Physical Health

Surgeon General Warns About Sun Exposure and Skin Cancer

Skin cancer affects 5 million Americans annually, a public-health problem that demands greater attention and education, according to the U.S. Surgeon General. CNN reported July 29 that acting Surgeon General Dr. Boris Lushniak — himself a dermatologist — said, ”We have to change the social norms about tanning. Tanned skin is damaged skin, and we need to […]

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Don’t Let Hair Stand in the Way of Exercise

Is your hairdo keeping you out of the gym? It may sound bizarre, but a study finds that coiffure concerns are a barrier to fitness for a significant number of African-American women. Obesity is a big problem for this population: four out of five African-American women are overweight or obese, MedicalXpress reported July 21. Researchers […]

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Salt and Diabetes a Bad Mix

Diabetics who consume high levels of sodium may double their risk of having heart problems, LiveScience reported July 22. Salt is a well-known risk factor for cardiovascular disease, but a new study out of Japan finds that a high-salt diet may be especially risky for Type 2 diabetics, who are already at elevated risk of heart […]

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Coronary Danger for Young Women

Young women admitted to hospitals for heart attacks are more likely than men to die, but few women know basic heart-health information like their cholesterol levels or sodium intake. NBC News reported July 23 that between 2 and 3 percent of women ages 30-54 who are hospitalized after a heart attack subsequently die, compared with […]

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CDC Wants More Kids to Get HPV Vaccine

Vaccine rates for human papilloma virus (HPV) are rising, but not as fast as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would like. Medical News Today reported July 24 that HPV is responsible for many cases of cervical, throat, vaginal, vulvar, and penile cancers. The vaccine is strongly recommended for preteen boys and […]

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Hug a Tree: It Could Save Your Life

Trees remove about one percent of all pollution in the air, save lives, and prevent respiratory illness, the Financial Express reported July 28. A report from the U.S. Forest Service and the Davey Institute estimated that trees save 850 lives and prevent 670,000 acute respiratory incidents by removing pollutants like nitrogen dioxide, ozone, sulphur dioxide, and […]

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Perfect Lawns May Have Health Cost

The price of that perfectly green suburban lawn may be exposure to dangerous chemicals, CBS News reported July 25. Herbicides and pesticides are commonly applied to lawns by both professionals and homeowners. Chemicals like glyphosate 2, 4-D, and permethrin have been used for decades, but researchers like Phil Landrigan, professor of pediatrics at New York’s Mount Sinai […]

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Americans Express Growing Concern Over Weight

Worried about your weight? You’ve got plenty of company. A new Gallup survey finds that 45 percent of Americans say they worry about their weight some or all of the time, up from 34 percent in 1990. That includes 32 percent of people who describe their current weight as about right and 67 percent of […]

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Got Lower Back Pain? Tylenol May Not Help

Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in drugs like Tylenol, was found in a new study to be no more effective in treating lower back pain than a placebo, the New York Times reported July 23. Researchers studied more than 1,600 people with lower back pain; subjects were broken into three groups and given either: 500 mg […]

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Most Overweight Kids Don’t See a Problem

A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that 81 percent of overweight boys and 71 percent of overweight girls think their weight is OK — a feeling shared by half of obese boys and one-third of obese girls. Fox News reported July 23 that researchers asked children ages […]

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