First-year medical student Michelle Gentile assists her classmate Abbie Harts as she performs a pelvic exam on a volunteer at Northwestern University.
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June 30, 2014 The American College of Physicians says annual pelvic exams aren't necessary for healthy women and could be harmful. But not all doctors agree, and the new recommendation is stirring up debate.
One in 6 adults binge drinks, and that plays a role in most alcohol-related deaths.
June 26, 2014 Drinking too much alcohol is a big factor in deaths of adults under age 65, CDC researchers say, from obvious risks like vehicle accidents to more subtle effects like higher rates of breast cancer.
It makes our mouth water, but it makes our breath stink.
June 21, 2014 A sulfur compound in garlic can linger in the body for up to two days, stinking up your breath, sweat and pee. Milk, parsley or citrus might help break it down more quickly or mask the stench.
Researchers say eating broccoli sprouts could help protect against the harmful effects of air pollution.
June 18, 2014 A study found that people who consumed broccoli sprouts excreted two air pollutants faster than usual. So does that mean there's something to detoxing with cruciferous veggies? Scientists say maybe.
In The Fault in Our Stars, Gus and Hazel, played by Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley, play two teenagers with cancer.
June 13, 2014 We asked teenagers and young adults if the movie gets close to the reality of living through cancer. They said the loneliness, yes. The Hollywood hair, not so much.
Lots of basic science leads to some clinical trials and, if all goes well, new cancer treatments.
June 1, 2014 The annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology features thousands of presentations but no big news. That's how cancer treatment improves, in small increments.
More women are choosing double mastectomy even if they don't have a high cancer risk.
May 21, 2014 More than two-thirds of women who had a double mastectomy after a cancer diagnosis didn't have the high risk that could be reduced by the surgery, a study finds.
Two cervical cancer cells divide in this image from a scanning electron microscope.
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May 21, 2014 The recent FDA approval of an HPV test to screen for cervical cancer has ignited debate among doctors. Some say the viral test will catch cancers earlier. Others warn it increases needless biopsies.
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Human cervical cancer cells in a fluorescence micrograph.
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May 12, 2014 Cervical cancer screening often isn't recommended for women after age 65, but that may be when they're most vulnerable, a study finds. African-American women face a particularly high risk.
Elizabeth, Samuel, Bryan and Noah Shaw amid Texas bluebonnets on Easter Sunday. Samuel was conceived with in vitro fertilization so he would not suffer from the hereditary cancer that afflicted Noah.
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May 7, 2014 Noah Shaw was diagnosed with a potentially fatal cancer when he was just 4 months old. That didn't shake his father's faith in God. But it did drive him to try to invent an early cancer test.
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Noah Shaw, now 5, shows off his Texas roots at a recent birthday party.
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May 6, 2014 The parents of a young boy made a terrible discovery while looking through photographs they had taken of him as a baby. They noticed a white dot where a black pupil should have been.
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Women who had chemotherapy were more likely to lose their jobs, a survey finds.
April 30, 2014 Four years after women with jobs were diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer, nearly one-third were unemployed. But it's not clear how much of that was due to illness or to a sour economy.
Can these cartoon pals help reduce the stigma of cancer treatment for children?
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April 24, 2014 Kids don't want to look different, especially if the reason they look different is because they've lost their hair to chemotherapy. If Hello Kitty's gone bald, too, maybe it won't feel so bad.
TV host Samantha Harris says she will have a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer. But the surgery doesn't eliminate cancer risk.
April 9, 2014 More and more women are deciding to have double mastectomies when they are diagnosed with breast cancer. TV host Samantha Harris is just the latest. But it's not the right choice for everyone.
A recent study reported that poor dental hygiene and excessive use of mouthwash containing alcohol could increase the risk of oral cancer.
April 8, 2014 Freshening up your mouth with a regular rinse could come with a long-term health hazard. But cancer specialists are far more concerned about tobacco, alcohol and betel nut chewing.
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