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Slight Increase In U.S. Out-Of-Hospital Births From 2011-2012

HYATTSVILLE, Md., (UPI) — In 1900, almost all U.S. births occurred outside a hospital but in 2012, 1.36 percent of births were out-of-hospital births, health officials say. Study authors Marian F. MacDorman and T.J. Mathews of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, and Eugene Declercq of Boston University School […]

Blood Test May Detect Alzheimer’s In Healthy People

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — U.S. researchers say they discovered and validated a blood test that can predict with 90 percent accuracy if a healthy person will develop Alzheimer’s. Dr. Howard J. Federoff, professor of neurology and executive vice president for health sciences at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, said the test identifies 10 lipids, or […]

Those With Skin Cancer By Age 25 Have Higher Risk Of Other Cancers

MELBOURNE (UPI) — People with non-melanoma skin cancer by age 25 and younger have a higher risk of developing melanoma or other cancers later in life, Australian researchers say. Rodney Sinclair, a professor at the University of Melbourne and director of Dermatology at Epworth HealthCare, said the risk decreased significantly with increasing age, but it […]

Britain To Address Increasing Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs

LONDON (UPI) — Britain’s chief medical officer called for urgent action to reduce use of antibiotics and improve hospital hygiene to prevent resistant bacteria from spreading. Sally Davies, who previously warned bacteria becoming resistant to drugs is a threat equal to that of terrorism, said immediate action is needed to address antibiotic resistance. She said […]

High Levels Of Vitamin D Linked To Breast Cancer Survival

SAN DIEGO (UPI) — Women with breast cancer with high levels of vitamin D in their blood are twice as likely to survive as women with low levels, U.S. researchers say. Cedric F. Garland, a professor at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, and colleagues performed a statistical analysis of five studies […]

Lack Of Sleep In Obese Teens Predicts Heart Disease Risk

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (UPI) — Low levels of sleep — fewer than 8 1/2 hours — is a significant predictor of cardiometabolic risk in obese teens, U.S. researchers say. Lead author Heidi IglayReger, supervisor of the Physical Activity Laboratory at the Michigan Metabolomics and Obesity Center, part of the University of Michigan Health System, and […]

Barbie May Be Able To Have It All, But Girls More Limited

CORVALLIS, Ore. (UPI) — Barbie may be billed as being able to “Be Anything,” but girls who play with the doll see fewer career options available to themselves, U.S. researchers say. Aurora Sherman of Oregon State University and Eileen Zurbriggen of the University of California, Santa Cruz, conducted one of the first experiments on how […]

Study: Height And General Intelligence Linked

EDINBURGH, Scotland (UPI) — People who are shorter than average are more likely to have lower IQs than those who are taller, researchers in Scotland and England said. A joint study involving Edinburgh University, Aberdeen University and University College London, said the findings were based on data compiled on thousands of people recruited over a […]

BPA Levels In Men’s Urine May Predict Prostate Cancer

CINCINNATI (UPI) — Levels of bisphenol A in men’s urine could be a marker of prostate cancer and low levels of BPA can cause changes in prostate cells, U.S. researchers say. The research, published in Plos One, said it provided the first evidence that urinary BPA levels may help predict prostate cancer and that disruption […]

Experimental Contact Lens Releases Glaucoma Medicine

BOSTON (UPI) — An experimental specially designed contact lens releases a glaucoma medicine at a steady rate for up to a month and corrects vision, U.S. researchers say. Joseph Ciolino, an ophthalmologist, who, along with his mentor Daniel Kohane, developed the new contact lens at Harvard Medical School, said people using traditional eye drops for […]


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