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C-Section May Double Risk Of Child Obesity

BOSTON (UPI) — Cesarean section deliveries — already linked to an increased risk of childhood asthma — may double the risk of preschool child obesity, U.S. researchers say. Dr. Susanna Huh of Children’s Hospital in Boston and colleagues said the study involved 1,255 mother-and-child pairs who attended eight outpatient maternity services in eastern Massachusetts from […]

Vigorous Exercise May Cut Psoriasis Risk

BOSTON (UPI) — Vigorous physical activity may be associated with a reduced risk of psoriasis, scaling of the skin, U.S. researchers suggest. Hillary C. Frankel of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston said psoriasis is an immunologic disorder characterized by systemic inflammation and scaling of the skin. Frankel and colleagues used data from the Nurses’ […]

Anger Can Rob A Person Of Happiness

LA MESA, Calif. (UPI) — The first step to happiness is getting angry — but unless people master anger others steal energy and power robbing them of happiness, a U.S. author suggests. “Anger is like fire,” Kevin B. Burk, author of the book “Anger Mastery: Get Angry, Get Happy,” says in a statement. “When you […]

Hypertension Need Not Be Due To Aging

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (UPI) — Hunter-gatherers who live off the land have lower age-related increases in blood pressure and less risks of atherosclerosis, U.S. researchers say. Study author Michael Gurven, an anthropology professor and chairman of the University of California-Santa Barbara’s Integrative Anthropological Sciences Unit, and colleagues tracked 2,296 indigenous adults in 82 Tsimane villages, […]

Retired Couples’ Healthcare Costs: $240,000

SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) — A 65-year-old U.S. couple retiring in 2012 will spend at least $240,000 for healthcare costs in retirement, officials of Fidelity Investments say. The latest estimate from Fidelity Investments on healthcare out-of-pocket costs for a U.S. retired couple at age 65 in 2012 does not include long-term-care costs, over-the-counter medications or most […]

Thinking Of Death Makes Some Compassionate

COLUMBIA, Mo. (UPI) — Some people try to avoid all thoughts of death but U.S. researchers advise thinking about death can bring out the good in people. Kenneth Vail at the University of Missouri reviewed experiments involving people thinking about death. He also reviewed assessments of how people who were not directly involved in catastrophes […]

Graphic TV Ads May Help 50,000 Quit Smoking

ATLANTA (UPI) — Big tobacco spends $10 billion annually — about $1 million an hour — to portray smoking as vibrant and healthy, but it’s not reality, a U.S. official says. Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, said the CDC recently began a hard-hitting ad campaign […]

Work-Related Exposure Can Worsen Asthma

ATLANTA (UPI) — About 9 percent of all U.S. asthma cases are made worse by work-related exposures, federal health officials say. Work-related asthma includes work-exacerbated asthma — pre-existing or concurrent asthma worsened by factors related to the workplace environment — and occupational asthma, new onset asthma attributed to the workplace environment. Work-related asthma is a […]

Most U.S. Stroke Risk Is In The Southeast

ATLANTA (UPI) — Older adults, blacks, American Indians, those with fewer years of education and those living in the southeast, have elevated stroke risk, U.S. officials say. A report published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report said those age 65 and older and American Indians had the highest […]

Diabetic Heart And Stroke Deaths Down 40%

ATLANTA, (UPI) — For people with diabetes, the death rates for heart disease and stroke dropped substantially — 40 percent — from 1997 to 2006, U.S. researchers found. Ann Albright, director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Diabetes Translation, and colleagues analyzed 1997-2004 National Health Interview Survey data involving 250,000 adults who […]

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