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E-cigarette use continues alarming climb among teens

At a time when vaping has been directly linked to more than 1,000 serious lung illnesses and several deaths across the country, results of the most recent Monitoring the Future survey of high school students are also extremely troubling. Data from the national survey of students in the eighth, 10th and 12th grades shows that the number of teens who use e-cigarettes has doubled over just the last two years.

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E-cigarette use continues obesity causing cancer shift to younger Americans

According to the most recently available Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System [BRFSS] data, the percentage of Americans who are obese has risen to 39.6% of U.S. adults over age 20. Along with this increase, new diagnoses of a dozen types of cancer linked to obesity are also shifting to younger Americans, according to a recent report.

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New peanut allergy drug on the horizon

In late September, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Allergenic Products Advisory Committee voted in favor of approving a drug called Palforzia, a medicine designed to minimize both the incidence and severity of allergic reactions in kids between the ages of 4 and 17 with peanut allergies.

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More college students voting

College students can no longer be considered apathetic when it comes to making their voices heard at the polls. Their voting rates in the 2018 midterm elections doubled compared to the 2014 midterms, according to the Democracy Counts report recently issued by Tufts University’s Tisch College for Civic Life.

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Sugary drinks may contribute to early death

A large, long-term study shows that sugar-sweetened beverages [SSBs] including sodas, energy and sports drinks, fruit drinks and others, are the single largest source of added sugar in the average American’s diet. It also found that the more of those beverages people consume, the greater their risk of dying early, particular of cardiovascular disease and to a lesser extent from cancer.

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Should OB-GYNs bring up patients’ declining fertility?

A recent survey of OB-GYN physicians found that most don’t counsel their patients about their declining odds of conceiving a child as they age. At a time when many American women are putting off starting a family until well into their thirties or even their forties, most OB-GYN physicians are uncomfortable discussing a woman’s closing “fertility window” with her unless asked, according to a new study.  In a survey of about 120 doctors regarding whether they regularly counsel their patients on fertility and aging, nearly all said they provide more information about contraception than pregnancy timing, regardless of a woman’s ...

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Chesterfield Family Dentistry

Jonathan W. Silva, DDS Creating and maintaining great smiles is a passion for the team at Chesterfield Family Dentistry. Led by Jonathan W. Silva, DDS, the locally owned and operated institution prides itself in providing comprehensive, honest, patient-focused dental care. “We pride ourselves in providing modern dentistry combined with exceptional customer service,” Dr. Silva said. “After all, it’s your mouth. That’s why our care is patient-focused.” Dr. Silva’s zest for dentistry began at a young age when he spent countless hours working at the practice of his father, Dr. Herbert Silva, who provided dentistry in the West County area for ...

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MidAmerica Skin Health & Vitality Center

Joseph A. Muccini, MD MidAmerica Skin Health & Vitality Center is a state-of-the-art medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology practice located in Chesterfield, which helps patients understand and treat their medical skin conditions and promote skin health, as well as learn about lifestyle choices and cosmetic products and services that help maintain skin vitality. MidAmerica’s owner, Dr. Joseph A. Muccini, is a board-certified dermatologist with more than 20 years of experience in medical and surgical dermatology. Muccini offers many cosmetic services and procedures, including PrecisionTxTM laser treatment for neck tightening and small area contouring; PEARL® and PEARL® Fractional Laser texturing; and ...

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