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STUDY: By 2050, Anti-Smoking Policies Will Have Prevented 7M Deaths Worldwide

With the right measures, even more lives can be saved, WHO says. Anti-tobacco policies really do stop people from smoking and save millions of lives continue reading »

CDC Report: US Teen Birth Rate at All-Time Low, Women Delay Motherhood

Preterm births, low birth weight babies declined in 2011, report says. As American women continue to delay parenthood, rates of teenage births and births continue reading »

Vaccine May Stop Immune Attack in Type 1 Diabetes

Early trial found it boosts insulin production, appears safe. A new type of vaccine may stop the autoimmune attack that occurs in people with type 1 diabetes, researchers report. continue reading »

More Cubans Dying From Cancer Than Heart Disease, Brain Illnesses

Cancer in 2012 became the chief cause of death in Cuba for the first time, accounting for 25 percent of all fatalities while exceeding heart disease and cerebrovascular illnesses, the official daily Granma said Saturday. continue reading »

Worldwide, 4 Billion Have Untreated Cavities

Global burden of oral conditions increased 20 percent between 1990 and 2010, study shows. Billions of people around the world have untreated tooth decay, a new study has found. continue reading »

Hispanics and Diabetes

According to national examination surveys, Mexican Americans are almost twice as likely as non-Hispanic whites to be diagnosed with diabetes by a physician. continue reading »

Unemployment Tied to Shorter Life for Less-Educated Women

Gap in longevity between better- and least-educated women is growing, study finds. Life expectancy among less-educated white women is decreasing while their better-educated continue reading »

Study: More Alcohol Use Seen in Children’s Movies

But scenes with tobacco have dropped, researchers say. More movies approved for young viewers are showing alcohol brands, a trend that could influence teen drinking, researchers say. continue reading »

First Artifical Heart Implant Surgery Performed in Latin America

A 68-year-old Mexican man has undergone the first successful permanent implantation of an artificial heart in Latin America, the Mexican Social Security Institute, or IMSS, said. continue reading »

STUDY:  Latino Teen Birth Rate Drops Dramatically

A new government study by the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics shows that teen birth rates have plummeted especially for Hispanic teen girls. continue reading »

Living Near Heavy Traffic May Harm Kidney Function

Polluted air can lower organ's filtering ability, new research suggests. Living near a major road may result in reduced kidney function, which could, in turn, continue reading »

Survey: Almost 1/2 of High Schoolers Text and Drive

Those teens also more prone to drunk driving, results show. Close to half of U.S high school students text while driving, a habit that dramatically increases their risk of getting into a potentially fatal car crash continue reading »

Tips for a Safe Prom

Avoid crash dieting, drinking - Prom can be an unforgettable experience for many teens, who have been planning for the big night for months. continue reading »

Docs Should Ask Heart Patients About Quality of Life

Surveys reveal how well people are doing mentally, physically, experts say. Completing quality-of-life surveys at a doctor's office could help heart disease continue reading »

Financial and Mental Well-Being Improve with Medicaid Expansion

Yet no clear evidence the program improves diabetes, high-blood pressure, other ills, at least in early years of enrollment. As states prepare to expand Medicaid in 2014, continue reading »

How to Keep Your Family Fit

Begin a regular tennis match - You don't have to make staying fit a go-it-alone activity. Have the rest of the family join in. The Shapeup.org website offers these suggestions for family-fitness activities: continue reading »

School Programs Do Keep Some Kids From Smoking

Large evidence review found less success among children who had already started. Smoking prevention programs in schools do work, reducing the number of children and teens who continue reading »

Health Tip: After a Stressful Event

Avoid alcohol and drugs - A stressful event can leave you feeling worn out, anxious and, perhaps, unable to cope. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue reading »

Protect Your Kids From Pollen Allergies

Tips for keeping allergens away from their skin, out of air in your home. Many children suffer allergies at this time of year as trees and other plants start releasing pollens into the air. So parents need to monitor their youngsters for symptoms, an expert says. continue reading »

Could Facebook Assist Public Health Efforts to Track Obesity?

Study tied users' online interests in U.S. regions to obesity rates. Analyzing Facebook users' interests could help public health researchers predict, track a continue reading »