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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 […]

Strategy Developed To Stem U.S. Suicides

WASHINGTON (UPI) — U.S. government agencies and private partners have developed a national strategy to address the 33,000 Americans who commit suicide each year, officials say. The 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, a joint effort led by the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, is a […]

Many Avoid Gluten Unnecessarily

ROCHESTER, Minn. (UPI) — U.S. researchers say many people who should avoid gluten in their diet don’t, yet many who are not affected by the protein shy away from it needlessly. Dr. Joseph Murray, a gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said celiac disease is an immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein […]

Background Noise Affects Hearing Impaired

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (UPI) — Background noise causes ears of those with hearing impairments to work differently, U.S. researchers say. Kenneth S. Henry, a postdoctoral researcher, and Michael G. Heinz, an associate professor at Purdue University, said hearing loss, suffered in varying degrees by 36 million U.S. adults means there is damage to sensory cells […]

Testicular Cancer Linked To Pot

LOS ANGELES (UPI) — Recreational marijuana use was linked to an increased risk of subtypes of testicular cancer that tend to carry a worse prognosis, U.S. researchers say. Victoria Cortessis, assistant professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and colleagues looked at the […]

Mom’s Age No Impact On Kid’s Adult Health

ROSTOCK, Germany (UPI) — The theory that mothers who get pregnant later in life have children who are less healthy as adults is challenged by a study, German researchers say. Mikko Myrskyla of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany, said many believed that children born to older mothers had more health […]

Adults Like Supernatural Explanations

AUSTIN, Texas (UPI) — Reliance on supernatural explanations for major life events — such as death and illness — increases rather as people age, U.S. researchers say. Lead author Cristine Legare, assistant professor of psychology at The University of Texas at Austin, and colleagues reviewed more than 30 studies on how people — ages 5-75 […]

Study: Popular Kids Most Likely To Smoke

LOS ANGELES (UPI) — Popular U.S. high-school students are more likely to smoke cigarettes than their less popular classmates, researchers say. Professor Thomas W. Valente of Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California, the lead author of this and three previous similar studies, said despite marginal declines in smoking among high-school students the […]

More A-Fib Patients Know Stroke Is A Risk

BOSTON (UPI) — Heart patients with atrial fibrillation — irregular heartbeat — are better informed about the link between their condition and stroke, U.S. researchers say. Patrick Ellinor, associate professor at Harvard Medical School and Cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, said atrial fibrillation affects about 2.7 million Americans, putting them at higher risk […]

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