A study finds that drinking at least six cups a day of coffee reduces the risk of aggressive prostate cancer by 60 percent.
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May 18, 2011 Harvard researchers says the coffee effect persisted even after factoring in the effects of exercise, obesity, smoking and other factors that either raise or lower the risk of prostate cancer. Regular and decaffeinated coffee were associated with the same low risk of lethal prostate cancer.
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May 4, 2011 A long-running study suggests that surgical removal of the prostate gland in young men diagnosed with low-risk prostate cancer may be better than waiting to see if it gets worse. Still, a study of the treatment options has limitations.
Moms might want to try a little more of this, with or without the kids.
April 11, 2011 A persnickety analysis of the eating and exercise habits moms and dads with young found they exercised less than similar people without kids. The moms also ate quite a bit more junky stuff and consumed more calories than women without kids.
March 22, 2011 Doing a lot more exercise or having a lot more sex would actually reduce the risk of heart attacks, researchers say. And people who are regularly physically active gain benefits that far outweigh that small risk.
March 14, 2011 Fathers who are depressed are far more likely to spank their 1-year-olds than dads who aren't. Thirteen percent of dads who weren't depressed reported spanking their kids. Among the depressed dads, however, 41 percent had given a spanking.
Researchers think early baldness may be a warning sign for prostate cancer.
February 16, 2011 A study found men who reported any kind of balding in their 20s were twice as likely to be in a group being treated for prostate cancer. Men who said they didn't start losing their hair until their 30s or later didn't have a higher risk of the disease.
January 31, 2011 The new USDA nutrition guidelines are pretty good at telling us what to eat, like more vegetables, lean meats, and low-fat milk. It's a little less clear when they're telling us what not to eat.
January 28, 2011 The CDC says doctors need to counsel patients interested in taking a drug to prevent HIV. For one, patients should still use condoms faithfully, because the drug isn't a sure bet against the virus. The medicine is also costly and has side effects.
January 27, 2011 The Food and Drug Administration is not willing to expand the approval of an existing drug for enlarged prostates as a means to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. A panel of expert previously recommended against the expansion.
A white-tailed deer browses at the edge of a farm field in Brunswick, Maine.
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December 30, 2010 The men nicked their fingers while dressing deer carcasses. Within a few weeks angry-looking raised lesions appeared at the sites of the cuts. Scientists determined that a virus from the deer had infected the men.
Our holiday health reading.
December 28, 2010 Speed dating meets literary criticism. Shots reviews some of this year's health books which came our way. Many had advice about what to eat. Several had something to say about belly fat and abs.
The maker of the Man Up Now sexual supplement says it contains fruit like these from the Wolfberry plant to prevent side effects from other ingredients.
December 13, 2010 The agency says the pills have been found to contain sulfoaildenafil, a chemical cousin of Viagra that could lead to sudden drops in blood pressure in men also taking nitrates, such as nitroglycerin, for heart conditions.
Scrubbing too much might be a problem, scientists say.
November 29, 2010 A new study is linking higher levels of triclosan to allergies in kids and Bisphenol-A exposure to changes in adult immune systems raises new health questions. But the concerns about these chemicals are far from settled.
November 29, 2010 A House committee investigation into Johnson & Johnson's spate of recent recalls continues for now, but when Republicans take over the committee in January, that could change.
November 29, 2010 Bravo Farms is recalling all of its cheese, including cheddar it makes for Whole Foods, after E. coli and listeria was found at its plant. Earlier this month, the company recalled gouda sold at Costco.
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