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4 Your Health: Plant-based diet good for health and increase of colorectal cancer in younger patients

There’s more evidence that a strict plant-based diet is good for your health.

Harvard researchers analyzed nine studies involving more than 307,000 participants.

Those who strictly followed a diet focused mainly on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and legumes were less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

That is compared to those who also ate a plant-based diet but had also consumed other foods such as potatoes, white flour, sugar and animal products.

Salmonella outbreak turns deadly

The CDC has provided new information on two separate salmonella outbreaks and one has turned fatal.

Two people have died in an salmonella outbreak linked to backyard chickens and ducklings.

An additional 489 people have become ill since mid-June, bringing the total to 768 cases in 48 states and nearly a quarter were among kids younger than five.

122 people had to be hospitalized.

Experts say you should always wash your hands after handling backyard poultry or the dog treats.

Increase of colorectal cancer in younger patients

Doctors are seeing an increase of colorectal cancer in younger patients, according to a new study from the University of Texas.

It shows the proportion of patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer who are under 50 has risen steadily over the last decade.

Younger adults are also being diagnosed with more advanced disease.

Many organizations now recommend screening at age 45, but most doctors are not following these guidelines.

Priscilla Casper

Priscilla Casper is an anchor and multi-skilled journalist for News 4 Tucson. She anchors weekdays at noon and 4 p.m.

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