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Today's Top Medical Stories - December 18, 2013

The National Institutes of Health has released a new report on teen drug use, and attitudes.

Are these high times for high schoolers? 60 percent of 12th graders do not see regular marijuana use as harmful. That's according to a new report released from the National Institutes of Health.  Nearly one-in-four seniors say they smoked pot within a month of the survey, and more than 36 percent said they smoked marijuana in the past year.
(source: National Institutes of Health)


An apple a day doesn't just keep the doctor away. According to a new report in the British Medical Journal, it can also prevent deadly heart problems.  Researchers say if adults 50 and older ate an apple a day that would prevent or delay about 85-hundred deadly heart attacks and strokes every year - in Britain alone.
(source: British Medical Journal)


and researchers at Duke University released the results of a ten year study, asking 650-thousand American adults how much preventive dental care they receive. The study was the first to compare dental care among different races. It found that 77 percent of Asians, and 76 percent of Caucasions had a recent dental cleaning or checkup . Hispanics, African Americans, and Native Americans were closer to 60 percent.
(source: Frontiers in Public Health)


(Adriana Diaz, for CBS News)

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