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Strict Teen Driving Laws Reduce Risky Acts

ST. LOUIS (UPI) — U.S. states with graduated driving laws that limit teen driving privileges have reduced drinking and driving among teens, researchers say. First author Patricia A. Cavazos-Rehg, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, said the vast majority of states have laws that limit teen […]

More In U.S. Thriving, Fewer Struggling

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The percentage of U.S. adults who say they are thriving rose since February and is now on par with the high of 54.2 percent last January, a survey indicates. In fact, in May the Gallup Economic Confidence Index registered its best monthly reading since January 2008, when the recession began. The Gallup-Healthways […]

Psychotherapy By Phone Said Effective

CHICAGO (UPI) — Patients who had psychotherapy sessions over the phone were more likely to complete 18 weeks of treatment than face-to-face patients, U.S. researchers say. Lead author David Mohr, a professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, found phone therapy is a rapidly growing trend among therapists. About 85 percent […]

Motorcycle Helmets Can Save $1.4 Billion

ATLANTA (UPI) — Annual medical, productivity and other costs saved from the motorcycle helmet law in California was $394 million in 2010, a U.S. health official said. “Increasing motorcycle helmet use can save lives and money,” Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, said in a statement. […]

No Preventive Care For 1 In 2 U.S. Adults

ATLANTA (UPI) — Less than half of U.S. adults received key health preventive services such as screenings, consultations and prescriptions before 2010, officials say. “Clinical preventive services prevent heart attack, stroke, cancer and other diseases and save lives,” Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, said in […]

U.S. Smoking-Related Diseases Cost $96 Billion

ATLANTA (UPI) — More than 400,000 unique visitors have visited the U.S. government’s Web site designed to help people quit smoking, health officials said. Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, said about 8.6 million Americans live with a smoking-related disease and each day, and smoking-related diseases […]

Philadelphia Rated Most Bedbug-Infested

MEMPHIS (UPI) — Philadelphia took the top spot from New York as the most bedbug-infested U.S. city, officials of a pest control company said. Stoy Hedges, an entomologist with Terminix, said the company developed the ranking by evaluating service calls from customers, as well as confirmed cases by service professionals from 300 branches. Terminix ranked […]

Study: It's Never Too Late To Quit Smoking

HEIDELBERG, Germany, June 12 (UPI) — An international meta-analysis of smokers age 60 and older found it is never too late to quit tobacco, German researchers said. Carolin Gellert and colleagues at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, Germany, said the review assessed the impact of smoking on all-cause mortality in people age 60 […]

Survey: 75 Percent Say A Tan Is Healthy

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., June 12 (UPI) — Almost three-quarters of U.S. adults ages 18-29 years agreed with the statement, “Sun exposure is good for your health,” a survey indicated. An American Academy of Dermatology conducted an online survey of U.S. adults nationwide that found about 40 percent of respondents age 30 and under tried to get […]

Cut Breast Cancer Risk By Avoiding Scans

SAN DIEGO (UPI) — An analysis of environmental causes of breast cancer suggests women can reduce breast cancer risk by avoiding unnecessary medical imaging, researchers say. Dr. Rebecca Smith-Bindman of the University of California, San Francisco, said the Institute of Medicine reviewed all the available scientific data compiled to date about potential environmental risks of […]

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