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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 […]

Hidden Eggs Can Pose Danger For Some

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (UPI) — U.S. food products are required to label any food containing egg as an ingredient, but eggs can be hidden in a variety of foods, a food expert warns. “Keep in mind there are also some hidden sources of egg which can possibly include: the foam on the top of coffee […]

Adversity Ups Depression, Inflammation

LOS ANGELES (UPI) — U.S. and Canadian researchers say they have confirmed links between early childhood adversity, depression and chronic inflammation. Steve Cole of the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine and Gregory Miller of the University of British Columbia said when a person injures a knee, it becomes inflamed — the body’s […]

Can't Win War On Fat Without More Exercise

DENVER (UPI) — The United States will not solve its obesity problem unless Americans increase their physical activity — not just reduce their caloric intake, researchers say. James O. Hill and colleagues at the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the University of Colorado School of Medicine said they focus on energy balance — combining […]


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