Health Alert: Walk, run in DC area for kidney, childhood cancers

In this Health Alert, we learn about ending childhood cancer, kidney cancer and the benefits of your dog sleeping in your bedroom.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Ending childhood cancer – one step at a time. 

You still have time to get out and cheer on the runners and walkers in Saturday morning's St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer.

Funds raised here and across the country will assist the mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to find cures and save children battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

A cancer that affects more adults than children is kidney cancer. Registration is open now for the The 12th annual Boo! Run for Life 10K and Tidal Basin Walk.

It is next Sunday, Oct. 1 in West Potomac Park. Nearly 64,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed each year with kidney cancer and the numbers continue to rise.

Dogs are not only man's best friend, they may just be man's best sleep aid.

Some people think having pets in the bedroom disrupts their sleep, but a Mayo Clinic study finds it's just the opposite. Sleeping with dogs helps some people sleep better—no matter how large or small the pooch is.

However, don't let your canines or felines crawl under the covers with you. The sleep benefit extends only to having pets in your bedroom—not in your bed.


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