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Archive for July, 2013

Mocking Those Overweight Only Makes Them Fatter

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (UPI) — People who think mocking overweight people in their lives is effective are wrong; U.S. researchers say discriminating against fat people only makes them fatter. Angelina Sutin, a psychologist at the Florida State College of Medicine in Tallahassee, and a colleague analyzed survey data from more than 6,000 U.S. men and women […]

People Obese Their Whole Lives May Have Higher Heart Risk

BETHESDA, Md. (UPI) — It may not be just how many extra pounds the obese carry, it may also be for how long a person has been obese that affects the heart, U.S. researchers say. Jared Reis of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., said an analysis of data on 3,300 people over […]

U.S. Spends $86 Billion Per Year On Back Pain, Most Does No Good

BOSTON (UPI) — U.S. adults spend about $86 billion annually on back or neck pain-related health issues and much of it does no good, researchers say. Dr. John N. Mafi, a fellow in the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, said back pain is the fifth-most common reason […]

Breastfeeding Duration Linked To Higher Intelligence Later

BOSTON (UPI) — Breastfeeding for six months to a year is associated with better language at age 3 and verbal and non-verbal intelligence at age 7, U.S. researchers say. Dr. Mandy B. Belfort of Boston Children’s Hospital and colleagues examined the relationships of breastfeeding duration and exclusivity with child cognition at ages 3 and 7. […]

U.S. GDP Up 1.7 Percent In Second Quarter

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 1.7 percent in the second quarter of 2013, the Commerce Department said in an advanced estimate Wednesday. The estimate is subject to revision as more data become available. The gross domestic product gained at a sharper rate than economists had expected. The consensus […]

Mortgage Activity Slows For Seventh Week

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Mortgage activity declined for the seventh consecutive week last week while interest rates were mixed, a banking trade group said Wednesday. The Mortgage Bankers Association said mortgage activity fell 3.7 percent in the week ending Friday. In the same week, the MBA’s index for refinancing activity dropped 4 percent. The organization said […]

Banks Are Turning Away Nickel And Dime Clients

NEW YORK (UPI) — New York City’s commissioner for consumer affairs said banks were turning away “hundreds of thousands” of customers for minor reasons. The New York Times reported Wednesday that 850,000 New Yorkers had no bank accounts and that many are turned down at banks for small indiscretions on their record, such as a […]

Court Calls On Bernanke To Testify

WASHINGTON (UPI) — A federal judge has ordered U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to testify in a lawsuit concerning the 2008 bailout of American International Group. Judge Thomas Wheeler of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington said that Bernanke was a central figure behind the government’s reasoning for the bailout that shareholders […]

Federal Reserve To Keep Policies Unchanged

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The U.S. Federal Reserve said Wednesday it would stay the course with current monetary policy until the labor market improves. The Fed’s Open Market Committee elected to push onward with its $85 billion-per-month pace for asset purchases, which are in place to put downward pressure on interest rates. It would also maintain […]

Chattonooga Newspaper Editorial Snatches The Welcome Mat Out From Under Obama Jobs Visit

“Take your jobs plan and shove it, Mr. President: Your policies have harmed Chattanooga enough.” That was the headline that ran above a scathing editorial in Tuesday’s Chattanooga Times Free Press greeting President Barack Obama, who arrived hours later to deliver his “grand bargain” jobs proposal that would offer tax cuts to corporations and shell […]

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