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Should we throw cold water on the 'Ice Bucket Challenge'?


If you’ve been on Facebook or Twitter recently, you’ve probably seen the Ice Bucket Challenge. The campaign asks people to donate $100 to ALS research or pour a bucket of ice water over their head. Anyone who performs this feat on camera then nominates several friends to take the same challenge for ALS, an incurable, neurodegenerative disease also known as Lou Gherig’s disease.

HPV test or Pap test for cervical cancer screening?


If you’re between ages 30 and 65, you may have had the HPV test along with a Pap test as part of routine screening. For almost 60 years, the Pap test has been the preferred way to detect early pre-cancerous changes that can lead to cervical cancer, but can the newer HPV test do a better job?

Researchers have been studying the question for more than 15 years and their results support the idea that the HPV test could be the primary cervical cancer screening tool.

Study links breast cancer to high-dose estrogen birth control pills


You may have heard that taking the birth control pill increases your risk of cancer, but does it matter which pill you take? A team of researchers analyzed different pill types and found a 50 percent increase in breast cancer risk among women taking high-dose estrogen pills.

The good news is that low-dose pills did not seem to increase breast cancer risk, according to the recent study in Cancer Research. Today, most women on birth control pills use the low-dose kind.

Are chronic pain and emotion connected?

Raed Rahman, DO

Over the past decade, researchers have given more thought to the connection between your emotions and how you experience pain. They have begun to adopt a more evolved view, moving beyond the traditional notion that negative emotions are unhealthy and must be rationally controlled.