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4 Your Health: A type of fruit could be secret to longer lifespan

Health experts say doctors should begin screening for drug use.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening their adult patients for illegal drug use, including abuse of prescription medication.

According to experts, roughly 10 percent of adults use illegal drugs and it is also a common cause of preventable death, injury and disability.

The screening would involve asking questions about drug use and as well as frequency of use and can be done in the exam room or on routine forms.

Experts say more research is needed to see if teens should also be screened.

Removing false teeth before going under anesthesia

Patients with false teeth need to remove them before going under general anesthesia.

Doctors in the U.K. say they treated a 72-year-old man whose dentures unknowingly got stuck in his throat during a routine surgery.

Six days later, the man went to the ER complaining of blood in his mouth, swallowing difficulties and pain.

Imaging revealed the dentures lying across his vocal cords and he had emergency surgery to remove them.

Experts say this is not the first case of dentures being inhaled while anesthesia is infused.

Apples could be secret to longer lifespan

A new study suggests an apple a day may help you live longer.

Australian researchers followed over 53,000 Danes for 23 years while studying their dietary habits.

Those who regularly consumed foods, such as apples, were less likely to die from heart disease or cancer.

Also, the protective effect of these foods appeared to be strongest for those at a high risk of chronic diseases due to smoking or heavy drinking.

The experts say one apple, a cup of tea, three and a half ounces of both blueberries and broccoli would do the trick.

Priscilla Casper

Priscilla Casper is an anchor and multi-skilled journalist for News 4 Tucson. She anchors weekdays at noon and 4 p.m.

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