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Cut Breast Cancer Risk By Avoiding Scans

SAN DIEGO (UPI) — An analysis of environmental causes of breast cancer suggests women can reduce breast cancer risk by avoiding unnecessary medical imaging, researchers say. Dr. Rebecca Smith-Bindman of the University of California, San Francisco, said the Institute of Medicine reviewed all the available scientific data compiled to date about potential environmental risks of […]

Sleep Helps Predict Pro Athlete's Longevity

BOSTON (UPI) — Studies involving NFL and MLB players suggest evaluating an athlete’s sleep helps determine his or her professional longevity, U.S. researchers said. Sleep researcher Dr. W. Christopher Winter said he uncovered a link between a pro athlete’s longevity and the degree of sleepiness experienced in the daytime. “A team’s ability to accurately judge […]

Natural 'Marijuana' In Brain Eases Anxiety

DURHAM, N.C. (UPI) — U.S. researchers said they found a way to calm the fears of anxious mice with a drug that alters their brain chemistry. Ahmad Hariri, a neurobiologist at the Duke University’s Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy, and colleagues at the National Institutes of Health found human genetic differences related to the […]

More U.S. Teens Smoke Pot Than Cigarettes

ATLANTA, (UPI) — Marijuana use is more common among U.S. high school students than cigarette smoking — 23 percent to 18 percent, federal officials say. The 2011 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta found U.S. teen cigarette use dropped from 19 percent in 2009 to 18 […]

U.S.: Some Vaccines Stored Improperly

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — Some vaccines stored in offices that provide free immunizations were stored improperly or at inappropriate temperatures, U.S. health investigators said. The Department of Health and Human Service Office of the Inspector General’s report — Vaccines for Children Program: Vulnerabilities in Vaccine Management — said a study conducted in April and May of […]

Gum Disease Linked To Knee Pain

CLEVELAND, (UPI) — People who ignore gum disease may end up having knew trouble, U.S. researchers discovered. Dr. Nabil Bissada of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland said bacteria might link the mouth and the knee. Bissada and colleagues analyzed data on 36 patients with gum disease and arthritis of the knee. In about 15 […]

U.S. Young Adults Want Health Insurance

NEW YORK, (UPI) — Affordability, rather than a belief that they do not need insurance, is major barrier to U.S. young adults obtaining health insurance coverage, researchers say. Sara R. Collins, Ruth Robertson, Tracy Garber and Michelle M. Doty of the Commonwealth Fund in New York said a survey of young adults from November 2010 […]

Study: Dogs Show Empathy To Crying People

LONDON, (UPI) — Dogs respond to a person who is crying regardless of whether it is their owner or an unfamiliar person, researchers in Britain found. Dr. Deborah Custance and Jennifer Mayer, both of the Department of Psychology at the University of London, developed a procedure to examine whether domestic dogs could identify and respond […]

Kid CT Scans Linked To Small Leukemia Risk

BETHESDA, Md. (UPI) — Children and teens scanned multiple times by computed tomography have a somewhat increased risk of leukemia and brain tumors, U.S. and British researchers say. Senior investigator Amy Berrington de Gonzalez of the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics at the National Cancer Institute and colleagues at Newcastle University in England obtained […]

Kids Can Get Hand, Foot And Mouth Disease

ATLANTA (UPI) — Children can’t get hoof and mouth disease — that’s a disease of livestock — but they can get something that sounds similar, U.S. health officials said. Eileen Schneider of the U.S. Centers for Disease and Prevention in Atlanta, said all children can get hand, foot and mouth disease, but it’s more common […]

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