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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 […]

Trash Best Way To Dispose Of Unused Drugs

ANN ARBOR, Mich., (UPI) — Discarding unused medications in the trash is a better way to limit the risk of poisoning and reduce air and water pollution, U.S. researchers suggest. First author Sherri Cook, a doctoral student at the University of Michigan, and Nancy Love, a professor in the department of civil and environmental engineering, […]

New Doctors See Workload, Pay As Grim

ANN ARBOR, Mich., (UPI) — Many U.S. medical students preparing to be residents already have negative views of their workloads as physicians, researchers found. Lead study author Dr. Julie Phillips, a University of Michigan Health System resident at the time of the study and now Lansing Community Clerkship director at Michigan State University’s department of […]

New York Doctor Detects Rare Tick, Saves Child

ALBANY, N.Y., (UPI) — A quick-thinking physician in Albany, N.Y., detected a tick that caused a 2-year-old girl to become partially paralyzed, hospital officials said. The mother of Jenna Tomlins said her daughter had become weak, lethargic, unable to walk and unable to keep her eyes open, and doctors in Poughkeepsie sent them to the […]


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