Reminders of progress made in advancing public health are always important to acknowledge, if only as a reminder of how much more we can accomplish. A new report from the American Cancer Society provides such news. According to the report, the death rate of cancer, the second-leading cause of death among Americans, has drastically declined over the past 25 years. It dropped by 27 percent between 1991 and 2016. According to American Cancer Society estimates,
If you are currently serving in the military or you are a veteran, you are more likely to be a cigarette smoker than a civilian is. The likelihood is even greater if you are (or have been) deployed overseas. It is also very likely that you picked up this habit after enlisting. According to a Department of Defense report, 38 percent of the service members who smoke picked up the habit after enlisting.
This trend is
Not surprisingly, most top resolutions for the coming year remain relatively unchanged from previous years'. They revolve around health, such as exercising more, eating healthier and, for many Americans, quitting smoking. In this country, cigarettes continue to be associated with nearly 500,000 deaths a year from coronary heart disease, stroke, cancers and other illnesses.
As I pointed out last week, my suggested New Year's resolution is that we do all in our power to halt a
We have reached that point in the year when we are taking stock of the things we have to be grateful for as well as the things we resolve to change. On the thankful side, according to an annual survey of substance use among high school students, 17.5 percent of 12th-graders admitted to being intoxicated with alcohol in the past 30 days, down significantly from 26 percent in 2013. Less than 14 percent said they