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Symptoms May Precede Parkinson's Diagnosis

BOSTON, (UPI) — There is growing evidence Parkinson’s disease often starts with non-motor symptoms that precede diagnosis by several years, U.S. researchers found. Lead investigator Natalia Palacios of the Harvard School of Public Health and colleagues examined patterns in the quality-of-life of Parkinson’ disease patients prior to diagnosis. The researchers documented declines in physical and […]

Doctor: Remember To 'R.I.C.E.' An Injury

NEW YORK, (UPI) — There are more cuts and bruises, ankle sprains, muscle strains and knee injuries in summer as children and adults are more active, a U.S. physician says. Dr. William Levine, chief of sports medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, recommends R.I.C.E. — Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate — a first-aid technique […]

Seniors More Sensitive To The Heat

NEW YORK, (UPI) — The effect of the sun on older adults can be heightened because of changes in the skin and body as one ages, a U.S. physician says. Dr. Michael Stern, co-director of the Geriatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, said the warning signs for heat-related conditions often go […]

Study Urges Better Battle Bleeding Control

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — A U.S. Army study concluded a sizable number of U.S. combat deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq could have been prevented with better bleeding control in the field. The study, presented this week to a Pentagon advisory panel, said most fatalities on the battlefield were the result of blood loss, and the use […]

Fireworks Best Handled By The Pros

DALLAS, (UPI) — July Fourth accident reports annually demonstrate even the most innocent sparkler or Roman candle holds danger, a U.S. burn and trauma care specialist says. Dr. Steven Wolf of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas said fireworks can turn a celebration into a disastrous occasion in an instant. “The best […]

Ethnic Food Often Spicier And Healthier

LAS VEGAS (UPI) — U.S. adults are choosing more ethnic foods and ingredients that not only offer unique flavor and texture, but a variety of health benefits, a researcher says. “Very authentic and regional cuisines are becoming very popular,” Janet Carver, senior culinary team leader at Ingredion Inc., said in a statement. “Not just Chinese, […]

People Make Relationships With Characters

MANHATTAN, Kan. (UPI) — Celebrity deaths can strongly affect their fans, who often use social media to grieve the loss of people they’ve never met, a U.S. researcher says. Richard Harris, professor of psychology at Kansas State University, said many people develop relationships with media figures in a manner similar to the way they do […]

Early Menopause Symptoms Not Heart-Linked

HOUSTON (UPI) — Hot flashes or night sweats early in menopause are not linked to heart risk unless the symptoms persist or start long after menopause began, researchers say. Lead researcher Dr. Emily Szmuilowicz, an assistant professor at Northwestern University’s medical school in Chicago, said the study used retrospective data from nearly 60,000 post-menopausal women […]

Raisins May Lower Post-Meal Blood Sugar

PHILADELPHIA (UPI) — Eating raisins three times a day may significantly lower post-meal blood sugar levels, compared to other common snacks, U.S. researchers say. Lead researcher Dr. Harold Bays, medical director and president of Louisville Metabolic and Atherosclerosis Center, said the study included 46 men and women who had not previously been diagnosed with type […]

U.S. Teens May Not Get Sunscreen Message

NEW YORK (UPI) — Although adults may be using sunscreen more often to protect against cancer, teenagers may not be as careful, a U.S. researcher says. “It only takes one blistering sunburn to increase your risk of skin cancer. Sun exposure plays a significant role in the development of melanoma,” Dr. Desiree Ratner, director of […]


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