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70% Of US Smokers Want To Quit, CDC Study Claims
2011-11-14 06:10:36

Approximately one in five Americans are still active cigarette smokers, but nearly 70% of them want to quit, a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report has discovered. However, while seven out of 10 would like to quit the habit, the CDC study shows that only half have attempted to do so and just 6% of them managed to succeed, according to a November 11 article by Reuters reporter Julie Steenhuysen. Translating those statistics into real numbers, Steenhuysen reports...

2011-07-18 06:00:00

A link between falling and Alzheimer's and a simple eye test that could help detect the disease were among the hot topics presented Sunday at the annual Alzheimer's Association International Conference, which opened this weekend in Paris, France. Both studies were a part of an emphasis on pre-emptive Alzheimer's detection. "I don't think we can wait until people develop Alzheimer's disease or mild Alzheimer's," Dr. William Klunk, a member of the Alzheimer Disease Research Center at the...

2010-07-23 09:30:00

Individuals who send off saliva samples to genetic testing companies to determine whether or not they are at risk for diabetes or certain forms of cancer may receive different results depending on which company they select, according to a Reuters report Thursday. In the article, reporter Julie Steenhuysen states that government officials conducted an undercover probe of four unidentified genetic testing firms. As part of the test, five people sent away DNA for testing to each of the...

2005-09-27 11:17:15

By Julie Steenhuysen and Susan Kelly CHICAGO (Reuters) - Health insurer WellPoint Inc. on Tuesday said it has agreed to buy WellChoice Inc. for nearly $6.5 billion in cash and stock, in a deal that would give WellPoint a stronger presence in the U.S. Northeast. WellPoint said the combined company will now serve more than 33 million medical members as a Blue Cross or Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee in 14 states and through its HealthLink and UniCare subsidiaries. WellChoice is the...

Word of the Day
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).