Today in medicine: Coffee and cancer

Coffee and endometrial cancer
Study subjects: 67,000 women
Location of study: U.S.
Results: A Nurses’ Health study found that women who drank more than four cups of coffee each day were 25 percent less likely to develop endometrial cancer, which affects the lining of the womb. Women who drank two to three cups daily were 7 percent less likely to develop the cancer.
Significance: It seems that coffee lowers two hormones, estrogen and insulin, that trigger the disease.

Meditation and concentration
Study subjects: Experienced mediators
Location of study: U.S.
Results: A Yale study found that increased meditation leads to increased brain focus in everyday life.
Significance: Mediation could be used in ADHD treatment and for those at risk of or suffering from Alzheimer’s.

Risks for skinny people postsurgery
Study subjects: Nearly 200,000 surgery patients
Location of study: U.S.
Results: According to an Archives of Surgery report, out of 3,245 deaths within 30 days of surgery, the risk of mortality was higher in patients with a low body mass index (BMI).
Significance: Patients who underwent exploratory abdominal surgery were most likely to die, while those who had breast lumpectomies were least likely.
Prescription drugs and foster care
Study subjects: 17,000 children on Medicaid
Location of study:?U.S.
Results: The results of a study comparing Medicare-receiving children in foster care to their counterparts in normal homes found that the rate of long-term prescribed drug use was higher, according to the journal Pediatrics.
Significance: The results
are a cause for concern
of the plight of children in foster care.


Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.


Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.


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Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

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Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

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Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."


'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

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Jimmy Rollins is key to Phillies success

When John Kruk was asked about what the Phillies need to contend for a playoff berth, the ESPN analyst said Jimmy Rollins needs to play like a MVP again.


Ben Revere lifts Phillies to avoid sweep

Ben Revere came through with a two-out RBI single against Atlanta’s tough lefthander Alex Wood.


Season wrap: 76ers make the grade

The 76ers opened the 2013-14 season with a victory over the Miami Heat. The Sixers closed the season with a win at Miami.


Fantasy basketball: Finding next year's NBA studs

Before we put the 2013-14 fantasy basketball season to bed, it’s worth thinking about next year’s breakouts while they’re fresh in our mind.


VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.


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Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.


Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.