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4 Your Health: a benefit of marriage; developmental disability on the rise; bad combination for cancer

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Diabetes and obesity are responsible for nearly 800,000 cancers worldwide. 

British researchers who looked at cancer data from 175 countries in 2012. They found nearly six percent of new cases were caused by the combined effects of diabetes and being overweight or obese.

Most of these cancers occurred in high-income, western countries. But the largest increases were seen in low and middle income nations.

Developmental disabilities up

A new government study finds more children in the U.S. are being diagnosed with a developmental disability.

Researchers say nearly seven percent of children had some sort of disability in 2016 up from five and a half percent in 2014. The increase was mostly due to developmental delays other than autism or intellectual disability.

Marriage may lower the risk of dementia

Data from over 800,000 adults shows lifelong singletons were 42-percent more likely to develop dementia than their married peers. Widowers were also at a higher risk.

Experts say marriage may help both partners have healthier lifestyles and provide more opportunities for social interactions.

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