Health http://apr.org en Diabetes Rates Rocket In Oklahoma, South http://apr.org/post/diabetes-rates-rocket-oklahoma-south <P>The nation's diabetes problem is getting worse, and health officials say the biggest changes have been in Oklahoma and a number of Southern states.</P> <P>The diabetes rate in Oklahoma more than tripled over 15 years, and also boomed in Southern states like Kentucky, Georgia and Alabama.</P> <P>Most cases are the kind of diabetes linked to obesity. Health officials believe extra weight explains the increases in the South and Southwest. Thu, 15 Nov 2012 23:26:38 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 20771 at http://apr.org Diabetes Rates Rocket In Oklahoma, South Ala. Infant Mortality Rate Reaches Low, Still High http://apr.org/post/ala-infant-mortality-rate-reaches-low-still-high <P>Alabama's infant mortality rate has reached an all-time low, but it's still high nationally.</P> <P>Figures released by the state health agency on Thursday show Alabama's infant death rate was 8.1 infant deaths for every 1,000 births last year.</P> <P>The figure is a record low, but it's high compared to the most recent national average. The U.S. Wed, 19 Sep 2012 22:15:48 +0000 The Associated Press 18108 at http://apr.org Ala. Infant Mortality Rate Reaches Low, Still High Report: Alabama Is 6th-Fattest State In Country http://apr.org/post/report-alabama-6th-fattest-state-country <P>A new survey by a group campaigning against obesity finds that Alabama is the sixth-fattest state in the nation.</P> <P>A study by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that 32 percent of Alabama's adult residents are obese. It says 63 percent of the state's residents will be obese by 2030.</P> <P>The survey found that neighboring Mississippi is the fattest state in the nation, with a current obesity rate of 35 percent. Tue, 18 Sep 2012 21:39:47 +0000 The Associated Press 18041 at http://apr.org Report: Alabama Is 6th-Fattest State In Country Mobile leaders reject smoking ban http://apr.org/post/mobile-leaders-reject-smoking-ban <p><b><font face="Arial"><b><font face="Arial">Mobile City Council members are rejecting a ban on smoking in restaurants and bars.</font></b></font></b></p><p><b><font face="Arial"><b><font face="Arial">The proposal received only four of the five votes it needed to pass on Tuesday.</font></b></font></b></p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 22:26:12 +0000 Associated Press 14371 at http://apr.org Mobile leaders reject smoking ban