For Colon Cancer, 70 Is the New 50

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_8dc2c944e8.jpgArman Zhenikeyev/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Richard Fisher of Marion County, Ohio, first received a colon cancer diagnosis about seven years ago at the age of 68. After he noticed some blood in his stool, a colonoscopy revealed he was in the advanced stages of the disease. "The doctor told me he didn't care if I got treatment or not because either way I only had six months to live," the retired farmer and construction worker recalled.

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Older Adults Warned of Dangers of Binge Drinking

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_e587736ae4.jpgbhofack2/Thinkstock (AUSTIN, Texas) -- Heavy episodic drinking of alcohol, otherwise known as binge drinking, is never a good idea, researchers at University of Texas at Austin warn, especially if you're an older adult. In a study of drinking patterns, study author Charles Holahan said that older moderate drinkers "who binge have double the odds of dying within the next 20 years compared to those who do not binge."

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Shattering Misconceptions About Vaccines Can Backfire

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_a11784bbf8.jpgluiscar/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Public health advocates may be doing more harm than good when they try to change the minds of people who wrongly believe that the side effects of certain vaccines include autism. It was a British study in 1998 that first claimed that the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) led to some children developing autism. While the research was later debunked, enough people over time became convinced that it was true.

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Getting Really Mad Might Make You Really Sick

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_72347abdf6.jpgbevangoldswain/Thinkstock (CAMBRIDGE, Mass.) -- Although the possibility of suffering a potentially fatal heart attack or stroke after an angry outburst is remote, most researchers agree that blowing your stack is not conducive to a healthy lifestyle. In fact, after examining various studies, Harvard School of Public Health scientists went as far as to say that the chances of suffering a stroke or heart attack are greater following an angry episode as opposed to a period when people are cool, calm and collected.

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Kids Need More Sleep, Survey Says

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_da4bfb6ccc.jpgDAJ/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- A survey of more than 1,100 parents shows children aren’t getting the sleep they need. According to the survey, children in the 6-10 age range appear to be getting only 85 percent of what they need, and 15-17 year olds get 78 percent of their needed shut-eye. Poor “sleep hygiene” is among the many reasons for this drowsy trend: three in four children between 6 and 17 have at least one electronic device in their bedroom.

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