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Exercise, minimizing risk factors could help prevent breast cancer

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October is breast cancer awareness month.

This year doctors expect to diagnose an estimated 226,000 women with the disease.

To reduce your risk, studies show women who exercise 30 minutes at least three times a week are less likely to develop the disease, partly because exercise helps boost the immune system.

Studies have not shown that a specific diet lowers risk of breast cancer. And if you drink - keep it to one drink or less a day.

Women who drink two or more alcoholic beverages a day have been found to have a 20 percent to 30 percent increase risk of breast cancer.

That's partly because alcohol uses up folic acid, an important b-vitamin.

Some women, because of genetics, will develop breast cancer, no matter their lifestyle.

For many people with spinal cord injuries, keeping fit is tough. Exercises and rehabilitation don't always help patients maintain strength.

New programs are being designed to give these patients outlets that provide movement and stimulation for the body and mind.

In Baltimore, a program pairs patients with a computer and boat like vessel called the V-Sail access sailing simulator system.

Patients learn to maneuver a craft that simulates what it's like to sail a boat.

Doctors said they hope patients will show measurable improvements in their physical and psychological well being.

Being overweight is not only bad for your health, it's also bad for your gas mileage.

An author of a study for Allstate Insurance told livescience.com that America's yearly fuel consumption is going up, partly because of continued weight gain.

The U.S Energy Department reports an extra hundred pounds in your vehicle could reduce your miles per gallon by up to two-percent.

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