November 28, 2014

But 480,000 Per Year Still Die

1 Record Low Number of U.S. Smokers

The Centers for Disease Control's Office on Smoking and Health has issued a new report containing both good and bad news. The good news is that just 18 percent of Americans now smoke, a rate which is down from 21 percent ten years ago and is at its lowest level in nearly 50 years, since the CDC began compiling smoking statistics in 1965. The bad news is that this leaves the U.S. with over 42 million smokers, and more than 480,000 deaths due to smoking-related health problems each year, maintaining smoking’s position as our leading preventable cause of death due to heart disease, cancer, lung disease, stroke and other illnesses. And that number may grow, since the report notes that states have recently "cut and severely underfunded" their smoking prevention and cessation programs.

More at Nbcnews.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: FDA Launches Crackdown on Youth Smoking

Tags: Tobacco Use, US Smoking Statistics, Number of Smokers in US, Smoking Trends in America, Deaths Related to Smoking

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The More, the Worse

2 Trans Fat May Harm Memory

Trans fat could be harmful to your memory. Researchers found that the more trans fat you consume, the less you could remember! Presenting at the American Heart Association's recent scientific conference, researchers said that their study examined the diets of around 1,000 healthy working-age males. Men who had a lot of trans fat in their blood remembered fewer words during a memory test. Specifically, for each additional gram of trans fat consumed daily, the adult in the study recalled .76 fewer words during the memory test. Participants who consumed the most trans fat remembered around 10 percent fewer words compared to men who ate the least amount of the fat. The findings held even after researchers considered age, education and depression.

More at CNN | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Soup Kitchen Discarding Trans Fat Filled Food

Tags: American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, Trans Fat, Trans Fats, Memory Decline

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Hint: Eating Doesn't Help

3 Four Ways to Improve Your Mood

If you have the blues, there are four proven ways to lift your mood. Psych Central reminds us that when you feel a bit sad, there's a cure! One way to lift your mood is to become more physically active. A second way to stomp out the blues is to limit your sugar intake, and consume fresh produce and healthy fats instead. Third, try expressing yourself with a journal or by talking with a friend. And fourth, begin a new project! (Yes, cleaning out your car counts.) Of course, these methods only work with the blues. If you have symptoms of serious depression like fatigue and feelings of worthlessness, consult your doctor.

More at Psych Central | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Those with Chronic Migraines Are Poor & Depressed

Tags: Improve Mood, Holiday Depression, Uplift Your Mood, How to Be Happy, Proven Ways Feel Better

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President Who?

4 Presidents Will Be Forgotten in 100 Years

Sorry, past Presidents, but you'll likely be forgotten within 50 to 100 years! New research published in Science found that less than 20 percent of people can remember more than the last eight presidents in the order they served. Also, fewer than 25 percent of Americans can remember more than the first five presidents in order. "By the year 2060, Americans will probably remember as much about the 39th and 40th presidents, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, as they now remember about our 13th president, Millard Fillmore," says study co-author Henry L. Roediger III, PhD, a human memory expert at Washington University in St. Louis. The study involved presidential-recall tests given to college students in 1974, 1991, 2009 and 2014.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: President Obama May Have Finally Quit Smoking

Tags: Journal Science, Most Memorable United States Presidents, Which Presidents Will Be RememBered, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan

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