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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 […]

Flaxseed, Walnut Oils Highest In Omega-3

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (UPI) — Nut, fruit and seed oils have some of the highest amounts of omega-3s, an essential fatty acid believed to be good for heart health, a U.S. food expert says. Phil Lempert, a food industry analyst, trend watcher and creator of supermarketguru.com, said flaxseed and walnut oils have the highest amounts […]

Learning To Do New Things Helps Aging

ST. LOUIS (UPI) — Aging adults are often advised to work crosswords or other puzzles to keep their brain sharp but U.S. researchers found learning new things was most beneficial. Josh Jackson of Washington University in St. Louis looked at data on people with an average age of 73 who had 16 weeks of training, […]

Fructose Diet Hampers Learning, Memory

LOS ANGELES (UPI) — A diet steadily high in fructose slows the brain and hampers memory and learning, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, said. Fernando Gomez-Pinilla of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, said high-fructose corn syrup — an inexpensive liquid six times sweeter than cane sugar — is commonly […]

Those With Dementia Apt To Die At Home

INDIANAPOLIS (UPI) — People with dementia are more likely to live in their family’s home than in a nursing home, U.S. researchers said. Dr. Christopher Callahan of Indiana University School of Medicine, who is also Regenstrief Institute investigator, said the finding challenges the commonly held view that most individuals with dementia in the United States […]

About 30 Percent Sleepwalked At Least Once

STANFORD, Calif. (UPI) — U.S. researchers determined almost 30 percent of Americans had an episode of sleepwalking during their lifetime. Lead author Dr. Maurice Ohayon, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine, found about 3.6 percent of U.S. adults — or upward of 8.4 million — are prone to […]

Study: Marijuana May Help With MS Symptoms

SAN DIEGO (UPI) — Smoking marijuana may be an effective treatment for spasticity — a common and disabling symptom of multiple sclerosis, U.S. researchers suggest. Principal investigator Dr. Jody Corey-Bloom, professor of neurosciences and director of the Multiple Sclerosis Center at the University of California, San Diego, and colleagues randomly assigned 30 study participants to […]

Doctors Mull Value Of Medical Tattoos

TORONTO (UPI) — The Canadian Medical Association has expressed concern over the growing trend of people having their medical conditions tattooed on their bodies. Since 1956, millions of people in Canada and the United States with medical conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy or drug allergies have used wrist or ankle bracelets or necklaces provided by […]

Older Adults With Fracture Should Get Test

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Fifty percent of osteoporosis-related repeat fractures can be prevented, but only 2-in-10 bone breaks get a follow-up osteoporosis test, U.S. bone experts say. The National Bone Health Alliance, a public-private partnership with 42 member organizations, is urging for those age 50 and older to request a test after suffering an initial fracture. […]

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 […]

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