Health Alert: New swine flu strain

(CBS) - A new strain of swine flu is on the rise. The Centers for Disease Control reports more than 145 new cases this week, that's up from just 29 last week. Most illnesses are in children and they are mild. The CDC says the flu is spreading from infected pigs, but so far people are not spreading it to each other. Health experts say anyone attending state or county fairs should wash their hands if they're around pigs.

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(CBS) - A new study in the Lancet finds the benefits of cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins outweighs the increased risk of diabetes. Researchers found patients on statins were 28 percent more likely to develop diabetes if they had at least one risk factor for the disease. But they found patients were still much less likely to develop cardiovascular disease and less likely to die.

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(CBS) - High levels of iron could raise your risk of bowel cancer. According to British researchers too much iron can activate a faulty anti-cancer gene that some people have. The study could explain why high-iron foods like red meat are linked to an increased risk of bowel cancer.


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