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Two-thirds of smokers will die early

Two-thirds of smokers will die early from cigarette-triggered illness — unless they choose to kick the habit, according to new research from Australia. The study of more than 200,000 people, published this week in BMC Medicine, found about 67 percent of smokers perished from smoking-related illness. That rate is hi …

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  1. Two-thirds of smokers will die early

    Health

    Two-thirds of smokers will die early from cigarette-triggered illness — unless they choose to kick the habit, according to new research from Australia.

  2. Researchers find new reason to drink coffee: It may reduce risk of MS

    Health

    Drink up, coffee lovers: Neurologists say a healthy appetite for coffee may reduce your risk of developing multiple sclerosis.

  3. Warren Elly, in the fight of his life against cancer

    Human Interest

    Editor's note: Warren Elly, who retired from WTVT-Ch. 13 in 2011, was diagnosed with cancer late last year and has spent every day since then chronicling his life in his blog, "The Way Forward." Elly granted the Tampa Bay Times permission to publish excerpts from his blog, and wrote this introduction: …

    Mitotane, a form of oral chemotherapy, is part of Elly’s new routine. “It’s not just bags once a month. It’s pills every day.”
  4. Moffitt Cancer Center sues one of its own doctors over a surgical invention

    Medicine

    TAMPA — Locked in a patent dispute, Moffitt Cancer Center has filed a lawsuit against one of its own doctors, accusing him of trying to claim sole ownership of a medical invention the hospital says it played a role in creating.

  5. Tempted to try a cleanse? Read this first

    Health

    I remember my first cleanse vividly. After months of gorging on French bread, brie, potato chips and more beer than I care to admit, my pants no longer fit. Even my spandex felt tight — a testament to my willingness to consume anything and everything while studying abroad. That's when I knew it was time for …

  6. Why it took so long for the world to start using 'smart,' self-destructing syringes

    Health

    WASHINGTON — The World Health Organization called this week for the worldwide use of needle syringes that self-destruct after a single injection.

  7. Stephen Hawking has defied odds by living with ALS for decades

    Health

    On April 20, 2009, a moment arrived that doctors had foretold for decades. Stephen Hawking, a scientist who overcame debilitating disease to become the world's most renowned living physicist, was on the cusp of death. The University of Cambridge released grim prognoses. Hawking, diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral …

    Stephen Hawking, right, and cast member Eddie Redmayne arrive on the blue carpet for the UK premiere of "The Theory of Everything" at the Odeon in Leicester Square, central London, this past December. Redmayne won a Best Acting Oscar for his portrayal of Hawking. [Associated Press]
  8. Early exposure to peanuts helps prevent allergies in kids (w/video)

    Health

    For years, parents of babies who seem likely to develop a peanut allergy have gone to extremes to keep them away from peanut-based foods. Now a major study suggests that is exactly the wrong thing to do.

  9. Moffitt wins $250,000 grant for ovarian cancer research

    Health

    TAMPA — Moffitt Cancer Center is receiving a $250,000 grant to continue research into ovarian cancer in older women, for whom the disease often is more aggressive. The money comes from the Kay Yow Cancer Fund in partnership with The V Foundation for Cancer Research. The partners also announced a campaign …

  10. Mothers opposed to vaccines discuss their decisions amid backlash (w/video)

    Health

    LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. — One is a businesswoman and an MBA graduate. Another is a corporate vice president. The third is a registered nurse.