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Vitamin E Pills May Raise, Not Lower, Prostate Cancer Risk

The largest study yet to test whether daily vitamin E supplements could reduce the risk of prostate cancer finds they may have the opposite effect, raising the chances of illness by 17 percent.
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Cooking (Or Not Cooking) Broccoli To Protect Its Nutritional Riches

Cooking broccoli too long destroys the beneficial enzyme that breaks down chemicals into cancer fighters. The best way to eat it is raw or steamed for just two to three minutes, a nutrition expert says.
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Supplements Look Risky In Study Of Older Women

Use of many common supplements — iron, in particular — appeared to increase the risk of dying, and only calcium supplements appeared to reduce mortality risk. The increased risk amounted to a few percentage points in most instances.
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Global Tuberculosis Cases Drop For First Time

The World Health Organization reports that cases of the disease are declining thanks to several, worldwide efforts. The world isn't out of the clear yet, though.
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Listeria Outbreak: Why More Of Us Didn't Get Sick

It's likely that the number of people who ate cantaloupe contaminated with listeria far exceeds the number of illnesses and deaths reported so far. So why aren't more of us sick? When it comes to vulnerability to food-borne illness, factors like age, stomach acid and the common cold can all come into play.
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Lung Cancer Leads List of Malignancies Linked With Bankruptcy

Lung cancer was associated with the highest risk of personal bankruptcy five years after diagnosis, researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center found. Smokers are more likely to be on a lower rung of the socioeconomic ladder.
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Anti-Mosquito Activist Tells City To Put a Sock In it

A D.C. man is waging a war on mosquitoes, and he says his homemade sock-laden traps work just as well as the ones used by the U.S. Department of Health.

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