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U.S. Workers Not Getting Enough Sleep

ATLANTA (UPI) — An estimated 20 percent of the more than 42,500 U.S. vehicle crashes a year are linked to drowsy driving, federal health officials said. A report published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report said insufficient sleep can have serious and sometimes fatal consequences for fatigued workers […]

U.S. Teens Lead In Deaths, Pot And Obesity

NEW YORK (UPI) — U.S. teens smoke the most marijuana in the world, have the highest mortality in the world and have high binge drinking rates, a worldwide study found. A study published in The Lancet examined challenges and problems faced by 1.8 billion young people in the world — including 40 countries overall and […]

Expert: No Such Thing As A Healthy Tan

NEWMARKET, Ontario (UPI) — A Canadian dermatologist cautions that a healthy tan is no tan at all and that there is no sunny side when it comes to tanning. Dr. John Turner, dermatologist at the Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, Ontario, said he has seen melanoma in patients as young as 14. “Contrary to […]

Vitamin D May Help Lower Blood Pressure

LONDON (UPI) — A study showed giving vitamin D supplements in Europe in winter can help lower blood pressure in patients with hypertension, Danish researchers said. Study leader Dr. Thomas Larsen and a group of researchers studied 112 patients visiting the Holstebro Hospital in Denmark — at the 56th northern latitude, about the same latitude […]

Kids: Obesity, Higher Blood Pressure Link

LONDON (UPI) — Children who are heavier early in life are at an increased risk of hypertension and cardiometabolic problems later in life, Australian researchers say. Professor Lawrie Beilin of the University of Western Australia in Perth and colleagues tracked 1,186 children from birth to age 14 for weight and blood pressure. The study found […]

Berries May Reduce Brain Decline

BOSTON (UPI) — Blueberries and strawberries — high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties — may reduce brain decline in older adults, U.S. researchers say. Dr. Elizabeth Devore of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston said flavonoids, found in plants, have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The researchers used data from the […]

Unintended Pregnancies Spike In 20s

NEW YORK (UPI) — Half of pregnancies among all U.S. women are unplanned, but among unmarried women ages 20–29 two-thirds of pregnancies are unintended, researchers say. Mia Zolna and Laura Duberstein Lindberg of the Guttmacher Institute in New York said nearly 10 percent of unmarried women ages 20-29 — 95 per 1,000 — experienced an […]

Violence May Change Child’s DNA

DURHAM, N.C. (UPI) — Children who experienced violence or bullying may incur DNA damage that leads to premature aging, U.S. researchers said. Lead author Idan Shalev, a postdoctoral researcher at the Duke Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy in Durham, N.C., and colleagues measured cellular aging by studying the ends of children’s chromosomes — telomeres […]

Melanoma In Women Up Eight-Fold

ROCHESTER, Minn. (UPI) — U.S. women age 40 and under have been diagnosed with melanoma eight times more frequently than in the previous four decades, researchers say. Dr. Jerry Brewer of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said men were diagnosed with melanoma four times as often as the previous 40 years. The reason the […]

Gum Disease Doesn’t Cause Heart Disease

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (UPI) — An expert U.S. committee of cardiologists, dentists and infectious disease specialists found no conclusive evidence gum disease causes cardiovascular disease. Dentist Peter Lockhart — a co-chair of the statement-writing group and professor and chair of oral medicine at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C. — said observational studies have noted […]

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