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Alcohol In Moderation Boosts Bone Health

CORVALLIS, Ore. (UPI) — Drinking a moderate amount of alcohol as part of a healthy lifestyle may lower a post-menopausal woman’s risk of developing osteoporosis, U.S. researchers say. Urszula Iwaniec, associate professor at Oregon State University, and colleagues measured a significant increase in blood markers of bone turnover in women after the subjects stopped drinking […]

Tsunami Of Boomer Mental Illness Looms

WASHINGTON (UPI) — U.S. health officials need to address the mental illness and substance abuse needs of baby boomers, a non-profit group warns. A report by the Institute of Medicine said millions of baby boomers will likely face difficulties getting diagnoses and treatment for mental health conditions and substance abuse problems unless there is a […]

U.S. Having More Sex, But Liking It Less

PRINCETON, N.J. (UPI) — U.S. adults say they’re having sex 151 times a year, on average, compared to 120 times last year, but sexual satisfaction has declined, a survey indicated. The survey by Trojan Brand Condoms found 67 percent of Americans claimed to be satisfied with their sex life in 2012 versus 76 percent in […]

Binge Eating May Be Linked To Addiction

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (UPI) — People with a history of binge eating may be at higher risk of addiction-like behaviors, including substance abuse, a U.S. researcher says. Patricia Sue Grigson, a professor in Pennsylvania State University’s Department of Neural and Behavioral Sciences, said drug addiction persists as a major problem in the United States. “Likewise, […]

Many Retirees Surprised By Healthcare Cost

CHICAGO, (UPI) — Middle-income retirees say healthcare expenses are one of the biggest overall financial surprises they encounter in retirement, a U.S. survey indicates. The survey, conducted by Bankers Life and Casualty Company Center for a Secure Retirement, asked 300 retirees ages 55-75 with an annual household income between $25,000 and $75,000 what challenged them […]

Almonds Have Fewer Calories Than Thought

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — Whole almonds provide about 20 percent fewer calories than originally thought, scientists from the U. S. Department of Agriculture said. David Baer and his research team from the USDA Agricultural Research Service used a new measurement method that made it possible to determine the number of calories from almonds that were absorbed […]

Cranberries May Prevent UTIs

TAIPEI, Taiwan, (UPI) — Products containing cranberry appear to be linked to preventing urinary tract infections in some people, researchers in Taiwan concluded. Dr. Chih-Hung Wang of National Taiwan University Hospital and National Taiwan University College of Medicine and colleagues conducted a meta-analysis of 13 trials, involving 1,616 subjects — identified for qualitative synthesis from […]

Many Agencies Place Unqualified Caregivers

CHICAGO, (UPI) — A U.S. researcher warns against being fooled by Web sites of agencies that supply personnel to aid the elderly in their home — many have criminal records. Lead study author Dr. Lee Lindquist of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine said many agencies recruit random strangers off Craigslist and place them in […]

West Nile Detected In New York City Area

NEW YORK, (UPI) — New York City Health Department officials said they increased surveillance after detecting West Nile virus in some Staten Island mosquitoes. Dr. Thomas Farley, New York City health commissioner, said the infected mosquitoes were collected from the neighborhoods of New Dorp Beach and Bull’s Head on Staten Island and additional traps were […]

Violence Exposure Has Long-Term Effects

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (UPI) — Healthy children exposed to community violence demonstrated a physical stress response one year after the exposure, U.S. and British researchers said. Elizabeth Susman of Pennsylvania State University and colleagues at the University College London, recruited 124 adolescents, ages 8-13, living in small city and rural communities — children not normally […]

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