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11:05am

Thu September 5, 2013
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Kids' Use Of Electronic Cigarettes Doubles

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 6:24 am

Clouds of nicotine-laced vapor are getting more popular with teens.
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The percentage of middle and high school students who have tried electronic cigarettes more than doubled in a year, federal health officials reported Thursday.

The percentage of students in grades 6 through 12 who had ever used e-cigarettes increased from 3.3 percent in 2011 to 6.8 percent in 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Those who reported currently using the devices increased from 1.1 percent to 2.1 percent.

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2:02pm

Tue September 3, 2013
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CDC: One-Fourth Of Heart Attack And Stroke Deaths Preventable

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 7:26 am

There has been more progress in lowering deaths from heart attacks and strokes among people who qualify for Medicare than those who are younger.
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Could health insurance be the remedy for 200,000 deaths a year from heart attacks and strokes? It might be a big part of the cure.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about one-quarter of the 800,000 deaths from those causes could be avoided, according to a report released Tuesday.

It's worth trying. "Nothing is more important than reducing heart disease and stroke," CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said in a briefing for journalists.

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11:22am

Tue September 3, 2013
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Facebook Chats Prompt At-Risk Minority Men To Get HIV Tests

Latinos and African-Americans are more active on social media. Could that help promote HIV testing among minorities?
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It didn't take long for people to figure out that Facebook could be a great place to connect with other people dealing with the same health problems. But public health officials have moved cautiously, lest their efforts backfire. Do you really want to "like" STDs?

But there is now evidence the social media approach can help, even when the health condition is sensitive. Facebook can play a role in persuading people at high risk of HIV/AIDS to use a home HIV test kit, a study finds.

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4:03pm

Tue August 27, 2013
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Vaccinating Babies For Rotavirus Protects The Whole Family

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 2:40 pm

An artistic illustration of the rotavirus.
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A 7-year-old vaccine that has drastically cut intestinal infections in infants is benefiting the rest of America, too.

A study published Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that vaccinating infants against rotavirus has also caused a striking decline in serious infections among older children and adults who didn't get vaccinated.

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6:15am

Thu August 22, 2013
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Popularity Of Circumcision Falls In U.S., Especially Out West

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 5:09 am

Where a boy is born has a big influence on whether he'll be circumcised, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show.
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Boys born in the West are more likely to skip circumcision than they are to have the once common procedure.

It's a dramatic change over the past 32 years. Back in 1979, about two-thirds of boys out West got circumcised in the hospital soon after they were born. By 2010, only 40 percent were.

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