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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 […]

Psychological Interventions Help Skin

SHEFFIELD, England (UPI) — Psychological interventions can provide benefits to patients with skin conditions such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis, researchers in Britain said. Researchers at the University of Sheffield, England, conducted a meta-analysis of 22 studies involving more than 900 participants. The meta-analysis, published in the British Journal of Dermatology, found psychological interventions had […]

Moderate Exercise Lowers Hypertension Risk

COLUMBIA, S.C. (UPI) — Physically inactive children who have a parent with high blood pressure are at a 70 percent greater risk than others of hypertension, a U.S. researcher says. Robin Shook of the University of South Carolina said the study found being even moderately active reduced the risk of high blood pressure. Shook and […]

Mothers Selective On Children's Caregiving

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (UPI) — Most mothers who rely on children for care have a preference for which child they turn to in a crisis, confide in or prefer as caregiver, U.S. researchers say. Research by Megan Gilligan, a Purdue University doctoral student, and Jill Suitor, a professor of sociology, found older mothers were more […]

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 […]


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