Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead at 46
Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46, died Sunday from an apparent
Hoffman was found in a Greenwich Village apartment by a friend
who went to check on the actor because he was unable to reach him,
The New York Timesreported.
A law enforcement official said Hoffman was found with a syringe
in his left arm, along with at least two plastic envelopes that
contained what appeared to be heroin. Five empty plastic envelopes
were found in a garbage can.
Hoffman had long struggled with addiction. Last year, he spent
about 10 days in a rehabilitation program after a dependence of
prescription pills led him to begin using heroin again,
Cancer Cases Will Rise to 22 Million a Year: Report
There will be 22 million new cases of cancer worldwide every
year within the next two decades, according to an International
Agency for Research on Cancer report released Monday.
The cancer arm of the World Health Organization said there were
about 14 million new cases of cancer in 2012, but forecast that the
annual number of new cases would rise sharply due to an aging
global population and more cancers in developing nations, the
Currently, more than 60 percent of the world's cancer cases
occur in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, and the leading
causes of cancer death in 2012 were cancers of the lung, live and
stomach, according to IARC.
The agency said nations need to find ways to promote healthier
lifestyles, including reducing people's intake of alcohol and
sugary drinks, the
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