When It Pays to Quit, More People Stop Smoking

MONDAY, Oct. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Financial rewards and personalized support can improve a smoker’s chances of quitting, a new study finds. “Our results show that a successful intervention to help [low-income] individuals quit smoking should be multifaceted and focus on both assisting with resources and, when possible, providing financial incentives,” said lead author…

Can Good Looks Derail Your Job Hunt?

MONDAY, Oct. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Good looks may be a hindrance in the hiring process, a new study suggests. But before you feel sorry for attractive applicants, know that the finding only applied to lower-paying jobs. “Our research suggests that attractive people may be discriminated against in selection for relatively less desirable jobs,”…

Keep Halloween Spooky, But Safe

MONDAY, Oct. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Kids may encounter some scary surprises on Halloween, but they shouldn’t get injured while they go trick-or-treating. However, U.S. emergency departments reported more than 700,000 Halloween-related injuries involving children and teens between 2007 and 2016. In many cases, kids are sustaining head or hand injuries, according to the…

Teen E-Cig Use May Lead to Regular Smoking

MONDAY, Oct. 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) — High school students who use electronic cigarettes are more likely to start smoking regular cigarettes, a new Canadian study finds. “Youth may be trying e-cigarettes before smoking because they are easier to access: until recently, youth could legally purchase e-cigarettes without nicotine, whereas regular cigarettes cannot be sold…

Warming Oceans Could Breed More Damaging Hurricanes

SUNDAY, Oct. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Warming oceans could trigger a huge surge in financial losses from hurricanes, new U.S. research contends. Based on worst-case warming scenarios, scientists estimated the effects that rising ocean temperatures would have on hurricane-related economic losses in 13 coastal counties in South Carolina, including the densely populated city of…