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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 […]

Women Smarter Than Men In Developed World

DUNEDIN, New Zealand (UPI) — A study has found women in the developed world score higher than men in IQ tests, a researcher in New Zealand said. Women were as much as 5 points behind men when IQ testing began a century ago, but then gap — which led some psychologists to propose a theory […]

Exposure High In BPS, A BPA Substitute

ALBANY, N.Y. (UPI) — The skin may absorb more bisphenol S, often used to substitute for bisphenol A in thermal and recycled paper and paper money, than BPA, U.S. researchers say. Kurunthachalam Kannan of the Wadsworth Center at the New York state Department of Health and the State University of New York at Albany and […]

To Lose Weight, Keep A Food Journal

SEATTLE (UPI) — Women who want to lose weight should faithfully keep a food journal and avoid skipping meals and eating in restaurants, U.S. researchers advise. Dr. Anne McTiernan and colleagues at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle said study participants were given the following tips for keeping a food journal: — Be […]


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