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Know Your Asthma Triggers
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Should Your Child Be Seeing a Chiropractor?
Music Therapy For Prehistoric Man?
Hypnosis Cuts Hot Flashes for Breast Cancer Survivors
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Beware of Dog Bites
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Stem Cells Might Treat Tough Fractures
Osteoporosis May Raise Risk for Vertigo
CANCER
Want to Stop Cancer? You Can, Experts Say
Yoga May Bring Calm to Breast Cancer Treatment
Mineral May Reduce High-Risk Bladder Disease
CAREGIVING
Mom's Smoking May Lead to SIDS
Few Hospitals Embracing Electronic Health Record Systems
Birthmark or Blood Vessel Problem?
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
Years of Exposure to Traffic Pollution Raises Blood Pressure
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
COSMETIC
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Disease Might Boost Cancer Risk
Gum Care Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes and Its Complications
Holistic Dentistry-My View
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Arthritis Hits More Than Half of Diabetics
'Standard' Glucose Test May Be Wrong One for Obese Children
Red-Grape Compound May Improve Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Coffee Drinkers Might Live Longer
Eating Less May Slow Aging Process
Go Healthy, Not Hungry for Holiday Eating
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
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Pesticides Linked to Parkinson's
Global Warming Linked to Heightened Kidney Stone Risk
Clear Skies Have Become Less So Over Time, Data Show
EYE CARE, VISION
Nutrient-Rich Diet Lowers Risk of Age-Related Eye Disease
Time Teaches Brain to Recognize Objects
Impotence Drugs Don't Harm Vision: Study
FITNESS
Walking Golf Course Affects Swing, Performance
Vigorous Treadmill Workout Curbs Appetite Hormones
Marathoners Go the Distance on Heart Health
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
GENERAL HEALTH
When Clocks Change, Body May Need Time to Adjust
To Quit Smoking, Try Logging On
Common Social Groups and Race, Seem to Help People Relate
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
B-Vitamins Help Protect Against Stroke, Heart Disease
Drinking Your Way to Health? Perhaps Not
Obese People Seem to Do Better With Heart Disease
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Combo Treatment Eases Wheezing in Babies
Fussy Babys Could Be Out Of Your Control
MEN'S HEALTH
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Green Spaces Boost the Body and the Mind
Shop 'Til You Drop: You May Feel Better
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
SENIORS
Tai Chi May Help Ward Off Knee Pain in Seniors
For Older Walkers, Faster Is Better
Martial Arts Training May Save Seniors' Hips
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Caffeine in Pregnancy Associated With Low Birth Weight Risk
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
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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.