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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 […]

Prolonged Sun Can Cause Tissue On Cornea

DALLAS (UPI) — The surface of the eye and the cornea are particularly vulnerable to the sun’s rays and that’s why a U.S. eye expert recommends everyone use sunglasses. Dr. V. Vinod Mootha, a specialist in cornea, external disease, refractive and cataract surgery, said sunglasses should be used by adults and children when outdoors for […]

Meditation Reduces Loneliness

PITTSBURGH (UPI) — U.S. researchers said they have the first evidence that mindfulness meditation reduces loneliness in older adults. Study leader J. David Creswell of Carnegie Mellon University also found that mindfulness meditation — a 2,500-year-old practice dating back to Buddha that focuses on creating an attentive awareness of the present moment — lowered inflammation […]

Mom-To-Be Diet Tied To Child Hypertension

GALVESTON, Texas (UPI) — The offspring of mothers on a low-protein diet are more likely to develop hypertension as adults, U.S. researchers say. Drs. Haijun Gao, Uma Yallampalli and Chandra Yallampalli of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston said in rats, the high maternal testosterone levels associated with a low-protein diet are caused […]

U.S. Sesame Seed Allergy Cases Rising

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (UPI) — The most common allergens are peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, eggs, milk, fish and shellfish, but allergies to sesame seeds are on the rise, a U.S. expert says. “A 2005 study published in Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, named sesame allergy a ‘significant, serious and growing problem,’” said Phil […]

Tick Bite May Cause Red Meat Allergy

RICHMOND, Va. (UPI) — People who have been bitten by a tick, may develop an allergy to red meat, U.S. researchers say. Dr. Susan Wolver and Dr. Diane Sun of Virginia Commonwealth University said delayed anaphylaxis — a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction — to meat is a new syndrome identified initially in the southeastern United […]

Illness, Recession Cause Early Retirement

BOSTON (UPI) — Those hardest hit by recessions and those who are ill are more likely than others to enroll early for Social Security, U.S. researchers said. Study authors Matthew S. Rutledge, Norma B. Coe and Kendrew Wong of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College found those age 62 filed for benefits about […]

Night Artificial Light, Depression Linked

COLUMBUS, Ohio (UPI) — Chronic exposure to artificial light at night may play some role in the rising rates of depression in humans during the past 50 years, U.S. researchers say. Lead author Tracy Bedrosian, doctoral student in neuroscience and colleagues at Ohio State University, said hamsters exposed to light at night for four weeks […]


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