Category Archives: Behavior

Behind the numbers: cancers associated with obesity

A report out today had a lot of us scratching our heads, when it said that about 630,000 people in the U.S. were diagnosed with a cancer associated with overweight and obesity in 2014. That sounds awfully high, we thought. … Continue reading

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Don’t Fry Day: Getting Sunscreen Right

Despite increased awareness about the dangers of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, melanoma rates continue to rise in the United States. For “Don’t Fry Day” on May 26, the American Cancer Society is cautioning that many people may be using sunscreen improperly, … Continue reading

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Ventilated Filters: Changing the Face of Lung Cancer in the U.S.

An analysis appearing in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute finds strong evidence that adding ventilation holes to cigarette filters has contributed to a rise in a type of lung cancer called adenocarcinoma among smokers. The authors say the FDA … Continue reading

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14: The Unmentioned Number in the Prostate Cancer/Coffee Story

Headlines across the Internet blared with the news over the past week that coffee could cut the risk of prostate cancer in half.  It was an irresistible headline. But just how reliable was the finding? What if I told you … Continue reading

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The ‘Bad Luck’ Cancer Analysis, Part II

A new study revisits an analysis made by the same lab in 2015 about the role of random mutations on cancer. The analysis uses computer modeling to estimate how many cancers are the result of replication errors. The authors say … Continue reading

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Melanoma and Alcohol: Another Explanation

A study out today links alcohol intake with an increased risk of melanoma. But is UV radiation from tanning beds a possible cause for the finding? Continue reading

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Olympic Rings… All of Them Red

One of the interesting developments at the Summer Olympics has been the sudden appearance of red circles on athletes’ skin. It turns out Michael Phelps and others are displaying signs of “cupping,” one of the more unusual ‘health’ practices around.   … Continue reading

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