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Dental Therapists Could Play Bigger Role

BATTLE CREEK, Mich., (UPI) — Dental therapists can expand access to competent, safe and effective dental care, especially for children, in various countries, U.S. researchers suggest. Principal author David Nash, a professor of pediatric dentistry at the College of Dentistry at the University of Kentucky, and colleagues reviewed more than 1,100 reports regarding dental therapists […]

Life Expectancy May Affect Life Decisions

KINGSTON, Ontario, (UPI) — Decisions about marriage, divorce, abortion or having a child may subconsciously influence how long people think they will live, a Canadian researcher says. Daniel Krupp, a post-doctoral fellow in the math department of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, who has a background in psychology and biology, said the longer a person […]

Urine Not As Sterile As Doctors Thought

CHICAGO, (UPI) — Doctors have long believed normal urine is sterile, but U.S. researchers found bacteria can be present in the bladders of healthy women. Dr. Linda Brubaker, dean of the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, and colleagues evaluated urine specimens of women who had symptoms consistent with a urinary tract infection, but […]

Government Web Site Advises On Bullying

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — Bullying can happen anywhere, and to anyone, but it can help to talk to kids about it and teach them how to stand up to bullies safely, U.S. officials said. Erin Reiney, a public health specialist at the Health Resources and Services Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human […]

Childhood Obesity Genes Identified

PHILADELPHIA, (UPI) — An international genome-wide study involving thousands of cases identified at least two new gene variants linked to childhood obesity, a U.S. researcher says. Lead investigator Struan F.A. Grant, associate director of the Center for Applied Genomics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and hospital colleagues Jonathan P. Bradfield, Dr. Hakon Hakonarson and […]

Caregiving Boomer In 60s May Need Care Too

BOSTON, (UPI) — About 10,000 U.S. baby boomers hit age 65 each day making them a generation who care for children and parents, but may need care themselves, a survey says. The Family Caregiver Alliance calculated about 43.5 million Americans care for someone age 50 and older than 50, making caring for an aging relative […]

Multitasking While Eating May Fuel Obesity

SANTA MONICA, Calif., (UPI) — The U.S. culture of multitasking, especially while eating, might fuel America’s widening obesity problem, a food expert said. Phil Lempert, a food industry analyst, trend watcher and creator of, said: “Sometimes we’re even so focused on something else while eating that we continue to poke around our plates only […]

Brain Sensitive To Cheap, High-Cal Food

MONTREAL, (UPI) — A major reason for the increase in obesity may be a heightened sensitivity to heavily advertised and accessible high-calorie foods, Canadian researchers say. Dr. Alain Dagher of the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University in Montreal said neuroimaging studies led to the identification of a brain network for appetite control, uncovered learning […]

Most Americans Don’t Eat Enough Beans

CHICAGO, April 8 (UPI) — Most Americans do not get nearly enough of beans, pulses — crops harvested only for the dry seed — and legumes in their diets, a U.S. panel of experts found. Joanne Slavin, a professor at the University of Minnesota and a member of the committee that wrote the 2010 Dietary […]

Most Don’t Do Much To Protect Their Skin

PARSIPPANY, N.J., (UPI) — Ninety percent of U.S. adults say skin can be sexy, but 58 percent know their skin might be at risk for sun damage and therefore cancer, a survey indicates. Nearly 60 percent of those queried said they spend time outdoors at least a few times per week, but only 14 percent […]


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