Public Health

Raising tobacco sales age to 21 is best way to prevent lifelong addiction

Raising tobacco sales age to 21 is best way to prevent lifelong addiction

Raising the national minimum age to buy cigarettes to 21 would save lives by preventing adolescents from ever taking up smoking, a new report...
How much money is spent on health care for kids, where does it go?

How much money is spent on health care for kids, where does it go?

Health care spending on children grew 56 percent between 1996 and 2013, with the most money spent in 2013 on inpatient well-newborn care, attention...
Cancer death rate has dropped 25 percent since 1991 peak

Cancer death rate has dropped 25 percent since 1991 peak

A steady decline over more than two decades has resulted in a 25% drop in the overall cancer death rate in the United States. The...
COPD-like respiratory symptoms common among smokers despite lack of COPD diagnosis

COPD-like respiratory symptoms common among smokers despite lack of COPD diagnosis

In a finding that could lead to better treatment of smoking-related lung diseases, scientists are reporting that about half of current or former smokers...
Majority of California adults have prediabetes or diabetes, UCLA study shows

Majority of California adults have prediabetes or diabetes, UCLA study shows

Nearly half of California adults, including one out of every three young adults, have either prediabetes — a precursor to Type 2 diabetes —...
Do soda taxes help curb obesity?

Do soda taxes help curb obesity?

Several U.S. cities and other countries have enacted taxes on soda and sugar-sweetened beverages as a way to fight the worldwide rise in obesity...
Health care spending in the US

Diabetes, heart disease, and back pain dominate US health care spending

Just 20 conditions make up more than half of all spending on health care in the United States, according to a new comprehensive financial...
Air-bag helmet

Air-bag helmet could reduce impact of head in bike crashes

Drop tests from as high as 2 meters show that an air-bag helmet may reduce impact by as much as sixfold compared to traditional...
Majority of physicians have favorite patients

Majority of physicians have favorite patients, study finds

Physicians like the majority of their patients, but a majority like some more than others, a study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins...
Hearing loss prevalence declining in US adults aged 20 to 69 years

Hearing loss prevalence declining in US adults aged 20 to 69 years

Hearing loss among U.S. adults aged 20 to 69 has declined over the last decade, even as the number of older Americans continues to...