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Excess Weight Early in Life Linked to Colon Cancer Risk in Women

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By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women who were overweight as children and teens may have a greater risk of colon cancer, no matter what their current weight, a new study cautions. Researchers analyzed data from more than 75,000 American women and more than 34,000 American men. Over an average of 22 years, 2,100 of them developed colon cancer. Compared to women who were…

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High-Tech Skin Maps Show Chemicals From Clothes, Beauty Products

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By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Scientists who’ve created the first 3-D map of a person’s skin say people are covered with the chemical residues from shampoos, beauty products and even clothing."Our daily routines — what we eat, what we put on our skin — also become a part of our skin," said study co-author Pieter Dorrestein, of the University of California, San Diego."Very few…

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More TV Time May Mean Higher Diabetes Risk, Study Finds

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By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — If you’re on the verge of developing diabetes, parking yourself in front of the TV might be one of the worst things you could do for your health, a new study suggests.Every extra hour a person with prediabetes spends watching TV each day raises their risk of developing full-blown type 2 diabetes by 3.4 percent, according to research published…

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The Low-Down on Mental Health Support Groups

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Research suggests peer-run groups provide a comfort zone for patients. When Tara Reilly was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 22, she didn’t think anyone else could relate. But last year, an online search brought Reilly, now 25, to a local chapter of a peer support group sponsored by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, a mental health nonprofit. There, she found solace among others who shared stories similar to her…

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So You Think You Can Photograph Food?

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Even if your camera settings are perfect, “if the food isn’t, your shot won’t tell the story properly,” photographer Andrew Scrivani says. A picture is worth a thousand words – and could save you thousands of calories. Yes folks, gazing and drooling over a photo of an indulgent dish is calorie-free, fat-free and sugar-free. (Unless, of course, you then recreate those recipes in your kitchen.) But for some people, just…

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Cold-Pressed Juice or Blended Smoothie?

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Homemade smoothies can be boosted with protein, but blended juices tend to have more nutrients per milliliter. There are technically about 270,000 known plant species on our joyful planet and of these, between 1,000 and 2,000 are actually edible by humans in the form of fruits and vegetables. Leaving aside the exotic varieties, we’re left with a few dozen commonly available options. How these fruits and vegetables are best consumed…

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Digital Compass Attached to Brain Helps Blind Rats ‘See’

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By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — New research in rats suggests a special compass might one day help blind people navigate their physical environments. Using a head-mounted device, Japanese scientists attached a microstimulator and a digital compass to the brains of blind rats, and those rats were then able to move through mazes nearly as well as rats with normal vision. The compass automatically…

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More People Dying of Heart Disease, Stroke Worldwide: Study

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By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Despite medical advances, a new study shows that more people are dying of heart disease and stroke worldwide than did a quarter century ago because the global population is growing, and growing older.The good news is that the death rate — the number of deaths in relation to the size of the population — fell in most regions of…