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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 […]

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 […]


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