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Cancer deaths lower, but some say not enough
January 4th, 2012
02:55 PM ET

Cancer deaths lower, but some say not enough

A new report from the American Cancer Society shows that death rates from cancer have been going down since 1999, with the risk of death from cancer declining by more than 1% in both men and women. About 1 million deaths from cancer have been avoided since around 1991.

That sounds promising, but it's not as good as it could be, says Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society and CNNHealth.com conditions expert.

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U.S. News ranks best diets for 2012
January 4th, 2012
01:15 PM ET

U.S. News ranks best diets for 2012

The beginning of the year is when many people vow to lose weight, and it's also when U.S. News & World Report releases their annual Best Diet rankings, which is based on information from scientific journals, government reports and various health and nutrition experts nationwide.

There are several categories for the top spot.  No. 1 on the Best Diets Overall list (out of 25 contenders) for 2012 is the DASH - Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension - diet.

The publication ranks Weight Watchers. as the No. 1 "Easiest Diet to Follow." The best diet for diabetics is the Biggest Loser Diet and No. 1 in "Best Heart-Healthy Diets" is the Ornish diet, according to U.S. News & World Report.

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January 4th, 2012
07:22 AM ET

Playtime for preschoolers essential, study says

Preschoolers in child care centers aren't spending enough time playing outdoors and just being kids, according to a new study published in this week's Pediatrics journal.

Three quarters of American children ages 3 to 5 are in child care and, like most kids, they need to be more physically active, say researchers. But children who aren't in day care may also lack enough active time outside.

"Daily physical activity is essential for preschool age children both for preventing obesity and for their development - their physical development and their cognitive development," says study author Dr. Kristen Copeland from the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in Ohio.
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