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Sick U.S. Adults Unhappy With Healthcare

PRINCETON, N.J., (UPI) — Polls have shown majorities are happy overall with their healthcare coverage, but a U.S. survey indicated 75 percent of those who had been sick were unhappy. The survey for NPR/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health of people who had been sick found 70 percent said the cost of healthcare […]

12 Hospitals Honored For Low Infections

ORLANDO, Fla., (UPI) — U.S. health officials said Tuesday 12 U.S. hospitals and healthcare facilities were being honored for their efforts to prevent healthcare-associated infections. The Critical Care Societies Collaborative and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said the recipients demonstrated success in reducing and eliminating central line-associated bloodstream infections and ventilator-associated pneumonia […]

Baby ‘Head Lag’ May Indicate Autism Risk

TORONTO, (UPI) — Weak head and neck control at 6 months of age may be a sign of autism spectrum disorder and developmental delays, U.S. researchers say. Study author Dr. Rebecca Landa of the Kennedy Krieger Institute and colleagues concluded a simple “pull-to-sit” task could be added to existing developmental screenings at pediatric well visits […]

About 90,000 Children Injured By Falls Each Year

COLUMBUS, Ohio, (UPI) — Nearly 90,000 U.S. children age 5 and less were injured in 2008, the latest year for which there is data, researchers said. Dr. Gary Smith of Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, said many of the falls and injuries could be prevented by installing gates at the top and bottom of […]

Boost Produce Intake By Shrinking Entree

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., (UPI) — U.S. researchers found children ate more fruit and vegetables if their entrees were smaller, officials at the Dole Nutrition Institute said. The Dole Nutrition Institute, a research and education foundation in Westlake Village, Calif., said researchers at Pennsylvania State University tried serving smaller age-appropriate entree portions to children ages 3-5. […]

Toxins Should Not Stop Breastfeeding

CHICAGO, (UPI) — A U.S. expert says despite toxins in breast milk, it is still best for babies for its numerous protective benefits. Pam Allyn, a Loyola University Health System lactation consultant, said after writer Florence Williams was nursing her second child, she had her breast milk analyzed for toxins and found trace amounts of […]

Poll: Patients Want ER Visits Paid

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — Most U.S. adults oppose insurance companies denying payment for emergency visits when patients think they’re having a medical emergency, a survey says. The survey, conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of the American College of Emergency Physicians, also indicated 85 percent of respondents with regular medical providers who sought emergency care said […]

U.S. Diabetes In Teens Doubled In 8 Years

ATLANTA, (UPI) — Diabetes and pre-diabetes in U.S. children ages 12-19 more than doubled from 9 percent in 2000 to 23 percent in 2008, health officials say. Lead author Ashleigh May, an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and colleagues examined health data on about 3,400 adolescents ages 12-19 from […]

Stay-At-Home Moms More Depressed

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — Stay-at-home moms are much more likely to report having ever been diagnosed with depression than moms who work outside the home, a U.S. survey indicates. Gallup officials said they looked separately at non-employed mothers who were looking for work and those who were not looking — to distinguish between those who might […]

10% Of U.S. Prisoners Sexually Victimized

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — An estimated 10 percent of adult former state U.S. prisoners reported being sexually victimized during their most recent confinement, officials said. Allen J. Beck of the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics and colleagues found about 7.5 percent alleged they were victimized while in a state prison, 1.8 percent while in […]

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