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Dec 10, 2014 5:24 AM

Research: experimenting with hookah smoking or smokeless tobacco can lead to the regular use of cigarettes

New research finds experimenting with hookah smoking or smokeless tobacco can lead to the regular use of cigarettes. These alternative tobacco products, which are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, are popular with teens and young adults because of their appealing flavors. Study results show non-smokers... Read Story

Dec 8, 2014 3:16 PM

Walgreen tests virtual doctor visits through app

Walgreen is testing a new telemedicine service that lets patients see a doctor without leaving home or even visiting any of the drugstore chain's clinics. The Deerfield, Illinois, company says patients in California or Michigan can contact a physician around the clock through Walgreen's mobile application for smartphones or tablet... Read Story

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Dec 8, 2014 7:07 AM

Two Central Coast hospitals rated as high-performing in birth experience study

The California Hospital Assessment and Reporting Taskforce released its findings of birth experiences at hospitals across the state and two Central Coast hospitals were ranked as high-performers. The taskforce studied four measures of maternity care including low-risk C-section rates. Twins Cities Community Hospital in Templeton and French Hospital... Read Story

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Dec 5, 2014 2:55 PM

Study: Obesity can shorten lifespan

A new study reveals carrying excess weight can significantly shorten your life and well-being. Data from nearly 4,000 adults suggests overweight individuals could potentially lose three years of life, while very obese people could die as many as eight years early. The study also found obesity-related illnesses, like... Read Story