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Cancer displaces heart disease and (even) more on sexting: In health news today

Sept. 17, 2012, 8:27 a.m.

Teens who sext are more likely to engage in real-life, non-virtual risky sex, says a new study. (Jhaymesisviphotography/Flickr Creative Commons)


Cancer has overtaken heart disease as the leading cause of death among the nation's Latinos, says the Associated Press – and that's a sign of things to come. Experts believe that within the next 10 years, cancer will displace heart disease for the rest of the U.S., largely because researchers are developing better treatments for heart disease. Rates for both diseases are dropping, notes the AP; heart disease rates are just dropping faster.

Sexting is making headlines again, this time in U.S. News & World Report, which points to a study that shows teens who sext are more likely to be having risky sex, i.e. without protection or under the influence.

A federally-backed study that appeared in Pediatrics says that kids eat way more salt than the recommended daily limit of 2,300 milligrams per day: approximately 3,387 milligrams per day.

Reading food labels can help you stay slim, says a new study. HealthDay reports grocery shoppers who check the nutrition facts tend to be thinner than folks who don't, and noted that women in particular who checked those labels weighed an average of nine pounds less than women who didn't.

The program formerly known as Food Stamps – now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – aims to promote good nutrition. But HealthDay has news on an analysis which found that SNAP spends at least $2 billion annually for sugary drinks purchased in grocery stores. That doesn't even include sweet drinks consumers buy in other outlets, like Target or Wal-Mart.

Finally, USA Today says a new study suggests that pre-marital cold feet can be an indicator of divorce down the road. Researchers found that doubts about a particular relationship or partner were "generally worse than doubts about marriage in general."

Photo by Jhaymesisviphotography via Flickr Creative Commons.

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