Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 132 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 12-May-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 13-May-2003
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Historical information about smoking: The Surgeon General's reports
More than 30 years ago, on January 11, 1964, Luther L. Terry, M.D., Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service, released the report of the Surgeon General's Advisory Committee on Smoking and Health. That landmark document, now referred to as the first Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health, was America's first widely publicized official recognition that cigarette smoking is a cause of cancer and other serious diseases. In today's issue of Vidyya, you can go back through time to 1964, or visit the most recent Surgeon General's report from 2001 or any time in between. These reports provide an interesting look at the 30 year fight to prevent smoking.  more

Time perception impaired when smokers stop
Not being able to estimate accurately how long something is taking may contribute to the performance declines and discomfort smokers typically experience while trying to quit, say Penn State researchers.  more


Study blows smoke on cigarette tax opposition by African-Americans
Many African-Americans support cigarette tax increases and reject arguments that higher prices are racially unfair, even though low-income smokers would take the hardest financial hits, a new study reports. There has been some general research on African-American attitudes toward tobacco control issues, but the Penn State study is the first to report direct findings on African-Americans and cigarette taxes, write Gary King, Ph.D., and colleagues in the May issue of the American Journal of Public Health.  more

Information for patients: Quality of health care: "Q-Pack"
As part of its effort to make health care safer and reduce medical errors, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has developed materials that will help patients choose wisely when it comes to their health care. These materials include valuable information about health steps as important as preparing for surgery or as simple as protecting existing health. more

Lessons from lives of 37 Texas murderers show different paths to death row
Murder often begins at a terrifyingly young age. It is an awful journey – frequently launched by physical and sexual violence, bullying and neglect –that terminated in 1997 with the execution of 37 men convicted of murder in Texas.  more

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