The obesity rate among 2- to 5-year- olds dropped by almost half in the U.S. over the past decade, according to a report suggesting a new wave of Americans may avoid the risks of heart disease and diabetes linked to being severely overweight.
Medical homes, a much-touted model of patient-centered primary care that emphasizes better coordination, don’t reduce visits to hospital emergency rooms and provide limited health benefits, a study found.
By ending the sale of tobacco products in its 7,600 pharmacies, CVS Caremark Corp. is redefining itself as a health-care provider in an environment in which millions of newly insured Americans will be looking for quick and convenient medical care.
Anti-smoking measures adopted over the last 50 years in the U.S. have prevented 8 million early deaths and extended lifespans by two decades, though a rise in the global population has kept the number of smokers and the tobacco market growing.
A half century after linking smoking to lung cancer, the U.S. is confronting stalled progress in kicking the habit of 42 million Americans with new evidence that many common ailments such as diabetes, arthritis and impotence can be tied to tobacco use.