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Smoking, quitting, and mental health

Researchers say smokers who have mental health issues, including drug dependency, might improve mentally as well as physically by quitting smoking. At Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Patricia Cavazos-Rehg saw signs of this in survey data from ...

Playing with concussion

Cardiovascular disease – heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure – accounts for 1 in 3 deaths in America. But most of the conditions that lead to cardiovascular disease are under a person’s control, so they can be avoided. At ...

Too high too early

Above-normal blood pressure is a risk factor for heart disease, and a study indicates the danger can be seen as early as age 18. At the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Norinna Allen looked at 25 years ...

Fat and colon cancer

People who are obese have a higher risk of colon cancer, and one small study adds a hormonal link, focusing on the appetite-regulator leptin, which is made by fat cells. At Michigan State University, Jenifer Fenton looked at data on ...

International indoor tanning

Skin doctors and researchers say indoor tanning raises the risk of skin cancer, but a lot of people do it. Eleni Linos of the University of California, San Francisco found evidence of that in data on close to 407,000 people ...

Evading the silent killer

High blood pressure is called the silent killer because it usually has no symptoms and increases your risk for heart attack and stroke. You should have your blood pressure measured by a health care provider at least annually, to know ...

More sugar, not sweet

Americans eat lots of extra sugar, but this doesn’t mean life is sweet. At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Quanhe Yang looked at national health survey data on how much sugar we get from sweetened beverages, desserts and ...

Drinking problems

A person does not have to be an alcoholic to have problems with alcohol. In fact, most people who drink too much are not alcohol dependent or alcoholics. But drinking too much, which includes binge drinking, can cause lots of ...

Don't be the 1 in 3

Cardiovascular disease – heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure – accounts for 1 in 3 deaths in America. But most of the conditions that lead to cardiovascular disease are under a person’s control, so they can be avoided. At ...

Shy toddlers understand

Toddling and talking go together. But not always – shy toddlers may not speak as much, and some research has indicated they were not developing language as fast as more outgoing kids. However, Ashley Smith Watts of the University of ...