Insight News

Apr 27th


To honor the Great American Smokeout and Lung Cancer Awareness Month, smokers quit for a Day for Life

To honor the Great American Smokeout and Lung Cancer Awareness Month, smokers quit for a Day for Life (NNPA) - Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.  The death toll from smoking exceeds that from HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, motor vehicle collisions, suicide, and even homicide.  In fact, 90 percent of lung cancers, the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, are caused by tobacco. Unfortunately lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among African American men and women. Mortality rates for lung cancer are highest among African American males.

EarthTalk: Greener travel and lodging options

EarthTalk: Greener travel and lodging optionsDear EarthTalk: I’m a travel agent and our firm has several clients wanting to go with green vendors, including for travel (airline or rental car) and lodging.  Our company is supportive so would like to know which airlines, hotels and car rental agencies are going affordably green? -- Carol Biggar, via e-mail

Five questions to ask at the prescription counter

It’s that time of year again: patients across the country are renewing their insurance and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans. According to many health experts, now is a critical time for patients to examine their medications to be sure they continue to get what the doctor ordered.

Older drivers: Don't get caught in the dark

(NNPA) - The end of Daylight Savings time on November 1, 2009 doesn’t just mean you’re getting an extra hour of sleep.  Setting clocks back one hour also means an extra hour of night driving, which can be problematic for everyone, particularly older drivers.

(Health and Wellness) Working with kids, crowds, means increased flu/colds risk

This year, the seasonal flu and H1N1 seem to be on everyone’s mind. If you work with kids or in a heavily populated area, you are at a higher risk of catching some form of the flu or common cold.
Last year during the week of 10/5/08, there were 30 cases of the flu reported nationwide. The week of 10/5/09, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), reported 215 cases of the flu nationwide in elementary schools.


Insurance at risk: Small business employees risk losing coverage

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and Small Business Administration Administrator Karen Mills today released a new report, Insurance at Risk: Small Business Employees Risk Losing Coverage. The report examines the health care status quo that has left employees at risk of losing their insurance and underscores the financial difficulties small businesses face when providing health insurance to their employees. The complete report is available now at

Boxed wine saves resources and energy

Boxed wine saves resources and energyDear EarthTalk: Apparently boxed wine (instead of bottled) is becoming all the rage for environmental reasons. What are the eco-benefits of boxed wine over bottled? -- Justin J., Los Angeles, CA
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