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U.S. smoking rate stuck at 1 in 5 adults

ATLANTA – U.S. smoking rates continue to hold steady, at about one in five adults lighting up regularly, frustrated health officials reported last week.About 21 percent of U.S. adults were smokers...

DATE: Sept. 12, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Fruit, vegetable consumption is poor in the United States

ATLANTA – An apple a day? Apparently not in the United States.Most Americans still don’t eat vegetables often enough, and fruit consumption is dropping a little, according to a new government...

DATE: Sept. 12, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Laser pointers can damage eyes

NEW YORK – A 15-year-old boy damaged his eyes while playing with a laser pointer he’d bought over the Internet, say doctors who warn that dangerously high-powered versions are easily available...

DATE: Sept. 12, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

New test for TB provides immediate results

Scientists are reporting a major advance in diagnosing tuberculosis: A new test can reveal in less than two hours, with very high accuracy, whether someone has the disease and if it’s resistant to...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Flu shot season

WASHINGTON – It’s flu-shot season already, and for the first time, health authorities are urging nearly everyone to get vaccinated. There is even a new high-dose version for people 65 or older.What...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Ovary removal offers benefits

CHICAGO – Surgery to remove healthy ovaries gives a triple benefit to high-risk women: It lowers their threat of breast and ovarian cancer and boosts their chances of living longer, new research...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

A cloud over kitchen cleanliness

ATLANTA – Could your kitchen at home pass a restaurant inspection?New research suggests that at least one in seven home kitchens would flunk the kind of health inspection commonly administered to...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Weight-loss surgeries in England surge

LONDON – The number of weight-loss surgeries in England jumped more than tenfold from 2000 to 2007, a new study says.Dr. Omar Faiz, a consultant surgeon at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, and...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

UK study: Agnostic doctors hasten death more

LONDON – Doctors who are atheist or agnostic are twice as likely to make decisions that could end the lives of their terminally ill patients, compared with doctors who are very religious, according...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

More fish oil didn’t aid patients

NEW YORK – Eating more heart-healthy omega-3 fats provided no additional benefit in a study of heart attack survivors who were already getting good care, Dutch researchers report.After nearly 3½...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Quality-of-life cancer care makes a difference

Palliative care, which helps the gravely ill make the most of the time they have left, provided a surprising bonus for terminal lung cancer patients: More time left to enjoy.A study found that...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

What did you say?

CHICAGO – A stunning one in five teens has lost a little bit of hearing, and the problem has increased substantially in recent years, a new national study has found.Some experts are urging...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

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