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Toronto Man Diagnosed With Rabies

TORONTO (UPI) — For the first time since 1931, a Toronto resident is hospitalized and being treated for rabies, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Tuesday. The broadcaster said the victim was a 41-year-old man who had been working as a bartender in the Dominican Republic until he flew home a week ago with symptoms of […]

Wiping Hands As Important As Washing

ATLANTA (UPI) — Handwashing is among the most effective measures against spreading illness, but a U.S. paper company reminds that towels are important too. A University of Westminster study found using paper towels can reduce bacteria on finger pads by up to 76 percent and on palms by up to 77 percent. Touchless dispensing options […]

New Guide For Germs In U.S. Beach Sand

MIAMI (UPI) — U.S. environmental scientists say they have created a reference guide for potentially harmful germs lurking in the sand used by children to build sand castles. Principal investigator Helena Solo-Gabriele, a professor at the University of Miami College of Engineering, and Tomoyuki Shibata of the Northern Illinois University, said they wanted to determine […]

U.S. Adults Cooking Healthier At Home

WILMINGTON, Del. (UPI) — U.S. consumers are cooking more often, experimenting with food and cooking at home to help save money and eat healthier, a survey indicates. DuPont Teflon Be Cook Aware consumer survey of 1,000 U.S. adults, conducted by TNS in March, indicated 37 percent reported they were cooking more often, 26 percent were […]

Parents Are Main Influence On Kid Drinking

WASHINGTON (UPI) — U.S. parents are the leading influence on their children’s decisions not to drink alcohol, a survey indicated. The Century Council, a non-profit group funded by distillers dedicated to fighting drunk driving and underage drinking, found parental influence with regard to underage drinking has increased significantly over the past 10 years. Eighty-three percent […]

Teens: Alcohol, Driving Worse Than Texting

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (UPI) — U.S. teens say they are more at risk by drinking and driving than texting and driving, a survey indicates. State Farm survey, conducted Feb. 2 to 5 by Harris Interactive of 652 teens ages 14-17, including 280 who have a driver’s license or permit, indicated fewer teens view texting while driving […]

Lack Of Sleep, Shift Work Ups Obesity Risk

BOSTON (UPI) — People who don’t get enough sleep or who sleep outside the “internal biological clock” are at increased risk of diabetes and obesity, U.S. researchers said. Lead study author Orfeu M. Buxton, a neuroscientist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, said unlike epidemiological studies, this study examined humans in a controlled lab […]

Gallup: U.S. Eating More Fruit, Vegetables

WASHINGTON, April 12 (UPI) — More U.S. adults ate fresh fruits and vegetables frequently this winter than last winter, a Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index indicated. Gallup and Healthways asked at least 1,000 Americans each day from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2011, about their eating habits as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. The percentage of […]

Red Wine May Boost Weight Loss

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (UPI) — Red wine, believed to protect the body from heart disease and cancer, may also help the body lose weight, U.S. researchers suggest. Dr. Kee-Hong Kim of Purdue University in Indiana said the substance piceatannol — a metabolite of resveratrol — delayed the generation of young fat cells and prevented them […]

Spring Brings More Fruits And Vegetables

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (UPI) — Produce sections in grocery stores may look the same from season to season, but spring brings many seasonal fruit and vegetables, a U.S. food expert says. Phil Lempert, a food industry analyst, trend watcher and creator of supermarketguru.com, said eating seasonally — and buying from local farmer’s markets or green […]

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