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Door-To-Door Inspections Reduce NYC Rats

NEW YORK, (UPI) —  A new rat control program in New York City reduced the percentage of properties with active rat signs by 54 percent over a 21-month period, officials say. A report published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report said in 2007 the New York City Department […]

Stress Linked To Heavier Teen Girls

LOS ANGELES, (UPI) —  Higher levels of stress predict greater body weight in black and white girls, but it may have a larger impact on black girls, U.S. researchers say. Dr. Janet Tomiyama of the University of California, Los Angeles, said the prevalence of obesity in black populations is 50 percent higher than in whites, […]

Walking To A Beat May Help Some Patients

PITTSBURGH, (UPI) —  Walking to a beat could benefit patients needing rehabilitation, U.S. researchers say. Ervin Sejdic, an assistant professor of engineering at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering, and colleagues studied effects of various metronomic stimuli — a mechanically produced beat — on 50 healthy adults ages 18-30. The study subjects participated […]

Kroger Recalls Fresh Spinach In 15 States

CINCINNATI, (UPI) —  The Kroger Co. Family of Stores says it is recalling packages of fresh spinach in 15 U.S. states because they may contain Listeria. Kroger is asking customers to carefully check their refrigerators for Fresh Selections Tender Spinach in 10-ounce packages with a “best if used by” date of Sept. 16 and a […]

Violent TV Linked To Lost Sleep In Kids

SEATTLE (UPI) — TV shows with violence — even cartoons OK for older kids — can keep children ages 3-5 from getting a good night’s sleep, U.S. researchers say. Study leader Michelle Garrison of the University of Washington School of Public Health in Seattle said the study involved 565 families. Some parents were encouraged to […]

By 2030, 67 Percent Of Mississippi Obese

WASHINGTON (UPI) — By 2030, 67 percent of Mississippi is slated to be obese, while the District of Columbia is estimated to be 32.6 percent obese, researchers say. A report by the Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation included an analysis that forecast if obesity rates continue on their current trajectories, by […]

Heat Waves Increase Heart Risk

BRISBANE, Australia (UPI) — Extreme temperatures — heat waves or cold spells — may increase the risk of premature cardiovascular disease death, Australian researchers say. Lead author Cunrui Huang of the School of Public Health and Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane examined the association between daily average […]

Sleep In Saturday, Harder To Awake

DALLAS (UPI) — People who sleep in on Saturday do not catch up on sleep lost during the week — it makes them sleepier Monday morning, a U.S. researcher says. Dr. Gregory Carter, a sleep medicine specialist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, said the daily, or circadian, cycles guide the […]

When You Eat May Make All The Difference

JERUSALEM (UPI) — When you eat, not what you eat may make all the difference for those who want to watch their weight, researchers in Israel say. Professor Oren Froy, Professor Zecharia Madar, research student Yoni Genzer and research fellow Dr. Hadas Sherman with the Institute of Biochemistry, Food Science and Nutrition at the Hebrew […]

Study: Rural U.S. More Likely To Be Obese

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (UPI) — U.S. researchers say Americans living in rural areas are more likely to be obese than those living in urban areas. Christie Befort of the University of Kansas Medical Center said there might be two significant reasons why rural residents are more likely to be overweight — cultural diet and physical […]

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