An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but what about a beer a day? Or for that matter, a glass of wine or even a shot of hard liquor? It’s well-established that drinking too much, even every once in a while, is bad for you, but there’s often uncertainty regarding how moderate drinking affects […]

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“Am I pretty enough? Am I doing this right? Should I be going to yoga?” These kinds of anxious, self-judgmental thoughts often run through some women’s minds as they have sex, experts say. But a new study says “mindfulness meditation” training — which teaches how to bring one’s thoughts into the present moment — can […]

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Here’s a reason to get your flu shot that you probably haven’t considered: infection with swine flu may trigger baldness in a small number of people. A new report from Japan suggests a link between alopecia areata, a condition in which patches of hair fall out, and swine flu. The researchers report that seven patients […]

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Brain regions associated with recognizing patterns tend to light up more in autistic people than the general population, perhaps explaining why those with autism often excel at visual tasks, a new study finds. The brain regions in question are called the temporal and occipital areas, and are associated with perception and recognition of patterns. A […]

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Forget the freshman 15. Weight gain during the first year of college may be the least of it — the likelihood of packing on pounds increases as students ascend to seniority, according to a new study. The results show college students become less physically active, and in turn gain more weight, as they progress through […]

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An unusual type of tumor in dogs is contagious — it can be passed from animal to animal, usually during mating. Now a study shows how this sexually transmitted cancer may work: Cancer cells can rejuvenate themselves by stealing the mitochondria, or the cellular “powerhouses,” of the animals they infect. The mitochondria inside the tumor […]

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Estrogen is known to promote the growth of breast cancer cells, but a new study suggests this hormone also may reduce the number of stem cells that initiate the cancer’s growth. The findings, to be published in an upcoming issue of the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, indicate that estrogen can have two opposite […]

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PHILADELPHIA — Compounds found in soy, called isoflavones, can decrease the risk of developing certain types of breast cancer, a new study suggests. The finding is in line with previous studies which found breast cancer risk can be reduced by consuming soy, said study researcher Anne Weaver, a graduate student at the University at Buffalo, […]

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Everyone’s memory gets worse with age, so how can you tell the difference between normal aging and signs of Alzheimer’s disease? There definitely is a distinction between the two, experts say. “Alzheimer’s disease is not normal aging,” said Heather Snyder, senior associate director of medical and scientific relations at the Alzheimer’s Association. Alzheimer’s disease is […]

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U.S. residents are generally living longer these days, but more and more of them are developing chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, that will shorten their lives and boost medical costs. Some 133 million adults — almost half the adult population — now have a chronic health condition, according to the Centers for […]

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