ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Licorice May Block Absorption of Organ Transplant Drug
Garlic Yields Up Its Health Secret
Meditation May Boost Short-Term Visual Memory
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Childhood Dairy Intake Boosts Bone Health Later On
Tequila Plant May Help Fight Bone Loss
Study Examines How Rheumatoid Arthritis Destroys Bone
CANCER
Antioxidants Pose No Melanoma Threat
Smokeout '08: The Perfect Time to Quit
Get to Know the Pap Test
CAREGIVING
MRSA Infections Spreading to Kids in Community
Organ Donation Policies Vary Among Children's Hospitals
With Alzheimer's, Health-Care Costs Could Triple
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
Walk 100 Steps a Minute for 'Moderate' Exercise
Bye, Bye Back Fat?
COSMETIC
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
DENTAL, ORAL
Laser Technology Spots Cavities Before They Start
Gum Disease May Reactivate AIDS Virus
Sports Drinks May Be Tough on Teeth
DIABETES
Chamomile Tea May Ward Off Diabetes Damage
Brown Rice Bests White for Diabetes Prevention
Saliva Test Could Monitor Type 2 Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Iced Teas Pose High Risk of Kidney Stones
Coffee Drinkers Might Live Longer
DASH Diet Has Extra Benefits for Women's Health
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Most Mt. Everest Deaths Occur Near Summit During Descent
Radiation Exposure Linked to Aggressive Thyroid Cancers
Exposure to 9/11 Fumes Tied to Chronic Headaches
EYE CARE, VISION
Kids Who Spend More Time Outdoors Have Better Vision
Magnetic Pulses to Brain Improve Lazy Eye in Adults
Clues Found to Brain Mechanism Behind Migraines
FITNESS
Almost Two-Thirds of Americans Meet Exercise Guidelines
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
Simple Steps Get Walkers Moving
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
GENERAL HEALTH
Kids With Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Heart Trouble
Most Women Struggle With Rising Health Care Costs
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Fatty Fish May Cut Heart Failure Risk in Men
Ingredient in Dark Chocolate Could Guard Against Stroke
A Little Alcohol May Help the Heart: Studies
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
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
3 Home Habits Help Youngsters Stay Slim
Decline of Underweight Children in U.S. Continue to Fall
MEN'S HEALTH
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
MENTAL HEALTH
Most Depressed Teens Don't Get Treatment
Environmental Chemicals May Affect Male Reproduction
Optimism May Boost Immune System
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
SENIORS
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Mediterranean Diet Plus Exercise Lowers Alzheimer's Risk
High-Impact Activity May Be Good for Old Bones
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Calcium Helps Ward Off Colon Cancer
Natural Childbirth Moms More Attuned to Babies' Cry
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Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer

Men with jobs that expose them to high levels of sunlight are less likely to develop kidney cancer than those with little or no sunlight exposure at work, says a new study.

Previous research suggests that vitamin D, which is obtained from sun exposure and certain foods and supplements, may help prevent some cancers. Vitamin D is metabolized and most active within the kidneys.

This new study included 1,097 male and female kidney cancer patients and 1,476 healthy people in Europe who were interviewed about their work history and other demographic information.

Men with the highest levels of work-related exposure to sunlight were 24 percent to 38 percent less likely to have kidney cancer than other men. This association between job-related sunlight exposure and kidney cancer risk was not seen in women.

The study is published online March 8 in the journal Cancer.

The findings suggest that sunlight exposure may affect kidney cancer risk, but the reason for the difference between men and women is a mystery, said Sara Karami and colleagues at the U.S. National Cancer Institute. They offered some possible explanations: hormonal differences may influence how the body responds to sunlight; females may be more likely to use sunscreen; and men may be more likely to work shirtless outdoors.

The researchers said their findings "need to be replicated in other populations and in studies that use better estimates of long-term ultraviolet exposure and vitamin D intake."

SOURCE: Cancer, news release, March 8, 2010

Last Updated: March 08, 2010