Obesity Plagues Rural America

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Country folk are being hit harder by the U.S. obesity epidemic than city dwellers, two new government studies show. Nearly 40 percent of rural American men and almost half of rural women are now statistically obese, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers reported Tuesday. And rural…

U.S. Smoking Rate Hits All-Time Low

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Fewer than 14 percent of American adults smoked cigarettes in 2017, the lowest level seen since data collection started in 1965, government health officials reported Tuesday. “Certainly, it is fantastic that the U.S. smoking rates continue to drop,” said Dr. Adam Lackey, chief of thoracic surgery at Staten…

Strategies to Avoid Sunburn

FRIDAY, June 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you could protect yourself from cancer, you’d do it, right? Yet most Americans still aren’t taking the easiest step to prevent the most commonly diagnosed type — skin cancer, which will affect one in five people at some point in their lives. Only 14 percent of American…

Low-Nicotine E-Cigs May Raise Toxin Risks

THURSDAY, June 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Ex-smokers who use low-nicotine liquid in electronic cigarettes breathe more deeply and more often when using the devices than those who use high-nicotine liquid, a small British study suggests. That means that users of low-nicotine liquid are at increased risk of exposure to e-cigarette vapor toxins such as…