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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 […]

Sleep Helps Predict Pro Athlete's Longevity

BOSTON (UPI) — Studies involving NFL and MLB players suggest evaluating an athlete’s sleep helps determine his or her professional longevity, U.S. researchers said. Sleep researcher Dr. W. Christopher Winter said he uncovered a link between a pro athlete’s longevity and the degree of sleepiness experienced in the daytime. “A team’s ability to accurately judge […]

Natural 'Marijuana' In Brain Eases Anxiety

DURHAM, N.C. (UPI) — U.S. researchers said they found a way to calm the fears of anxious mice with a drug that alters their brain chemistry. Ahmad Hariri, a neurobiologist at the Duke University’s Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy, and colleagues at the National Institutes of Health found human genetic differences related to the […]

More U.S. Teens Smoke Pot Than Cigarettes

ATLANTA, (UPI) — Marijuana use is more common among U.S. high school students than cigarette smoking — 23 percent to 18 percent, federal officials say. The 2011 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta found U.S. teen cigarette use dropped from 19 percent in 2009 to 18 […]

U.S.: Some Vaccines Stored Improperly

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — Some vaccines stored in offices that provide free immunizations were stored improperly or at inappropriate temperatures, U.S. health investigators said. The Department of Health and Human Service Office of the Inspector General’s report — Vaccines for Children Program: Vulnerabilities in Vaccine Management — said a study conducted in April and May of […]

Gum Disease Linked To Knee Pain

CLEVELAND, (UPI) — People who ignore gum disease may end up having knew trouble, U.S. researchers discovered. Dr. Nabil Bissada of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland said bacteria might link the mouth and the knee. Bissada and colleagues analyzed data on 36 patients with gum disease and arthritis of the knee. In about 15 […]

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