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Believers In Luck = Unhealthier Lifestyle

MELBOURNE, (UPI) –  People who have a greater faith in luck or fate are more likely to live an unhealthy lifestyle, Australian researchers say. Professor Deborah Cobb-Clark, director of the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, also found people who said they believed their life can be changed by their own actions ate […]

Study Gives Pre-Wedding Doubts Weight

LOS ANGELES, (UPI) –  If a woman has doubts before her wedding, her misgivings can be a warning sign of trouble ahead, U.S. researchers say. Lead author Justin Lavner, a doctoral candidate in psychology, and Thomas Bradbury, a psychology professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, said pre-wedding uncertainty — especially among women — […]

Health Insurance Premiums For Family $15,745

MENLO PARK, Calif., (UPI) –  Annual premiums for U.S. employer-sponsored family health coverage averaged $15,745 this year, up 4 percent from last year, a survey indicates. The Kaiser Family Foundation/Health Research & Educational Trust Employer Health Benefits Survey found employees, on average, paid $4,316 toward the cost of their coverage. However, premiums for worker-only health […]

Health Officials Respond Using Twitter

WASHINGTON, (UPI) –  U.S. health officials say a free new Web-based application — MappyHealth — can track local health concerns using Twitter. Nicole Lurie, assistant secretary for preparedness and response and a rear admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service, said local public health officials could use MappyHealth to respond quickly during an outbreak or […]

Black Men More Apt To Get Prostate Cancer

BETHESDA, Md., (UPI) –  Prostate cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer of U.S. men, but African-American men are more likely to get prostate cancer, researchers say. Researchers at the National Cancer Institute said for reasons still unknown, African-American men are more likely to get prostate cancer than other men and they are twice […]

CDC: 35.7 Percent In U.S. Obese

HYATTSVILLE, Md.,  (UPI) –  Thirty-three percent of U.S. adults age 20 and older are overweight, 35.7 percent are obese and 6.3 percent are extremely obese, researchers say. Cheryl D. Fryar, Margaret D. Carroll and Cynthia L. Ogden of the Division of Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys at the National Center for Health Statistics, part of […]

West Nile On Track For Record Deaths

ATLANTA, (UPI) –  A total of 2,636 U.S. cases of West Nile virus were reported to the government — an increase of 35 percent since last week, health officials say. Dr. Lyle Petersen, director of the Division of Vector-Borne Diseases and at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic […]

Mild Asthma May Not Need Daily Medication

SAN FRANCISCO, (UPI) –  For two decades, millions with milder asthma inhaled steroid medicine daily to reduce inflammation, but U.S. researchers say it doesn’t help. The study, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, found asthmatics who took low-dose medication as a daily routine did no better than those who turned to their […]

Mom’s Diet May Up Daughter’s Cancer Risk

ARLINGTON, Va., (UPI) –  A diet that raises estrogen levels during pregnancy may raise breast cancer risk in daughters, granddaughters and great-granddaughters, U.S. researchers say. Yue “Joseph” Wang of the Virginia Tech Research Center in Arlington and colleagues at Georgetown University said pregnant rats on a diet supplemented with synthetic estrogen or with fat — […]

Wine Better For Heart Health Than Vodka

PROVIDENCE, R.I., (UPI) –  In a study involving pigs, U.S. researchers found wine has more cardiovascular benefits than vodka because red wine makes blood vessels wider. The study, published in the journal Circulation, compared the effects of red wine and vodka on pigs with high cholesterol and found the pigs that drank pinot noir fared […]


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