THURSDAY, Dec. 14, 2017 -- In a finding that's sure to ruffle some fur and feathers, scientists report that having a pet doesn't fend off age-related declines in physical or mental health.
"Our results showed that in this sample of almost 9,000 people -- average age 67 years -- for those who owned a pet, no health benefits were found," said study co-author Richard Watt, a professor of epidemiology and public health at University College London.
THURSDAY, Dec. 14, 2017 -- You love social gatherings, but you're not a social drinker.
Peer pressure can make it harder when you want to abstain for health or religious reasons, for instance. And while you might be OK telling one or two people about your reasons for not drinking, you probably don't want to repeat it multiple times at a party or share it with a business associate for fear of being looked at as a party pooper -- especially at holiday season time.
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 -- Fewer women with early stage breast cancer are turning to chemotherapy to fight their disease, a new study finds.
"For patients with early stage breast cancer, we've seen a significant decline in chemotherapy use over the last few years without a real change in evidence," said study author Dr. Allison Kurian. She's an associate professor of medicine and of health research and policy at Stanford University.
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 -- Exposure to firefighting chemicals may be one reason why Florida firefighters have a higher-than-normal rate of skin cancer, a new study suggests.
The researchers analyzed data from almost 2,400 firefighters statewide who'd participated in a cancer survey. They found that 4.5 percent -- 109 firefighters -- had been diagnosed with skin cancer. That included 17 cases of melanoma, 84 cases of other types of skin cancer and 18 of an unknown type of skin cancer.