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Study: Nearly a Third of All American Cancer Deaths Are Linked to Smoking

There are still 40 million smokers in the U.S., according to researchers from the American Cancer Society. This comes despite the fact that a third of all cancer deaths in the U.S. can be linked back to smoking, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

A third of all cancer deaths in men, and a quarter in women can be linked to cigarette smoking, according to the study. This amounts to 167,000 cancer deaths in the U.S. in 2014 (the year of the study) that can be linked to cigarette smoking.

The study examined cancer deaths state by state. The 10 states with the highest rates of smoking linked back to cancer are in the south, while the lowest rates are in the north or the west.

Research found that the cigarette linked cancer death rate was highest among black men at 35 percent. Among white men it was 30 percent, and 27 percent among Hispanics.

Among women, the highest rate was whites at 21 percent, black women at 19 percent, and 12 percent for Hispanics. The study found widespread shortcomings among the states’ efforts to reduce smoking. CBS, the Los Angeles Times, the AP, and TIME all reported on the study.


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Emergency Room Physicians Say Psychiatric Patients Can Wait Long Hours, Days for Inpatient Bed

An online survey of 1,176 emergency room physicians released in October captures the difficulty for psychiatric patients in receiving much-needed inpatient care, according to MedPage Today.

Many of these patients wait long hours – even days – for an inpatient psychiatric bed, according to the survey. It also stated that up to three quarters of physician respondents report seeing psychiatric patients waiting on every shift.

More than 10 percent of the respondents in the survey also reported seeing six to 10 patients waiting for inpatient psychiatric care during their last shift.

The findings were reported at the American College of Emergency Physicians annual meeting.


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