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CANCER
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COSMETIC
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DENTAL, ORAL
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Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease
Gummy Bears Join Cavity Fight
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Lifestyle Factors Tied to Older Adults' Diabetes Risk
Strict Blood Sugar Lowering Won't Ease Diabetes Heart Risk
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Just Say No to Nuts During Pregnancy
DASH Diet Has Extra Benefits for Women's Health
Eat Up, But Eat Healthy This Holiday Season
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Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
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Skin Woes Take Toll on U.S. Combat Troops
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FITNESS
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MRSA Infections Can Bug Fitness Buffs
Almost Two-Thirds of Americans Meet Exercise Guidelines
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Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
GENERAL HEALTH
New Methods Could Speed Production of Flu Vaccines
Swine Flu Fatality Rate a 'Little Bit' Higher Than That of Seasonal Flu
Cocaine Spurs Long-Term Change in Brain Chemistry
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
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An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
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Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
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KID'S HEALTH
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Winter's Bitter Cold Poses Health Dangers
Time to Remind Teens About Sun Protection
MEN'S HEALTH
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Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
MENTAL HEALTH
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Using the Mind to Heal the Heart
Bullying Seems to Affect Kids Years Later
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Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
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'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
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PREGNANCY
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For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
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Want Better Health in the New Year, Add Exercise to Your Day
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Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
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Calcium Helps Ward Off Colon Cancer
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Quitting Smoking Doubles Survival in Early Stage Lung Cancer

Quitting smoking after a diagnosis of early stage lung cancer doubles the odds that a patient will live another five years, a new study finds.

"The results are quite dramatic. I don't think anybody would have expected such a dramatic difference. It's incredible," said Dr. Norman Edelman, chief medical officer for the American Lung Association. "The important caveat is that this is early lung cancer."

Early stage lung malignancies can have cure rates of 50 percent to 60 percent, Edelman noted. The tragedy is that very few lung cancers (perhaps 20 percent, the authors stated) are diagnosed at this early stage.

The new findings are published in the Jan. 21 online edition of BMJ.

According to an accompanying journal editorial, fewer than one-third of all patients with lung cancer are still alive just one year after diagnosis.

Of course, the best way to prevent lung cancer is to never smoke, or to quit if you do smoke. People who quit smoking have a dramatically lower incidence of being diagnosed with lung cancer over the life span, experts note.

But it's been less clear how quitting smoking might affect patient prognosis after a diagnosis has already been handed down, the study authors said.

To find out, the British researchers pored over data from 10 prior observational studies looking at the impact of quitting smoking post-diagnosis.

"We used meta-analysis to summarize their findings," said study lead author, Amanda Parsons, a Ph.D. candidate at the U.K. Centre for Tobacco Control Studies at the University of Birmingham College of Medicine and Dentistry. "Quitting smoking was associated with around double the chance of surviving at any time point compared to people who continued to smoke."

Only 29 to 33 percent of early stage lung cancer patients who kept smoking survived for five years, while 63 to 70 percent of patients who quit survived that long, Parsons stated.

The survival seemed to come from a lower likelihood of tumor recurrence, not from heart/lung improvements, the researchers said.

All the patients were early stage and had been treated with either surgery, chemotherapy or radiation so, Parsons added, "the results can only be applied to this group of lung cancer patients. This work does not tell us anything about the benefits of quitting smoking if you have advanced disease."

And because all of the studies included in this analysis were observational in nature, it's not certain yet whether quitting smoking actually caused the decline in deaths.

Still, the findings beg the question of whether smoking cessation counseling should be routinely offered to people diagnosed with lung cancer.

According to Parsons, "smoking cessation support is not routinely offered to patients with lung cancer although some hospitals may offer this support." That's in Britain, Edelman noted, and the odds of there being any consistency in this area is even less likely in the U.S., which has no overarching health care system.

"Certainly the American Lung Association pushes smoking cessation for everybody. We say over and over again -- it's never too late to quit. There's good evidence that you can get benefits if you're 70 years old," he said.