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Teens: Alcohol, Driving Worse Than Texting

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (UPI) — U.S. teens say they are more at risk by drinking and driving than texting and driving, a survey indicates. State Farm survey, conducted Feb. 2 to 5 by Harris Interactive of 652 teens ages 14-17, including 280 who have a driver’s license or permit, indicated fewer teens view texting while driving […]

Lack Of Sleep, Shift Work Ups Obesity Risk

BOSTON (UPI) — People who don’t get enough sleep or who sleep outside the “internal biological clock” are at increased risk of diabetes and obesity, U.S. researchers said. Lead study author Orfeu M. Buxton, a neuroscientist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, said unlike epidemiological studies, this study examined humans in a controlled lab […]

Gallup: U.S. Eating More Fruit, Vegetables

WASHINGTON, April 12 (UPI) — More U.S. adults ate fresh fruits and vegetables frequently this winter than last winter, a Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index indicated. Gallup and Healthways asked at least 1,000 Americans each day from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2011, about their eating habits as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. The percentage of […]

Red Wine May Boost Weight Loss

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (UPI) — Red wine, believed to protect the body from heart disease and cancer, may also help the body lose weight, U.S. researchers suggest. Dr. Kee-Hong Kim of Purdue University in Indiana said the substance piceatannol — a metabolite of resveratrol — delayed the generation of young fat cells and prevented them […]

Spring Brings More Fruits And Vegetables

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (UPI) — Produce sections in grocery stores may look the same from season to season, but spring brings many seasonal fruit and vegetables, a U.S. food expert says. Phil Lempert, a food industry analyst, trend watcher and creator of, said eating seasonally — and buying from local farmer’s markets or green […]

Timing Pregnancy Is Important Health Issue

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Given that U.S. maternal mortality rates have nearly doubled, a U.S. researcher says timing pregnancy should be considered prevention healthcare. Catherine Ruhl, director of Women’s Health Programs at the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses in Washington, said contraception is a means of health promotion and women should work with […]

Traffic Fatalities Increase On April 15

TORONTO, (UPI) — Drivers have an increased risk of getting into a fatal crash on the last day for filing U.S. income tax, a researcher in Canada found. Study co-authors Dr. Donald Redelmeier and Christopher Yarnell, both of the University of Toronto, focused on the 6,783 people who died in U.S. vehicle crashes in the […]

Study To Find How Caregivers ‘Bounce Back’

BRISBANE, Australia, (UPI) — Researchers are looking for 1,500 family and spousal caregivers of those with dementia in Australia for an in-depth study of their experiences. Professor Wendy Moyle and Dr. Siobhan O’Dwyer of Griffith University’s Research Centre for Clinical and Community Practice Innovation said an extensive investigation into the physical and mental health of […]

Study: 20% Of U.S. Healthcare Wasted

SANTA MONICA, Calif., (UPI) — Twenty percent of the more than $2.2 trillion spent on healthcare in the United States each year is wasted, two healthcare experts suggest. Dr. Donald Berwick, former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and chief executive officer […]

Moms’ Weight, Blood Sugar Endanger Babies

CHICAGO, (UPI) — Women who are just above average for weight and blood sugar are at a higher risk of bad pregnancy outcomes than previously known, U.S. researchers found. Dr. Boyd Metzger of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine said these are women have not been on researchers’ radar because they don’t have gestational diabetes […]


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