|Efforts to Curtail Tobacco Use Stalled in 2014, Report Says
Efforts to Curtail Tobacco Use Stalled in 2014, Report Says WEDNESDAY, Jan. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Little to no progress is being made in curtailing tobacco use in the United States, a new report from the American Lung Association contends. The Surgeon General's 1964 report raised the red flag about the dangers of smoking. Tobacco, however, still claims nearly 500,000 lives each year and costs up to $333 billion in health care expenses and lost productivity in the United States, says the lung asso...
Researchers Rethink Inner-City Asthma Theory
Researchers Rethink Inner-City Asthma Theory TUESDAY, Jan. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study challenges the widely held belief that inner-city children have a higher risk of asthma simply because of where they live. Race, ethnicity and income have much stronger effects on asthma risk than where children live, the Johns Hopkins Children's Center researchers reported. The investigators looked at more than 23,000 children, aged 6 to 17, across the United States and found that asthma rates were 13 pe...
Want to Get Healthy? Get Your Partner Involved
Want to Get Healthy? Get Your Partner Involved MONDAY, Jan. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For those looking to embrace a healthier lifestyle, you might want to enlist your spouse or significant other. Men and women who want to stop smoking, get active and lose weight are much more likely to meet with success if their partner also adopts the same healthy habits, according to new research. "In our study we confirmed that married, or cohabiting, couples who have a 'healthier' partner are more likely to chan...
Smoking, Obesity: Weighing the Financial Toll
Smoking, Obesity: Weighing the Financial Toll FRIDAY, Jan. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking and obesity are both harmful to your health, but they also do considerable damage to your wallet, researchers report. Annual health-care expenses are substantially higher for smokers and the obese, compared with nonsmokers and people of healthy weight, according to a recent report in the journal Public Health . In fact, obesity is actually more expensive to treat than smoking on an annual basis, the study con...
Gene-Based Spit Test Shows Promise in Lung Cancer Detection
Gene-Based Spit Test Shows Promise in Lung Cancer Detection THURSDAY, Jan. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Medicare indicated recently that it might soon cover CT scans to check longtime smokers for early lung cancer, and these types of scans are becoming more common. Now, an experimental test may help determine whether lung nodules detected by those scans are malignant or not, researchers say. The test, which checks sputum (respiratory mucus) for chemical signals of lung cancer, was able to distinguish ea...
Health Tip: Exercising With a Lung Condition
Health Tip: Exercising With a Lung Condition (HealthDay News) -- While you may be tempted to avoid exercise if you have a lung condition such as asthma or COPD, regular exercise may be helpful, experts say. The American Council on Exercise says potential benefits include: Improving shortness of breath. Reducing your risk of other chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, osteoporosis and heart disease. Improving cardiovascular fitness and muscle strength. Reducing anxiety and depression.
How Intense Efforts Boosted Heart Health for One Maine Community
How Intense Efforts Boosted Heart Health for One Maine Community TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- With heart health, sometimes it takes a village. That may be the take-home message from a new study. It found that one Maine community's long-term focus on screening for heart risk factors, as well as helping people quit smoking, saved both money and lives. Over four decades (1970 to 2010), a community-wide program in rural Franklin County dramatically cut hospitalizations and deaths from heart di...
Asthma Tied to Higher Risk of Sleep Apnea
Asthma Tied to Higher Risk of Sleep Apnea TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Two troublesome adult breathing issues -- asthma and sleep apnea -- may have a connection, a new study suggests. Adults who struggle with asthma face an increased risk for also developing the nighttime breathing disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea, the new research reveals. The finding stems from the long-term tracking of about 550 men and women, of whom a little over 15 percent had asthma. All were participants i...
'Metabolizer Test' Might Someday Take Guesswork Out of Quitting Smoking
'Metabolizer Test' Might Someday Take Guesswork Out of Quitting Smoking MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Quitting smoking is notoriously tough, and some smokers may try different approaches for years before they succeed, if ever. But new research suggests that someday, a simple test might point smokers toward the quitting strategy that's best for them. It's been long theorized that some smokers are genetically predisposed to process and rid the body of nicotine more quickly than others. And now...
Many Teens Think 'Light Smoking' Is Safe, Study Finds
Many Teens Think 'Light Smoking' Is Safe, Study Finds MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- While the vast majority of American teens say heavy daily smoking is a major health hazard, many others mistakenly believe that "light" -- or occasional -- smoking isn't harmful. "All smoking counts," said study lead author Stephen Amrock, a medical student in pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine in New York City. "Social smoking has a price and even the occasional cigarette truly is bad for y...
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