Getting Cancer is More than Just Bad Luck

Cancer is not caused mainly by "bad luck." The authors of a recent paper based this conclusions on estimates of random cell mistakes (mutations) made during cell replication. While genetic mutations are involved in cancers, these may be caused by external and modifiable factors such as adopting a healthy lifestyle. PositiveTip: Clear evidence supports the value…

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Preventing Stillbirths

Research has revealed that the major risk factors for stillbirths in high-income countries are largely modifiable. Australian investigators found the following factors most critical:Maternal weight (BMI >25, risk more than doubled when >30)Smoking (>10 cigarettes per day during pregnancy)Maternal age (>40 years)These risk factors for stillbirth are controllable by maternal choices, which is really good…

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