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Diabetes prevention programs worth the cost, study finds

March 26, 2012

Programs to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes in high-risk adults would result in fewer people developing diabetes and lower health care costs over time, researchers conclude in a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health.


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Doctors suggest ways to eliminate waste in U.S. health care

March 23, 2012

Reducing waste, rather than cutting programs, is a less harmful and more sustainable strategy for lowering health care costs in the U.S., according to a new article in the Journal of the American Medical Association.


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EPA's Jackson testifies before Congress about 2013 budget

March 22, 2012

EPA's budget request of $8.344 billion focuses on fulfilling EPA's core mission of protecting public health and the environment, while making the sacrifices and tough decisions that Americans across the country are making every day.


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People stick to diet, exercise better with digital assistance

March 22, 2012

Overweight and obese adults who used an electronic diary program on a personal digital assistant did better at staying on diet and physical activity programs, researchers reported at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2012 Scientific Sessions.


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More parks, trails and grocery stores = better heart health

March 21, 2012

If you live in neighborhoods with access to grocery stores, healthy food, parks and a pleasant walking environment, you’re more likely to be in ideal cardiovascular health.


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EPA targets five chemicals for new limits

March 20, 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed that companies be required to report to EPA all new uses, including in domestic or imported products, of five groups of potentially harmful chemicals.


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Nearly 800,000 deaths prevented due to anti-smoking efforts

March 20, 2012

Tobacco control programs and policies prevented more than 795,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States from 1975 through 2000, according to an analysis funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health.


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Child injuries on U.S. farms cost $1.4 billion a year

March 19, 2012

The more than 26,000 injuries to children and teens on U.S. farms each year add up to costs of more than $1.4 billion, according to a new study.


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Concerns over worker silica exposure cause Target to drop sandblasted jeans

March 19, 2012

In an effort to reduce silicosis hazards to denim factory workers, the Target Corporation announced recently it would phase out sandblasted denim by the end of 2012.


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Low-carb diet? Low-fat? Either is good if it sheds belly fat

March 19, 2012

Overweight people who shed pounds, especially belly fat, can improve the function of their blood vessels no matter whether they are on a low-carb or a low-fat diet, according to a study by Johns Hopkins researchers that is focused on cardiovascular disease prevention.


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