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Public health groups ask to join tobacco regulation lawsuits

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Six of the nation’s leading public health organizations on Monday filed motions asking federal courts for a say in two lawsuits brought by the e-cigarette and cigar industries against the Food and Drug Administration’s “deeming rule.”

The deeming rule, issued last year, established public health oversight […]

Hollywood and tobacco: Movie characters still lighting up

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Filmmakers are having a hard time kicking the habit, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Despite earlier declines in tobacco use in youth-rated movies, that progress has stalled since 2010.

Between 2010 and 2016, the total number of times tobacco […]

Prevention is at the heart of his work

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

When a longtime patient started experiencing dangerously high blood pressure, Donald Lloyd-Jones, M.D., asked about her dietary habits, which included a daily bowl of soup from a chain restaurant.

He asked her to try a more sodium friendly option. Her blood pressure dramatically dropped — without […]

China to launch hospital program to improve stroke care

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A new hospital program in China is expected to give researchers and doctors much-needed information to monitor and improve the evidence-based stroke care of that country’s No. 1 cause of death and severe disability.

The quality improvement program, scheduled to launch this fall, is modeled after […]

First long-term health study of LGBTQ underway in U.S.

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Korvin Bothwell searched for health information about transgender people years before he made his transition in 2013, but it was scant. There wasn’t much more available after his transition when he wanted to learn more about the side effects of testosterone.

“I had a […]

CDC: Youth e-cigarette use drops for the first time

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Fewer middle and high school students are vaping, according to data released Thursday, the first time numbers have dropped since 2011, when e-cigarettes were first included in the governmental report.

However, e-cigarettes remain the most used tobacco product by middle and high school students, surpassing traditional […]

Common artery problems as you age may be avoided or delayed, study shows

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Potentially dangerous artery problems considered common as people age may actually be avoided or delayed well into the senior years, according to new research.

The risk for high blood pressure and increased blood vessel stiffness, which both increase the risk of heart disease, may be reduced […]

Arlington council extends smoking ban

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The Arlington City Council on Tuesday voted 7-2 to extend the North Texas city’s smoking regulations to include nightclubs, bowling centers and other workplaces. The only exception is bingo halls, which are not considered public businesses.

An exemption for e-cigarettes was added to the ordinance, and city […]

Arlington council tables final vote to extend smoking regulations

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The Arlington City Council on Tuesday tabled a vote to extend the North Texas city’s smoking regulations, voting 9-0 to take up the issue again at its May 9 meeting.

Earlier this month the council had voted 6-3 to adopt the ordinance across all businesses in […]

FDA panel: Serious injuries result when e-cigarette batteries explode

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Many people who have experienced e-cigarette or “vaping” explosions return to smoking traditional cigarettes as a way to cope with the stress of serious injury, according to a speaker at a Food and Drug Administration workshop held Wednesday.

Dr. Felicia Williams, a surgeon at the University […]