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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 […]

Work Stress Or No Work Keeps Many Awake

YONKERS, N.Y. (UPI) — Work stress or the stress of being unemployed is keeping many U.S. adults up at night or from getting back to sleep after waking up, a survey indicates. A survey of 26,451 subscribers to Consumer Reports’ indicated 69 percent of the unemployed respondents said they had trouble falling versus 59 percent […]

Sweeteners Help Some Lose Weight

STANFORD, Calif. (UPI) — Using sweeteners instead of sugars may help the overweight reach and maintain a healthy body weight if they don’t eat more to compensate, U.S. researchers say. Substituting non-nutritive sweeteners for added sugars in beverages and other foods has the potential to help people with diabetes with glucose control, a statement from […]

Ways To Avoid Age-Related Eye Diseases

ATLANTA (UPI) — People who find they are holding a book farther away to read it may need reading glasses, a U.S. eye specialist says. Dr. Xinzhi Zhang of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said vision, like a lot of things, is less sharp as people age, but there’s a difference between normal […]

Parents Less Apt To Have Colds

PITTSBURGH (UPI) — When exposed to a common cold virus, parents are 52 percent less likely to develop a cold than non-parents, U.S. researchers found. Study leaders Sheldon Cohen and Rodlescia S. Sneed of Carnegie Mellon University, Ronald B. Turner of the University of Virginia Health Center and William J. Doyle of the University of […]


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