Obesity Shaved Almost A Year Off U.S. Life Expectancy, Study Says

Rising obesity rates in the U.S. may be responsible for as many as 186,000 deaths per year, according to a new analysis. The U.S. has seen only relatively modest improvements in mortality rates over the past couple decades, despite public health victories including major reductions in smoking. Death rates tied…

Employers Urged To ‘Normalise’ Menopause In The Workplace

Employers need to do more to “normalise conversations” about the menopause in the workplace, say experts. The comments came after a survey found 70% of respondents did not tell their bosses they were experiencing symptoms. Some firms have brought in menopause-specific policies but experts said for many it was still…

Flu Outbreak Shuts Down Idaho School, 4 Out Of 10 Kids Stricken

39 percent of children in Northern Idaho elementary school have the flu The flu is hitting elementary school students in northern Idaho so badly, officials canceled classes for the rest of the week. The Kellogg School district announced almost 40 percent of children at the Pinehurst Elementary School have been…

California Girl, 12, Dies From Infection Misdiagnosed As Flu

When Alyssa Alcarez was sent home from school after throwing up, her family thought she probably had a “bug” of some sort – maybe even a mild case of the flu. The next day, Alcarez’s mother, Keila Lino, decided to take her daughter to a nearby urgent care, where doctors…

Pharma Giant Pfizer Pulls Out Of Research Into Alzheimer’s

Drug company Pfizer has announced it is pulling out of research into drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease. The US-based pharmaceutical giant said it would be ending its neuroscience discovery programmes following a review, and 300 jobs would be lost. The Alzheimer’s Society called the news “disappointing” and a “heavy blow”…

Most People Who Try One Cigarette Become Daily Smokers, Study Says

At least two-thirds of those who try cigarettes go on to become daily smokers, even if only temporarily, research suggests. Data from the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand found 60.3% of people had tried smoking and an estimated 68.9% of those progressed to a daily habit. The study’s authors…

Companies Race To Develop Marijuana Breathalyzer

On Jan. 1, 2018 California will be the latest state to have legalized recreational marijuana, but one problem facing regulators is how to test drivers for being under the influence of marijuana. Several companies are racing to develop ways to test if a driver is impaired by marijuana use. With…

Want To Quit Smoking? Exercising May Be The Key.

There’s no good reason to smoke tobacco, and most people who do smoke (around 74%) want to quit. The primary challenge? About 85% of smokers have already tried to quit and failed, and almost 50% of smokers admit that they’ve attempted to quit smoking at least three times, according to…

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