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One In 29 Americans Suffer From PTSD

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Post-traumatic stress disorder affects 1 in 29 Americans, including combat veterans, first responders, abuse victims and disaster survivors, U.S. officials say. “PTSD is an anxiety disorder that some people develop after seeing or living through an event that caused or threatened serious harm or death,” Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Department […]

Coffee/Caffeine Link To Less Dementia Risk

TAMPA, Fla. (UPI) — U.S. researchers found direct evidence that caffeine/coffee intake is associated with a reduced risk of dementia or its delayed onset. Lead author Dr. Chuanhai Cao, a neuroscientist at the University of South Florida College of Pharmacy and the University of South Florida Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute and colleagues at the University […]

Bad Air Linked To Repeat Heart Attack

TEL AVIV, Israel (UPI) — Israeli researchers say air pollution not only affects heart attack and stroke, it also causes repeated episodes in the long-term. Dr. Yariv Gerber of Tel Aviv University’s School of Public Health at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine said cardiac patients living in high pollution areas were found to be more […]

Folate Needed For Nerve, Brain Functioning

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (UPI) — Vitamin B9, better known as folate or folic acid, is needed by pregnant women, but all need it for nerve and brain functioning, a U.S. food expert says. “Beyond pregnancy, one of folate’s key functions is to allow for development of red blood cells. These cells help carry oxygen around […]

Foods Rich In Purines Quintuple Gout Risk

BOSTON (UPI) — Foods rich in purines — particularly meat and seafood — quintuple the immediate risk of a gout flare-up, U.S. researchers found. Dr. Yuqing Zhang of Boston University School of Medicine said anecdotal evidence suggested purine rich foods — meat, seafood, beans, peas, lentils, oatmeal, spinach, asparagus, mushrooms, yeast and alcohol — triggered […]

Positive Attitude Plays Role In Longevity

NEW YORK (UPI) — A positive attitude and a sense of humor might play a role in living a longer, healthier life, U.S. researchers suggested. Study co-author Dr. Nil Barzilai, director of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Institute for Aging Research in New York, and colleagues developed a questionnaire designed to identify certain genetically […]

Why It's Hard To Trace Food Poisoning

NORWICH, England (UPI) — A multidisciplinary team of U.S. and international scientists said finding the sources of food poisoning was more difficult because food crosses borders. Professor Jozsef Baranyi of the Institute of Food Research in Norwich, England, and colleagues used agri-food import-export data from the databases of the United Nations and Food and Agriculture […]

Study: Cigarette Taxes Help Cut Smoking

ATLANTA (UPI) — State tobacco control policies can help curb smoking in women during pregnancy and help prevent them from smoking after they deliver, U.S. researchers say. Lead investigator E. Kathleen Adams at Emory University in Atlanta said it is estimated almost 23 percent of women enter pregnancy as smokers and more than half of […]

Expert: Over-Diagnosis A Threat To Health

ROBINA, Australia (UPI) — Over-diagnosis, treating people at-risk of disease as if they had the disease is a significant threat to human health, an Australian researcher says. Ray Moynihan, senior research fellow at Bond University in Australia, said over-diagnosis poses a significant threat to human health by labeling healthy people as sick and wasting resources […]

Canada Moves To Regulate 'Bath Salts' Drug

OTTAWA (UPI) — The Canadian government has begun the process of regulating the chemicals used to make the street drug known as bath salts, the health minister said Tuesday. Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced in Ottawa the Health Canada agency is moving to place the chemicals in the same category as heroin and cocaine. So named […]

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