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Published May 19, 2011

In case you needed one, here's another possible reason to have that cup of coffee in the morning: Men who regularly drink coffee appear to be less likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer, especially the most lethal kind, according to new research. Lorelei Mucci of the Harvard School of Public Health and colleagues analyzed data collected from 47,911 U.S. men in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, in which men reported their coffee consumption every four years from 1986 to 2008. During that period, 5,035 cases of prostate cancer were reported, including 642 fatal cases. Men who consumed the most coffee -six or more cups every day, regular or decaf - were nearly 20 percent less likely to develop any form of prostate cancer, the researchers reported in the May 17 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Heavy coffee drinkers were also 60 percent less likely to be diagnosed with a lethal prostate tumor. Those who drank between one and three cups a day were 30 percent less likely to develop a lethal case.

Internet may end snow days

Could the Internet mean the end of snow days? Some schools think so, and they are experimenting with ways for students to do lessons online during bad weather, potentially allowing classes to go on during even the worst blizzard. Going "virtual," or online, would certainly ease the pressure on school calendars that have to be extended to make up for lost school days. "Even if you can't continue on at the same pace, being able to keep students on track can make a huge difference," said Doug Levin, executive director of the nonprofit State Educational Technology Directors Association in Missouri. But there are obstacles, too. Many families don't have high-speed Internet access, and families with multiple children but one computer at home could be hard-pressed to keep up. And, some people say, kids just need an occasional extra day off in the depths of winter.