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20 Percent Of U.S. Smoking, Half Of 1940s

PRINCETON, N.J. (UPI) — Twenty percent of U.S. adults said they smoked a cigarette in the past week, matching what the Gallup poll found in 2009 was the lowest level on record. Gallup’s annual Consumption Habits survey said this year’s and 2009 smoking levels were less than half what the smoking rate was in the […]

Parents Should Know Concussion Symptoms

DALLAS (UPI) — Parents of U.S. high school athletes should review the latest guidelines about concussions, sports medicine doctors suggest. “Parents, coaches and student athletes should know what symptoms to pay attention to,” Dr. Robert Dimeff, director of primary care sports medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Children’s Medical Center in […]

People May Drink More From Curvy Glasses

BRISTOL, England (UPI) — Researchers in Britain say people who drink alcohol from curvy glasses may drink more than those who drink alcohol from a straight-sided glass. Dr. Angela Attwood and colleagues from Bristol’s School of Experimental Psychology recruited 160 social drinkers ages 18-40 with no history of alcoholism to attend two experimental sessions. At […]

Chocolate May Reduce Stroke Risk

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (UPI) — A moderate amount of chocolate per day — about one-quarter cup of chocolate chips — may be associated with a lower risk of stroke, researchers in Sweden say. Study author Susanna C. Larsson of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm said the study involved 37,103 Swedish men ages 49-75 who were given […]

Spirituality, Not Religion, Health Helpful

COLUMBIA, Mo. (UPI) — Buddhists, Muslims, Jews, Catholics and Protestants with a degree of spirituality have better mental health, U.S. researchers say. Dan Cohen of the University of Missouri said despite differences in rituals and beliefs among the world’s major religions, spirituality often enhances health regardless of a person’s faith. “With increased spirituality people reduce […]

Expert: Don't Ignore Overuse Injuries

DALLAS (UPI) — Overuse injuries can arise gradually as one progresses through training and exercise regimes and should not be overlooked, a U.S. expert says. Dr. Robert Dimeff — director of primary care sports medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Children’s Medical Center in Dallas — said overuse injuries can result […]

Training Needed To Prevent ACL Injuries

DALLAS, (UPI) –  It’s crucial heading into fall sports for athletes to reduce their chances of suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament, a U.S. expert says. Sports-medicine specialist Dr. Katherine Coyner, an orthopedic surgeon at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, said such injuries are even more common among female athletes than […]

Why Children Of Smokers Are Sicker

PHILADELPHIA,  (UPI) –  Secondhand smoke decreases sensitivity to cough-eliciting respiratory irritants and may explain why children of smokers are sicker, U.S. researchers say. Julie Mennella and Paul Wise, both of the Monell Center in Philadelphia, said 60 percent of U.S. children ages 3-11 years and 18 million youth ages 12-19 years were exposed to tobacco […]

Kids Age 3 Detect If Sympathy Is Deserved

LEIPZIG, Germany, (UPI) –  Children as young as age 3 apparently can detect the difference between whining and when someone truly deserves sympathy, German researchers say. Lead author Robert Hepach of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, said the study involved 48 children ages 36-39 months. The researchers recorded reactions of […]

Exercise Bigger Emotional Payoff For Some

WASHINGTON, (UPI) –  Low-income U.S. adults report a bigger emotional boost from exercising frequently and eating fruit and vegetables regularly than richer people, a survey says. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index of 180,299 U.S. adults conducted Jan. 2 to July 8 found low-income Americans experienced greater improvement across almost all of the items in the Emotional […]


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