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Overweight And Obese Kids Are In Denial About Their Weight, CDC Says

(MCT) — New government data suggest a nonmedical cause of America’s childhood obesity crisis: denial. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 48 percent of obese boys and 36 percent of obese girls think their weight is “about right.” Among kids and teens who were merely overweight, 81 percent of boys and 71 […]

Smoking May Increase Suicide Risk, Study Says

LOS ANGELES (MCT) — It’s well-known that cigarettes are bad for your health, but does smoking make you more likely to kill yourself? In a paper published this week in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, authors argued that smoking and suicide may be more closely related than previously thought. The researchers analyzed suicide rates […]

Study Finds No Link Between Certain Weather Conditions, Lower Back Pain

(MCT) — Have you ever noticed that your lower back pain flares up during a rainstorm? Or when the temperature suddenly drops? Or when there’s a change in humidity or air pressure? Well, then you’ve been noticing wrong, according to a study published this week in the journal Arthritis Care & Research. In a paper […]

Obamacare Website Stumped ‘Highly Educated’ Millennials, Study Shows

Obamacare Website Stumped ‘Highly Educated’ Millennials, Study Shows

Millennials who struggled to sign up for health insurance on Healthcare.gov have some simple advice for the Administration of President Barack Obama: Make the website more like Yelp or TurboTax.

Study: Not Enough Exercise Is Likely To Blame For Obesity Epidemic

LOS ANGELES (MCT) — A new study suggests that under-exercising, rather than overeating, may be at the heart of America’s obesity epidemic. Researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine report a strong correlation between the rise in obesity and a striking drop in the amount of time Americans spend exercising when not at work over […]

Smallpox Discovered In Old Storage Room Near D.C.

(MCT) — National Institutes of Health workers preparing to move a lab in Bethesda, Md., found an unwelcome surprise in a storage room this month: vials of smallpox. There is no evidence that any of the vials was breached, and no lab workers or members of the public were exposed to the infectious and potentially […]

Binge Drinking, Other Alcohol Excesses Kill 88,000 A Year, Study Finds

LOS ANGELES (MCT) — The death toll from binge drinking and other forms of excessive alcohol use in the United States is just shy of 88,000 per year, according to a new nationwide analysis. Those casualties erased more than 2.5 million years of life that would have been lived each year had victims not been […]

Lab Mice Get Addicted To Sun Exposure

LOS ANGELES (MCT) — Does basking in the sun make you feel relaxed and happy, like nothing can bother you? There may be a biological reason for that. Researchers found mice that were regularly exposed to UV light had a higher pain tolerance than mice that were not exposed to UV light. They also experienced […]

UC Davis Study Links Autism To Pesticides

FRESNO, Calif. (MCT) — A new study released Monday suggests that pregnant women who live near agricultural fields where pesticides are sprayed are at increased risk of having a child with autism. The study by the University of California, Davis, MIND Institute found mothers exposed to organophosphates had a two-thirds increased risk of having a […]

New Technique Could Heal Teeth Painlessly, Avoid Cavities

(MCT) — Instead of having to drill and fill cavities, dentists could head them off at the pass with a new technique that accelerates a tooth’s natural healing, King’s College London announced this week. The technique, called electrically accelerated and enhanced remineralization, is being developed by Reminova Ltd., a spinoff of King’s College London. It […]

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