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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 […]

Family Dinners Healthier For Kids

SAN DIEGO (UPI) — More than 40 percent of the typical U.S. food budget is spent on eating out but family meals at home are linked to healthier eating, U.S. researchers said. Study co-authors Jennifer Martin-Biggers, Amanda Berhaupt-Glickstein, John Worobey and Carol Byrd-Bredbenner, all from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, said aside from […]

Some U.S. Women Living Shorter Lives

SEATTLE, Calif. (UPI) — Women in hundreds of U.S. counties are living shorter lives than their mothers did, a county-by-county analysis of life expectancy found. Dr. Ali Mokdad of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle and colleagues analyzed new mortality data by age, sex and county from 1989 to 2009. Across U.S. […]

Cooking Oil, Nuts Help Prevent Cancer

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (UPI) — Nuts, and vitamin E in soybean, canola and corn oils, help prevent colon, lung, breast and prostate cancers, U.S. researchers said. Chung S. Yang — director of the Center for Cancer Prevention Research at Rutgers Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey — said two […]

A Lot Of Eating In Cars But Few Cleaned

TORONTO (UPI) — Despite spending an average of five hours per week in a vehicle, most drivers clean their car interiors only every few months, a Canadian survey indicates. A survey conducted by Canadian Tire indicated 73 percent of respondents cleaning their car interiors less than once every few months. Melissa Honour, category business manager, […]

Many Boomers Abuse Alcohol After Age 48

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (UPI) — A U.S. survey indicates depression or anxiety to be the main reason older adults — baby boomers age 50 and older — say they abuse drugs or alcohol. A survey conducted by the Hanley Center found additional factors such as economic and financial stress and retirement were also cited […]

Many Support Single Doses Of Medications

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (UPI) — Two-thirds of U.S. adults — many grandparents — support single-dose packaging to avoid accidental poisoning, a survey indicates. The University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health recently asked parents and grandparents of children ages 1-5 about the presence of medicines in their homes and how they […]

Peripheral Artery Disease, Depression Link

CHICAGO (UPI) — People with depression may have a higher risk of peripheral artery disease — narrowing of the arteries in the legs and pelvis, U.S. researchers say. Study leader Dr. Marlene Grenon of the University of California, San Francisco, and colleagues said the study involved 1,024 men and women with coronary artery disease. When […]

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