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Study: Autism Begins During Pregnancy

SAN DIEGO (UPI) — U.S. researchers say they found new evidence that autism begins during pregnancy and affects brain development. First author Rich Stoner and Eric Courchesne of the Autism Center of Excellence at the University of California, San Diego and Ed S. Lein of the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle analyzed 25 […]

Blood Test Could Predict Obesity In Children

Obesity is often the product environmental factors: a poor diet and not enough exercise. But people are also — to varying degrees — predisposed to obesity. Recently, researchers at the Universities of Southampton, Plymouth and Exeter figured out a way to test for obesity. A simple blood test can measure the levels of epigenetic switches […]

Report: Parents Don’t Recognize When Children Are Overweight

One of the problems causing childhood obesity is that parents can’t recognize when their children are overweight or at risk of being overweight. The Chief Medical officer of England, Dame Sally Davies, says that overweight or obese is the “new normal,” and that is negatively affecting childhood obesity rates. “Clearly, fat is the new normal. […]

Seattle Has Shortest Wait Time For A Doctor; El Paso, Texas, The Longest

Physicians in Seattle have the shortest office wait times — 16 minutes, 15 seconds — this year, while the longest wait time was reported in El Paso, Texas, at 29 minutes, 20 seconds. The Vitals Index annual report said the shortest wait time in the top 50 cities increased by a full minute this year, […]

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 […]


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