Health Alert: Progress made against cancer

Health Alert

(CBS) -  A new report shows that significant progress has been made against cancer. The American Association for Cancer Research says since 1990, there have been more than one million fewer cancer deaths. Researchers also say the number of people surviving cancer continues to increase. More than 13 million people are cancer survivors today.

(CBS) - More than two million people in the United States get infections that are resistant to antibiotics every year. At least 23,000 die from them. That's according to a first ever report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Federal health leaders say overuse of antibiotics is leading to resistance. Up to 50 percent of antibiotic prescriptions are unnecessary.

(CBS) - Lifestyle changes may affect how cells age. A small study in the journal Lancet Oncology shows for the first time-- that changes in diet, exercise, stress management and social support may lengthen telomeres, which are the part of chromosomes that affect aging. Previous research has shown shorter ones may be associated with aging-related diseases, such as cancer, stroke, and cardiovascular disease.


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