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Sickle Cell Higher Not Only In Blacks

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.,  (UPI) —  One-in-500 U.S. blacks has sickle cell disease, but it also disproportionately affects Hispanics, Asians and those of Middle Eastern descent, experts say. An estimated 90,000 to 100,000 Americans are affected by the disease and more than 2 million people carry the gene that allows them potentially to pass it on […]

Sleep Lack Slows Visual Observation Skill

BOSTON, (UPI) —  Not getting enough sleep might make a person worse at noticing things, but most people don’t realize it, a U.S. researchers says. Jeanne Duffy of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston said 12 people took part in a one-month study in a sleep laboratory. Participants’ sleep was cut back from 10-to-12 hours […]

Half Of Military Crashes In Humvees

BALTIMORE,  (UPI) —  Nearly half of military personnel involved in motor vehicle crashes in Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan from 2002-2006 were in Humvees, U.S. researchers said. Principal investigator Keshia Pollack of The Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and colleagues examined the risk factors […]

Fitness Before Age 50 Slows Aging

DALLAS,  (UPI) —  Being physically fit before age 50, not only helps extend lifespan, but it also increases the chances of aging healthily, U.S. researchers say. Senior author Dr. Jarett Berry of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and colleagues at The Cooper Institute examined data on 18,670 patients participating in the […]

How To Prepare Food For Power Outages

WASHINGTON, (UPI) —  As Gulf Coast residents prepares for Tropical Storm Isaac the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service urges food safety preparation. “Storing perishable food at proper temperatures is crucial to food safety but can become difficult if you lose electricity for your refrigerator and freezer,” Dr. Elisabeth Hagen, USDA under […]

Why Some Fats May Cause Heart Disease

ALBUQUERQUE, Aug. 28 (UPI) —  Some fats may boost harmful bacteria in the digestive system creating an immune response resulting in low-level inflammation, U.S. researchers say. Study leader Joe Alcock of the University of New Mexico and VA Medical Center and colleagues at Northwestern University said the body evolved to recognize these fats to create […]

Coconut Water Good After Light Exercise

PHILADELPHIA (UPI) — Coconut water — the clear liquid inside young, green coconuts — has a lot of potassium and antioxidants, U.S. researchers say. “Coconut water is a natural drink that has everything your average sports drink has and more,” Chhandashri Bhattacharya of Indiana University Southeast in New Albany said in a statement. “It has […]

Some Foods Change Mood, Similar To A Drug

PHILADELPHIA (UPI) — Chemicals in chocolate, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, teas and certain foods could well be mood-enhancers, U.S. researchers suggest. “Molecules in chocolate, a variety of berries and foods containing omega-3 fatty acids have shown positive effects on mood,” said Karina Martinez-Mayorga, now with the Chemistry Institute at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, but […]

Summer Weather Hurts Athletes With Asthma

DALLAS (UPI) — Heat, poor air quality and demanding exercises for summer athletes create the threat of increased attacks for asthma sufferers, a U.S. researcher says. Dr. Rebecca Gruchalla, who leads the division of allergy and immunology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, said before fall-sports schedules begin, athletes need to […]

Obese Kids Have Increased Gallstones Risk

PASADENA, N.Y. (UPI) — Children as young as age 10 who are overweight or obese face an increased risk for gallstones, U.S. researchers say. Lead author Corinna Koebnick of Kaiser Permanente Southern California and colleagues used data based on information in the electronic health records of more than 510,000 children ages 10-19, from 2007 through […]


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