Smoking Cigarettes in California at Historic Low Rates says State Health Officials

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(Best Syndication News) - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced that smoking cigarettes have reached historic low rate for adults in the state. CDPH Director Dr. Ron Chapman said that they are only one of two states that have met the federal Healthy People 2020 target rate of 12 percent for adult smokers. Comparatively, in 1985, there were 27.7 percent of California adults who smoked.

In 2010, there were 11.9 percent of adult smokers in the state of California. Previously in 2009, the state had a 13.1 percent for the adult smoking population. These are historic low smoking rates explained the CDPH.

Smoking cigarettes in the California teen population has also been declining. In 2010, 13.8 percent of high school student were smokers, while in 2008 it was 14.6 percent. Middle school students had decreased to 4.8 percent smoking in 2010 compared to 6 percent in 2008.

Health Quiz on 'The Dr. Oz Show' points out Symptoms and Signs of more Serious Medical Conditions

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(Best Syndication News) - On today’s ‘The Dr. Oz Show’, Dr. Oz had a quiz asking ‘How Healthy Are You?’ He said sometimes we take our health for granted. Working with a panel of medical doctors Oz came up with this questionnaire. Doctors say that there are warning signs that happen before a big health problems occur and Doctor Oz wanted people to be aware of these signs. He gave the viewers and the audience a questionnaire that a panel of doctors helped to put together.

Here are the Questions asked on the show:

1. Do you wake up more than twice a night?

If you answer Yes give yourself 1 point, if No 0 points

Carol Ash DO is a sleep medicine specialist that was on Doctor Oz’s panel of experts on the show today. She explained that you need an average of 8 hours of sleep at night. If you have chronic lack or disrupted sleep you are at risk for developing diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. Lack of sleep can also impair your immune system. Additionally, not having enough good sleep at night can interrupt your thinking and can cause daytime accidents.

Dr. Andrew Weil shares Alternative Medicine Therapies on ‘The Dr. Oz Show’

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(Best Syndication News) - Dr. Andrew Weil was a guest on today's ‘The Dr. Oz Show.’ He came on the TV show to listed some foods that help reduce inflammation. He also shared on supplements, foods, and products that could protect the brain, lungs, and heart. Dr. Weil is an author or several books including, "8 Weeks to Optimum Health: A Proven Program for Taking Full Advantage of Your Body's Natural Healing Power."

Dr. Andrew Weil is a physician. He said that he did not learn prevention in medical school. When he was getting older, he was not feeling so well, so he started to learn alternative medicinal treatments. He stopped eating meat, started meditating among other things, which had made him feel better. During his investigation into medicinal treatments worldwide, he found many great cures and some that were nonsense. When he shared what he learned with his colleagues, they did not share his enthusiasm. He calls the combined traditional medicine with alternative treatments and therapies integrated medicine. Dr. Weil’s integrated medicine will help people to learn to eat better and to handle stress. Dr. Weil explained that he hopes one day they drop the word integrative and just call it good medicine.

Melanoma Skin Cancer – Some Women who took Calcium and Vitamin D supplements cut risk in half

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(Best Syndication News) - Some women that were at high risk for developing melanoma had reduced their risk for developing the deadly skin cancer by taking calcium and Vitamin D supplements. The supplements did not benefit all women at reducing the melanoma cancer risk. The study was conducted at the Stanford University School of Medicine and will be published in the online June 27 edition of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

The researchers from Stanford used data from a large clinical trial to find women with a history of non-melanoma skin cancer. The researchers said that the non-fatal skin cancers give a person a higher chance to develop melanoma later on. The data showed women who were once treated for a non-melanoma skin cancer and took calcium combined with vitamin D, had 57 percent fewer melanoma diagnosis compared to women with similar skin cancers who did not take the supplements. The non-melanoma skin cancers included basal cell and squamous cell cancers.

Prostate Cancer Vaccine used to cured mice in Mayo Clinic Study

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(Best Syndication News) - A study from the Mayo Clinic and several UK research institutions revealed that a human vaccine treatment was able to cure mice with prostate tumors. The vaccine for prostate cancer did not show any discernible side effects. They wanted to see if the immune system's own resources, along with the vaccine, could be used to purge prostate tumors from the body. The hope is to develop a new medical treatment that would not involve any toxic chemotherapy or radiation treatments.

Richard Vile, Ph.D., a Mayo Clinic immunologist, professor from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation and lead author of the study, said the researchers hope to begin clinical trials in two years.

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