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Vaccine-Preventable Diseases 18 Hours Away

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., (UPI) –  Failing to have your child vaccinated could mean the difference between life and death, a U.S. pediatric infectious disease specialist warned. Dr. David Kimberlin, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and president-elect of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, said 16 diseases can be prevented by childhood […]

Head Traumas Are More Fatal On Weekends

BALTIMORE, (UPI) –  Older U.S. adults with a head injury during a weekend are significantly more likely to die than those similarly hospitalized during the week, researchers say. Study leader Eric B. Schneider — an epidemiologist at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Center for Surgical Trials and Outcomes Research — said the so-called […]

Defective Gene Linked To Autism Symptoms

DAVIS, Calif.,  (UPI) –  A defective gene causes brain changes that lead to the atypical social behavior characteristic of autism, U.S. researchers said. Cecilia Giulivi, professor of molecular biosciences at the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, and a researcher affiliated with the University of California, Davis MIND Institute, said studies in mice […]

Snoring In Kids Linked To Problem Behavior

CINCINNATI, (UPI) — Persistent and loud snoring in young children is linked to problem behaviors such as hyperactivity, depression and inattention, U.S. researchers say. Lead author Dean Beebe, director of the neuropsychology program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and colleagues studied 249 children, and surveyed the children’s moms about their kids’ sleep and behaviors. […]

Medicaid Cuts Create Nursing Home Crisis

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y., (UPI) — Saratoga County, N.Y., is grappling with a growing deficit at a needed public nursing home created by cuts in Medicaid made in Washington, officials say. The Arthur Webb Group, hired to prepare a report on the public 277-bed nursing home in Ballston Spa told the county Public Health Committee Monday […]

Cranberries Too Good Just For Thanksgiving

SANTA MONICA, Calif., (UPI) — Cranberries are full of nutrients and antioxidants, and should not be used only on Thanksgiving, a U.S. expert says. “Cranberries are low in calories — 25 calories per one-half cup of fresh cranberries — contain vitamin C, manganese, vitamin K and fiber, as well as high quantities of antioxidants,” Phil […]

Daily Aspirin Cuts Cancer Death In Seniors

ATLANTA (UPI) — A study involving more than 100,000 predominantly elderly participants found daily aspirin use lowered cancer mortality, U.S. researchers say. The study, published online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, pooled results from existing randomized trials of daily aspirin for prevention of vascular events and found daily aspirin use was associated […]

Few Kids Adopt Motor Vehicle Safety Rules

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (UPI) — Many U.S. children are not using age-appropriate safety restraints in motor vehicles and many are placed at risk by riding in the front seat, researchers say. Study co-authors Dr. Michelle L. Macy and Dr. Gary L. Freed, both of the Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit of C.S. Mott Children’s […]

One-Quarter Ignore Disaster Evacuations

NORTHBROOK, Ill. (UPI) — About one-quarter of U.S. adults say they ignore disaster evacuation orders and wait until the last minute to leave their home or seek shelter, a survey says. The survey by Allstate, conducted by FTI Consulting, also indicated 21 percent of U.S. adults have had their homes damaged by natural disasters, while […]

Moms Stressed By Kid Lunches, Dads Do More

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (UPI) — Fifty-five percent of U.S. moms with school-age kids say they are stressed out by the idea of shopping for and packing school lunches, a survey indicates. However, the survey for Coupons.com, conducted by Harris Interactive, indicated dads are helping get kids out the door to school — 55 percent of […]

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