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About 88,000 U.S. Deaths Due To Alcohol From 2006 To 2010

ATLANTA (UPI) — Excessive alcohol consumption resulted in some 88,000 U.S. deaths and millions of years in shortened lifespans from 2006 to 2010, officials say. Katherine Gonzales of the Michigan Department of Community Health, Jim Roeber of the New Mexico Department of Health, Dafna Kanny of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health […]

Assessing Patient Personality More Helpful Than Family History

DURHAM, N.C. (UPI) — Assessing the personalities of patients during routine medical exams could prove as useful as recording their family medical histories, U.S. researchers say. “Healthcare reform provides a great opportunity for preventive care, with physicians seeing more young adults who might not previously have had insurance,” lead author Salomon Israel of Duke University […]

Positive Facebook Posts More Influential And More Contagious

SAN DIEGO (UPI) — Facebook moods are similar to face-to-face moods, positive posts beget positive posts and negative posts beget negative ones, U.S. researchers say. Lead author James Fowler, a professor at the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, and colleagues analyzed more than a billion anonymized status updates among more […]

Five-Second Rule Concerning Dropped Food Has Some Truth

BIRMINGHAM, England (UPI) — Researchers in Britain say the urban legend that food picked up seconds after being dropped on the floor has fewer bacteria is, in fact, true. Anthony Hilton, a professor of microbiology at Aston University in England, monitored the transfer of the common bacteria E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus from a variety […]

2008-12: ADHD Drugs Prescribed For Young Women Rose 85 Percent

COOL VALLEY, Mo. (UPI) — From 2008 to 2012, U.S. adults prescribed medication to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder rose 36 percent, Express Scripts says. Express Scripts, which processes pharmaceutical claims for members via a network of retail pharmacies, analyzed pharmacy claims data from 2008 to 2012 and found the greatest increase in ADHD medication during […]

Large Waist Size Can Take Years Off A Person’s Life

ROCHESTER, Minn. (UPI) — Having a large belly — even with a healthy body mass index — can take years off a person’s life, U.S. researchers say. Lead author Dr. James Cerhan, a Mayo Clinic epidemiologist, and colleagues reviewed data from 11 different studies, involving more than 600,000 people from around the world. The review, […]

Worsening Economies Linked To Increase In Cancer

SAO PAULO (UPI) — An increase in food prices changed dietary patterns of both high and low-income societies in past decades, parallel to an increase of cancer, an expert says. Dr. Sandra Crispim, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil and a World Cancer Research Fund International Academy fellow, said when food […]

Study: Obesity Linked To Poorer Grades For Girls

According to a study by the International Journal of Obesity, obese girls tend to perform more poorly in school than those with a healthy body mass. The study observed 6,000 students in the U.K. between the ages of 11 and 16. Of these, 71 percent were considered obese, 13 percent overweight, and 15 percent were […]

Higher Self-Esteem Mitigates Health Problems In Elderly

Boosting self esteem is usually a job left to parents, guidance counselors and teachers — an adult offering a necessary nudge of confidence for tentative toddlers, teens and kids in between. But a new study suggests your old man may need a boost, too. In fact, raising self-esteem may play an important role in minimizing […]

Migraine ‘Headband’ Helps Prevent The Debilitating Headaches

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration allowed marketing of Cefaly — a battery-powered plastic headband that is a preventative treatment for migraine headaches. Christy Foreman, director of the Office of Device Evaluation at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said this is the first transcutaneous — applied across the skin […]

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