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U.S. Prefers Low-Fat Diet To Low-Carb Diet

PRINCETON, N.J. (UPI) — Sixty-three percent of U.S. adults say a diet low in fat is healthiest, while 30 percent say a diet low in carbohydrates is healthiest, a survey says. Despite traditional medical advice to reduce consumption of foods high in fat, recent research suggests a low-carb diet boosts overall energy expenditure — meaning […]

Poll: Most U.S. Adults Obese Or Overweight

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Nearly seven in 10 adults in West Virginia, Mississippi and Kentucky are overweight or obese, a Gallup Poll indicates. At the other end of the scale was Colorado, the least overweight state in the union — but even there, 55.1 percent of residents were overweight or obese, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found. […]

Yo-Yo Dieting Doesn't Hurt Metabolism

SEATTLE (UPI) — A history of yo-yo dieting does not negatively affect metabolism or the ability to lose weight in the long term, U.S. researchers say. Senior author Dr. Anne McTiernan of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, said the affect of yo-yo dieting — the repetitive loss and regain of body weight, also […]

Study: Walnuts May Boost Sperm Quality

LOS ANGELES (UPI) — Eating 2.6 ounces of walnuts a day — about two handfuls of walnuts — may provide men the added boost they need to improve fertility, U.S. researchers say. Lead author Wendie Robbins, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Nursing and Fielding School of Public Health, said […]

Obesity, Housing Costs Threaten Longevity

BETHESDA, Md.,  (UPI) –  Older U.S. adults live longer than previous generations did but high housing costs and rising obesity may compromise these gains for some, officials say. Older Americans 2012: Key Indicators of Well-Being — a report by the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics — tracked trends to see how older people are […]

$50 million To Fight Infectious Diseases

WASHINGTON,  (UPI) –  State health departments will receive funds totaling $49 million under the Affordable Care Act for infectious disease prevention, U.S. officials say. Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Department of the Health and Human Services, announced awards, intended to bolster epidemiology, laboratory and health information systems in health departments in all 50 states, […]

Children At Risk In Cars Even On Mild Days

WASHINGTON,  (UPI) –  It is commonly known the elderly, children and pets should not be left in closed motor vehicles when it’s hot but U.S. officials say mild temperatures can kill. Linda Smith of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families said even on a relatively mild day it […]

Vaccine-Preventable Diseases 18 Hours Away

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., (UPI) –  Failing to have your child vaccinated could mean the difference between life and death, a U.S. pediatric infectious disease specialist warned. Dr. David Kimberlin, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and president-elect of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, said 16 diseases can be prevented by childhood […]

Head Traumas Are More Fatal On Weekends

BALTIMORE, (UPI) –  Older U.S. adults with a head injury during a weekend are significantly more likely to die than those similarly hospitalized during the week, researchers say. Study leader Eric B. Schneider — an epidemiologist at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Center for Surgical Trials and Outcomes Research — said the so-called […]

Defective Gene Linked To Autism Symptoms

DAVIS, Calif.,  (UPI) –  A defective gene causes brain changes that lead to the atypical social behavior characteristic of autism, U.S. researchers said. Cecilia Giulivi, professor of molecular biosciences at the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, and a researcher affiliated with the University of California, Davis MIND Institute, said studies in mice […]

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