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Archive for January, 2012

Exercise Fights Chronic Disease Sadness

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Jan. 31 (UPI) — Feelings of sadness that often accompany chronic illness can improve after exercise, researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham said. Lead author Matthew Herring, a research associate in the UAB’s School of Public Health’s department of epidemiology, said it is known that exercise can decrease depressive symptoms. Herring […]

Single-Shot Laundry Detergent Re-Surfaces

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 (UPI) — People who recall an experiment in laundry detergents decades ago — individually packaged single-shot doses — may experience deja vu, industry analysts say. Previous attempts in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s to encapsulate a pre-measured amount of detergent in a film that would dissolve in the wash had problems, with […]

Study: Mammals Vanishing As Burmese Python Spreads

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (UPI) — Mammals like raccoons, opossums, rabbits and deer are vanishing from the Florida Everglades as Burmese pythons multiply, researchers said Monday. In an article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group said nocturnal road surveys along the main road in Everglades National Park show steep declines […]

South America Drought Hits Corn Yields

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan. 31 (UPI) — Drought in Central and South America is affecting corn yields, a boon for U.S. corn exporters but a cause of major worries for agriculture traders in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Mexico. Dry conditions blamed on La Nina weather phenomenon caused political wrangles in Argentina, led to a […]

U.S. Minerals Sector Recovering

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (UPI) — With the U.S. economy slowly emerging from an economic recession, the USGS estimated the value of U.S. mineral production increased 12 percent last year. Major world economies were hammered by an economic recession that began December 2007. More than four years on, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, in its […]

Cuba Can’t Be Trusted With Oil, Florida Says

MIAMI, Jan. 31 (UPI) — The Cuban government can’t be trusted to oversee the safety of oil drilling activity planned 90 miles from the Florida coast, a state official said. U.S. Coast Guard officials, members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Florida lawmakers met to discuss plans for oil exploration in Cuban waters. Spanish […]

New York To Get New … Typewriters?

NEW YORK, Jan. 31 (UPI) — Some workers in the high-tech environs of New York City say they’ll be accomplishing their daily tasks on new typewriters — replacements for their old ones. Mayor Michael Bloomberg — a man fond of his iPad and electronic gadgets, and who says he’ll turn his city into a new […]

Blood Donor Wins Super Bowl Tickets

LAFAYETTE, Ind., Jan. 31 (UPI) — An Indiana woman who has donated 143 units of either whole blood or platelets since 2003 said she was shocked to win Super Bowl tickets. The Indiana Blood Center said Carol Sikler, 50, of Lafayette gave blood frequently enough to qualify for the contest, which was open to anyone […]

Woman Offers Kidney To Get Son A Job

PERUGIA, Italy, Jan. 31 (UPI) — An Italian woman said she is willing to give up a kidney in exchange for a job for her 38-year-old son. The Perugia woman, whose name was not released, told the daily La Nazione she had “nothing left to lose and nothing to be ashamed of” in offering her […]

Boy, 10, Arrested For Pulling Toy Gun

BURBANK, Calif., Jan. 31 (UPI) — Police in California said a 10-year-old boy was arrested after allegedly pulling a toy gun on a woman who believed it to be a real firearm. Burbank police said the boy, whose name was not released, knocked on the front door of a 67-year-old woman whose grandson beat up […]

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