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More Than One Kind of Message May Convince Smokers to Quit, Study Says

September 17, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Positive messages about the health benefits of quitting smoking may help some people kick the habit, a new study suggests.
Although smokers who think quitting will be difficult responded better to “loss-framed” messages about the harmful effects of smoking, researchers found smokers who believe they can quit whenever they [...]

Healthy Lifestyle Changes Linked to Reduced Risk for Dementia

September 17, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Managing diabetes, quitting smoking, controlling high blood pressure, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the risk for dementia — even late in life, according to new research.
The World Alzheimer Report 2014, commissioned by Alzheimer’s Disease International, revealed that diabetes can increase the risk of dementia [...]

Fewer U.S. Teens Using Illegal Drugs and Alcohol, Report Finds

September 16, 2014

TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Illegal drug use among teens in the United States is on the decline, according to a new federal report.
Encouragingly, the new study also found that alcohol use, binge drinking and the use of tobacco products among young people between the ages of 12 and 17 also dropped [...]

Salty Foods May Double Smokers’ Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis

September 12, 2014

FRIDAY, Sept. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Consuming too much salt may more than double a smoker’s risk of developing the painful inflammatory disease known as rheumatoid arthritis, a new study finds.
Researchers in Sweden said the interaction between smoking and eating too much salt could have implications for how diet is viewed in rheumatoid arthritis, [...]

Many U.S. Kids Missing Out on Preventive Care, CDC Says

September 10, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Most adults can remember the battery of health services they endured as kids: hearing and vision tests, dental exams, regular checkups and vaccinations.
Many American kids growing up now won’t have those memories, because millions of infants and children aren’t receiving recommended medical care aimed at [...]

Smoking Before Fatherhood May Raise Asthma Risk in Kids: Study

September 8, 2014

MONDAY, Sept. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Men who smoke before becoming a parent may put their children at increased risk for asthma, a new study suggests.
Researchers analyzed the smoking habits of more than 13,000 men and women, and then looked at the incidence of asthma in their children.
The results showed that asthma was much [...]

Smoking Banned in More Than 80 Percent of U.S. Homes: CDC

September 4, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Sept. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Four out of five U.S. homes now ban smoking inside, federal health officials reported Thursday.
No-smoking-in-the-house rules jumped considerably in the past two decades — from 43 percent in 1992-93 to 83 percent in 2010-11, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease [...]

E-Cigarette Vapor May Be Less Toxic Than Tobacco Smoke: Study

September 3, 2014

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Secondhand vapor created by one brand of electronic cigarette harbors fewer hazardous chemicals than regular cigarette smoke, although the researchers report the finding doesn’t leave e-cigarettes in the clear.
The study has caveats. For one, it doesn’t examine which hazardous chemicals in e-cig vapor actually make [...]

Study Counters Critics of Plainer Cigarette Packaging

August 29, 2014

FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Selling cigarettes in plain packages doesn’t increase the use of low-cost or illegal tobacco and doesn’t harm sales in small stores, according to new research from Australia.
Those problems were predicted by the tobacco industry when it tried to prevent Australia from becoming the first country in the world [...]

Indoor E-Cigarette Use Should Be Banned, World Health Organization Says

August 26, 2014

Joining a number of other health agencies, the United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday recommended that countries regulate electronic cigarettes and ban their use indoors until studies prove that “vaping” is harmless to bystanders.


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