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The quest for quantified self: Do wearable gadgets make us healthier?


Keeping track of your health has never been so easy, or so hip. Wearable gadgets are everywhere, it seems, helping people track their calorie intake, vital signs, sleep patterns and more, with little effort. Every minute of every day. But what does it all mean? With all the data captured, calculated and shared, are these health devices actually making us healthier? It depends on how you use them, and how you protect yourself in the process.

Innovations in cancer care for 2015


Cancer care has come a long way over the years. Patients are living longer and surviving at higher rates than ever before. Much of the progress comes courtesy of cutting-edge innovations in cancer treatment and prevention. Here are four examples of innovations our hospitals are bringing to patients this year to help them lead healthier lives, during and after treatment:

Laugh it up: It's good for your health


“Laughter is the most inexpensive and effective wonder drug. Laughter is a universal medicine.” – Bertrand Russell, British philosopher

It may sound cliché, but laughter really is great medicine. For proof, look no further than your own body. You know that happy feeling you get from a good belly laugh? There are physiological reasons for it. Research has shown that laughter releases hormones that can calm your nerves, reduce your stress, ease your pain and help you forget, even momentarily, about your worries.

Preventing cervical cancer starts with knowing your risks


Knowing the risk factors of cervical cancer can help you protect your own health, and if you are a mother, the health of your children. Vaccines are available to help guard you and your family from the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is responsible for virtually all cervical cancers. Other, less-discussed risk factors may also have an impact. For Cervical Health Awareness Month, we wanted to share the steps you can take to reduce the risk of cervical cancer. 

Does cell phone use cause brain cancer?


When talking on your cell phone, it may be best to use speakerphone or a hands-free device. Science has not conclusively answered the question of whether use of cell phones can lead to brain cancer, but taking steps to prevent cancer is always advisable.