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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 […]

Salmonella Outbreak: No Source Confirmed

ATLANTA, (UPI) –  At least 93 people became sick with a strain of salmonella Bareilly in 19 states and the District of Columbia since January, U.S. health officials said. Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta said they were working with the Food and Drug Administration and public health officials in […]

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, […]


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