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Cocoa May Help Aging Brain Function

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (UPI) — People who ate high or moderate levels of cocoa flavanols for two months improved significantly in some thinking assessment tests, a U.S. food expert says. “A study in the journal Hypertension found elderly people with mild cognitive impairment given dietary flavanols from chocolate did better on cognition tests,” Phil Lempert, […]

Boston Market To Lower Sodium Levels

GOLDEN, Colo. (UPI) — Officials of the Boston Market said they plan to reduce sodium levels of some of the restaurant chain’s signature items and remove salt shakers from tables. George Michel, chief executive officer of Boston Market, said the chain plans to reduce the level of salt in three of its most popular items […]

Seniors At High Risk Of Financial Swindles

WASHINGTON (UPI) – One in five U.S. seniors age 65 and older were victimized by a financial swindle in 2010 and a survey of experts indicates the problem is getting worse. The Investor Protection Trust and Investor Protection Institute surveyed 756 state securities regulators, financial planners, healthcare professionals, social workers, adult protective services, law enforcement […]

Rich Donate More If They See Poorer People

BERKELEY, Calif. (UPI) — Rich people — U.S. households making more than $200,000 a year — who live in enclaves of wealth tend to donate fewer dollars to charities, researchers say. The Chronicle of Philanthropy found when wealthy people were heavily clustered in a neighborhood, the affluent households gave an average of only 2.8 percent […]

Obese May Lose Memory Sooner

LONDON (UPI) — People who are obese lose their memory and thinking ability faster than thinner people, British and French researchers say. Researchers at University College London said the study was based on data from 6,500 federal British civil servants, whose health was monitored from the ages of 50 to 60, The Daily Telegraph reported. […]

Study: Exercise Reduces Inflammation

LONDON (UPI) — Physical activity can reduce inflammation, an indicator of elevated risk of heart disease, a British researchers says. The study, published in the journal Circulation, found people who exercised regularly had lower levels of the blood markers C-reactive protein and interleukin-6. Mark Hamer of the University College London, analyzed 10 years of data […]

Heart Attack Signs Differ By Gender

LOS ANGELES (UPI) — Women’s heart attack symptoms differ from men’s, with women more likely to feel extreme fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea and back pain, a U.S. expert says. Dr. Noel Bairey Merz, director of the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles, said a man typically experiences […]

Red Wine, Fruit May Help Prevent Falls

PHILADELPHIA (UPI) — Resveratrol, found in red wine, might help improve mobility and prevent life-threatening falls among older adults, U.S. researchers said. Study leader Jane E. Cavanaugh of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh said falls become more common with advancing age and are the leading cause of injury-related death among those age 65 and older. Cavanaugh, […]

Study: Moms With Full-Time Jobs Happier

DENVER (UPI) — Moms who work full-time outside the home at 40 are healthier than stay-at-home moms, moms who work part-time or moms without outside jobs, U.S. researchers say. Professor Adrianne Frech of the University of Akron and co-author Sarah Damaske of Pennsylvania State University analyzed longitudinal data from 2,540 women who became mothers between […]

Class Affects How Parents Advise Kids

DENVER (UPI) — Working-class and middle-class parents take deliberate, but different, approaches to coaching children how to cope with problems, a U.S. researcher says. Sociologist Jessica McCrory Calarco of Indiana University found working-class parents coached their children on how to avoid problems, often through finding a solution on their own and by being polite and […]

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