Tag Archives: preventable

Prevent Heart Disease With Screenings, Treatment for Risk Factors

Although heart disease remains the leading cause of death for Americans, many people can lower their risk by taking advantage of regular cardiovascular screenings, changing their lifestyle and taking any necessary medication. In fact, an analysis published in the Annals of Internal Medicine last year, found that preventable risk factors account for half of all heart disease […]

Safety Tips Help Prevent Back Strain, Injuries While Removing Snow

Icy roads. Traffic jams. School closings. Another round of snowfall this week in South Hampton Roads presents numerous problems for residents – including back strains from shoveling snow. A national group of orthopaedic surgeons has issued some safety tips to help prevent injuries that can occur while removing snow. More than 119,000 people were treated […]

Many Children Still Exposed to Secondhand Smoke, Report Finds

A new federal report shows that many Americans – especially children – are exposed to secondhand smoke despite efforts to educate the public about its health hazards. Secondhand smoke exposure in the United States has dropped by half between 1999 to 2000 and 2011 to 2012. But one in four nonsmokers — 58 million people […]

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 […]

Tobacco Use Remains Leading Preventable Cause of Death

It’s been 50 years since the first Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health. That report made it clear that smoking causes cancer. Since then, health researchers have shown us that smoking isn’t just deadly for smokers but it also harms people exposed to second-hand smoke. Yet, 40 million adults and 3 million children smoke […]

More Cancer Deaths Preventable by Losing Weight

A new federal report shows that death rates from all cancers continued to decline in the United States between 2004 and 2008. The Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer also reveals that several cancers could be avoided if people lost weight and exercised more. Cancers of the colon and rectum, kidney […]

Teen Smoking: Ask a Doctor for Help

Want to help your teen stop smoking? Maybe you’re the wrong person to influence their behavior. A new study of more than 5,000 students from an urban, mid-South school system shows that teens do listen – to their doctor. Researchers found that physicians who talk about the dangers of smoking helped teens understand the health […]