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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 […]

Stress Of Poverty May Last A Lifetime

NEW YORK,  (UPI) —  The stress of poverty — measured via stress hormones — leads to impaired learning ability in children and may last a lifetime, U.S. researchers say. Clancy Blair of New York University said high levels of stress hormones influence the developing circuitry of children’s brains, inhibiting such higher cognitive functions such as […]

If Power Outage, Keep Refrigerator Closed

WASHINGTON,  (UPI) —  Should the power go out due to Hurricane Isaac or any other storm, U.S. officials advise residents to keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said a refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours if the door is kept closed, a […]

Save Sports Drinks For Sports Or Exercise

CHICAGO,  (UPI) —  Sports drinks shouldn’t take the place of regular water intake unless a person is playing sports or exercising, a U.S. registered dietitian says. Brooke Schantz, a Loyola University Health System registered dietitian and certified specialist in sports dietetics, said sports drinks will help hydrate you, but the average healthy child, adolescent and […]


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