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Elizabeth Cooney is a health reporter for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
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Monday, August 6, 2007
Today's Globe: residency rules, fitness and cancer, bending it like Beckham, poison ivy, C-sections
Limiting medical residents' hours has helped relieve their exhaustion. But patients aren't yet much better off, and training may be suffering, anecdotal evidence and the first round of studies on the impact of the rules suggest.
There's actually surprisingly little evidence that dietary changes that cancer patients make prolong survival -- except perhaps for colon cancer. What is crystal clear, though, is the importance of exercise and weight control.
David Beckham's skill is so impressive that it sent a team of international scientists into the lab to answer a question that soccer fans have long asked themselves: How do you bend it like Beckham?
Jon Sachs (left) is an accidental enthusiast with a very traditional poison ivy story: it started with an unintentional encounter and has turned into a long-term itch.
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