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Foods Rich In Purines Quintuple Gout Risk

BOSTON (UPI) — Foods rich in purines — particularly meat and seafood — quintuple the immediate risk of a gout flare-up, U.S. researchers found. Dr. Yuqing Zhang of Boston University School of Medicine said anecdotal evidence suggested purine rich foods — meat, seafood, beans, peas, lentils, oatmeal, spinach, asparagus, mushrooms, yeast and alcohol — triggered […]

Positive Attitude Plays Role In Longevity

NEW YORK (UPI) — A positive attitude and a sense of humor might play a role in living a longer, healthier life, U.S. researchers suggested. Study co-author Dr. Nil Barzilai, director of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Institute for Aging Research in New York, and colleagues developed a questionnaire designed to identify certain genetically […]

Why It's Hard To Trace Food Poisoning

NORWICH, England (UPI) — A multidisciplinary team of U.S. and international scientists said finding the sources of food poisoning was more difficult because food crosses borders. Professor Jozsef Baranyi of the Institute of Food Research in Norwich, England, and colleagues used agri-food import-export data from the databases of the United Nations and Food and Agriculture […]

Study: Cigarette Taxes Help Cut Smoking

ATLANTA (UPI) — State tobacco control policies can help curb smoking in women during pregnancy and help prevent them from smoking after they deliver, U.S. researchers say. Lead investigator E. Kathleen Adams at Emory University in Atlanta said it is estimated almost 23 percent of women enter pregnancy as smokers and more than half of […]

Expert: Over-Diagnosis A Threat To Health

ROBINA, Australia (UPI) — Over-diagnosis, treating people at-risk of disease as if they had the disease is a significant threat to human health, an Australian researcher says. Ray Moynihan, senior research fellow at Bond University in Australia, said over-diagnosis poses a significant threat to human health by labeling healthy people as sick and wasting resources […]

Canada Moves To Regulate 'Bath Salts' Drug

OTTAWA (UPI) — The Canadian government has begun the process of regulating the chemicals used to make the street drug known as bath salts, the health minister said Tuesday. Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced in Ottawa the Health Canada agency is moving to place the chemicals in the same category as heroin and cocaine. So named […]

People Who Eat Tree Nuts Reduce Heart Risk

BATON ROUGE, La. (UPI) — People who eat nuts had lower body mass index and decreased health risk factors for cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome, U.S. researchers said. Carol O’Neil of Louisiana State University and colleagues compared the health risk for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome of nut consumers with that of […]

Internet Tool To Quit Smoking

LONDON, (UPI) — An online program developed from the results of research findings, can help people quit smoking, British researchers said. Robert West and Susan Michie of the University College London said StopAdvisor offers expert advice through a combination of interactive menus and personalized sessions, and encourages users to report important information the program will […]

Cancer Worldwide Up 75 Percent By 2030

LYON, France, (UPI) — The incidence of cancer will grow by 75 percent by the year 2030 worldwide — nearly doubling in some developing countries, a French research group said. Lead author Dr. Freddie Bray of the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France, said in medium- and high-Human Development Index settings, the […]

Late And Mild Flu Season Wrapping Up

ATLANTA, (UPI) — The U.S. flu season, which started late and was mild compared with other seasons, is wrapping up, federal health officials said. A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this year’s flu season set a new record for the lowest and shortest peak for influenza-like illness since this type […]

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