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Your Health: Women in woods live longer

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This one is a little different. According to research, if you're a woman who lives near a wooded area, you may live longer.

More than 108,000 women were examined. Those women living in the greenest areas had a 12 percent lower death rate. Specifically, these women were 41 percent less likely to die from kidney disease, 34 percent less likely to die of respiratory disease and 13 percent had a lower rate of cancer.

Are you one of those people who feel like they get a boost with an energy drink? A study at Travis Air Force Base shows it may be harming your heart.

The people they studied drank a 32-ounce energy drink. The energy drinks caused more potentially dangerous changes in the heart's electrical activity ... compared to caffeine drinks. Both groups had similar increases in blood pressure, but the effects lasted longer in those who had the energy drinks.

If you have heart problems or high blood pressure, use caution or avoid consuming energy drinks.

What if your mom and your sister has cancer. Are you next? Many people are choosing genetic testing.

Jackie Bland chose testing when her sister was diagnosed with Lynch syndrome, a form of colorectal cancer. While she is in the clear, if it were positive, she would have a head start.

Genetic counselor Nicole Wood says that's the goal.

"To detect something at a precancerous or stage 0 disease so that it never becomes actually life threatening," Wood said.

You can start the process with family history, a road map. Locally, HudsonAlpha offers genetic testing through their "Information is Power" program. Until Oct. 28, the program is free for 30-year-olds. And it's $129 dollars for everyone else.

For more information, click here.

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