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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 […]

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 […]

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