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CDC: Smoking Hits All-Time Low
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014 07:18 PM

In 2013, only 17.8% of adults smoked cigarettes, down from 20.9% in 2005, the agency said in the Nov. 28 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

That's the lowest rate since the CDC began tracking the numbers in 1965, the agency said in a statement.  What's more, people who still light up are smoking less often and smoking fewer cigarettes, according to data from the 2013 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS).

The analysis showed:

The Joint Corp. Prices Initial Public Offering
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014 07:16 PM

The Joint Corp., a national healthcare franchisor of chiropractic clinics, has announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 3,000,000 shares of common stock at an initial price to the public of $6.50 per share. The shares have been approved for listing on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the ticker symbol “JYNT.”

FDA Announces New Calorie Rules for Restaurants
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014 06:45 PM

The FDA announced new rules that require chain restaurants and vending machine operators to post calories for food and drinks on their menus.  The rules, which have been in the works since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010, apply to restaurants that have more than 20 locations nationwide.

The rules will also include labeling requirements for restaurant-style food in grocery stores, big-box stores, coffee shops, ice cream stores, movie theaters, and amusement parks. "Restaurant-style foods include foods generally eaten on the premises, or while walking away, or soon after arriving at another location.

CDC Report Finds Sodium Consumption High Among U.S. Children
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014 06:41 PM

More than 90 percent of U.S. children, aged 6-18 years, eat more sodium than recommended, putting them at risk for developing high blood pressure and heart disease later in life, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report.  “Too many children are consuming way too much sodium, and the result will be risks of high blood pressure and heart disease in the future,” CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, said. “Most sodium is from processed and restaurant food, not the salt shaker. Reducing sodium intake will help our children avoid tragic and expensive health problems.”

Using data from CDC’s 2009-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, CDC researchers determined that about 43 percent of sodium eaten by children comes from the 10 foods they eat most often: pizza, bread and rolls, cold cuts/cured meats, savory snacks, sandwiches, cheese, chicken patties/nuggets/tenders, pasta mixed dishes, Mexican mixed dishes, and soups.

Why Are America’s Poorest Toddlers Being Over-Prescribed ADHD Drugs?
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014 06:24 PM

Against all medical guidelines, children who are two and three years old are getting diagnosed with ADHD and treated with Adderall and other stimulants. It may be shocking, but it’s perfectly legal.

Thousands of the nation’s poorest children under the age of four are being prescribed stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall for ailments they’re too young to even have. A first-ever Centers for Disease Control study estimates that under the Medicaid health care program, doctors have given some 10,000 American toddlers a diagnosis of ADHD and treated them with ADHD drugs that have not been shown to be effective or safe in children that young. The news that amphetamine-based drugs like Adderall and the methylphenidate Ritalin are being used to medicate, at a minimum, one out of every 225 toddlers nationwide outraged some medical professionals.

Susanna Visser, who heads ADHD research at the CDC and who presented the report, said, “Families of toddlers with behavioral problems are coming to the doctor’s office for help, and the help they’re getting too often is a prescription for a Class II controlled substance, which has not been established as safe for that young of a child. It puts these children and their developing minds at risk, and their health is at risk.”

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