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Most U.S. Adults Say Obesity Is Serious

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Eighty-one percent of U.S. adults say obesity is an extremely or very serious problem — up significantly from 69 percent in 2005, a survey indicates. The Gallup Poll found Americans see obesity as a more serious societal issue than cigarettes — a change from 2005, the last time Gallup asked the question. […]

Moms May Not See If Kids Are Overweight

BALTIMORE (UPI) — Many mothers can’t tell whether their toddlers are big kids or too-big kids, U.S. researchers discovered. Dr. Erin Hager of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and colleagues had low-income moms of overweight toddlers choose silhouettes that the moms thought represented the size of their child. “Ninety-four percent of the mothers […]

Kidney Stones Are On The Rise

LOS ANGELES (UPI) — U.S. researchers found the number of Americans with kidney stones more than doubled from 1994 to the period of 2007 to 2010. Charles Scales of the University of California, Los Angeles, analyzed national health survey data and found about 1-in-20 people had kidney stones in 1994; but by 2007 to 2010, […]

Groups Ask Surgeon General For Soda Report

WASHINGTON (UPI) — About 100 health, medical and consumer groups are calling on the U.S. surgeon general to issue a report on the health effects of soda and sugary drinks. The groups include the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, the Consumer Federation of America, the National Hispanic Medical Association, the Prevention Institute, the […]

Specialist Has Tips To Avoid Asthma Attack

BETHESDA, Md., (UPI) — Asthmatic people can reduce the risk of asthma attack by being careful to avoid places where there’s heavy tobacco smoke, a U.S. official says. Asthma is a chronic disease that narrows the airways of the lungs, making it difficult to get air in, and out — and hard to breathe. It […]

Kawasaki Disease May Be Heart Risk Factor

LOS ANGELES, (UPI) — U.S. researchers say Kawasaki disease, a childhood illness that causes blood vessel inflammation, may be a risk factor of heart disease. Dr. Moshe Arditi, executive vice chair of research in Cedars-Sinai’s Department of Pediatrics in the Maxine Dunitz Children’s Health Center in Los Angeles, and colleagues showed how Kawasaki disease in […]

Gold, Tea May Help Treat Prostate Cancer

COLUMBIA, Mo., (UPI) — A compound in tea delivered via radioactive gold nanoparticles may be an effective treatment for prostate cancer, U.S. researchers suggest. Ravi Shuklaa of the University of Missouri and colleagues said the nanoparticles containing the tea compound circumvented transport barriers and destroyed the prostate tumors effectively. The radioactive gold particle was sufficiently […]

Long-Term Contraceptive Use Up Since 2002

NEW YORK, (UPI) — U.S. women using long-acting reversible contraceptives — the implant or intrauterine device — almost quadrupled from 2002 to 2009, researchers say. Lawrence B. Finer and colleagues at the Guttmacher Institute in New York found the rate of U.S. women using highly effective long-acting reversible contraceptive methods increased from 2.4 percent in […]

N.Y. Bans Indoor Tanning For 17, Younger

ALBANY, N.Y., (UPI) — New York’s Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, signed a law prohibiting the use of indoor tanning devices by children age 17 and under. The law, signed Monday, also requires New York teens ages 17-18 to obtain parental consent before using indoor tanning. “Exposure to ultraviolet radiation can be extremely harmful, […]

CDC Media Campaign Aims To End HIV Stigma

ATLANTA (UPI) — U.S. health officials said they have begun a publicity campaign to combat obstacles to HIV prevention, complacency and the stigma associated with the infection. Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the Let’s Stop HIV Together — a national communication campaign including local and national advertising, social media, online […]


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