuts Cuts Heart Risks
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
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City Kids Find the Breathin' Is Easier Elsewhere
1976 Italian Dioxin Release Damaged Babies' Thyroids
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
EYE CARE, VISION
Magnetic Pulses to Brain Improve Lazy Eye in Adults
Kids' Eye Injuries From Golf Clubs Rare But Severe
Antioxidant-Rich Diet May Protect Against Eye Disease
FITNESS
Early Exercise Boosts Outcomes for ICU Patients
Vigorous Exercise Can Cut Breast Cancer Risk
Daily Exercise at School Yields Rewards
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
GENERAL HEALTH
Vitamin D and Bone Health: Are You Getting Enough of This Important Vitamin?
Health Gains From Lowered Smoking Rates in Jeopardy
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Obese People Seem to Do Better With Heart Disease
Implanted Defibrillators Boost Long-Term Survival
Research Shows Genetic Activity of Antioxidants
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
Teen Internet Addicts More Likely to Self-Harm: Study
Stomach Germ May Protect Against Asthma
MEN'S HEALTH
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
MENTAL HEALTH
Heal Your Life® Tips for Living Well
The 3LS Wellness Program for Reversing Chronic Symptoms and Creating Lasting Health
Man's Best Friend Helps Mend Broken Hearts
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
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PREGNANCY
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
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Tai Chi May Help Ward Off Knee Pain in Seniors
Seniors Cope With Sleep Loss Better Than Young Adults
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
Natural Relief for Painful Menstrual Cramps
Supplements Might Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
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Exercise Cuts Lung Cancer Risk in Ex-Smokers by 45%

Physical exercise can decrease the risk of developing lung cancer by up to 45 percent in former smokers, while proper diet can decrease it even further, according to research presented at the American Association for Cancer Research's Sixth Annual International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research in Philadelphia.

Researchers studied 3,800 non-Hispanic white women and men using a pairing system that sorts people according to smoking status. Therefore, smokers with lung cancer would only be compared to smokers without lung cancer, with the same pairing taking place for former smokers and those who have never smoked. Researchers compared those who had not developed lung cancer based on a variety of factors including exposure to secondhand smoke, dust exposure, family cancer history, personal respiratory history, diet and exercise.

Exercise was determined based on whether the participants gardened or not. According to researcher Michele Forman, "gardening is one of the few activities that people with lung cancer report doing."

Former smokers who gardened reduced their lung cancer risk by 45 percent, while current smokers who gardened reduced their risk by 33 percent. Former smokers who gardened and who also ate four or more salads per week reduced their risk by 67 percent. Among current smokers, the risk reduction from both gardening and high salad intake was 71 percent.

According to Forman, salad consumption "is a marker for consumption of many vegetables."

"We are trying to understand what components of lifestyle can reduce lung cancer risk in people who have quit smoking, which has been a neglected field of study," Forman said. She noted that further research is needed to make sure that exercise from gardening is actually the cause of the correlation, rather than gardening being associated with some other risk-reducing factor, such as low alcohol consumption.