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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 supermarketguru.com, 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 […]

Expert: Change Math Classroom, Not Girls

STANFORD, Calif., (UPI) — Girls shunning higher math has nothing to do with genes, but the way boys and girls are treated by peers, teachers and parents, U.S. researchers say. Jo Boaler, a professor of math education in Stanford University’s School of Education, said Americans tend to think gender differences in math achievement as unchangeable […]

Mild Winter, Still Lot Of Colds And Flu

WASHINGTON, (UPI) –  Almost 80 percent of U.S. adults said the winter was mild but it didn’t seem to affect the number of people reporting cold and flu, a survey indicates. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which asked 1,000 Americans each day whether they had a cold or the flu “yesterday,” found those reporting flu-like illness […]

New Risk Statements On Benzocaine Label

OTTAWA, (UPI) –  Health Canada officials asked companies to add new risk statements to the packaging and labeling of licensed benzocaine. Health Canada reminded Canadians last year of certain health risks associated with benzocaine products, including a very rare but serious blood condition known as methemoglobinemia that can affect sensitive individuals. The new statements are […]

One-In-5 U.S. Adults Ages 26-64 Uninsured

WASHINGTON, (UPI) –  About 1-in-5 U.S. adults ages 26-64 report not having health insurance for the past year, a survey indicates. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, conducted from Jan. 2 to March 30, 2012, among 88,908 adults, found the percentage of all adults who get their health insurance through an employer trended down from 49.8 percent […]

Expert: Glaucoma Can Sneak Up On A Person

NEW HAVEN, Conn., (UPI) –  Glaucoma can sneak up on a person, which is why physicians recommend older adults get tested for it every year or two, an eye specialist says. Dr. James Tsai at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn. — who is also chairman of the glaucoma education program committee […]

Deficits Depend On Containing Health Costs

WASHINGTON, (UPI) –  An online calculator shows if U.S. healthcare costs are contained, the budget deficit will not rise uncontrollably, a non-profit groups says. The Center for Economic and Policy Research’s Health Care Budget Deficit Calculator allows people to see what projected U.S. budget debts would be if the United States had the same per-person […]

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