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Living With Cancer: Clinical Trials Looking for Patients — President Obama's initiative to advance personalized medicine depends on the sort of breakthroughs in cell biology that have produced cancer drugs like the one extending my life. Yet very few adults with cancer enroll in clinical trials. Why do many trials fail to enroll sufficient patients, when scientists now test less debilitating therapies than those commonly used?

The Doctor's Rituals - — Every night when I put my 6-year-old son to sleep, we go through the same routine. At his request, I carry him upstairs, slung over my shoulder like a "sack of potatoes."

Take the Habit Personality Quiz — How do you form your good and bad habits? Are you a people-pleaser, willing to take on a task for others, but less willing to take care of yourself? Or maybe you're a rebel, and you are less likely than others to do as you are told when it comes to taking medication or adopting a healthful lifestyle.

An Upbeat Emotion That's Surprisingly Good for You — This article appeared in the March 29 issue of The New York Times Magazine. Dark moods are bad for your health. Scientists have known for decades that a wide variety of unpleasant emotions, like shame, depression and anxiety, are linked to greater rates of ills like heart disease, inflammation, cancer and premature death.

How Exercise May Aid Cancer Treatment — In a new study involving mice, aerobic exercise slowed the growth of breast cancer tumors and made the cancer more sensitive to chemotherapy. The results raise the possibility that exercise may change the biology of some malignant tumors, potentially making them easier to treat.

Air Pollution Raises Stroke Risk — Air pollution - even for just one day - significantly increases the risk of stroke, a large review of studies has found. Researchers pooled data from 103 studies involving 6.2 million stroke hospitalizations and deaths in 28 countries.

Stubborn Pay Gap Is Found in Nursing — Male nurses make $5,100 more on average per year than female colleagues in similar positions, researchers reported on Tuesday. The new analysis, which included data on more than 290,000 registered nurses, also found that the pay gap had not narrowed within workplace settings and specialties from 1988 to 2013.

The Road to Cancer Treatment Through Clinical Trials — In 1947, children who developed acute lymphocytic leukemia died. Dr. Sidney Farber, a pathologist at Boston Children's Hospital, was so distressed doing autopsies on these children that he moved into the clinic and, against the advice of more conservative colleagues, began treating children with aminopterin, a highly toxic drug that starved their cancerous white blood cells of critical nutrients.

What Else Can We Add to a Smoothie? — Over the years I have given you a number of Recipes for Health devoted to smoothies - fruit smoothies with nuts and seeds; smoothies with vegetables; dairy free smoothies. I thought I had pretty much covered all the smoothie bases.

Ask Well: Whiter Teeth — A There is no shortage of ways to treat tooth discoloration: strips, rinses, brush-on gels and toothpastes sold at pharmacies; bleaching treatments at the dentist; trays bought at the dentist's office for home use. The bottom line is all these methods work, but some require patience, and others a tolerance for painful sensitivity.
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Mar 26, 2015

When "everything is awesome," you may be healthier.

Mar 26, 2015

Living With Cancer: Clinical Trials Looking for Patients

Mar 26, 2015

RT @GretchenReynold: We'd be awesomely healthy if everything was awesome Upbeat Emotion That’s Surprisingly Good for You via @nytimeswell

Mar 26, 2015

RT @taraparkerpope: Oy! I'm an Obliger- What's your habit personality? Take the quiz then join author Gretchen Rubin to talk about it!

Mar 26, 2015

Dark moods are bad for your health. But awe is surprisingly good:

Mar 26, 2015

What side of your personality makes it difficult or easy to create and stick to a new habit?

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