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More than two-thirds of Americans still use phones while driving

More than two-thirds of American motorists use a mobile phone while driving despite recent laws in many jurisdictions banning the practice, a survey showed Thursday. The study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 69 percent of US drivers talked on their cell phone while driving…

In U.S., sickness from imported foods on the rise

WASHINGTON — People in the United States are getting sick more often from imported foods in recent years, and seafoods and spices from Asia are the most common culprits, US health authorities said Wednesday. After reviewing cases of reported outbreaks from 2005 to 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and…

Gang deaths often involve youth and guns, not drugs

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Gang-related deaths typically aren’t the product of fights over drugs — as many assume — but rather result from grudges between rival gangs that erupt into violence, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Gang homicides nearly always involve guns, usually…

‘Murder’ knocked off list of top U.S. killers: CDC

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A respiratory illness that strikes the elderly knocked homicide off the list of the top killers in the United States for the first time in 45 years in 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday. In its annual report on U.S. mortality, the…

Study: Nearly 1 in 5 women are victims of sexual assault

A study released Wednesday found that sexual assault and violence against women is much more common in the U.S. than many experts believed. Nearly one in five women have been reported being sexually assaulted in their lifetimes, and one in four say they’ve been hit, kicked or experienced violence at…

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