Great American Smokeout draws attention to "hidden epidemic"
November 19, 2019
Although smoking rates have dropped dramatically in the U.S. - from 42% in 1965 to 14% in 2017 - some groups continue to have high prevalence of cigarette smoking. That’s according to the American Cancer Society (ACS), which is using the upcoming Great American Smokeout as an opportunity to highlight this “hidden epidemic.”
CDC: Significant progress since 2013 could be lost without more action
November 18, 2019
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria and fungi cause more than 2.8 million infections and 35,000 deaths in the United States each year, according to a report released recently by the CDC. That means, on average, someone in this country gets an antibiotic-resistant infection every 11 seconds and every 15 minutes someone dies.
With November being National Diabetes Awareness Month and Americans collectively spending nearly $200 billion per year on obesity-related health costs, the personal-finance website WalletHub released a report on 2019's Fattest States in America.
To determine which states contribute the most to America’s overweight and obesity problem, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 29 key metrics.
"There is no question, what we eat has a tremendous impact on our health, including reducing the risk of many different types of cancer," says Colleen Doyle, MS, RD. "Eating well is a key component of living an overall healthy lifestyle, and there are simple steps we can take each and every day to eat well and improve our health." Doyle is managing director of nutrition and physical activity at the American Cancer Society, which has just published Quick & Healthy: 50 Simple, Delicious Recipes for Every Day.
Tainted love: Johnson & Johnson recalled 33,000 bottles of baby powder after the Food and Drug Administration found asbestos in one container, The New York Times reports. The company, which once marketed its baby, body, and wellness products as being “for all you love,” has long denied that its talc-based products ever contained cancer-causing asbestos, but it faces more than 15,000 lawsuits from customers who say their products caused them to develop ovarian cancer or mesothelioma, a rare cancer linked to asbestos.
It may seem too simple, but keeping your hands clean with soap and water is
one of the most important things you can do to stay healthy. That’s according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has issued a reminder about the importance of washing hands – and backed it up with a toolkit to encourage handwashing within your community.
MSD rates in construction take a surprising turn, Amazon criticized in new report and workplace safety experts want Congress to take it slow on marijuana legalization. These were among the top stories featured on ISHN.com this week.
Some 250 cardiovascular disease patients, survivors, caregivers, researchers descended on Washington, D.C. this week to urge lawmakers to remove flavored tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars and menthol cigarettes, from the market.
The activists, part of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) You’re the Cure grassroots network, were in the nation’s capital for congressional hearings about the health threats of electronic cigarettes.
A new report from the CDC sheds some possible light on the spate of lung injuries associated with e-cigarette use. Although the exact cause of the injuries is unknown, the latest findings – which were published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) – suggest that THC products are playing a role in the outbreak.
If you have certain health problems, you could be at higher risk for early death
October 2, 2019
Middle-aged adults with high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease or stroke could be at high risk for cancer and early death when sleeping less than six hours per day, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, the open access journal of the American Heart Association (AHA).