Use of Prescription Sleep Aids in U.S. Adults

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) data collected between 2005 and 2010 revealed that 4.1% of American adults over 20 used a prescription sleep medication in the past month. The highest rates were among women, the elderly, whites, and those with a college education. Surprisingly, 3.1% reported using sleep aids without a physician diagnosis…

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Report Card: Fewer Now Smoking

Only 18% of U.S. adults now identify themselves as smokers according to the National Health Interview Survey 2012. This is down a full percentage point since last year, and down from almost 25% in 1997. Smoking related deaths still take a big toll, but if smoking prevalence continues to drop, even this will improve over…

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Has Obesity Plateaued in the U.S.?

Centers for Disease control investigators found that during 2009-2010 the prevalance of obesity among adult women and men did not significantly change when compared to 2003-2008. On an equally hopeful note, the prevalance of obesity among children and adolescents remained about the same during 2003-2010. All is not well, though. Almost 36% of adults and…

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Secondhand Smoke Associated With Hearing Impairment

Second hand smoke (SHS) associated hearing losses of 15 dB or greater in adolescence is found to be proportional to the level of exposure. In adult former smokers SHS exposure risk, of at least a 25dB impairment, increased 30% and 40% for low/mid and high frequencies, respectively. Never smokers hearing impairment risk increased by 14% for low/mid…

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Snack Size, Caloric Density, and Frequency Are Growing

Between 1977 and 2006 the percent of adult Americans that snack rose from 71% to 97%, while the number of snacks per day, snack size, and caloric density per snack all increased also. Total snack calories per day now average of 579 calories per day. For adults the per snack average is 263 calories!PositiveTip: Concerned…

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Protecting Health May Also Reduce The Risk of Dementia

After following over 7200 participants for 10 years, investigators with the Canadian Study of Health and Aging examined 19 different health problems such as hearing difficulties, vision problems, arthritis, denture fit, skin issues, stomach health and more.  Findings showed that each problem reported increased dementia risk by 3.2%.  Individuasl with 8 and 12 health problems…

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Walking May Increasing Metabolism During Non-exercise Periods

Exercise researchers working with overweight and obese adults found that moderate and high intensity walking exercise increased the burning of calories during nonexercise periods.  Interestingly, this thermogenesis effect did not show up until 48 hours after the initial exercise periodPositiveTip: Be more active! It control weight by reducing stress, improving our sense of control, balances…

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