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Kids: Obesity, Higher Blood Pressure Link

LONDON (UPI) — Children who are heavier early in life are at an increased risk of hypertension and cardiometabolic problems later in life, Australian researchers say. Professor Lawrie Beilin of the University of Western Australia in Perth and colleagues tracked 1,186 children from birth to age 14 for weight and blood pressure. The study found […]

Berries May Reduce Brain Decline

BOSTON (UPI) — Blueberries and strawberries — high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties — may reduce brain decline in older adults, U.S. researchers say. Dr. Elizabeth Devore of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston said flavonoids, found in plants, have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The researchers used data from the […]

Unintended Pregnancies Spike In 20s

NEW YORK (UPI) — Half of pregnancies among all U.S. women are unplanned, but among unmarried women ages 20–29 two-thirds of pregnancies are unintended, researchers say. Mia Zolna and Laura Duberstein Lindberg of the Guttmacher Institute in New York said nearly 10 percent of unmarried women ages 20-29 — 95 per 1,000 — experienced an […]

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, […]

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