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Younger cancer patients more open to alternative therapies


(Reuters Health) - Cancer patients under age 65 are much more likely than older people to explore alternative and complementary medicine for easing their symptoms and side effects of treatment, a new study suggests.

California scientists test Ecstasy as anxiety-reducer for gravely ill

SAN FRANCISCO - California scientists are testing whether the illegal psychoactive drug commonly known as Ecstasy could help alleviate anxiety for terminally ill patients, the trial's principal funder said on Tuesday.

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Family history may not impact breast cancer survival odds

(Reuters Health) - In younger women with breast cancer, having a family history of the disease may not worsen their survival odds, a new study suggests.

26 May 2015

Doctors’ lapse may explain some minority lag in colon cancer screens

(Reuters Health) - - Racial minorities may be more likely to forego colon cancer screening than whites because their healthcare providers don’t recommend the potentially life-saving tests, a new study in California suggests.

26 May 2015

Delayed cord cutting at birth tied to better skills in childhood

(Reuters Health) - Waiting a few minutes to clamp the umbilical cord after birth is tied to better motor and social skills later in childhood - especially for boys, suggests a new study.

26 May 2015

Stressed out wives may make men’s blood pressure rise

(Reuters Health) - When older men have stressed-out wives, their own blood pressure may go up, a U.S. study suggests.

26 May 2015

Sudden infant death may be more likely at high altitudes

(Reuters Health) - While sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is extremely rare, babies who live at high altitudes may be more susceptible to it, a study from Colorado suggests.

26 May 2015

U.S. bird flu virus seen under control within a few months

PARIS - An epidemic of bird flu that has devastated U.S. poultry flocks this year is likely to be under control within a few months as the United States steps up measures to contain the virus and the summer weather weakens it, senior officials said on Tuesday.

U.S., 26 May 2015

To promote breastfeeding, fewer hospitals hand out formula

(Reuters Health) - Fewer U.S. hospitals are giving away free infant formula, a new study finds, a shift that may help encourage more new mothers to breastfeed.

26 May 2015

Two drinks per day may be harmful to elderly hearts

(Reuters Health) - For elderly people, just a couple of alcoholic drinks a day can have adverse effects on heart function, a new study suggests.

26 May 2015