Obesity, diabetes prevalent in Arab American communities

DEARBORN — Six Gulf Community Council (GCC) countries—Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, the UAE and Oman—have been identified by Rand Health Advisory services as having populations with the highest rates of diabetes in the world.

Right and wrong ways to address the drug cost Conundrum

Americans are gearing up for higher health care costs in 2017. 

Average monthly insurance premiums for popular plans on Healthcare.gov, the major Obamacare exchange, are slated to rise by 25 percent. Some consumers will see their health insurance premiums double. 

Gun laws, mental health spending tied to fewer school shootings

As school shootings become more common in the U.S., they're happening less often in states with mandatory background checks on gun and ammunition purchases, a recent study suggests.

Women denied abortions face higher risk of mental health problems

Women who are denied abortions have a higher risk of mental health problems soon afterward compared to women who are allowed to go through with the process, a new study suggests.

Drowsy driving just as risky as drunk driving

LANSING — Drivers who miss two or three hours of sleep in a day face the same risk of an accident as those who are legally drunk, according to a AAA study on the sometimes-deadly consequences of being drowsy behind the wheel.

Surgeon general report highlights e-cigarette epidemic among young adults

CALIFORNIA — The U.S. surgeon general in a report released on Thursday called for action to reduce the use of e-cigarettes among young people, noting they have overtaken cigarettes to become the most commonly used tobacco products among this group.

Fewer U.S. children lack access to healthcare

As a growing number of U.S. children have gained health insurance over the past decade, fewer kids are missing out on things like physicals and dental exams, a recent study suggests.

Smartphone screen time leads to poorer sleep

Using smartphones to measure how much time people spend looking at those phones confirms that more screentime is tied to poorer sleep, researchers say.

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