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News: December 11, 2009

Fewer dollars for smoking prevention

December 11, 2009

Even as states pull in billions of dollars in tobacco settlement money - part of which is typically used to fund anti-smoking programs - they're slashing the amount they spend on such programs by 15%.
Altogether, states will spend $567.5 million on anti-smoking efforts in the 2010 fiscal year, says a report released by five groups including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Cancer Action Network. That’s less than a fifth of the nearly $3.7 billion recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And although $3.7 billion might sound like a lot, the states will receive more than $25 billion in tobacco funds.
Meanwhile, the CDC says the smoking rate hasn't changed much in the last few years - in 2008, 20.8% of adults were smokers, slightly higher than 2007's 19.7%. There may be a connection between the slowing of the smoking decline and the drop in prevention funding. Consider last year's report on cancer incidences and death rates, a collaboration spearheaded by the National Cancer Institute, which linked California's smoking controls and its declining smoking rate.
Here’s a multimedia tutorial about smoking and its effects, thanks to the National Institutes of Health. We don't want all this progress to go up in smoke now, do we?


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December 5, 2009 | Half of teen girls have STIs by 2 years of first sex

Within 2 years of having sex for the first time, half of teenage girls may be at least one of three common sexually transmitted infections (STIs), according to results of a study published today. Often, those girls are infected by the age of 15.  Researchers followed 386 urban adolescent girls aged 14 to 17 for up to 8 years. Within 2 years of becoming sexually ...

December 4, 2009 | Antidepressants May Change Your Personality

Taking antidepressants may not only help alleviate depression, but could make you more extraverted and less neurotic, new research suggests.  Extraversion, which is associated with positive emotions, is believed to help protect from depression, while neuroticism, the tendency to experience negative emotions and emotional instability, is thought to contribute to depression.   Becoming more extraverted and less neurotic may help prevent a relapse of depression, ...

December 3, 2009 | Smoking Exposure Now Linked to Colon, Breast Cancers

Add colorectal cancer to the list of malignancies caused by smoking, with a new study strengthening the link between the two.  And other studies are providing more bad news for people who haven't managed to quit: Two papers published in the December issue of Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a themed issue on tobacco, strengthen the case for the dangers of secondhand smoke for people exposed to fumes as children and as adults.  Inhaling those ...

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December 20, 2009

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Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation, and other video games are hot on holiday gift lists, but some parents wonder whether these games offer any benefits or are detrimental to kids. The results of a new study may put some minds at ease, while others may not.  According to the findings reported in the latest issue of Current Directions in Psychological Science, regular ...

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According to Stuart Warden, a researcher who studies musculoskeletal health and sports medicine, athletes who ritualistically take NSAID's to prevent post event and workout soreness and inflammation may be depriving the body of healing, in addition to risking other long term health problems. Taking anti inflammatory medications ...

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