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Almost 70 percent of 406 human resource executives in a national survey believe that larger investments in wellness programs will help curb health care costs. The main targets of those efforts should be obesity, mental health, and a too-sedentary lifestyle, according to the survey by the Society for Human Resource Management. Eighty-four percent of employers think measuring return on investment is crucial, though only 42 percent actually do it.... Men are more likely than women to get cancer and to die from the disease, according to a study in the Journal of Urology. Researchers looked at U.S. cancer registry data from 2003 to 2012 and found that 12 percent more men than women are likely to die from the same cancer. Cancers that are related to gender, such as ovarian and prostate, were not included in the study. Men are more likely to die in 7 out of 10 of the most common cancers. Women are more likely to die only from bladder cancer.... Physicians, pharmacists, and nurses are the three most trusted professions, according to a recent Gallup poll.