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Suicides Rose During Great Recession. Could Some Have Been Prevented?

(MCT) — The Great Recession that began in late 2007 resulted in about 12,940 suicides in North America and Europe — and many of them could have been prevented, researchers said Wednesday. As far back as 1897, French sociologist Emile Durkheim observed the link between economic hardship and suicide. “It is a well-known fact that […]

Lack Of Residencies Leaves Some Medical Students High And Dry

(MCT) — Hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt, and no residency. That’s the situation for 412 medical school graduates this year in the United States. A residency — paid, on-the-job training — is an essential step in becoming a medical doctor. In some cases, students’ failure to obtain a residency has nothing to do […]

Risk Of Depression Is Nearly Twice As High For Unemployed Americans

(MCT) — Unemployment takes a significant toll on the mental health of workers, especially those who have been out of their jobs for at least 27 weeks — what the Bureau of Labor Statistics considers the “long-term unemployed.” The longer a person has been out of work, the greater the chances that he or she […]

When It Comes To Body Fat, Beige Is The New Brown

LOS ANGELES (MCT) — Readers perennially on the lookout for the next big thing in weight loss have heard of brown fat: those mitochondria-rich fat cells found plentifully between the shoulder blades of mice, babies and young, thin people. The bodies of people and animals with large stores of brown fat rev higher, burn more […]

Study Says Medicare Prescription Flaws Costs $5 Billion

(MCT) — Researchers have known for years that low-income Medicare recipients don’t always receive the prescription drug coverage that best matches their needs. But thanks to a new study, there’s now a price tag for this inefficiency: about $5 billion. That’s how much the Federal government could save in one year if it changed the […]

Switching Food Stamp Subsidies From Sweetened Drinks To Fruits, Vegetables Can Save Taxpayers Money

(MCT) — Prohibiting the use of Federal food stamps to purchase sugar-sweetened beverages and subsidizing the purchase of fruits and vegetables with the coupons would improve nutrition, foster weight loss and drive down rates of Type 2 diabetes among the program’s 47.6 million recipients, according to a new study. In so doing, the $79.8-billion Supplemental […]

1 In 8 U.S. Children Face Abuse Or Neglect, Study Concludes

(MCT) — About 1 in 8 American children will experience some form of maltreatment serious enough to be confirmed by government authorities, new research shows. Slightly more than 2 percent of kids are victimized during their first year of life, 5.8 percent are mistreated before their fifth birthdays, and 12.5 percent experience some form of […]

Tobacco Industry Once Had High Hopes For Marijuana Business

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Richard Nixon was in the White House, his “war on drugs” was in full swing, yet Big Tobacco was secretly exploring the possibility of becoming Big Pot. Newly discovered documents from tobacco company archives at the University of California, San Francisco, show that major companies in the cigarette industry investigated joining the […]

Auto Accidents Are No. 1 Cause Of Death For U.S. Teens

(MCT) — Auto accidents are the No. 1 killer of American teenagers, a new study finds — killing almost as many drivers as passengers, and killing more kids than homicide or suicide. The new report, called “Teens in Cars,” was paid for by the General Motors Foundation and based on a national survey of 1,000 […]

Discussing Kids’ Sports Injuries, Obama Says He Probably Suffered ‘Mild Concussion’ As A Child

WASHINGTON (MCT) — During a White House summit on the epidemic of traumatic brain injury, President Barack Obama said Thursday he thinks he may have suffered a mild concussion more than once when he was playing football as a kid. He used the story to call upon parents, coaches and fans to stop expecting athletes […]


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