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War Vets With PTSD Apt To Get Painkillers

SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) — Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans with mental health diagnoses were more likely to receive prescription opioids for pain, U.S. researchers said. Dr. Karen H. Seal of the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center and colleagues examined the association between mental health disorders and patterns of opioid — such as morphine — […]

U.S. Consumers Equate Cost With Quality

EUGENE, Ore. (UPI) — If American consumers are asked to choose a healthcare provider based only on cost, they choose the more expensive option, U.S. health officials said. Study leader Judith H. Hibbard of the University of Oregon in Eugene said consumers equate cost with quality and worry lower cost means lower-quality care. However, higher […]

Surgeon General: Teen Smoking ‘Epidemic’

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Nearly 25 percent of U.S. high school seniors and one-third of young adults 26 and under smoke despite 50 years of warnings, the U.S. surgeon general said. “The numbers are really shocking — it’s a problem we have to solve,” Dr. Regina Benjamin, the surgeon general said in an interview with USA […]

Immune Cells Can Affect Blood Pressure

ATLANTA (UPI) — The effects of chronic stress on cardiovascular health may be a side effect of having an immune system that can fight infection, U.S. researchers said. Lead author Paul Marvar, a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University School of Medicine, and colleagues subjected mice to psychological stress by confining them in a small space […]

Baby Brain Growth Linked To Medication

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (UPI) — Babies of women treated for depression while pregnant were associated with reduced brain growth and a higher risk for preterm birth, Dutch researchers said. Hanan El Marroun of Sophia Children’s Hospital and Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and colleagues evaluated the association of maternal depressive symptoms and selective serotonin […]

C. Difficile Anywhere Medical Care Given

ATLANTA (UPI) — The life-threatening bacteria C.difficile affects patients not just in hospitals, but also in nursing homes and out-patient care, U.S. health officials said. Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said infections from C. difficile, a bacteria that causes diarrhea and other health issues, is a patient safety concern […]

Aggressive Tooth Decay Strikes Toddlers

AUGUSTA, Maine (UPI) — U.S. dentists are reporting an increase in the number of children being treated for cavities and some have aggressive decay. Dr. Jonathan Shenkin, a pediatric dentist from Augusta, Maine, and a spokesman for the American Dental Association, said Devon Koester, age 2 1/2, is one of hundreds of children who needed […]

Kid Brain Concussive Symptoms Last A Year

COLUMBUS, Ohio (UPI) — Cognitive symptoms can persist for 12 months in children who sustain a mild traumatic brain injury, U.S. researchers found. Keith O. Yeates, director of Behavioral Health Services at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, said studies indicate children with mild traumatic brain injury display more post-concussive symptoms than healthy children or children with injuries […]

Lifetime Of Healthy Choices Pays Off Later

CHICAGO (UPI) — Young adults who don’t drink heavily, avoid tobacco, eat healthy, exercise and stay lean lower their risk of heart failure in middle-age, U.S. researchers say. First author Kiang Liu, a professor at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, said the majority of people who maintained a healthy lifestyle in their 20s […]

Five ‘Healthy’ Types Of Food Best Avoided

WASHINGTON (UPI) — A U.S. registered dietitian suggests some foods might sound healthy but some so-called health foods are best avoided. Katherine Tallmadge, author of the book “Diet Simple,” told The Washington Post the U.S. Agriculture Department’s Economic Research Service says the U.S. agricultural system produces twice the population’s nutritional requirements and this encourages creative […]

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