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Archive for June, 2012

U.S. Teens May Not Get Sunscreen Message

NEW YORK (UPI) — Although adults may be using sunscreen more often to protect against cancer, teenagers may not be as careful, a U.S. researcher says. “It only takes one blistering sunburn to increase your risk of skin cancer. Sun exposure plays a significant role in the development of melanoma,” Dr. Desiree Ratner, director of […]

Why Some Have Big Dessert After Big Meal

HOUSTON (UPI) — Ghrelin, a so-called hunger hormone, is the reason why some people have room for a high-calorie dessert after eating a big meal, Canadian researchers say. Lead investigator Veronique St-Onge, a Ph.D. candidate and principal investigator Alfonso Abizaid of Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, said rats lacking ghrelin receptor gene ate less of […]

U.S. Loves Hot Dogs, But What's In Them?

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (UPI) — An estimated 150 million wieners are eaten on July 4th but 77 percent of U.S. adults say they are concerned about what’s in them, a survey indicated. The survey, sponsored by Applegate, a producer of organic and natural meats, found despite consumers’ hunger for hot dogs, 74 percent said most are […]

Treasury Department Puts Out A Call For Apps

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The U.S. Treasury Department sent out a call for fresh ideas Wednesday with cash prizes awaiting the most popular entries. The department said it was looking for ideas that would help the public become “smarter financial consumers.” The contest, dubbed the “MyMoneyAppUp Challenge” has two categories for entries. The first category is […]

EU Economic Sentiment Index Stable In June

BRUSSELS (UPI) — The European Commission said Thursday economic sentiment remained virtually unchanged in the European Union in June. After dropping sharply in May, the Economic Sentiment Indicator for the European Union was unchanged at 90.4 in the 27-member EU, although it fell by 0.6 points to 89.9 in the 17-member eurozone, the countries that […]

Confirmed: Economic Growth Modest

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The U.S. economy expanded by a modest 1.9 percent on an annual basis in the first quarter of the year, the Commerce Department confirmed Thursday. The advance, which follows 3 percent growth of the fourth quarter of 2011, was confirmed in the final estimate out of three released by the department. Economists […]

Jobless Claims Drop By 6,000

WASHINGTON (UPI) — First-time jobless claims fell by 6,000 in the week ended Saturday, the U.S. Labor Department said. Initial claims for unemployment benefits fell to 386,000 from the previous week’s revised estimate of 392,000. The four-week rolling average, which gives a steadier indication of the direction of jobless claims, was little changed, dropping by […]

Long-Term Mortgage Rates Hit Lows

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Average mortgage interest rates for long-term, fixed-rate loans matched record lows in the week ended Thursday, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. said. Average rates for 30-year contracts held at 3.66 percent with 0.7 points, maintaining a record low. Thirty-year mortgage rates averaged 4.51 percent the same week of 2011. Average rates […]

Tsunami Risk To Northern California Assessed

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (UPI) — Researchers in California say they’ve compiled the first study of the potential for destructive tsunamis on the northwest coast of the state. Using studies spanning the last three decades, scientists at the University of California, Santa Barbara, have compiled an evidence-based comprehensive study of the possibility of tsunamis in the […]

Man-Made Pollutants Threaten Sea Turtles

CHARLESTON, S.C. (UPI) — Industrial pollutants could pose a threat to the health of five endangered sea turtle species, researchers at a South Carolina marine laboratory say. Scientists at the Hollings Marine Laboratory in Charleston measured for concentrations of 13 perfluoroalkyl compounds in five different species of sea turtles. PFCs, which have become widespread pollutants, […]

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