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Progress against heart disease, stroke reflected in latest statistics

New government statistics show a decline in deaths from heart disease and stroke, continuing a promising trend in the fight against two of the nation’s leading causes of death.

The stroke death rate fell 2.6 percent and the heart disease death rate dropped 1.8 percent in 2012, the most current […]

While FDA considers e-cigarette regulation, states and cities continue to act

While the Food and Drug Administration proposes to regulate the sales, marketing and product quality of e-cigarettes, states and cities are moving forward with their own regulations to restrict e-cigarette exposure.

While the FDA already regulates cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco and smokeless tobacco, relatively new e-cigarettes are still under […]

A Million Hearts reaches halfway mark

A Million Hearts, a federal collaboration to prevent 1 million strokes and heart attacks by 2017, is at its halfway mark. And while organizers said Tuesday there are many shining examples of innovative prevention programs across the country, they also rallied for more public-private partnerships.

“Small, smart sustained actions can […]

Report shows obesity disparities disproportionately affect African-Americans, Hispanics

A new analysis of weight statistics nationwide shows how the rate of obesity disproportionately affects African-Americans and Hispanics, with much of the disparity hinging on economics and access to healthy food and safe environments.

The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America report, released Thursday by the Trust […]

Adults with disabilities have higher rates of high blood pressure

More adults with disabilities have high blood pressure than adults without disabilities, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Researchers found that 34 percent of adults with disabilities versus 27 percent without them had high blood pressure. In particular, it affected more people with […]

Uninsured and black infants with severe heart defects face higher death risk

Among infants born with severe heart defects, uninsured newborns were three times more likely to die than privately insured newborns, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health insurance coverage helped explain differences in survival seen between black and white babies born with […]

Study backs guidelines: People with hypertension should get top number below 140

A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine confirms what treatment guidelines currently recommend — people with high blood pressure should get their top number below 140.

Getting that top number, called the systolic blood pressure, under 120, however, does not provide additional health benefits, according to the study published in […]

Study suggests obesity disparities among races are poorly understood

The reasons for disparities in obesity rates between African-American and white women are far more complex than the usual go-to culprits of socioeconomics, fruit and vegetable intake and exercise, according to a new study.

More importantly,  the research shows the need to delve further into the questions of obesity, say […]

Childhood obesity rates leveling off, despite long-term increases

Childhood obesity rates leveled off during a 14-year period between 1999 and 2012, according to research published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association: Pediatrics. But the rate of severe obesity increased, especially in Hispanic girls and black boys, according to the study.

The study indicated that rates […]

CDC study shows rapid rise in e-cigarette-related calls to poison control centers

Poison center calls related to e-cigarette exposure grew from one a month to 215 a month between September 2010 and February 2014, according to a study released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  More than half the e-cigarette exposure calls – 51.1 percent – involved children under 5 […]