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  • An Update on BPA

    Posted on: Sep 19, 2014

    Bisphenol A, or BPA, has been in the news a lot lately. It is a manmade chemical used in many rigid plastics, the lining of food cans, cashier receipts, and other products since the 1960s. BPA is...

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  • Sleep Tight, Slim Down

    Posted on: Aug 13, 2014

    Sleep most of us need much more of it. All the words that describe a bad sleeper apply to me: “light,” “sensitive,” “fitful,” “too much on my mind,” “insomniac.” My excuses and reasons: hormonal...

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Content Spotlight: Breast Cancer Risk Factors

Drinking Alcohol

Research consistently shows that drinking alcoholic beverages increases a woman's risk of breast cancer, particularly hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer. Alcohol also may increase breast cancer risk by damaging DNA in cells.

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Exposure to Chemicals in Cosmetics

Researchers are studying parabens and phthalates -- two chemicals found in many cosmetics and personal care products -- for links to breast cancer.

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Light Exposure at Night

The results of several studies suggest that women who work at night have a higher risk of breast cancer compared to women who work during the day. Other research suggests that women who live in areas with high levels of external light at night have a higher risk of breast cancer.

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