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Loneliness Increases Elderly Death Risk

SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) — Loneliness can be especially debilitating for the elderly and may predict serious health problems and even death, U.S. researchers say. First author Dr. Carla Perissinotto, assistant professor in the University of California, San Francisco, Division of Geriatrics, said the research team used data in the Health and Retirement Study, a nationally […]

Kid Hypertension Hospitalizations Double

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (UPI) — Pediatric hypertension-related U.S. hospitalizations nearly doubled from 12,661 in 1997 to 24,602 in 2006, researchers found. Lead author Dr. Cheryl Tran of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and colleagues used data on discharge records from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Kids’ Inpatient Database, from 1997, 2000, 2003 […]

TV Remote, Light Switch Germiest In Hotels

SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) — The most contaminated surfaces in U.S. hotel rooms — outside of the toilet and sink — were the TV remote and the bedside lamp switch, researchers found. Katie Kirsch, an undergraduate student, and colleagues at the University of Houston, Purdue University and the University of South Carolina tested a variety of […]

Product Helps With Orthopedic Cast Hygiene

SKANEATELES, N.Y. (UPI) — A new hygiene product provides a simple solution to help sanitize and deodorize the skin wrapped in an orthopedic cast, a U.S. company says. Michael Hogan, vice president of Sani-Cast in Skaneateles, N.Y., said more than 7 million bones were broken and treated with a cast in the United States alone […]

Counseling Can Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) — Telephone counseling to make lifestyle changes is a simple, inexpensive way to help prevent type 2 diabetes, U.S. researchers say. Dr. Alka Kanaya and Anita Stewart of University of California, San Francisco, and colleagues at the city of Berkeley Department of Public Health said type 2 diabetes is not something people […]

Hospital Worker Suspected In Outbreak

EXETER, N.H. (UPI) — Police said they think a drug-abusing hospital employee is the source of a hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter Hospital in Exeter, N.H. Police said the worker switched sterile needles with contaminated ones, infecting at least 20 people, The Boston Globe reported Saturday. No arrests have been made. After weeks of investigating, […]

Strict Teen Driving Laws Reduce Risky Acts

ST. LOUIS (UPI) — U.S. states with graduated driving laws that limit teen driving privileges have reduced drinking and driving among teens, researchers say. First author Patricia A. Cavazos-Rehg, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, said the vast majority of states have laws that limit teen […]

More In U.S. Thriving, Fewer Struggling

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The percentage of U.S. adults who say they are thriving rose since February and is now on par with the high of 54.2 percent last January, a survey indicates. In fact, in May the Gallup Economic Confidence Index registered its best monthly reading since January 2008, when the recession began. The Gallup-Healthways […]

Psychotherapy By Phone Said Effective

CHICAGO (UPI) — Patients who had psychotherapy sessions over the phone were more likely to complete 18 weeks of treatment than face-to-face patients, U.S. researchers say. Lead author David Mohr, a professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, found phone therapy is a rapidly growing trend among therapists. About 85 percent […]

Motorcycle Helmets Can Save $1.4 Billion

ATLANTA (UPI) — Annual medical, productivity and other costs saved from the motorcycle helmet law in California was $394 million in 2010, a U.S. health official said. “Increasing motorcycle helmet use can save lives and money,” Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, said in a statement. […]

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