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Lung Cancer Survival Rates Differ with Country

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Lung cancer survival rates have long been linked with the stage in which the disease is detected, but a new study that the country plays a significant role in determining survival rates as well. The researchers of this study found that lung cancer survival rates varied by a significant margin in six developed countries, and […]

A Refined Model for Lung Cancer

Monday, April 29th, 2013

A team of researchers recently revised the National Lung Screening Trial, or NLST, and suggested a refined model to determine those who would benefit most from lung cancer screening. The NLST had showed long-term smokers in a certain age group could be screened for the disease to lower lung cancer deaths by as much as […]

Arthritis Symptoms Impair Social Life

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

Arthritis symptoms are likely to impair the social activities of patients, according to a recent study conducted by K.A. Theis and colleagues from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The researchers saw that the participants who felt restrictions in their social lives were 24 percent likelier to report standing and walking problems. Studies […]

Similar Outcomes for Normal and C-Section Deliveries of Twins

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Preliminary results from a recent study seem to suggest that there is no difference the outcome of vaginal and C-section births of twins in terms of safety. The researchers found that both methods resulted in similar risks and rates of complications for babies. The study was conducted by Jon Barrett, MD, and colleagues from the […]

Obesity, Smoking Increases Arthritis Risk

Friday, April 26th, 2013

The risk of arthritis in five or more joints or inflammatory polyarthritis (which includes rheumatoid arthritis) increases with smoking and obesity, according to a new study. On the other hand, limited social drinking and a higher socioeconomic class were associated with a lower risk of inflammatory polyarthritis. The study was done by Ian N. Bruce, […]

More Potassium and Less Salt for Controlling Blood Pressure

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Two recent studies suggest that reduced salt intake can improve blood pressure and lower potassium intake increases blood pressure. Taking these new findings into account, the World Health Organization is now reducing planning to reduce the recommended daily salt consumption to less than a teaspoon. The first study linking salt consumption to blood pressure was […]

Lung Cancer Risk Greater Among Low-Bilirubin Smokers

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

A recent study has shown that male smokers with low bilirubin levels in their blood have a greater risk of developing lung cancer than those with high levels of the substance. Bilirubin is a reddish-yellow pigment created in the liver. An excess of this substance is associated with jaundice and certain other diseases. The study […]

Nearly Half of American Population Drink less Water

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

A study done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that almost half of the American population drinks less than the required four cups of water per day. Water is the cheapest and most accessible drink, yet many do not drink enough of it. Drinking water can help with weight loss and […]

Baby Development Scores Increase for Every Additional Week of Pregnancy

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

A recent study has found a positive relation between additional weeks of pregnancy and the development scores of the baby. Premature babies are already known to have an increased risk of development problems, with the appropriate term of birth being anytime from 37-41 weeks of pregnancy. The aim of this study, however, was to see […]

Breastfeeding for More Than a Year Increases Iron Deficiency Risk

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

The World Health Organization recommends at least two years of breastfeeding for a child, but a recent study suggests that breastfeeding for more than year may increase the risk of iron deficiency. Iron is an important nutrient for a number of body functions, and babies who are breastfed for a long time may not be […]

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