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Many Who Need Cholesterol-Lowering Medication Do Not Take Any

More than one third of American adults are eligible to take cholesterol-lowering medications – but nearly half of them are not, a new federal report shows. Additionally, blacks and Mexican Americans are less likely than whites to be taking cholesterol-lowering medications, according to the report by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers published in the […]

Many Teens Consuming Energy Drinks Despite Health Warnings

Despite warnings from doctors and researchers that adolescents put themselves at risk by consuming energy drinks, many still do, a new study finds. In fact, more than one-third of eighth-graders reported consuming at least one energy drink within the past year. According to a new study by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity […]

Deadly Skin Cancer Cases On the Rise, CDC Warns

The rate of new melanoma cases has doubled in the past 30 years, according to a new Vital Signs report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  “Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, and it’s on the rise,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.  Despite the increase, federal health authorities […]

Binge Drinking Affects Middle-Aged Americans

Binge drinking is not just a college campus problem. A new report shows that alcohol poisoning deaths are most common among middle-aged adults. More than 2,200 people die from alcohol poisoning each year in the United States – an average of six deaths each day – according to a Vital Signs report from the Centers […]

Young Women Seeking a Tan At Risk for Melanoma

Melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – is the most common cancer in women between the ages of 25 and 29. In an effort to highlight the dangers of tanning, the American Academy of Dermatology has launched an awareness campaign with public service announcements, which advises young women that tanning doesn’t make a person […]

Lower Risk for Colon Cancer Through Diet, Exercise

Counting calories and exercising regularly is a strategy to lower the risk for colon cancer, the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. New research shows that obesity, rather than diet, causes changes in the colon that may lead to colorectal cancer, according to a news release from the National Institutes of […]

Screenings Credited for Drop in Colon Cancer Rates

In the last 10 years, colon cancer incidence rates have dropped 30 percent nationwide among adults 50 and older, primarily due to colonoscopy. The largest decrease was seen in people over the age of 65. Colonoscopy use has nearly tripled among adults ages 50 to 75, from 19 percent in 2000 to 55 percent in […]

It’s Not Too Late for Flu Shot Protection

If you haven’t received this year’s flu shot, it’s not too late. In fact, influenza vaccination offers substantial protection against the flu this season, federal health authorities said. A recent report shows that getting a flu shot reduced a person’s risk – across all age groups – of having to go to the doctor for […]

New Strain of Whooping Cough Found in the United States

Researchers have discovered the first U.S. cases of a vaccine-resistant whooping cough germ. This case comes after a new bug was identified in Japan, France, and Finland. Whooping cough is a highly contagious disease that can strike people of any age but is most dangerous to children. It was once common, but cases in the […]

Quitting Smoking Before Middle Age Cuts Health Risks for Women

Women who are able to quit smoking by middle age are able to avoid many of the health risks associated with cigarettes, according to a new study. In fact, quitting smoking before age 30 or 40 has even greater benefits than previous studies have suggested, states a news release from the journal Lancet, which published […]