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Share of U.S. Nonsmokers Exposed to Secondhand Smoke Declined by Half Since 2000

The share of American nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke fell by half since 2000, from 53 percent to 25 percent, according to a new government report. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said during the period studied, a growing number of states and municipalities banned smoking…

Almost 8 Percent of Americans are Moderately to Severely Depressed

An estimated 7.6 percent of Americans ages 12 and up are moderately to severely depressed, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of those with severe symptoms, only 35 percent reported having contact with a mental health professional in the past year. “Not enough…

Personal Stories Are Centerpiece of Antismoking Campaign Aimed at American Indians

New antismoking campaigns aimed at American Indian and Native Alaskan communities feature personal stories, instead of statistics or fear-inducing images, The New York Times reports. Campaigns based on numbers or images of disease and shortened life have not been effective in these communities, the article notes. American Indians and Native Alaskans…

Almost 90,000 ER Visits Annually Due to Bad Reactions to Psychiatric Drugs

Almost 90,000 emergency room visits each year in the United States are due to adverse reactions to psychiatric medications, according to the Associated Press. The findings come from a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Anti-anxiety medications and sedatives were the drugs most likely to cause adverse…