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Sick Seniors Find It Hard To Break Habits

PORTLAND, Ore. (UPI) — U.S. seniors with a serious disease tend to not change their unhealthy lifestyle, although better habits could improve outcomes, researchers say. Study leader Jason T. Newsom Portland State University analyzed data from an ongoing survey, which began in 1992, of more than 11,000 U.S. adults age 50 or older to determine […]

Mental Illness May Shorten Lifespan

LONDON (UPI) — People with mental health problems — especially symptoms of anxiety or depression — have a lower life expectancy, British and Scottish researchers say. A team of researchers at the University College London and the University of Edinburgh analyzed data from more than 68,000 adults age 35 and older who took part in […]

Men: Wider Waists = Sex, Urination Issues

NEW YORK (UPI) — Obesity in men affects not just their hearts and metabolism, but also their sexual function and urinary health, U.S. researchers said. Senior investigator Dr. Steven A. Kaplan of the Weill Cornell Medical College — director of the Iris Cantor Men’s Health Center and chief of the Institute for Bladder and Prostate […]

More Education Linked To Longer Life

CHICAGO (UPI) — Life expectancy for U.S. adults with 16 years or more of education has risen rapidly since 1990, U.S. researchers say. Stuart Jay Olshansky, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, and colleagues found while education and its socioeconomic benefits pay off, the absence of an education takes a heavy toll […]

NIH Video Reveals Science Behind Yoga

BETHESDA, Md. (UPI) — A division of the U.S. National Institutes of Health has issued a video demonstrating how yoga works and suggesting it may be beneficial for low-back pain. “This video provides important information on the safety and usefulness of yoga and also insights into how scientists study this commonly used health practice,” Dr. […]

Children Exercise If Parents Do

DENVER (UPI) — Parents worried their children don’t get enough exercise should increase their physical activity and their kids will follow, U.S. researchers advise. Kristen Holm, assistant professor of Medicine at National Jewish Health, and colleagues found when parents increase their daily activity — measured by a pedometer — their children increase theirs as well. […]

Romance Is Over When Photos Are Stashed

LONDON (UPI) — The point at which people put an ex-partner’s photo away after a split is usually when they are emotionally ready to move on, a British psychologist says. “It’s not surprising that nearly half of us keep some kind of visual memento of past partners — this goes for partners who were divorced […]

Smiling During Stress May Help The Heart

LAWRENCE, Kan. (UPI) — People who smile even though they don’t feel like it had lower heart beat levels, U.S. researcher suggest. Psychological scientists Tara Kraft and Sarah Pressman of the University of Kansas conducted a series of experiments involving 169 participants from a Midwestern university. The study involved two phases — training and testing. […]

Study: Tanning Bed Sunburn Frequent

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (UPI) — College-age women who use tanning beds reported frequent sunburn, increasing their risk of cancer, U.S. researchers say. Researchers at the Center of Excellence at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, East Tennessee State University, Pennsylvania State University and Northwestern University, said the study […]

NYC Pushes Breastfeeding Over Formula

NEW YORK (UPI) — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s latest initiative promotes breastfeeding over infant formula, officials said. While new mothers who favor bottle feeding will still be able to do so, beginning Sept. 3 nurses in New York City will have to sign out the baby formula in hospitals participating in the initiative, the […]

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