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Fewer U.S. Teens Using Inhalants Such As Glue

WASHINGTON (UPI) — U.S. adolescents ages 12 to 17 using inhalants decreased from 820,000 in 2011 to about 650,000 in 2012, Federal health officials say. A report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, defined inhalants in the survey as “liquids, sprays and […]

Men Get Faster Service In Hospital ER For Heart Attack

MONTREAL (UPI) — Middle-age men received faster care in a hospital for a heart attack or angina than middle-age women, researchers in Canada said. Dr. Louise Pilote, clinician-researcher at the Research Institute of McGill University Health Centre in Montreal and professor of medicine at McGill University, and colleagues said the study involved 1,123 patients ages […]

Agavins — Used In Tequila — May Be Good Sweetener For Obese

DALLAS (UPI) — Agavins — used in tequila — reduced weight and blood sugar in mice prone to diet-induced obesity and type 2 diabetes, researchers in Mexico say. Mercedes G. Lopez of the Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados, Biotechnology and Biochemistry Irapuato in Guanajuato said male mice were randomly distributed into seven groups […]

Women More Likely To Get Alzheimer’s Disease Than Men

CHICAGO (UPI) — U.S. women in their 60s are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease as they are breast cancer, researchers say. The Alzheimer’s Association Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report estimated a woman’s lifetime risk of developing Alzheimer’s at age 65 is 1 in 6, compared with nearly 1 in 11 for a […]

Open Workplaces May Result In More Sick Days Used

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (UPI) — Offices with open floor plans and no individual cubicles may result in employees taking more sick days, researchers in Sweden suggest. Christina Bodin Danielsson and colleagues at Stockholm University said the link between open-plan offices and worsened health might be due to group dynamics being different in an open floor plan […]

How Chocolate Protects The Heart, Reduces Stroke Risk

BATON ROUGE, La. (UPI) — U.S. researchers say certain bacteria in the stomach gobble dark chocolate and ferment it into anti-inflammatory compounds that are good for the heart. Study leader John Finley of Louisiana State University and colleagues tested three cocoa powders using a model digestive tract, comprised of a series of modified test tubes, […]

Today’s Pot Is Not Your Grandfather’s; It’s A Higher High

UTRECHT, Netherlands (UPI) — There is some truth to the potent pot myth: Today’s pot is more potent than your grandfather’s and people get higher as a result, Dutch researchers say. Peggy van der Pol, Nienke Liebregts, Tibor Brunt, Jan van Amsterdam and colleagues of the Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction in Utrecht, […]

90 Million Older U.S. Adults May Be Able Dump Reading Glasses

TEL AVIV, Israel (UPI) — The 90 million older U.S. adults who have trouble reading books or the computer may be helped by training the brain to compensate, researchers say. Uri Polat of the Eye Institute at Tel Aviv University in Israel and colleagues explained presbyopia causes vision to degrade with age, affecting virtually everyone […]

Meta-Analysis Questions Fatty Acids And Heart Disease Link

CAMBRIDGE, England (UPI) — Researchers in Britain said their meta-analysis involving fatty acids and heart disease found evidence did not support guidelines to restrict saturated fats. An international team led by the University of Cambridge analyzed existing studies and randomized trials on coronary risk and fatty acid intake. The meta-analysis, published in the journal Annals […]

Three-Quarters Of People With Influenza Don’t Show Symptoms

LONDON (UPI) — Three-quarters of adults with seasonal and pandemic flu do not exhibit any symptoms, researchers in Britain said. Lead author Dr. Andrew Hayward of the University College London said the Flu Watch study tracked five successive groups of households across England over six influenza seasons from 2006 to 2011. “Reported cases of influenza […]

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