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Older, Heavy Smokers Need Annual Lung Scan

Posted on 12/31/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIf you are age 55 to 80 and either a current or former heavy smoker, getting an annual lung CT scan could cut your risk of death from the nation’s leading cancer killer, according to final guidelines issued this week by a federally appointed panel of experts. Lung cancer kills 160,000 Americans a year, more than the total number of deaths from breast, prostate and colon cancer combined. Catching the cancer early by detecting it on a CT scan could …

Older Smokers Need Yearly Lung Cancer Screening

Posted on 07/30/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthTwo years ago, a landmark federal study found that thousands of lives could be saved annually if middle-aged and older smokers got regular lung cancer screening. This week, a federally appointed panel of medical experts came to the same conclusion. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force announced it is planning to recommend that people ages 55 to 79 who are pack-a-day smokers — or who used to smoke within the past 15 years — get an annual CT scan to …

Nonsmoking Hotel Rooms Still Contain Smoke

Posted on 05/20/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIf you think the air in your nonsmoking hotel room is free of smoke residue, think again: If a hotel allows smoking in any of its rooms, the smoke will permeate everywhere, including nonsmoking rooms, a new study shows. Nicotine residues and other chemical traces “don’t stay in the smoking rooms,” lead researcher George Matt, chairman of the psychology department at San Diego State University, told USA Today. “They end up in the hallways and in other rooms, including nonsmoking …