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Parents May Be Slow To Act On Suicide Risk

PHILADELPHIA, (UPI) — Rural parents may be slow to act if told their children may be at risk of suicide, U.S. researchers said. Study co-authors Jonathan Singer of Temple University and Karen Slovak of Ohio University said interviews with clinicians suggest frank discussion of guns is key to helping rural families with children at risk […]

Some Fat With Vegetables Beneficial

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., (UPI) — Those who choose no-fat or low-fat dressings for vegetables or salads may miss out on a significant amount of vitamins and nutrients, U.S. researchers found. Lead author Mario Ferruzzi, a Purdue University associate professor of food science, and colleagues fed subjects salads topped off with saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat-based […]

Toddler Puzzles May Help Math Skills

CHICAGO (UPI) — Toddlers working with puzzles and shapes may improve their spatial understanding, which in turn may improve their math skills, U.S. researchers say. Lead author Elizabeth Gunderson and co-author Susan Levine at the University at Chicago said the results of their study suggest improving children’s spatial thinking at a young age might not […]

Fathers Help Children Learn Persistence

PROVO, Utah (UPI) — One unique role a father has on a child is developing persistence in his offspring, U.S. researchers found. Laura Padilla-Walker and Randal Day of Brigham Young University tracked 325 families for several years. “This research also helps to establish that traits such as persistence — which can be taught — are […]

Loneliness Increases Elderly Death Risk

SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) — Loneliness can be especially debilitating for the elderly and may predict serious health problems and even death, U.S. researchers say. First author Dr. Carla Perissinotto, assistant professor in the University of California, San Francisco, Division of Geriatrics, said the research team used data in the Health and Retirement Study, a nationally […]

Kid Hypertension Hospitalizations Double

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (UPI) — Pediatric hypertension-related U.S. hospitalizations nearly doubled from 12,661 in 1997 to 24,602 in 2006, researchers found. Lead author Dr. Cheryl Tran of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and colleagues used data on discharge records from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Kids’ Inpatient Database, from 1997, 2000, 2003 […]

TV Remote, Light Switch Germiest In Hotels

SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) — The most contaminated surfaces in U.S. hotel rooms — outside of the toilet and sink — were the TV remote and the bedside lamp switch, researchers found. Katie Kirsch, an undergraduate student, and colleagues at the University of Houston, Purdue University and the University of South Carolina tested a variety of […]

Product Helps With Orthopedic Cast Hygiene

SKANEATELES, N.Y. (UPI) — A new hygiene product provides a simple solution to help sanitize and deodorize the skin wrapped in an orthopedic cast, a U.S. company says. Michael Hogan, vice president of Sani-Cast in Skaneateles, N.Y., said more than 7 million bones were broken and treated with a cast in the United States alone […]

Counseling Can Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) — Telephone counseling to make lifestyle changes is a simple, inexpensive way to help prevent type 2 diabetes, U.S. researchers say. Dr. Alka Kanaya and Anita Stewart of University of California, San Francisco, and colleagues at the city of Berkeley Department of Public Health said type 2 diabetes is not something people […]

Hospital Worker Suspected In Outbreak

EXETER, N.H. (UPI) — Police said they think a drug-abusing hospital employee is the source of a hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter Hospital in Exeter, N.H. Police said the worker switched sterile needles with contaminated ones, infecting at least 20 people, The Boston Globe reported Saturday. No arrests have been made. After weeks of investigating, […]

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