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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 […]

Most Obese Kids Have Heart Risk Factor

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands — Two-thirds of severely obese children have at least one cardiovascular risk factor, researchers in the Netherlands found. Dr. Joana Kist-van Holthe of the Department of Public and Occupational Health, at the University Medical Center, Amsterdam, and colleagues conducted a nationwide surveillance study from July 2005 to July 2007.  Pediatricians in the Netherlands […]

Study: Fewer U.S. Teens Having Sex

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The average age — 16 — at which U.S. teens begin having sex hasn’t changed in about 20 years, federal health officials say. Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told AIDS 2012, an international conference in Washington, the proportion of American high school students — ages 14-17 — who […]

It Is Possible To Overeat Healthy Foods

CHICAGO (UPI) — It is possible to overeat healthy foods, such as fruit and vegetables, a U.S. registered dietitian said. Brooke Schantz, a registered dietitian at the Loyola University Health System near Chicago, said overeating healthy foods is easy to do, but the same rules apply to healthy food as junk food. “While fruits are […]

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