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Health Watch: December 30th

A look at the stories affecting your health.
A new study finds more than half the adults living in the southeastern U.S. have high blood pressure.  Researchers at Vanderbilt University in Nashville say hypertension statistics in that part of the country have been high for years, but little has been done to reverse the problem. Nationwide, about one third of adults have similarly high levels.

Eating slowly does not help most obese people eat less. Researchers at Texas Christian University studied the impact of eating speed on normal weight and obese people. They found only normal weight subjects had a significant reduction in calorie consumption when asked to slow the speed of their intake. Both groups felt less hungry after they ate slowly.

Strict parents have fewer kids who smoke. That is according to a new study at Georgetown University. Researchers surveyed middle school students from diverse backgrounds and found those whose parents set limits and had an authoritative style were less likely to light up cigarettes. 
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