Smoking and joblessness reduces life expectancy.

A new study revealed that joblessness and smoking are the two most important factor affecting life expectancy among less educated white women.

Between 1997 and 2006, the death rate among women without a high school education grew to be 66 percent higher than for women who completed high school.

The two factors that explained the widening gap were employment and smoking.

For more information on U.S. life expectancy, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Veterans, quit smoking!

Veterans quit smoking

 

Almost half of our Veterans are former smokers, a habit they acquired while serving. If you are one of them and would like some help to stop smoking, you should consider the smokefreeVET program.

 

It is for military Veterans who receive health care through VA. It works as a mobile text messaging service to provide encouragement, advice and tips. You may receive up to 5 messages per day for a period of 6 to 8 weeks to help you stop smoking.

 

See for yourself at: smokefree.gov/VET

STI and Poverty

A U.S. national study has confirmed the link between living in poor neighborhoods and the increased risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection (STI) such as chlamydia. This research indicates that a teenager would have almost 25% more likely to have chlamydia in their early twenties even if the young person is not himself poor!

Source: Medical News

This study focused on more than 11,000 youth and were followed from the age of 15 to 27 years old.

Chlamydia:

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that can affect both men and women, but can cause scarring and infertility problems in women if the infection persists. Many of these infections are not reported because most people have no symptoms and do not seek testing. Teenagers and young adults are more susceptible to chlamydia.