Higher risk of cancer before and after diabetes diagnosis

People who have diabetes may have a higher chance of developing cancer either before or immediately after receiving a diagnosis of diabetes, according to a study published online in the American Cancer Society's journal, Cancer. The results indicate that there is a need for better understanding of the association between cancer and diabetes. Previous studies have suggested that people with type 2...

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Cancer risk falls with higher levels of vitamin D

Researchers suggest improving people's blood level of vitamin D could be an important tool for preventing cancer, after their study found that the risk of developing the disease rises as vitamin D levels fall. In the journal PLOS One, researchers from the University of California-San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine report how they analyzed the link between vitamin D and cancer to determine what...

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Doing These 4 Things Will Make You Happier, According to Neuroscience

1. The most important question to ask when you feel down Sometimes it doesn’t feel like your brain wants you to be happy. You may feel guilty or shameful. Why? Believe it or not, guilt and shame activate the brain’s reward center. And you worry a lot too. Why? In the short term, worrying makes your brain feel a little better — at least you’re doing something about your problems. But guilt, shame...

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Taking to yourself can bring "Self-improvement"

If you want to get better at doing something, simply telling yourself "I can do better next time" may help, according to a new study. Researchers found that people who practiced such so-called "self-talk" ─ for example, those who told themselves, "I can beat my best score," or "I can react quicker this time" ─ improved their performance in an online game more than those who did not. The new...

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What are Allergies

Allergies occur when your immune system reacts to a foreign substance such as pollen, bee venom or pet dander. Your immune system produces substances known as antibodies. Some of these antibodies protect you from unwanted invaders that could make you sick or cause an infection. When you have allergies, your immune system makes antibodies that identify your particular allergen as something harmful...

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5 Steps to Launching a New Life

Is there a decision you’re putting off, or a change in your life that you want to make but you’re feeling too angsty to make it happen? Do you keep asking everyone for advice that leaves you more confused than ever about what, if anything, you ought to do? Maybe it’s time to declare your independence. I’m not suggesting you go off the grid in a hideout on a mountain. But sometimes, you’ve got to...

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5 Reasons Some People Will Never Say 'I'm Sorry

I’m sorry is one of the first things we learn to say as children, yet some adults refuse to apologize even when they’re clearly in the wrong. The question is: Why? Elton John wasn’t kidding: Sorry does seem to be the hardest word. Some people find it so hard to apologize that getting them to admit to even the smallest wrongdoing involves a major battle—often, a fruitless one. Although we might...

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Science Points to the Single Most Valuable Personality Trait

Research is pointing to conscientiousness as the one-trait-to-rule-them-all in terms of future success, both career-wise and personal. “It would actually be nice if there were some negative things that went along with conscientiousness,” Roberts told me. “But at this point it’s emerging as one of the primary dimensions of successful functioning across the lifespan. It really goes cradle to grave...

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