Researchers find new tool in preventing skin cancer
Updated: 06/04/2012 10:45 AM
By: Claudine Chalfant
Researchers found a new tool in preventing skin cancer and it's probably already in your medicine cabinet.
New research, published in the Online Journal of Cancer, found common painkillers, such as aspirin, may help prevent some forms of skin cancer.
Previous studies have shown that taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which include aspirin and ibuprofen, can decrease the likelihood of developing some types of cancer.
Doctors out of Denmark found these medications may decrease the risk of developing the three major types of skin cancer, including the most serious, malignant melanoma.
Researchers looked at records of nearly 200,000 people from northern Denmark over a 10-year-period, noting the types of drugs they took.
Study authors say more research is needed to better understand why these painkillers prevent some skin cancers.
A new study may make you think twice about what you pack for lunch. It could contain small traces of flame retardant.
Researchers from the University of Texas School of Public Health sampled 36 foods, including peanut butter, from Dallas-area stores between 2009 and 2010.
Of the 36 food samples tested, 15 had detectable levels of HBCD, a brominated flame retardant used in thermal insulation and electrical equipment.
They also sampled other foods, such as deli meat, poultry, and sardines.
Researchers say food could be behind elevated HBCD levels in humans; however, the study suggests a larger and more representative sampling should conducted. The study is in a peer-reviewed journal published by the National Institute of Environmental Health, called "Environmental Health Perspectives.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report flu season is now over.
The CDC reports this season was mild compared to other years. 26 children died from the illness this year, the lowest number since the CDC started tracking this data.
The agency says this year also set a new record for having lowest and shortest peak for flu-like illness since it started keeping track.
They say the mild winter and more people getting flu shots could account for the record.
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