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Obama Administration Plans To Fight Alzheimer’s

BETHESDA, Md. (UPI) — President Barack Obama plans to fight Alzheimer’s disease by funding two major clinical trials and boosting funding for physician training, officials said. Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, presented the national plan to fight Alzheimer’s disease at the Alzheimer’s Research Summit 2012: Path to Treatment […]

Scientists Do Away With Body Mass Index

LONDON (UPI) — British researchers say people concerned about heart disease and diabetes should watch their height-to-waist ratio rather than the body mass index. A team of British scientists found people should keep their waist measurement to half of their height, The Daily Telegraph reported. In a study of 300,000 people, the team found this […]

Heart Failure Takes Bigger Toll On Men

ATLANTA (UPI) — Men with heart failure report more depression and poorer quality of life than women or men without heart failure, U.S. researchers said. Dr. Rory Hachamovitch of Cleveland Clinic’s Heart and Vascular Institute screened more than 3,300 patients who were referred to their medical center for cardiovascular assessment over a one-year period. Hachamovitch’s […]

Babies Benefit From Music Lessons

HAMILTON, Ontario (UPI) — One-year-old babies exposed to music lessons demonstrated better communication and more sophisticated brain responses to music, Canadian researchers say. Laurel Trainor, director of the McMaster University’s Institute for Music and the Mind in Ontario, and David Gerry, a music educator and graduate student, said the study involved groups of babies and […]

Asthma Triggered By More Than Pollen

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (UPI) — People with asthma have to watch out for more than pollen — fruit, campfires, weather changes or insect bites can all trigger attacks, U.S. allergists warn. Dr. James Sublett, chairman of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Public Relations Committee, said by planning ahead, seeing an allergist and […]

Logistics Can Reduce Hospital Readmissions

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (UPI) — Better planning and focusing on patient needs could reduce hospital readmission rates, U.S. researchers suggest. Bruce Golden, a professor at the University of Maryland, doctoral student David Anderson and colleagues tracked patient movement at a large, academic U.S. medical center for occupancy rates, day of the week, staffing levels and […]

Norovirus Outbreak Traced To Shopping Bag

PORTLAND, Ore. (UPI) — Oregon public health investigators said they traced a norovirus outbreak to a reusable open grocery bag in a hotel bathroom, where a person had been ill. Kimberly K. Repp of Oregon Health and Sciences University and William E. Keene of the Oregon Public Health Division in Portland investigated the norovirus outbreak […]

Study: Long Commutes Hurt Heart, Health

ST. LOUIS (UPI) — Longer commute times are associated with decreased cardiorespiratory fitness, increased weight and worse metabolic risk, U.S. researchers say. Lead investigator Christine M. Hoehner of Washington University in St. Louis and colleagues studied 4,297 residents who lived and worked in 11 Texas counties in the Dallas-Fort Worth or Austin metropolitan areas. Cardiorespiratory […]

Women Take Longer To Overcome Concussions

EAST LANSING, Mich. (UPI) — Younger athletes and female athletes take longer to recover from concussions, researchers at Michigan State University say. Study leader Tracey Covassin, a certified athletic trainer, found females performed worse than males on visual memory tests and reported more symptoms post-concussion. Additionally, high school athletes after concussions performed worse than college […]

Prepregnancy Obesity May Affect Kid Scores

COLUMBUS, Ohio (UPI) — Women who are obese before pregnancy have an elevated risk of bearing children who get relatively low grades in school, U.S. researchers say. Lead author Rika Tanda, a doctoral candidate in nursing at Ohio State University, used data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 Mother and Child Survey, a […]

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