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Belief In God Linked To 'Mentalizing'

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (UPI) — Whether a person believes in a higher power might be linked to humans’ cognitive ability to infer other people’s mental states, researchers in Canada said. Study leaders Ara Norenzayan and Will Gervais of the University of British Columbia said mentalizing, or “theory of mind,” is a psychological concept that describes […]

Tart Cherries May Help With Joint Pain

SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) — Tart cherries may have the highest anti-inflammatory content of any food and may help people with osteoarthritis, U.S. researchers say. Principal study investigator Dr. Kerry Kuehl of Oregon Health & Science University said the study involved 20 women ages 40 to 70 with inflammatory osteoarthritis and debilitating joint pain. The study […]

Guidelines To Treat Childhood Aggression

ROCHESTER, Minn. (UPI) — New guidelines are being written for U.S. mental health specialists and primary care providers to manage childhood aggression, Mayo Clinic researchers say. Dr. Peter Jensen, a Mayo Clinic psychiatrist who led the development of the new guidelines, said anti-psychotics and mood-stabilizing drugs are increasingly prescribed to children on an outpatient basis […]

Homes Can Be Protected From Tornadoes

WASHINGTON (UPI) — A high-wind safe room can protect families from the most intense tornadoes, a U.S. building trade group says. The International Code Council Foundation says its Building Safety Month provides guidance to the public about high-wind events such as tornadoes and hurricanes. “The International Code Council/National Storm Shelter Association Standard for the Design […]

Strong Families Often Make Dinner At Home

ITHACA, N.Y. (UPI) — U.S. studies show teens who have dinner with their families have fewer depressive symptoms and substance use, but some researchers challenge those conclusions. Lead author Kelly Musick of Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., said the family meal is often touted and encouraged for its social and health benefits for children, but […]

Brain Injury Can Hurt Medical Decisions

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (UPI) — People who suffer a traumatic brain injury might not be thinking straight but still might have to make crucial medical decisions, a U.S. researcher said. Daniel Marson of the University of Alabama at Birmingham tested 86 traumatic brain injury patients’ ability to understand medical options, decide on treatments and appreciate consequences […]

High Levels Of Naphthalene Can Hurt Genes

NEW YORK (UPI) — Children exposed to high levels of naphthalene — moth balls, cigarettes, exhaust — are at increased risk for chromosomal aberrations, U.S. researchers say. First author Dr. Manuela A. Orjuela — assistant professor of clinical environmental health sciences and pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center, and a pediatric oncologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan […]

Study: 'Bloodletting' May Be Beneficial

BERLIN (UPI) — Bloodletting as a medical treatment was abandoned in the 19th century, but German researchers said blood donation is beneficial to the donor. Professor Andreas Michalsen of the Charite-University Medical Centre in Berlin and colleagues at the University Duisburg-Essen said donating blood can provide medical benefits for obese people with metabolic syndrome — […]

Telerehab Helps Functioning After Stroke

INDIANAPOLIS (UPI) — A monitored stroke rehabilitation program performed at home via computer helped patients recovered lower body function, U.S. researchers say. Neale Chumbler, a scientist at the Richard Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis and the Regenstrief Institute, and colleagues said post-stroke rehab is critically important. “But for many veterans and others who experience […]

Hospital Doctors Often Fatigued

BOSTON (UPI) — A study of 27 U.S. orthopedic surgery residents found their mean amount of daily sleep was 5.3 hours, with ranges of 2.8 hours to 7.2 hours, researchers say. Dr. Frank McCormick of the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and colleagues evaluated surgical residents’ sleep and awake […]

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