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flameretardant-111314.jpg The bodies of many Americans are polluted with toxic flame retardants, according to research conducted at the University of Antwerp. The study, published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, tested the urine samples of Californians for biomarkers of six specific toxic flame retardants (phosphates).

iphone-111214.jpg Those who use mobile phones may be at a greater risk for certain types of brain cancer, according to research conducted by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The study, published in the journal Pathophysiology, surveyed 1,380 patients with malignant brain tumors, and a similar group of people without tumors, then compared cell phone usage.

oralhpv-111214.jpg Men are at risk to contract the oral human papillomavirus [HPV] if their female partners have oral and/or genital HPV, according to research conducted at McGill University in Montreal. The study, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, surveyed data on 222 men and their female partners. The overall infection rate was seven percent.

medicare-111114.jpg Medicare will now cover lung cancer screening, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The announcement comes after the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended the screening for certain smokers last year. The policy will cover a low-dose chest CT scan each year for smokers and ex-smokers ages 55 to 75, who have a history of smoking at least 30 pack years.

lactose-111014.jpg Those who are lactose intolerant may be at a decreased risk for certain types of cancer, according to a new study from researchers at Lund University in Sweden. For the study the researchers examined health records from 23,000 lactose intolerant people throughout Sweden as well as records from their family members.

Trastuzumab-102114.jpg When added to chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment, Herceptin (trastuzaumab) has proven to improve survival rates, according to research conducted at he Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, surveyed data on over 4,000 women with breast cancer, one half got chemo, while the other half got chemo with one year of treatment with Herceptin.

laxativetype-101014.jpg Fiber based laxatives have been linked to a decreased risk of colon cancer, according to research conducted at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. The study, published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology, surveyed data on more than 75,000 adults aged 50 to 76. "I wouldn't necessarily jump the gun and say because of this study, people should stop taking stimulant . . ."