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Middle-Age Drinkers Higher Quality-Of-Life

BOSTON, (UPI) — Moderate drinkers appear to have better quality-of-life than those who abstain or drink too much, U.S. researchers say. Harvey Finkel of the Boston University Medical Center and colleagues tracked about 5,400 Canadians at age 50. The study found those who drank in moderation — no more than 14 drinks a week and […]

Better Weather Boosts U.S. Exercise

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — More U.S. adults reported exercising in May than in any month since the recession began in 2008, a Gallup Poll indicates. The Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index survey, conducted by telephone May 1-31, of 30,252 U.S. adults, found 55.2 percent said they exercised for at least 30 minutes three or more days per […]

Banana Flour Touted For Gluten-Free Pasta

RIO DE JANEIRO (UPI) — University of Brazil researchers say their gluten-free pasta from green banana flour tastes better than regular whole-wheat pasta. Lead investigator Renata Puppin Zandonadi of the University of Brazil compared a standard whole-wheat pasta preparation made from whole-wheat flour and whole eggs with one made from green banana flour, egg whites, […]

Thyroid Problems Cause Pregnancy Issues

HOUSTON (UPI) — Researchers in India suggest pregnant women should be screened for thyroid dysfunction within the first three months of getting pregnant. Dr. Jubbin Jagan Jacob of Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, India, and colleagues found even moderate thyroid dysfunction during early pregnancy significantly increases the risk of serious complications. Thyroid hormone, produced […]

Hormone Therapy Results In Weight Loss

HOUSTON (UPI) — Men using testosterone replacement therapy experienced significant weight loss, researchers in Germany found. Lead author of Bayer Pharma in Berlin said previous research showed testosterone-deficient men consistently show changes in body composition, but the net effect on weight seemed unchanged. However, in the current study had a longer follow-up by at least […]

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, […]

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 […]


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