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Communities across America are becoming healthier

Our health as a nation depends on much more than our access to the healthcare system. Indeed, as I have blogged here many times before, the greatest contribution to our miserable health in this country are our behaviors, which in large part are modifiable. Obesity and cigarette smoking are responsible for about one million deaths […]

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Aspirin-the wonder drug

Aspirin-the wonder drug

I wanted to continue to discuss the fabulous news reported this week in the Lancet. A single daily low dose aspirin (81 mg) reduced the risk of developing and dying from certain types of cancers!! I repeat, one aspirin a day prevented cancer! This is a big deal and puts aspirin right up there with […]

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Three Cheers for a Healthier America!

Yesterday, the President signed into law a bill that will do more for our health than healthcare reform will ever do, The Tobacco Bill (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/23/us/politics/23obama.html?_r=1). Cigarette smoking causes over 400,000 deaths a year from cancer, heart disease, and pulmonary diseases (the lack of healthcare insurance contributes to 19,000 deaths a year). It is the number one avoidable […]

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Obesity and Smoking Are Our Country’s Death Knells

Nearly 65 percent of the U.S. population is overweight (body mass index or BMI of 25 kg/m2 or more), and 30.5 percent of the population is obese (BMI of 30 kg/m2 or more). Needless to say, we have an issue with weight control and it is becoming a world wide problem due, in part, to the […]

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Let’s Do Whatever It Takes To Get People to Quit Smoking

USA Today recently reported a study that appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine (http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-02-11-pay-quit-smoking_N.htm) that financial incentives helped people quit smoking. Smokers were increasingly rewarded for completing a smoking cessation program, being smoke-free after 6 months, and smoke-free after 1 year. There have been countless programs which show the benefit of smoking cessation […]

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