ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
Overweight Moms More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Garlic Yields Up Its Health Secret
Birds Don't Miss a Beat
Relaxation Tapes or Mozart Lower Blood Pressure
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Safe Toys for Dogs
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Chronic Low Back Pain Is on the Rise
Gene Therapy May Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis
Hip Replacement Boosts Mobility at Any Age
CANCER
Green Tea Compound Slowed Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Selenium, Omega-3s May Stave Off Colorectal Cancer
Where You Live May Affect Your Cancer Diagnosis
CAREGIVING
Depression, PTSD Common Among Lung Transplant Patient Caregivers
Coordination Has Led to Quicker Heart Treatment
Robots May Come to Aging Boomers' Rescue
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Years of Exposure to Traffic Pollution Raises Blood Pressure
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
COSMETIC
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
DENTAL, ORAL
An Oral Approach to Heart Disease
Mom's Vitamin D Levels Affect Baby's Dental Health
Amino Acid May Be Key to Strong Teeth
DIABETES
Whole Grains Take a Bite Out of Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Insulin Resistance Tied to Peripheral Artery Disease
Coffee, Tea Might Stave Off Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Mediterranean Diet Plus Exercise Lowers Alzheimer's Risk
More Educated Choose Healthier Foods, But Pay More
Breakfast Eggs Keep Folks on Diet
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
U.S. Diet Needs Heart-Felt Overhaul
Cats Can Trigger Eczema in Some Infants
Ozone Pollution Taking Toll on American Lives
EYE CARE, VISION
Just Like Skin, Eyes Can 'Burn' in Strong Sun
Florida Vision Test Law: Fewer Traffic Deaths Among Elderly
Eye Disease, Cognitive Decline Linked in Study
FITNESS
Go To Work But Skip The Car
Exercise Key Player in Knee Replacement Recovery
Football Can Shrink Players
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
GENERAL HEALTH
Spread of Swine Flu in Japan Could Raise WHO Alert to Highest Level
Natural Oils Help Lower Body Fat For Some
Multivitamins Might Prolong Life
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Fish Oil Supplements Help With Heart Failure
Quitting Smoking Doubles Survival in Early Stage Lung Cancer
Irregular Heartbeat Tied to Alzheimer's Disease
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Most Depressed Teens Don't Get Treatment
Eating Fish, Breast-Feeding Boost Infant Development
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
MEN'S HEALTH
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
MENTAL HEALTH
Brain Scans Show How Humans 'Hear' Emotion
Psychotherapy Can Boost Happiness More Than Money
Estrogen May Help Men's Hearts
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
SENIORS
Any Old Cane Won't Do
For a Healthier Retirement, Work a Little
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Caffeine in Pregnancy Associated With Low Birth Weight Risk
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
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Well Water Might Raise Bladder Cancer Risk

MONDAY, April 27 (HealthDay News) -- Sun exposure, smoking and the source of water used for drinking may each play a role in whether someone develops and dies from bladder cancer, according to a new study.

Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham found that well water consumption was linked to a higher incidence of bladder cancer in women and death from the disease in men and women alike. They speculated that this might be from pesticides leeching into unmonitored wells.

However, the amount of ultraviolet (UV) radiation a person is exposed to from the sun was found to be inversely linked to the chance of developing or dying from bladder cancer.

The study also confirmed previous research that smoking cigarettes is directly tied to developing and dying from bladder cancer.

About 69,000 cases of bladder cancer were diagnosed in the United States last year, with the disease claiming about 14,000 lives, according to the American Cancer Society. Men are about three times more likely than women to develop bladder cancer, and incidence of the disease varies widely among states.

The study was to be presented this week in Chicago at the annual scientific meeting of the American Urological Association.

"Cigarette smoking is a well-known risk factor associated with bladder cancer, but sources such as the patient's water supply are coming to light as potential unmonitored risk factors," Dr. J. Brantley Thrasher, an association spokesman, said in a news release from the group.

More information

The American Cancer Society has more about bladder cancer.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: American Urological Association, news release, April 26, 2009

Last Updated: April 27, 2009

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