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Elderly May Need More Protein To Preserve Functional Ability

TOKYO (UPI) — A diet high in animal protein may help prevent functional decline in the elderly, researchers in Japan suggest. Megumi Tsubota-Utsugi of the National Institute of Health and Nutrition in Japan, and her colleagues in Tohoku University and Teikyo University, said due to increasing life expectancies in many countries, increasing numbers of elderly […]

Healthy Weight May Reduce Ovarian Cancer Risk

LONDON (UPI) — An international panel of experts found a healthy weight may offer women a relatively modest protection against ovarian cancer, a London researcher says. Ricardo Uauy, a professor of Public Health Nutrition at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, was the lead member of the international panel of independent experts who […]

Watching Less Than 2 Hours Of TV Affects Sleep Of Children

BARCELONA, Spain (UPI) — Pre-school and school-age children who spend more than 90 minutes watching television get less sleep, researchers in Spain say. Study author Marcella Marinelli of the Center for Research in Environmental Epidemiology in Barcelona, Spain, and colleagues said prior research suggested television viewing could cause irregular sleep habits. The American Academy of […]

Small Amount Of Alcohol Linked To Smaller, Premature Babies

LEEDS, England (UPI) — Pregnant women who drank more than two weekly units of alcohol were twice as likely to give birth to a small or premature baby, researchers in Britain say. A 15-ounce can of beer is 4.5 percent alcohol is 2 units of alcohol, while a single shot of spirits is 1 unit […]

Bullying, A Risk Factor For Suicidal Thoughts, Suicide Attempts

LEIDEN, Netherlands (UPI) — Bullying is a risk factor for suicidal thoughts and suicidal attempts by children and adolescents, researchers in the Netherlands say. Mitch van Geel of Leiden University in the Netherlands and colleagues said cyberbullying appeared more strongly related to suicidal thoughts than traditional bullying, but the authors warned there was a limited […]

People With Allergies Will Have Them No Matter Where They Live

BETHESDA, Md. (UPI) — Many who suffer from allergies think moving would help them but U.S. researchers say people with allergies would have them no matter where they lived. “Before this study, if you would have asked 10 allergy specialists if allergy prevalence varied depending on where people live, all 10 of them would have […]

Mom Was Right: Eating Spinach May Make You Healthier, Thinner

LUND, Sweden (UPI) — Mom was right when she said to eat spinach to be healthier and now researchers in Sweden find an extract from the green plants may make people thinner. Professor Charlotte Erlanson-Albertsson at Lund University in Sweden said thylakoid, a compound in spinach and other green leaves, slows down food digestion and, […]

Hearing Impairment Associated With Depression

BETHESDA, Md. (UPI) — Hearing impairment is associated with depression among U.S. adults of all ages, especially women and adults age 70 and younger, U.S. researchers say. Dr. Chuan-Ming Li of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, part of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., and colleagues used data involving […]

Secondhand Smoke Linked To Miscarriage, Stillbirth

BUFFALO, N.Y. (UPI) — Secondhand smoke is linked with pregnancy loss, including miscarriage, stillbirth and tubal ectopic pregnancy, U.S. researchers say. “This study demonstrated pregnancy outcomes could be correlated with secondhand smoking,” lead investigator Andrew Hyland of Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y., said in a statement. “Significantly, women who never smoked but were […]

Parents Increasingly Distracted By Mobile Devices, Study Finds

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. (UPI) — A small study released today in the journal Pediatrics shows parents and caregivers are increasingly distracted by their mobile devices, especially at mealtime. Staked out in a Boston fast-food restaurant, researchers watched 55 caregivers, usually a parent, sit down and eat a meal with one or more children. Forty […]

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