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Sep 15, 2011, 10:27 p.m.

Teen accused of taking $17,000 in donations for cancer hoax

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A Texas teenager faces theft charges after police said she duped her community into giving her $17,000 because they erroneously believed she was dying of cancer. Ruth Angelica Gomez, 18, of Horizon City, Texas, created the Achieve the Dream foundation, under which she held fund-raising events and solicited donations to help cure her leukemia, which she had said would claim her life before the year ended, Horizon City police Detective Liliana Medina said.

Cancer testing lags in Latinos with family history

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Latinos were less likely than whites to get screened for colon cancer in a new study from California -- and much less likely when both groups had a family history of the disease. However, results from a telephone survey didn't show an ethnic difference in which women had recently been screened for breast cancer, whether or not it was in their families.

Soy may not prevent clogged arteries

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Taking extra soy supplements did not help stave off artery hardening in a new study of postmenopausal women. But, researchers said, soy showed a possible benefit in young women just a few years after menopause -- warranting more research in that age group.

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