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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 […]

Many Fear A New Pet After A Pet Death

WASHINGTON (UPI) — About 1-in-5 former pet owners say they do not want another dog or cat because the grief of their last cat or dog was too great, a U.S. non-profit says. Officials at the American Humane Association’s Animal Welfare Research Institute said 3 million to 4 million healthy, adoptable pets are euthanized at […]

U.S. High Schools: 1 Of 5 Students Smoke

ATLANTA (UPI) — In 2011, nearly 30 percent of U.S. high-school males and 18 percent of high-school females used some form of tobacco, federal health officials said. The report, published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, also said tobacco use among U.S. middle school and high-school students showed […]

Normal Weight People Get Type 2 Diabetes

CHICAGO (UPI) — Adults with normal weight at the time of diabetes diagnosis have higher mortality rates than overweight or obese adults, U.S. researchers found. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, also found that normal-weight people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes have double the risk of dying of heart disease […]

U.S. Child And Teen Cholesterol Down

HYATTSVILLE, Md. (UPI) — In the past two-plus decades, average total cholesterol levels have dropped in U.S. children and teens ages 6-19, U.S. health officials found. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found there has been a decrease in average total cholesterol levels over the past 24 years, but almost […]

Education Linked To Lower Obesity Levels

BOSTON (UPI) — Education may be one way to decrease the risk of becoming overweight or obese, a U.S. researcher suggests. Patricia Coogan of the Boston University School of Public Health said people from lower education levels tend to weigh more — in fact, to be obese. Coogan analyzed data of more than 21,000 African-American […]

Study: Some Men Seek Love From Sex Workers

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Men who become regular clients of sex workers often are seeking real love and intimacy from the sex workers, U.S. researchers suggest. Study authors Christine Milrod and Ronald Weitzer of George Washington University analyzed 2,442 postings on an online discussion board from a sex provider where clients review sex workers and discuss […]

Babies Of Obese Mothers May Develop Slower

IOWA CITY, Iowa (UPI) — Babies of overweight/obese mothers gained fewer ounces and grew fewer inches than babies of more average-weight women, U.S. researchers say. Dr. Katie Larson Ode of the University of Iowa and colleagues at the University of Minnesota compared the weight and height of babies born to overweight and obese mothers with […]

Defibrillators Cut Cardiac Death By Third

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, (UPI) — Implantable cardioverter defibrillators reduced cardiac arrests caused by ventricular fibrillation by one-third in the Northern Netherlands, researchers say. Implantable cardioverter defibrillators are small battery-powered electrical impulse generators implanted in patients at risk of sudden cardiac death. Ventricular fibrillation is an abnormal heart rhythm that makes the heart quiver so it can’t […]

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