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Health Watch: December 18th

A look at the stories affecting your health.
A new report shows that these are high times for high schoolers. Sixty percent of 12th graders surveyed do not see regular marijuana use as harmful. That is 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. 

An apple a day does not 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 8,500 deadly heart attacks and strokes every year in Britain alone. 

Researchers at Duke University released the results of a ten year study, asking 650,000 American adults how much preventative dental care they receive. The study was the first to compare dental among different races. It found that 77 percent of Asians and 76 percent of caucasians had a recent dental cleaning or checkup. Hispanics, African-Americans and Native Americans were closer to 60 percent. 
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