Health & Spirit

Smoking Signs

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While smoking rates nationally have steadily declined, tobacco use remains notably problematic in some racial and ethnic groups, according to new data from the CDC. For example, more than 43 percent of American Indians and Alaskan Natives had used some type of tobacco in the past month, according to a survey. That compares to 27 percent of people who aren't part of those groups.

The disparity is greater among American Indians and Alaskan Natives living below the poverty level: More than half use tobacco products. Two reasons: Tobacco products are often cheaper on tribal lands and the tobacco industry has specifically targeted these demographic groups with marketing, say experts.

Snake Oil in Pill Form

In Kansas, a man came down with a salmonella infection after taking rattlesnake pills (which contain dehydrated, ground-up rattlesnake meat) he had purchased in Mexico. The pills are often marketed as a treatment for cancer and HIV infections, neither of which has been proven.

Body of Knowledge

A normal breath takes five seconds: two to inhale, three to exhale.


Get Me That, Stat!

Forty percent of young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or "questioning" report they have seriously considered suicide in the past year, according to a survey of more than 15,000 high school students. The survey also found that 25 percent of young people who identified as LGBQ attempted suicide, compared to 6 percent of their heterosexual peers.

Life in Big Macs

One hour of sitting and writing burns 68 calories (based on a 150-pound person) or the equivalent of 0.1 Big Macs. (More if you use active verbs.)


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