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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 […]

Worldwide, 2.1 Billion People Are Overweight Or Obese, Study Says

(MCT) — The world isn’t getting smaller; it’s getting fatter, according to a comprehensive report published Thursday in The Lancet. Whether you’re looking at men or women, children or adults, or citizens of rich countries or of poor ones, people were much more likely to be overweight or obese in 2013 than they were in […]

Athletes More Likely To Need Pacemakers In Old Age

MANCHESTER, England (UPI) — Humans have a built-in pacemaker, but it doesn’t always work properly — which is why older patients with irregular heartbeats sometimes need an artificial one installed. Oddly, many elderly with a history of athletic training and endurance running experience heart rhythm disturbances and require the aid of a pacemaker. Now doctors […]

Children Of Heavy Smokers More Likely To Become Heavy Smokers

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The more a child is exposed to a parent smoking, the more likely the child is to not only smoke but also become a heavy smoker. Lead investigator Darren Mays, an assistant professor of oncology at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, said nicotine dependence involves strong cravings to smoke, which results in […]

Daily Coffee May Help Prevent Blindness From Glaucoma, Aging And Diabetes

ITHACA, N.Y. (UPI) — Daily coffee may help prevent blindness from glaucoma, aging and diabetes because it contains chlorogenic acid, a strong antioxidant. Senior author Chang Y. Lee, a professor of food science at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., said raw coffee is, on average, just 1 percent caffeine, but it contains 7 percent to […]

Study: People Yawn To Cool Overheated Brains

VIENNA (UPI) — Researchers at the University of Vienna have found that yawning cools down the overheated brain. Jorg Massen and Kim Dusch conducted the study, which tried to find the range of temperatures that causes yawning frequency to increase or decrease. They conducted identical studies on pedestrians yawning patterns in Vienna, Austria and Arizona […]

FDA Against Using Daily Aspirin To Prevent A First Heart Attack

WASHINGTON (UPI) — After a review of scientific data, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said only those who had suffered a heart attack or stroke benefited from a low-dose daily aspirin. The FDA consumer update said there was little evidence a daily low-dose aspirin helped prevent a heart attack or stroke for those who […]

Sports, Energy Drinks Linked To Smoking, Lots Of Screen Media Use

MINNEAPOLIS (UPI) — U.S. teens who drank sports drinks and energy drinks weekly drank more sugary beverages, were more likely to smoke and more likely to spend a lot of time in front of computer, phone and TV screens. Lead author Nicole Larson of the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota and […]

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