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Living With a Smoker Is Like Living in a Polluted City

October 21, 2014

Nonsmokers who live with smokers are exposed to triple the World Health Organization’s recommended safe levels of harmful air particles, a new study warns.

Some Lung Patients Buy Cigarettes Along With Meds at Pharmacies: Study

October 20, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — While picking up a prescription for cholesterol-lowering medication, about one in 20 people with conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or high blood pressure will also purchase cigarettes, a new study finds.
Six percent of people with asthma or COPD, and about 5 [...]

Two-Pronged Program Looks Best for Helping Smokers Quit

October 17, 2014

FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A combination of counseling and medication greatly increases smokers’ chances of quitting, according to new research.
The study included 1,560 adult smokers in England who made at least one attempt to quit over six months. About 45 percent used no aids to help them quit, while about 5 percent [...]

Smoking-Related Illnesses in U.S. Total 14 Million, Report Finds

October 13, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Oct. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Cigarette smoking accounts for approximately 14 million major medical conditions that plague the lives of U.S. adults, according to a new government report.
“For each annual death, there are 15 to 20 people living with major disease caused by smoking,” said senior study author Terry Pechacek, [...]

Healthy Habits Might Reduce Your Colon Cancer Risk

October 10, 2014

FRIDAY, Oct. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A few healthy habits could reduce your risk for colon cancer, according to a new study.
Researchers analyzed data from more than 347,000 people in Europe who were followed for 12 years. During that time, nearly 3,760 cases of colon cancer were diagnosed among the participants.
The study authors examined [...]

Lung Cancer May Lie Dormant for 2 Decades

October 9, 2014

THURSDAY, Oct. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Lung cancer can remain dormant for more than 20 years before suddenly becoming aggressive, a new study says.
Researchers analyzed lung cancers from seven patients — including smokers, former smokers and never smokers — and found that the initial genetic errors that cause the cancer can go undetected for [...]

Healthy Lifestyle Choices May Cut Women’s Stroke Risk

October 8, 2014

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Women who follow five healthy habits can cut their stroke risk in half, new research suggests.
After being followed an average of 10 years, women who ate a healthy diet, drank alcohol moderately, never smoked, remained physically active and had a healthy body weight were [...]

Tobacco Tied to Higher Risk of Oral HPV Infection, Study Finds

October 7, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Tobacco use in any form appears to be linked to an increased risk of infection with oral human papillomavirus type 16 (HPV16), a virus that can cause cancers of the mouth and throat, according to Johns Hopkins University researchers.
The odds of being infected with HPV16, [...]

Smoke-Free Subsidized Housing Could Save Nearly $500 Million

October 2, 2014

THURSDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Making all government-subsidized housing in the United States smoke-free could save nearly half a billion dollars a year in health care and housing-related costs, a new study indicates.
The total annual savings of $497 million would include $310 million in secondhand smoke-related health care, $134 million in renovation costs [...]

Healthy Lifestyle Before Pregnancy May Cut Gestational Diabetes Risk

October 1, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Healthy lifestyle habits could prevent about half of all diabetes cases that develop during pregnancy, a new study finds.
Researchers looked at data from more than 14,000 American women. They found that the strongest risk factor for diabetes during pregnancy (“gestational diabetes”) was being overweight or obese during pregnancy. [...]


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