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Super Bowl Security: Law Enforcement Deploying the Latest Tech

Super Bowl Security: Law Enforcement Deploying the Latest Tech

NFL Media(GLENDALE, Ariz.) — The Super Bowl is supposed to be about fun and games, but law enforcement is planning for every possible security scenario.High-tech scanners are being used to search every item entering the University of Phoenix Stadium -- from fixtures and food to the costume worn by halftime performer Katy Perry, customs and border protection program manager Ronald Nunn said."Katy Perry's stage came in last night," Nunn said. "We've got port-a-potties. We've got everything -- food, hot dogs, hamburgers, the NFL paraphernalia, jerseys, everything."Officers will be wearing portable radiation detectors, and bomb-sniffing dogs will also be employed.Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, in an exclusive interview inside the stadium, told ABC News that security experts are on high alert, with a focus on smaller-scale and lone wolf-style attacks.“Our challenges in Homeland Security are evolving. We have more concerns about domestic-based acts of violence, inspired by things people may see or read on the Internet,” Johnson said.While Johnson said there are no credible threats against this weekend’s game, he said authorities are prepared to respond by any means necessary. That security involves a U.S. Customs Black Hawk helicopter, part of a fleet of aircraft guarding the Super Bowl from above. F-16 fighter jets will also be in the air.Roughly 30 miles of airspace over the big game is restricted.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims Fall to Lowest Level in 15 Years

Unemployment Insurance Claims Fall to Lowest Level in 15 Years

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Jobless claims dropped even lower last week, decreasing by 43,000, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Labor Department. For the week ending Jan. 24, the number of people filing for benefits declined to 265,000. The previous week, claims stood at 305,000.“This is the lowest level for initial claims since April 15, 2000 when it was 259,000,” the Labor Department said in its report.The Labor Department said there were no "special factors" impacting that week's figures.The four-week moving average also fell lower by 8,250 to 298,500.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims Fall to Lowest Level in 15 Years

Unemployment Insurance Claims Fall to Lowest Level in 15 Years

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Jobless claims dropped even lower last week, decreasing by 43,000, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Labor Department. For the week ending Jan. 24, the number of people filing for benefits declined to 265,000. The previous week, claims stood at 305,000.“This is the lowest level for initial claims since April 15, 2000 when it was 259,000,” the Labor Department said in its report.The Labor Department said there were no "special factors" impacting that week's figures.The four-week moving average also fell lower by 8,250 to 298,500.

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Jennifer Hudson Tapped for Insurance Ad Campaign

Jennifer Hudson Tapped for Insurance Ad Campaign

ABC/Richard Harbaugh(NEW YORK) — Jennifer Hudson will star in a new advertising campaign for American Family Insurance, which will encourage people to "#dreamfearlessly."In the upcoming emotional ad, Hudson will be joined by five of the company's customers inside a 1940s era diner. The company has posted 15-second teasers via YouTube of the participants who have achieved their dreams.“I have been pursuing my dreams since I was a child,” said Hudson in a statement. “I think this Dream Fearlessly campaign is a wonderful way to celebrate the millions of people who want to achieve their goals, so it was an honor to be part of it.”“Jennifer embodies the tenacity and commitment it takes to pursue and achieve a dream,” said Telisa Yancy, marketing vice president at American Family. “We believe her story will inspire others and remind people of the unique role we want to play in our customers’ lives.”The commercial will air regionally Feb. 1 during Super Bowl Sunday.

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Beyonce Teams with Trainer for Vegan Meal Delivery Service

Beyonce Teams with Trainer for Vegan Meal Delivery Service

Eric McCandless/CBS(NEW YORK) — Beyonce wants to help the world get healthier. The singer has announced a business partnership with exercise physiologist Marco Borges to launch 22 Days Nutrition, a home-delivery meal service that provides plant-based food.Beyonce herself is no stranger to a vegan lifestyle -- she and husband Jay Z previously committed to a 22-day vegan diet during the winter of 2013. After completing the challenge, the singer, who trains with Borges, continued to include more plant-based foods in her everyday diet."I am so grateful that I took the challenge and credit Marco with leading by example," says Beyonce in a statement.  "He is the most energetic person I know and it's all because of his decision to live a healthy lifestyle.  He came up with a great program to get people motivated to make better nutritional choices.  All you have to do is try.  If I can do it, anyone can.  I am excited to partner with him.""I am humbled by this incredible partnership and excited to share the many benefits of a whole-foods plant-based diet," says Borges.The home delivery program provides three plans to choose from, all of which include organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free ingredients. Meals range from $9.76 to $16.50 each and can be ordered via 22DaysNutrition.com.

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Report: Bruce Jenner Filming a Docuseries Detailing His ‘Life Changes’

Report: Bruce Jenner Filming a Docuseries Detailing His ‘Life Changes’

Bauer-Griffin/GC Images(LOS ANGELES) — Bruce Jenner has been filming a docuseries about his "life changes" that will air on TV, TMZ reports.The gossip website says the footage was shot over the last few months and chronicles what Jenner's stepdaughter, Kim Kardashian, described to Entertainment Tonight as "Bruce's Journey."According to TMZ, the footage "is a very personal look from Bruce's vantage point of the process of changing" and includes "interaction with Bruce's kids and ex-wife Kris [Jenner] and how they are receiving the news."A source close to the production tells the website the 65-year-old former Olympian talked openly with family and Kris Jenner, at one point, "lost it." An insider tells TMZ that Bruce's kids have been "extremely supportive." TMZ's sources say the docuseries will air on E!, the home of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

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Lindsay Lohan’s Community Service Credits Questioned at Hearing

Lindsay Lohan’s Community Service Credits Questioned at Hearing

ABC News(SANTA MONICA, Calif.) — Are meet-and-greets with fans a form of community service? Lindsay Lohan probably hopes so.A hearing regarding the actress' sentence in her reckless driving case was held in Santa Monica, California, Wednesday. Prosecutor Terry White questioned whether Lohan has completed the terms of her community service, based on documents submitted by a London volunteer organization.According to the papers from Community Service Volunteers, Lohan received several hours' worth of community service credit for meet-and-greets with fans that followed performances of her London production of Speed-the-Plow, TMZ reports.Lohan was also given credit for hours in which young people shadowed her in what was termed "work shadowing experience."White was given two weeks by the judge to investigate Lohan's community service hours.Lohan, who currently lives in the U.K., was ordered to perform community service as part of her sentence for the 2012 case involving her crash with a truck on the Pacific Coast Highway.

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“Parenthood” Ends Six-Season Run Thursday Night

“Parenthood” Ends Six-Season Run Thursday Night

Colleen Hayes/NBC(NEW YORK) — After six seasons, the NBC drama Parenthood signs off on Thursday night.Parenthood, which was inspired by the movie of the same name, has followed the Braverman family, including single mom Sarah Braverman, played by Lauren Graham.

Craig T. Nelson, who co-stars as Sarah's father Zeek, laments the fact that his show is coming to an end."I wish there'd been probably another season," he told ABC News Radio.The 70-year-old veteran actor gushed about the cast and crew he's worked with on Parenthood, which also includes Dax Shepard, Peter Krause and Monica Potter. He said, "It's a wonderful group of people. It's the best I've ever been with. From the very beginning you could just tell. They're so invested in doing this."  Nelson's role has been a challenging one this season, given that Zeek has been battling heart problems. Nelson said the story line has not been "fun" for him, explaining, "I gotta spend like seven hours in a place I don't like. Really don't like. It brings up issues of mortality, all kinds of stuff. You're confronted with them and I don't like that."In the series finale, airing at 10 p.m. Eastern time on NBC, Sarah is poised to marry Ray Romano's Hank.

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“Scandal” and “How To Get Away with Murder” Return Thursday, Stars Dish on What Viewers Can Expect

“Scandal” and “How To Get Away with Murder” Return Thursday, Stars Dish on What Viewers Can Expect

ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) — Gladiators, get ready because Scandal is back Thursday. The last time we saw Olivia Pope, played by Kerry Washington, she was just kidnapped from her Washington, D.C. apartment.Guillermo Diaz, who portrays Huck on the hit ABC series, tells ABC News Radio that viewers will quickly learn why. "You're gonna find out what happened to Olivia in that first episode pretty much right away and who was involved," says Diaz.Scott Foley, who plays Olivia's love interest, Jake Ballard, echoed Diaz's hint, adding, "We're gonna find out who took her, why they took her, if we get her back, how they get her back...[and] what the ramifications of her being gone are."Olivia was snatched when she was dancing and laughing in her living room with Jake, the former head of the secret spy agency B613. Many thought the rendezvous meant the love triangle between Olivia, Jake and President Fitzgerald Grant, played by Tony Goldwyn, had finally ended.Still, Foley says an unlikely alliance may be coming. "Are Jake and Fitz going to team up [to rescue Olivia], which would be a big deal if they did," he teased.Katie Lowes, who portrays Quinn on Scandal, adds to the hype of the series' return.  Hinting at what viewers can expect in week two, she says, "There is a massive moment coming; like a massive-OMG-Twitter breakdown-every curse word you could imagine-moment that none of the fans are ready for."But when it comes to her own character, Lowes has her own ideas of how Quinn should evolve. "The transition she's taken from season one, I think she's so grounded and strong and kind of running [Olivia Pope & Associates]. And I'm really happy about that. I'd like to see her take the reins even more," says Lowes.Diaz would like to see his character's family life improve. "I would love to see Huck have a really strong relationship with his son. I'd like to see him interacting with his son a lot more and possibly having joint custody with his wife, with his son," he said.The last time we saw Huck with his son, he was running away terrified after watching Huck kill a man.Scandal returns Thursday on ABC at 9 p.m. Eastern time. It will be followed by the return of How to Get Away with Murder, starring Viola Davis as hard core lawyer Annalise Keating.Davis promises "more excitement and more mystery involved in the murder" and says viewers "will see the why of these characters -- the why they are the way they are."Davis' co-star Liza Weil, who plays Keating's tough-as-nails associate Bonnie Winterbottom, adds that "layers are getting peeled away, loyalties are questioned and more betrayals are going to come -- it's getting horny."

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‘Sunset’ Deadline Looms for ISIS Prisoner Swap

‘Sunset’ Deadline Looms for ISIS Prisoner Swap

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — As the shadows grow longer in the Middle East, the deadline for a prisoner swap that could save the life of a Japanese journalist in the hands of the terror group ISIS is fast approaching Thursday.In an audio message uploaded online late Wednesday, allegedly made by captive Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, Goto says that if al Qaeda convict Sajida al-Rishawi “is not ready for exchange for my life at the Turkish border by Thursday sunset” then another hostage, Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, “will be killed immediately.” The recording refers to sunset in Mosul, Iraq, meaning mid-morning east coast time.Earlier Wednesday Jordan’s government had said it would go through with a prisoner swap with the terror group ISIS in order to get its captured pilot back, but Jordan's Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh said then that the government has not received proof that al-Kaseasbeh is still alive. Goto’s message did not say the Jordanian pilot would be freed in the newly-proposed arrangement. Al-Kaseasbeh was captured by ISIS last December after his aircraft was shot down.Al-Rishawi, the Iraqi woman ISIS is bent on freeing, has been on death row in Jordan since she confessed to her role as a would-be suicide bomber in a string of al Qaeda attacks in Jordan in 2005 that killed dozens.Prior to reports of Jordan’s willingness to accept the trade, Middle East expert Jon Alterman told ABC News that by asking for, and potentially gaining al-Rishawi’s release, ISIS is attempting to bolster its long-held goal of being seen as a proper nation-state on a geopolitical scale.“What it represents is ISIS again trying to act like a real country. It’s a small group of outlaws trying to engage in governments,” Alterman, head of the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said Tuesday.ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, has publicly beheaded dozens of captives, including a handful of Western journalists and aid workers, sometimes after making demands of their governments.The Japanese hostage Goto was not mentioned in statements made by Jordanian officials about a potential deal Wednesday, despite comments overnight from top Japanese officials that they are working closely with Jordan to find ways to free both hostages.“Please save Kenji’s life,” Goto’s mother said in her own video, released Tuesday. “Kenji has only a little time left.”

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Scott Foley Explains How to Lose More Than 10 Pounds Overnight

Scott Foley Explains How to Lose More Than 10 Pounds Overnight

ABC/Ron Tom(LOS ANGELES) — Scott Foley is no stranger to shirtless scenes. However, the Scandal star, whose show premieres Thursday night, said that the real work involved with them happens in the days leading up to the shoot."I'm a juice guy," Foley told ABC News. "If I have a big scene, I'll have three or four days only having vegetable juice or something."Foley, 42, said that in one case, he had to shoot a shirtless scene after Thanksgiving, which meant that for his holiday celebration, he could only partake in the turkey. However, in a crunch, he also knows how to lose 20 lbs. in one day using the same technique fighters use to drop pounds."Drink a ton of water -- as much as you can -- don't eat anything, get in a sauna, sweat it out," he explained. "When you get home, get in a bath, as hot as you can take it. You fill it with Epsom salt and really hot water -- like 20 lbs. of Epsom salt so it's so salty that the salt doesn't even dissolve. That's going to suck all this water out of your body. You could drop 12-15 pounds by tomorrow morning."However, the actor, who works with a nutritionist, said that that's not part of his regular routine.Meanwhile, he laughed when asked about the diet of his co-star, Kerry Washington."Kerry eats some weird stuff! She came the other day with this Tupperware thing of, they look like potato chips but it was dried or flaked sauerkraut and it tasted like a foot. It was awful," he said with a laugh. "I think she does it on purpose!"Kissing scenes means, of course, that they both freshen up, he added."She's very kind," he said. "We both brush!"

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Despite 89 Percent Disability Rating, Ex-NFL Star Shines on “Survivor”

Despite 89 Percent Disability Rating, Ex-NFL Star Shines on “Survivor”

ABC News(NEW YORK) — After a gritty and muscular performance on CBS' Survivor, a former NFL star lineman, Brad Culpepper, is being accused of fraud and deceit by the insurance company that two years earlier paid him $175,000 in workers' compensation for his 89 percent disability rating.According to a civil lawsuit, Culpepper told doctors of “low back pain and stiffness which is almost always present,” and said he had “quite a bit of difficulty...getting into or out of the bath and performing heavy activities around his home.”Yet, on the Survivor episode, aired in 2013 and filmed on a remote island in the Philippines, Culpepper leads his team through a series of strenuous tasks: paddling a canoe, diving under water repeatedly, retrieving large crates and stacking them on the shore.“I was on pain medication, and I had a back procedure right before that,” Culpepper told ABC News in his first public comments on the lawsuit.“Just because I chose to do things that are contra [sic] to my body, doesn't mean I’m not in pain, and doesn't mean I’m not impaired,” Culpepper said in the interview to be broadcast Thursday night on World News Tonight with David Muir and Nightline.Now a prosperous personal injury lawyer in Tampa, Culpepper says he was hurt when front page headlines described his as a fraud and a fake.“This whole lawsuit is ludicrous,” he told ABC News. “I've worked too hard in my life to have this as a headline.”The insurance company alleges Culpepper “willfully and deceptively provided false information” to the doctors who examined him.“I told the truth," Culpepper said, turning over a file of medical reports and X-rays that he says prove he suffered permanent injuries during his NFL career when he played for the Minnesota Vikings, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Chicago Bears.At one point in the interview, as Culpepper grew frustrated at the questions of how he could perform so well on Survivor given his 89 percent disability rating, the 46-year-old former defensive lineman stripped down to his undershirt to show a torn bicep, and a serious shoulder injury.“Is that normal?” he asked. “That’s not, okay, that causes me pain.”Culpepper said he had no regrets about his appearance on Survivor, which triggered the fraud allegations.“I did it for Monica,” he said, speaking of his wife who had previously appeared on Survivor and was invited back only if he would join her on the program.But she says it was a mistake.“I 100 percent wish I had never asked him to be on the show,” she told ABC News. “For all that he’s going through right now and being this insurance company’s target, is not worth it.”

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Rare Sierra Nevada Red Fox Spotted at Yosemite National Park

Rare Sierra Nevada Red Fox Spotted at Yosemite National Park

National Parks Service(YOSEMITE, Calif.) — A Sierra Nevada red fox, one of North America’s rarest mammals, was spotted in Yosemite National Park for the first time in nearly 100 years, authorities announced.The fox was spotted using motion-sensitive cameras on two separate occasions, Dec. 13, 2014 and Jan. 4, 2015.“We are thrilled to hear about the sighting of the Sierra Nevada red fox, one of the most rare and elusive animals in the Sierra Nevada,” said Don Neubacher, Yosemite National Park Superintendent, in a statement. “National parks like Yosemite provide habitat for all wildlife and it is encouraging to see that the red fox was sighted in the park.”According to the National Parks Service, the red foxes have previously been seen north of the park in the Sonora Pass area. The Sierra Nevada red fox (Vulpes vulpes necator) is slightly smaller, with darker fur than other red foxes. Fewer than 50 of the foxes are thought to exist today.The species’ stability was addressed in a 1937 book by Joseph Grinnell, Fur-bearing Mammals of California.“The Sierran red fox is present in such small aggregate numbers, and lives so far removed from human settlements, that it rarely if ever comes into conflict with man’s activities; on the contrary it benefits man by producing a very valuable pelt,” Grinnell wrote.As fewer and fewer of the pelts were collected -- just two a year by the 1970s, according to NPS -- the species was added to the state-threatened list in 1980. According to the National Parks Service, relatively little is known about the foxes due to the rarity of sightings.

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AirAsia Flight 8501: Co-Pilot Was Flying Plane at Time of Crash, Officials Say

AirAsia Flight 8501: Co-Pilot Was Flying Plane at Time of Crash, Officials Say

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(JAKARTA, Indonesia) — The AirAsia jet that crashed into the Java Sea in December, killing all 162 people on board, was being piloted by the plane’s co-pilot, not its captain, Indonesian officials said at a Thursday press briefing.According to the National Transportation Committee chief investigator, Mardjono SiswoSumarno, French national Remi Emmanuel Plesel was in control of the plane while Capt. Iriyanto, who uses one name monitored the flight, as suggested on the cockpit’s voice recording.Siswosuwarno said the plane was struggling to recover as stall warnings sounded until the end of the recording.Radar data showed the plane was climbing at an abnormally high rate -- 3,000 feet in 30 seconds -- prior to the crash, before stalling and plunging into the Java Sea, authorities have said.More than 70 victims’ bodies have been recovered from the wreckage of AirAsia Flight 8501. Earlier this week, Indonesia’s military halted its recovery efforts, including attempts to locate more bodies and raise the fuselage from the sea.The Indonesian Search and Rescue Agency, however, is continuing to look for victims with its own ships and helicopters.

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Malaysia Officially Declares MH370 Disappearance an Accident

Malaysia Officially Declares MH370 Disappearance an Accident

(KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia) — Malaysia has officially declared the disappearance of MH370 an accident, with the plane’s passengers and crew presumed dead, the country’s Department of Civil Aviation director-general said in a recorded statement carried on Malaysian television Thursday.The declaration fulfills a legal obligation that will allow efforts to proceed with compensation claims -- but also marks a somber development for relatives of the plane’s passengers and crew, who’ve waited nearly 11 months for answers into the plane’s fate.Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said the underwater search for the plane, which went missing 327 days ago, is ongoing, covering more than 7,000 square miles so far.“With the heaviest heart and the deepest sorrow…we officially declare Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 an accident,” he said.“It is nonetheless important that families try to resume normal lives, or as normal a life as may be possible after this sudden loss,” he said. “Without in any way intending to diminish the feelings of the families, it is hoped that this declaration will enable the families to obtain the assistance they need, in particular through the compensation process.”Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was carrying 239 people, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, when it disappeared off radar after midnight on March 8. Authorities believe that the plane turned west and crossed Malaysia and then headed south, flying until its fuel was exhausted and crashing somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean.Search crews have scoured the South China Sea, the Straits of Malacca, the Andaman Sea and southern Indian Ocean, but no physical evidence from the plane has emerged.

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Not Wanted: Motivated and Creative People

Not Wanted: Motivated and Creative People

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Sure, you might be motivated, passionate and creative but don’t let a future employer know that. At least not on LinkedIn.That advice happens to come from LinkedIn, which bills itself as the world’s largest professional network with some 300 million members.The rationale is that these words and others like them, which may be perfectly accurate to describe you, are used by everyone else so they lose their specialness.Career experts suggest that instead of buzzwords that don’t say much, stick to your accomplishments and give examples to demonstrate how talented you really are.As for words not to use, the top ten are:

Motivated Passionate Creative Driven Extensive experience Responsible Strategic Track record Organizational Expert

And stay away from "problem-solving," "dynamic" and "innovative" while you're at it.

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Money Is Not the Root of All Happiness

Money Is Not the Root of All Happiness

iStock/Thinkstock(EAST LANSING, Mich.) — You've heard the cliché a million times: money can’t buy happiness. Well, maybe there’s something to it after all.Researchers at Michigan State University and the University of British Columbia aren’t saying that having money is a bad thing since it can make life easier. However, they contend that fewer money worries doesn’t necessarily equate to a happy life.After reviewing data from 12,300 people who answered a 2010 Census survey that recorded levels of their happiness and income, the researchers discovered that “higher income is associated with experiencing less daily sadness, but has no bearing on daily happiness.”In other words, happiness and sadness, while different emotions, are not opposite emotions.So, while money can get people out of predicaments that make them sad, it won’t make them any happier.As leader author Kostadin Kushlev explains, “People limit their own ability to experience happiness if they let money take over.” Instead, they need to focus on making better choices that will bring them true contentment.

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Paying Pregnant Women to Stop Smoking Pays Off

Paying Pregnant Women to Stop Smoking Pays Off

Wavebreak Media(ATLANTA) — Most women understand the perils of smoking while pregnant yet many women continue to light up anyway, which can affect their health and the well-being of their fetus.The problem is more pervasive than one might imagine. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one out of 10 pregnant women still smokes within the last three months of pregnancy.Smoking cessation programs directed at pregnant women have had some degree of success but a research team of scientists from the U.K. says that an especially effective approach is to bribe the women with shopping vouchers.In their study of more than 600 pregnant smokers, one group received the equivalent of $600 worth of vouchers, provided they started cessation programs and/or stopped smoking. The other group signed up for programs and other therapies but weren’t given vouchers.Ultimately, 23 percent of the voucher group quit right away and 15 percent were still off cigarettes a year later. The control group was not as successful with nine percent having stopped smoking and just four percent staying smoke-free 12 months later.Ethical concerns aside, the researchers believe the cash incentive program should at least be considered as “an important preventive health care intervention strategy.”

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Tens of Millions of Recalled Cars Still on the Roads

Tens of Millions of Recalled Cars Still on the Roads

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — There’s an epidemic in this country and it’s on the nation’s roads. With a record number of vehicles having been recalled for a variety of defects, it seems that millions of owners aren’t bothering to bring their cars, trucks and SUVs in for necessary repairs.Carfax, which sells automotive data, estimates that over 46 million cars currently fit this description.  A year ago, only about three million vehicles in the U.S. that were recalled were still being operated without going to the shop.  The dramatic increase is the result of a surge in the number of recalls, led by General Motors.Carfax says the danger to motorists is heightened by the fact that many big vehicles have an unfixed recall: a third of all minivans and 20 percent of SUVs.And what exacerbates the problem is that many car owners who get the recall notice have already sold their vehicles to someone else who might be entirely unaware of the defect.Larry Gamache, communications director at Carfax, contends, “America’s cavalier response to manufacturer safety recalls is putting lives at risk…The minor inconvenience that comes from having a recall fixed pales in comparison to what can happen if you don’t.”

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Half of Seniors Reluctant to Reveal Falls to Doctors

Half of Seniors Reluctant to Reveal Falls to Doctors

Purestock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — There’s no shame in falling down, particularly if you’re a senior. The real shame is not telling a medical professional about it.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over half of the millions of people aged 65 and older who fall annually fail to tell their personal physician about it.Penn State University internal medicine specialist Dr. Nicole Osevala says the reason is that many seniors are worried that revealing their unsteadiness is a precursor to getting put in assisted living or a nursing home. Another concern of the elderly is that they don’t want their family members fussing over them.However, Osevala says that seniors need to get over their fears because their doctor might be able to treat the source of their unsteadiness, which could result from osteoarthritis and nerve damage or even infections of the skin or urinary tract. Some medications such as blood pressure drugs or antidepressants can also increase the risk of falls.According to Osevala, seniors also need to recognize that they might have limitations that means fewer trips up and down stairs.One other important point is that a fall can make older people more susceptible to another fall so they really need to come clean to their doctors.

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