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Exercise May Cut Cancer Risk

Sun May 19, 2002

By IRA DREYFUSS, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Physically fit people are less likely to die of cancer, including cancers related to smoking, even if they smoke, a study finds.

But other studies indicate the benefit may come only with vigorous exercise; less-intense activities, such as brisk walks, won't be enough.

"Fitness may provide protection against cancer mortality," said the study in the May issue of the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.


Cheer Up, Breathe Better

Mon May 20, 2002

MONDAY, May 20 (HealthScoutNews) -- Don't worry, breathe happy.

The more optimistic you are, the better your lungs function, says a new study from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass.

The study included 670 men whose average age was 63 at the start of the study. They were followed for an average of eight years and had an average of three lung exams during that time. A special questionnaire was used to determine how they felt about their lives.


Good News for the Chardonnay Crowd

Mon May 20, 2002

By Kathleen Doheny
HealthScoutNews Reporter

MONDAY, May 20 (HealthScoutNews) -- If you're a wine drinker, there's cause for healthy celebration. If you're a white wine drinker, there's even more reason to raise your glass.

Wine drinking, it seems, improves lung functioning, and white wine improves it more than red wine, says a study from researchers at the University at Buffalo.


Seeing Sounds And Feeling Tastes

Sun May 19, 2002

By Jennifer Thomas
HealthScoutNews Reporter

SUNDAY, May 19 (HealthScoutNews) -- When Carol Steen reads a newspaper, the words glow like brilliant jewels. The sound of a piano conjures up the color pink; a banjo, blue. When she feels pain, her world goes orange, as if she's put on a pair of tinted glasses.

Steen has synesthesia -- a condition in which the senses fuse together, leading to unusual perceptions. The melding can take many forms, from hearing colors to tasting sounds.


Naked Chicken Plan May Make Feathers Fly

Mon May 20, 2002

By Megan Goldin

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Chickens could fly even faster to the dinner table if an Israeli geneticist gets his way and develops the featherless fowl.

Avigdor Cahaner, from Israel's Hebrew University, has crossbred a small, bare-skinned bird with a regular boiler chicken as part of a research project to develop succulent, low fat poultry that is environmentally friendly.


Food Preservative Blamed for Illness

Sun May 19, 2002

YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) - A food preservative was to blame for the sudden outbreak of illness that triggered a chemical-contamination scare in downtown Yonkers, a health official said.

"The food that the family digested was heavily contaminated with sodium nitrite," said Mary Landrigan, spokeswoman for the Westchester County Department of Health. "In that quantity it can be deadly."


Toxic Contaminants Found in Herbal Supplements

Wednesday, May 16, 2001

Team 7 Investigation Ross McLaughlin


Herbs. Many people take them to stay healthy.

But a KIRO 7 Eyewitness News Consumer Investigation exposes dangerous contaminants in some natural products.

You won't see what we discovered listed on the label: Toxic substances that in large enough doses could cause death.

There's something inside this herb.

"It's a bacteria, it's a poison," says Seattle Naturopath Dr. Dan Labrioloa.

WHO to Promote Alternative Medicine

Thu May 16, 2002

By EMMA ROSS, AP Medical Writer

GENEVA (AP) - In response to a rapid increase in the use of alternative medicine over the last decade, the World Health Organization has created the first global strategy for traditional medicine.

The U.N. health agency aims to bring traditional, or alternative, therapies out of the shadows by intensifying research into their effectiveness and safety, by promoting their proper use and regulation and by helping countries integrate them into their health care services.

Pumping Iron May Pump Up Blood Pressure

Fri May 17, 2002

By Serena Gordon
HealthScoutNews Reporter

FRIDAY, May 17 (HealthScoutNews) -- If you want to keep your blood pressure under control, consider skipping the weight room and head to the track or pool instead.

Anaerobic activities like weightlifting do nothing to lower blood pressure, and they also appear to decrease the benefits gained from aerobic exercise in controlling the condition, claims a presentation to be given tomorrow at the annual scientific meeting of the American Society of Hypertension in New York City.