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A Simple, Fast Test Can Diagnose Diabetes

BETHESDA, Md., (UPI) –  About one-quarter of U.S. adults who have diabetes don’t know they have it, but simple tests can diagnose the disease, a U.S. physician said. Dr. David Sacks of the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health, one important test is the A1C, which measures how much sugar, or glucose, there […]

Medicare Fraud Crackdown Intensifies

CHICAGO, (UPI) –  Criminals face sentences 20 percent to 50 percent longer for Medicare fraud involving more than $1 million, under the Affordable Care Act, U.S. officials say. At a Chicago summit highlighting new high-tech tools to be used against healthcare fraud, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and U.S. Attorney General Eric […]

Sports Injuries: Kids Need Face Protection

ST. LOUIS, (UPI) –  More than half of the 7 million sports- and recreation-related injuries that occur each year are sustained by children as young as age 5, U.S. officials said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a child’s mouth and face can be easily injured if they do not use proper precautions […]

Partner Aggression Affects Parenting

EUGENE, Ore., (UPI) –  The level of aggression between partners around the time their child is born affects how a mother will parent three years later, U.S. researchers said. Philip A. Fisher of the University of Oregon and the Oregon Social Learning Center said the study involves more than 400 mothers in high-risk family environments, […]

Being Bilingual Helps Ward Off Dementia

YORK, England, (UPI) — Increasing diversity worldwide may have an unexpected positive impact — being bilingual helps protect from the symptoms of dementia, British researchers say. Dr. Ellen Bialystok of York University and colleagues said the intriguing finding that the need to monitor two languages in order to select the appropriate one recruits brain regions […]

Depression Impacts Stroke Survivors

DURHAM, N.C., (UPI) — Depression is more prevalent among those who suffer stroke and transient ischemic attack than in the general population, U.S. researchers said. Dr. Nada El Husseini of Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., analyzed 1,450 adults with ischemic stroke — blockage of a blood vessel in the brain — and 397 […]

Study: Most Don’t Wash Grocery Totes

CHICAGO, (UPI) — Many shoppers carry groceries in reusable totes but only 15 percent wash them — and the bags can harbor bacteria if used to transport meat, U.S. experts say. The Home Food Safety program, a collaboration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and ConAgra Foods, said bacteria can be eliminated by: – […]

Pre-Term, Late Autism Babies More Severe

EAST LANSING, Mich., (UPI) — Children with autism born several weeks early or several weeks late tend to increase the severity of symptoms, U.S. researchers found. Tammy Movsas of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich., said autistic children born either pre-term or post-term are more likely to injure themselves compared with autistic children born […]

First-Generation Mexican-Americans Thinner

COLUMBIA, S.C., (UPI) — First-generation Mexican-American children of immigrant parents weigh less than second- and third-generation Mexican-American kids, U.S. researchers said. Jihong Liu of the University of South Carolina and colleagues analyzed national survey data on nearly 2,300 Mexican-Americans ages 12 to 19. “Compared with the first generation, the second and third generation has a […]

Children May Learn Coping With Poverty

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (UPI) — Although the poor have a higher risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer, many children who grow up poor have good health as adults, Canadian searchers say. Edith Chen and Gregory E. Miller of the University of British Columbia say poor children are less likely to have a predictable routine […]


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