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Smoking hits new low; about 14 percent of U.S. adults light up

NEW YORK – Smoking in the U.S. has hit another all-time low. About 14 percent of U.S adults were smokers last year, down from about 16 percent the year before, government figures show. There hadn’t...

DATE: June 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Compulsive video-game playing could be mental health problem

GENEVA – Obsessive video gamers know how to anticipate dangers in virtual worlds. The World Health Organization says they now should be on guard for a danger in the real world: spending too much...

DATE: June 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Southwest Health System gets interim CFO

The Journal Sam Radke will serve as the interim chief financial officer for Southwest Health System, according to a news release from Southwest Health public information officer Haley Saunders....

DATE: June 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

NIH ends alcohol study, citing funding, credibility problems

WASHINGTON – The U.S. government is shutting down a study that was supposed to show if a single drink a day could prevent heart attacks, saying ethical problems with how the research was planned...

DATE: June 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Prescription drug use may increase risk of depression, study says

More than a third of American adults are taking prescription drugs, including hormones for contraception, blood pressure medications and medicines for heartburn, that carry a potential risk of...

DATE: June 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Fewer U.S. teens smoking, doing drugs – and drinking milk

NEW YORK – Fewer U.S. teens are smoking, having sex and doing drugs these days. Oh, and they’re drinking less milk, too. Less than one-third of high school students drink a glass of milk a day,...

DATE: June 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Research comes to surprising conclusion about marathon runners and arthritis

A new study comes to the somewhat counterintuitive conclusion that marathon runners have less arthritis than non-runners. The study Most people would assume that serious runners face a high risk...

DATE: June 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Frustrated AMA adopts sweeping policies to cut gun violence

CHICAGO – With frustration mounting over lawmakers’ inaction on gun control, the American Medical Association on Tuesday pressed for a ban on assault weapons and came out against arming teachers as...

DATE: June 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Flu season was one of the deadliest for U.S. children

NEW YORK – The past flu season was the deadliest for U.S. children in nearly a decade, health officials said Friday. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said they had received...

DATE: June 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Celebrity suicides highlight troubling trend in midlife

CHICAGO – The deaths of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade highlight a troubling trend – rising suicides among middle-aged Americans. Mental health problems, often...

DATE: June 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Sobering report teases out factors leading to suicides

SEATTLE – Suicide rates inched up in nearly every U.S. state from 1999 through 2016, according to a new government report released Thursday. More than half of suicides in 2015 in a subgroup of 27...

DATE: June 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health

Licking cancer: U.S. postal stamp helped fund key breast study

CHICAGO – Countless breast cancer patients in the future will be spared millions of dollars of chemotherapy thanks in part to something that millions of Americans did that cost them just pennies:...

DATE: June 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Health