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1 In 25 U.S. Patients Gets An Infection In The Hospital

ATLANTA (UPI) — On any given day in the United States, approximately 1 in 25 U.S. patients has at least one infection contracted during the course of their hospital care. Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC, said a hospital-acquired infection is an infection caught while in the hospital for another reason. For example, a […]

Kids Of Addicted Parents More Likely To Have Arthritis As Adults

When parents struggle with addiction, their kids are — not surprisingly — put at serious risk. Parental abuse of alcohol and drugs has been linked with a litany of emotional, academic and developmental problems in children. Now, another less-apparent symptom has been associated with parental addiction: arthritis. Children of parents dependent on drugs and alcohol […]

Google Launches Tool That Compares Food Nutrition

Google has launched a search tool that will allow people to compare the nutritional contents of two different foods. If a person types into the search bar “compare apples to oranges,” the search engine will return the carbohydrate, fat and sugar content of the two fruits. People using foods in recipes can compare different ingredients […]

Brain Difference Found Among Occasional Drug Users

Occasional drug use changes the brains of users of stimulant drugs, such as cocaine, amphetamines and prescription drugs such as Adderall. Using brain scans to test reaction times, the researchers showed 18- to 24-year-old college students either an X or an O on a screen and instructed them to press, as quickly as possible, a […]

Virtual Reality Therapy May Help Veterans With PTSD

SAN DIEGO (UPI) — Virtual reality treatment called Graded Exposure Therapy helps post-traumatic stress disorder sufferers face their trauma-related fears rather than avoid them. A team of specialists led by Robert McLay of the Naval Medical Center in San Diego included Brenda K. Wiederhold and colleagues at the Virtual Reality Medical Center, Naval Center for […]

4 In 10 High School Boys, Young Men Report Coerced Sex

COLUMBIA, Mo. (UPI) — Four in 10 U.S. high school boys and young college men say they were coerced into sex or sexual behavior, and 95 percent said a female acquaintance was the aggressor. “Sexual victimization continues to be a pervasive problem in the United States, but the victimization of men is rarely explored,” lead […]

Study Links Infant Genetic Mutations To Air Pollution

A new study shows a correlation between mothers exposed to toxic air pollution and their babies being born with compromised neurological development. The study, conducted by Columbia University and Chongqing Medical University, examined mothers and children living near a now defunct coal power plant in China. The study consisted of non-smoking women who had their […]

Air Pollution Kills 7 Million Prematurely Worldwide Annually

In 2012, about 7 million people died worldwide as a result of air pollution exposure — making air pollution the world’s largest single environmental health risk, WHO officials in Geneva say. Dr. Flavia Bustreo, assistant director-general of WHO’s Family, Women and Children’s Health, says the new estimates are not only based on more knowledge about […]

Practice Makes Perfect When It Comes To Aggression In Video Games

AMES, Iowa (UPI) — Children who play violent video games over and over again are perfecting aggressive thought patterns just as if they were practicing the piano or learning to pitch a baseball. Lead author Douglas Gentile, an associate professor of psychology at Iowa State University, said repeated practice of aggressive ways of thinking appears […]

Coffee, Colas And Candy Stain Teeth, But Chocolate, Tea And Strawberries Whiten

NEW YORK (UPI) — Some surprising foods such as steak, cheese and dark chocolate whiten teeth, but sauces, juice and curry can stain teeth, a dentist advises. Marc Liechtung, a member of the International Academy for Dental and Facial Aesthetics and principal in New York-based Manhattan Dental Arts, says blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, cherries and other […]

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