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October 14, 2011

By Join Together Staff

Movies that depict smoking make less money than smoke-free films, a new study concludes.

Researchers reviewed 1,232 movies released in the United States that were among the top 10 profitable films for at least a week between 2002 and 2010. After taking into account factors such as total budget and film rating, they found films with smoking made 13 percent less in ticket sales than movies without smoking. The study appears online in the journal Tobacco...

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October 14, 2011

By Join Together Staff

Parents and officials are protesting the appearance of candy shaped like marijuana leaves in stores around the country. The candy, labeled 'Pothead Ring Pots," and "Pothead Lollipops," are made by Kalan LP, a novelty supply company based in Landsdowne, Pennsylvania.

The candy is being sold in 1,000 stores nationwide, according to the Associated Press. Andrew Kalan, president of the company, says the candy promotes the legalization of...

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October 7, 2011

By Join Together Staff

College students who post photos to Facebook showing themselves getting drunk are at higher risk of alcohol dependence and abuse, compared with their classmates with no references to drinking on their pages.

The findings, from a new study of students at two universities, suggest schools might be able to use Facebook to determine which students should be assessed for alcohol-related problems, the researchers say. They acknowledge this raises privacy and...

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October 7, 2011

By Join Together Staff

Medicare has been slow to react to the prescription drug abuse problem sweeping the nation, according to a new report. Congressional investigators say 170,000 Medicare beneficiaries received prescriptions from five or more health care providers in 2008, for 14 types of frequently abused medications.

According to The New York Times, the report will be...

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October 7, 2011

By Join Together Staff

Rates of alcohol-impaired driving have dropped 30 percent since 2006, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Drunk driving rates remain high among young men, binge drinkers and people who don't always wear a seatbelt.

There were an estimated 112 million drunk-driving incidents in 2010, or an average of 300,000 per day, according to HealthDay. Drunk driving accounts for almost 11,000 traffic fatalities...

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October 7, 2011

By Join Together Staff

A low-cost drug not available in the United States is effective in helping smokers quit, a new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine has found.

The drug, cytisine, is a nicotine substitute that has been sold in Eastern European countries for many years. The study found people taking the drug were more successful in quitting than those taking a placebo, HealthDay reports. The study included 740 smokers who were randomly assigned to take...

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October 7, 2011

By Join Together Staff

Doctors frequently fail to ask their young adult patients about excess alcohol use. The findings come from a new study by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

The survey included more than 4,000 adults ages 18 to 39. Two-thirds had seen a doctor in the past year. Of those whose drinking was considered excessive, only 49 percent said their doctor asked about their drinking, and only 14 percent were counseled about it.

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October 7, 2011

By Celia Vimont

A group representing pain management physicians is calling for mandatory education for doctors who prescribe opioids. The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) is advocating for legislation that would require health care professionals who prescribe drugs to receive specialized training. Several such bills are currently circulating in the House and Senate.

Between 80 and 90 percent of doctors in the United States have no formal training in...

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October 3, 2011

The marketers of Four Loko have agreed to re-label and repackage the super-sized, high-alcohol, fruit-flavored, carbonated malt beverage, to resolve Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges of deceptive advertising.

The FTC alleges that Phusion Projects, LLC and its principals falsely claimed that a 23.5-ounce, 11 or 12 percent alcohol by volume can of Four Loko contains alcohol equivalent to one or two regular 12-ounce beers, and that a consumer could drink one can safely in its...

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October 3, 2011

The link below takes you to a 4-minute segment about how kids in Detroit are saturating gummy bears with vodka. Amazingly, they demonstrate their "technology."

Click here to view video.

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October 3, 2011

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention marked its one year anniversary today by launching its twelfth task force - one focused on suicide prevention in the workplace.

Roughly 80% of all suicides are by working-aged adults and the majority of those are employed at the time of their deaths. Initially, the Workplace Task Force plans to create a compelling business case for suicide prevention, designed to encourage more employers to initiate programs for their workforce....

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October 3, 2011

October 7th Deadline!

In an effort to help build safer, stronger and better educated communities, State Farm is inviting non-profit organizations from around the country to submit their applications for a chance to receive $5,000 (minimum) grants for 2012. State Farm's funding focus is on safety, community development and education.

For eligibility, funding requirements and additional information please visit:...

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October 3, 2011

By Join Together Staff

Tobacco companies were aware of the dangers of a radioactive substance in cigarettes as early as 1959, but hid this knowledge from the public, according to a new study.

The substance, called polonium-210, causes cancerous growths in the lungs of smokers, according to ABC News. Scientists from the University of California, Los Angeles, studied 27 documents that had never been analyzed, and found tobacco companies calculated how much radiation a regular...

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October 3, 2011

By Join Together Staff

Almost one-third of workers in mining, construction, and the accommodation and food service industries smoke, compared with about 20 percent of the general U.S. adult population, according to a new survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

USA Today reports only about 9 percent of teachers and librarians smoke.

Smoking rates among specific occupations may have as much to do with workers' education levels as with the jobs...

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October 3, 2011

In 2009, 21.3 percent of American households with children experienced food insecurity, which means they had limited or uncertain access to adequate food at all times for an active, healthy life. In the current economic downturn, even more children may be at risk. Food insecurity is a public health problem with serious consequences for children, including greater likelihood of depression, anxiety, poor academic performance, birth defects, and behavior problems.

A new policy brief -...

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