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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 […]

People Eat Less When Food Is 'Segmented'

ITHACA, N.Y. (UPI) — Segmenting food — providing a visual cue to divide up food — results in people eating less of the food offered, U.S. researchers found. Brian Wansink, director of the Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab, had two groups of college students — 98 students total — eat tubes of potato chips, […]

Self-Esteem Irresistible To Opposite Sex

NEW YORK (UPI) — A sense of humor and self-confidence are the most irresistible traits in a potential love interest, not physical traits, a U.S. survey indicates. A survey by, a Web-based source for love and relationships, indicated 89 percent of respondents agreed that when one or both partners in a couple has poor […]

Elderly Drinking May Up Dementia Risk

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (UPI) — U.S. researchers say their analysis of alcohol use over a long period of time found when and how much a person drinks affects alcohol’s impact. Tina Hoang of The Veterans Health Research Institute, San Francisco, and the University of California, San Francisco, and colleagues tracked more than 1,300 women age […]

Parents Key To Teen's Alcohol, Drug Use

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (UPI) — Some parents assume whatever they say about drugs and alcohol may be drowned out by peer pressure, but U.S. researchers say parents are key. Michael Cleveland of the Prevention Research Center at Pennsylvania State University said influences on what teens do often come from their friends, but parents have big […]

Many Focus On Personal Health On Vacation

NEWTON, Mass. (UPI) — Most people who try to eat healthy and exercise try to keep to their healthy regime even when on vacation, a U.S. survey indicates. TripAdvisor, a travel Web site, surveyed more than 1,400 U.S. travelers and found 69 percent said healthy eating was important to them when traveling for leisure, while […]

Raisins Provide Workout Boost

FRESNO, Calif. (UPI) — Raisins may provide the same workout boost as sports chews, a study funded by the California Raisin Marketing Board suggests. Researchers at the University of California-Davis evaluated the effects of natural and commercial carbohydrate supplements have on endurance running performance. Runners depleted their glycogen stores in an 80-minute run followed by […]

More U.S. Men Worrying About Their Weight

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Although most U.S. women worry they are overweight and men are catching up, neither men nor women may be concerned enough, a U.S. survey indicates. The two in five Americans who described themselves as being overweight in Gallup’s July 9-12 Consumption Habits poll was well below the percentage who actually are overweight. […]


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