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Low Testosterone Not Normal Part Of Aging

HOUSTON (UPI) — A drop in testosterone levels in men as they age is more likely to result from smoking, obesity and depression — not aging, researchers in Australia say. Dr. Gary Wittert, professor of medicine at the University of Adelaide in Adelaide in Australia, and colleagues analyzed testosterone levels in more than 1,500 men […]

Dads Pass On How To Make Money To Sons

PROVO, Utah (UPI) — Human capital — intelligence, advice, work ethic — may be why high-income fathers have richer sons, U.S. researchers say. Study author David Sims, an economics professor at Brigham Young University said there’s a correlation between a father’s income and son’s — sons of fathers with high incomes tended to end up […]

Focusing Kids With Autism Improves Speech

LOS ANGELES, (UPI) — Having adults engage the attention of autistic preschool children by gesturing and pointing to toys increases children’s language skills, U.S. researchers say. First author Connie Kasari of the University of California, Los Angeles, and colleagues said the study involved 40 children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder at ages 3 and […]

1.8 Million In U.S. Allergic To Tree Nuts

SANTA MONICA, Calif., (UPI) — About 1.8 million Americans are allergic to tree nuts, which are among the leading causes of fatal and near-fatal food reactions, a U.S. expert says. “Tree nuts include walnut, almond, hazelnut, coconut, cashew, pistachio, Brazil nuts and more,” Phil Lempert, a food industry analyst, trend watcher and creator of supermarketguru.com, […]

8 Billion Saved By Reducing Medical Billing Errors

CHICAGO, (UPI) — The American Medical Association says efforts by its members and private health insurers to reduce billing errors saved the healthcare system $8 billion. Dr. Robert M. Wah, chairman of the AMA board of directors, said efforts to transform the health insurance billing and payment system cut in half the number of medical […]

AMA: Excessive Light At Night Hurts Sleep

CHICAGO, (UPI) — The American Medical Association has adopted a policy saying exposure to excessive light at night disrupts sleep and causes unsafe driving conditions. The AMA, the nation’s largest physician organization, voted during its annual policy-making meeting in Chicago to support the need for developing lighting technologies that minimize circadian — body clock — […]

AMA Votes In Favor Of Soda Tax

CHICAGO, (UPI) — The American Medical Association voted at its meeting in Chicago in favor of taxing soda and beverages with added sweeteners to fight obesity and diabetes. Dr. Alexander Ding, an AMA board member, said numerous studies have shown intake of sugar-sweetened beverages has been strongly and consistency associated with increased body weight and […]

7 Years After Bariatric Surgery, Heart Risk Lowered

SAN DIEGO, (UPI) — Eleven risk factors for heart attack remained greatly reduced among gastric bypass patients seven years after they had the surgery, U.S. researchers found. Lead author Dr. John Morton, associate professor of surgery and director of bariatric surgery at Stanford Hospital & Clinics at Stanford University, and colleagues analyzed cardiac risk factors […]

AMA Moving To Change Medicare Financing

CHICAGO, (UPI) — The American Medical Association House of Delegates, meeting in Chicago, voted to explore alternative ways of financing Medicare. The AMA Council on Medical Service — which recommends policies and actions on socioeconomic factors affecting medicine — presented a report on options for changing the current way of financing Medicare. The report recommended […]

Heavy Tea Drinkers Have Higher Prostate Cancer Risk

GLASGOW, Scotland, (UPI) — Men who drink several cups of tea a day for decades have a higher risk of prostate cancer, researchers in Scotland say. Dr. Kashif Shafique of the Institute of Health & Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow and colleagues found those who drank more than seven cups of tea per day […]

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