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Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
Know Your Asthma Triggers
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Massage Therapy Helps Those With Advanced Cancer
Acupuncture May Help Restore Lost Sense of Smell
Quit Smoking the Holistic Way
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Safe Toys for Dogs
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
BONES & JOINTS
Autumn Sees More Women With Bunion Problems
Bone Loss Stable on Restricted Calorie Diet
Majority of College Students Report Backpack-Related Pain
CANCER
Ginger Can Ease Nausea From Chemotherapy Treatments
Well Water Might Raise Bladder Cancer Risk
Omega-3 May Safely Treat Precancerous Bowel Polyps
CAREGIVING
What Moms Learned May Be Passed to Offspring
Undoing the 'Big Baby' Trend
Bariatric Surgery Centers Don't Deliver Better Outcomes
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Secondhand Smoke Quickly Affects Blood Vessels
Vitamins Do Older Women Little Good
Migraines in Pregnancy Boost Vascular Risks
COSMETIC
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
DENTAL, ORAL
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
Acid Drinks Blamed for Increase in Tooth Erosion
Gum Disease Might Boost Cancer Risk
DIABETES
Fructose-Sweetened Drinks Up Metabolic Syndrome Risk
Abnormal Heart Rhythm Boosts Death Risk for Diabetics
Saliva Test Could Monitor Type 2 Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Iced Teas Pose High Risk of Kidney Stones
Coffee Drinking Lowers Women's Stroke Risk
Decline of Underweight Children in U.S. Continue to Fall
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Dementia Underestimated in Developing Countries
Warmer-Than-Average Temperatures Raise Migraine Risk
Pesticides on Produce Tied to ADHD in Children
EYE CARE, VISION
High Temps Degrade Contact Lens Solution: Study
Omega-3 Foods May Lower Eye Disease Risk
Diabetic Hispanics Missing Out on Eye Exams
FITNESS
Exercise Key Player in Knee Replacement Recovery
Brisk Walk Can Help Leave Common Cold Behind
Exercise Guards White Blood Cells Against Aging
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
GENERAL HEALTH
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
When Healing Becomes a Commodity
Soluble Fiber, But Not Bran, Soothes Irritable Bowel
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Brown Rice Tied to Better Heart Health in Study
Shedding Light on Why Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Help the Heart
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
School Phys. Ed. Injuries Up 150 Percent
MEN'S HEALTH
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
MENTAL HEALTH
Drink Away Dementia?
The Unmedicated Mind
Vitamin C Protects Some Elderly Men From Bone Loss
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Calcium Supplements Cut Blood Lead Levels During Pregnancy
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
SENIORS
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
Tai Chi May Help Ward Off Knee Pain in Seniors
Seniors Cope With Sleep Loss Better Than Young Adults
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
Vitamin D Good for Breast Cancer Patients
Green Tea May Help Treat Uterine Fibroids
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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.