ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Acupuncture May Not Help Hot Flashes
Acupuncture May Help Restore Lost Sense of Smell
Acupuncture Cuts Dry Mouth in Cancer Patients
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Frankincense Provides Relief for Osteoarthritis
Drinking Cuts Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk
Active Young Women Need Calcium, Vitamin D
CANCER
Gene Studies Reveal Cancer's Secrets
No Verdict Yet on Grape Seed Extract vs. Breast Cancer
Ginger Can Ease Nausea From Chemotherapy Treatments
CAREGIVING
U.S. Mental Health Spending Rises, But Many Still Left Out
What Moms Learned May Be Passed to Offspring
Caregivers Face Multiple Strains Tending Older Parents
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
Smog Tougher on the Obese
Grapefruit-Heavy Diet Helped Spur Dangerous Clot
COSMETIC
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Disease Might Boost Cancer Risk
An Oral Approach to Heart Disease
Scientists Find Gene for Tooth Enamel
DIABETES
Diabetes Linked to Cognitive Problems
Strict Blood Sugar Lowering Won't Ease Diabetes Heart Risk
Spices, Herbs Boost Health for Diabetics
DIET, NUTRITION
Low-Fat Diet Does Little to Alter Cholesterol Levels
Proven Strategies for Avoiding Colds and the Flu
Quick Weight Loss May Be Best for Long-Term Success
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Greener Neighborhoods Mean Slimmer Children
Exposure to 9/11 Fumes Tied to Chronic Headaches
As Earth Warms, Lyme Disease Could Flourish
EYE CARE, VISION
Don't Lose Sight of Halloween Safety
Eye Care Checkups Tied to Insurance Status
Nutrient-Rich Diet Lowers Risk of Age-Related Eye Disease
FITNESS
Basketball Star Details His Struggle With Gout
When It Comes to Lifting, the Pros Have Your Back
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
GENERAL HEALTH
The Yearly Flu Shot Debate
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
'Organic' May Not Mean Healthier
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Most Fast-Food French Fries Cooked in Unhealthiest Oil
Coffee Is Generally Heart-Friendly
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
School Phys. Ed. Injuries Up 150 Percent
Family Medicine Cabinet Top Source Of Kid's Poisonings
When It Comes to Toys, Shop Smart, Shop Safe
MEN'S HEALTH
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
Drinking Green Tea May Slow Prostate Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Fear Response May Stem From Protein in Brain
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
Teen Internet Addicts More Likely to Self-Harm: Study
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
SENIORS
15-Point Test Gauges Alzheimer's Risk
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Seniors Who Volunteer May Live Longer
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
WOMEN'S HEALTH
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
Smoking Ups Risk of Second Breast Cancer
Occaisonal Dieting May Cut Breast Cancer, Study Says
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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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