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Prescription Painkillers Emerge As the Leading Cause of Accidental Death

For years, car accidents have been the leading cause of accidental death. But that all changed four years ago when, for the first time, vehicle-related deaths were topped by poisoning due to prescription painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin.

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How Much Are Americans Spending on Alcohol? — Dollars and Sense

There are many reasons why the idea behind prohibition not only failed miserably in this country, but has been long since buried deep in the American archives alongside slavery and the powdered wig.

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No Skinnies! Gym in Canada Bans Slim Women — Is It Fair?

A big reason folks join a gym is to lose weight. But if a patron of the female-oriented Body Exchange gym in Canada gets too svelte they are liable to lose their membership.

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Can Weight-Loss Surgery Lead to Alcoholism? [VIDEO]

There’s no denying that gastric bypass can be an effective way to treat morbid obesity, but new research suggests the surgery may actually increase the risk of alcoholism, as well.

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What City Has Joined New York in the Quest to Ban Giant Sodas?

Looks like New York City is once again a trend-setter — its proposed ban on large sodas has made Cambridge, MA wonder whether it should follow suit.

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Scientists Have Discovered the Healthiest Meal You Can Possibly Eat

Food manufacturers and supermarkets like to advertise that their meals are healthy. But there can be only one “healthiest” meal, and British scientists have looked through 4,000 health claims in an effort to determine what that would be.

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Is Saving Money Good for Your Health? — Dollars and Sense

Lots of people eat well and clock time at the gym to keep themselves healthy. But as it turns out, your well-being is tied to more than just your physical state.

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How Many Americans Work More Than 40 Hours Per Week?

The eight-hour workday is fairly standard in the United States, and June 19 marks the 100th anniversary of it becoming law for federal workers back in 1912.

Private companies began to follow suit four years later, but these days, working only eight hours a day sometimes seems downright quaint.

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Americans Doing Their Obese Best to Keep the World Population 17 Million Tons Overweight

Many of us could stand to lose a few pounds, but the total body mass of all the overweight people in the world is truly surprising, according to a new report.

Perhaps, not surprisingly, the US accounts for a disproportionate number of this extra poundage.

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How Does Feeling Lonely Affect Our Health?

We know smoking and obesity are bad for our health, but now scientists have discovered something that could be even worse: loneliness.

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