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05-07-12  War on Smoking Offers Some Lessons for Obesity Fight
First lady Michelle Obama has been successful in raising awareness about the issue of childhood obesity, but public health leaders, frustrated with slow progress in stemming the epidemic, say something more ambitious is needed-something more like the anti-tobacco movement. Tobacco use is the nation's No. 1 cause of preventable deaths in the U.S., killing 467,000 people in 2005, according to a landmark study by Harvard University researchers. Being obese or overweight caused an estimated 216,000 deaths from heart disease, diabetes and other conditions, researchers estimated, while another 191,000 deaths resulted from being physically inactive-another key contributor to expanding waistlines. Click here to read the full Kaiser Health News article.

04-03-12  County Health Rankings Released

The latest County Health Rankings were released on April 3, 2012. More than 3,000 counties and the District of Columbia can compare how healthy their residents are and how long they live using the County Health Rankings. The Rankings assess the overall health of nearly every county in all 50 states, using a standard way to measure how healthy people are and how long they live. The Rankings consider factors that affect people's health within four categories: health behavior, clinical care, social and economic factors, and physical environment. This year's Rankings include several new measures, such as how many fast food restaurants are in a county and levels of physical inactivity among residents. Graphs illustrating premature death trends over 10 years are new as well. To see the latest County Health Rankings, please visit

03-20-12  Leading Health Organizations Revise Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines

Several health organizations recently issued new cervical cancer screening guidelines that extend the time interval between screening tests for most women. Based on comprehensive reviews of available data‐including NCI‐funded research‐the new guidelines seek to maximize the benefits of current screening tests while minimizing their potential harms.The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released one set of guidelines, and a group of three health organizations‐the American Cancer Society (ACS), the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP), and the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)‐released a second set. Although the two sets of guidelines were developed
independently, their recommendations are consistent. Click here to read the full NCI Cancer Bulletin