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“I want to help end obesity’

EAST WENATCHEE — Kearsten Weeks used to be obese. Now, she hopes to be Mrs. Washington, maybe even Mrs. America.

Lose weight with a friend, study says

For the 78 million American adults who are obese and may be ready to lose a significant amount of weight, a new study has some advice: Don’t go it alone.

Naps help preschoolers with memory, study says

Preschool naps should be preserved, even in the face of pressures to add more to the curriculum, say researchers who concluded that sleep enhances kids’ memories.

Cancer report describes ‘amazing progress’

LOS ANGELES — There were more than 13.7 million cancer survivors living in the United States in 2012 — nearly 2 million more than in 2008 — according to a cancer research report released Tuesday.

Push to outlaw abortion one state at a time

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — State legislatures passed fewer but more powerful laws restricting abortion this year, aiming less to tweak restrictions and more to outlaw the procedure.
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New focus on women’s access to health care

WASHINGTON — New state restrictions on clinics that provide abortions could leave millions of women — many of them poor and uninsured — without easy access to cancer screenings and other basic health care services.
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Mayo Clinic researchers study how body can repair itself

ROCHESTER, Minn. — At Mayo Clinic’s Center for Regenerative Medicine, physicians and researchers have a dazzling array of tools at their fingertips: transplants, genomics, computerized data analysis and biomedical engineering.

Men might want to shun fish oils, study shows

Taking fish-oil supplements or even eating too much fatty fish may be linked to an increased risk for prostate cancer, according to a new study from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The result confirms findings from an earlier study by the same team, but they are puzzling, given fish oil’s supposed anti-inflammatory effect, which would protect against cancer.

Americans exercise more, still gain weight

WASHINGTON — Americans are exercising more, but that has not done much to slim their waistlines, underscoring the immense challenge confronting health advocates fighting the nation’s obesity crisis.