Video Breaks Down Annual Cost Of U.S. Gun Violence In 90 Seconds, And It’s Sickening (VIDEOS)

by DYLAN HOCK – Everyone always says you can’t put a monetary value on life, and that’s true – but you can put one on the costs involved in taking one, and they’re staggering. According to a video Mother Jones put out April 15 titled, “What Does Gun Violence In America Really Cost?” that figure reaches approximately as high as $229 BILLION a year. To put that into perspective for you, that’s $55 billion more than the worldwide revenue collected by Apple in 2012, which totaled $174 billion. It’s $5 billion more than the $224 billion the United States spends on obesity annually, as well. Think for a moment about how big the dieting market is to understand just how much we spend on gun violence every year. It approaches the $251 billion we spend on Medicaid and the $289 billion we spend annually on smoking. (Boy, smoking is BAD,...

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U.S. Adult Smoking Rate Drops to New Low: CDC

But certain groups, such as those below poverty level, are lighting up more   HealthDay News – Fewer American adults are smoking cigarettes than ever, health officials said. In fact, the rate of cigarette smoking has dropped from about 21 percent in 2005 to 18 percent in 2013. That means the number of cigarette smokers dropped from 45.1 million to 42.1 million, despite the increasing population, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However,”we still have a long way to go, and if we don’t bend the curve down faster, over 5.5 million kids who are alive today will die prematurely from tobacco-related disease,” said Dr. Tim McAfee, director of the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health. Smoking is a major — and modifiable — risk factor for death and disease, he said. “Smoking has a major impact on people’s lives,” McAfee said. “If you’re...

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Climate Denial Hub Says It’s Hosting ‘Most Important Conference on Global Warming’

By Brandon Baker, EcoWatch – How does a climate change conference hosted by an organization bankrolled by the Koch Brothers and the Donors Trust and Donors Capital Fund look? That question will be answered July 7 to 9 in Las Vegas when the Heartland Institute holds its ninth International Conference on Climate Change. In case you forgot, the Heartland Institute is the think-tank that once erected billboards comparing the believers of global warming to the likes of  ”Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski and Osama Bin Laden. Now, the group claims to be the host of “the most important conference on global warming ever!” Promotional material for the event encourages you to “meet leading scientists from around the world who question whether man-made global warming will be harmful to plants, animals or human welfare.” Heartland picked those scientists from a small group though, since 97 percent of scientists agree that humans cause the climate to change. Given the climate denial of...

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On This Day, June 21,1954 – American Cancer Society Cites Higher Smoker Death Rates

1954 – The American Cancer Society reported significantly higher death rates among cigarette smokers than among non-smokers To address the criticism of the retrospective studies – and to strengthen the evidence that smoking is a cause of lung cancer – E. Cuyler Hammond, Ph.D., and Daniel Horn, Ph.D., scientists working for the American Cancer Society, started work on what is known as a cohort study. Hammond and Horn noted that the higher death rate in smokers was due primarily to heart disease and cancer. “Deaths from cancer were definitely associated with regular cigarette smoking.” They called out lung cancer in particular: “The death rate from lung cancer was much higher among men with a history of regular cigarette smoking than among men who never smoked regularly.” Hammond and Horn were so convinced by these findings that they had presented them a couple of months earlier, in June of 1954, at...

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U.S. Diabetes Cases Jump to 29 Million: CDC

Nearly 1 in 10 people now face higher risks for various ills, report finds HealthDay News – The number of Americans with diabetes rose from 26 million in 2010 to 29 million – 9 percent of the population – in 2012, a new federal government study finds. One in every four people with diabetes does not even realize it, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Another 86 million American adults – more than one-third of adults – have what doctors call “prediabetes. ” This means their blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes, the CDC said. Rates of prediabetes are similar for blacks (39 percent), Hispanics (38 percent) and whites (35 percent). “These new numbers are alarming, and underscore the need for an increased focus on reducing the burden of...

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The one statistic you never hear about drugs

by allthatishuman – Drugs kill at least 30% of Americans. You never hear this from drug policy reform groups because it shows that drugs are dangerous. And you never hear this from the government because it shows that our drug policies are a complete and utter failure. Nevertheless, drug use and drug-related causes are the single largest underlying cause of death each year in the United States, as the government’s own statistics show. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be a drug user, all else being equal it’s more likely that you’ll die from drug use than from any other cause. Deaths from drug use There are at least 480,000 annual deaths from cigarettes and secondhand smoke. This is about 19.1%. And when considering products like cigars, pipes, and hookahs, the 2014 Surgeon General’s report states that total mortality from any combusted tobacco product is likely approaching 500,000...

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