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Study: Contagious Yawning Not Linked To Empathy

DURHAM, N.C. (UPI) — Researchers in North Carolina say contagious yawning and empathy may not be linked despite past studies suggesting they are. The new study was conducted by Duke Center for Human Genome Variation and was published Friday, the Duke Center said in a release. The researchers said contagious yawning may decrease with age […]

Married Women Less Likely To Die From Heart Disease

OXFORD, England (UPI) — Married woman and single women have a similar risk of heart disease, but married women have a lower risk of dying from it, researchers in Britain say. Lead author Sarah Floud of the University of Oxford in England and colleagues analyzed data collected for a large British study of women’s health. […]

Sweet Potato Offers Biggest Nutritional Gain For Your Buck

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Physicians urge U.S. adults and children to eat more fruits and vegetables, but a food advocacy group says the sweet potato provides the most bang for a buck. The Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington ranked vegetables by giving each points for content of dietary fiber, naturally occurring sugars […]

An Attractive Man Has An Advantage In Business

BOSTON (UPI) — U.S. investors are more likely to put money into ventures if the man making the pitch is handsome, but being good looking didn’t help women, researchers say. Alison Wood Brooks of the Harvard Business School; Laura Huang of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; Sarah Wood Kearney and Fiona E. Murray of […]

About 88,000 U.S. Deaths Due To Alcohol From 2006 To 2010

ATLANTA (UPI) — Excessive alcohol consumption resulted in some 88,000 U.S. deaths and millions of years in shortened lifespans from 2006 to 2010, officials say. Katherine Gonzales of the Michigan Department of Community Health, Jim Roeber of the New Mexico Department of Health, Dafna Kanny of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health […]

Assessing Patient Personality More Helpful Than Family History

DURHAM, N.C. (UPI) — Assessing the personalities of patients during routine medical exams could prove as useful as recording their family medical histories, U.S. researchers say. “Healthcare reform provides a great opportunity for preventive care, with physicians seeing more young adults who might not previously have had insurance,” lead author Salomon Israel of Duke University […]

Positive Facebook Posts More Influential And More Contagious

SAN DIEGO (UPI) — Facebook moods are similar to face-to-face moods, positive posts beget positive posts and negative posts beget negative ones, U.S. researchers say. Lead author James Fowler, a professor at the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, and colleagues analyzed more than a billion anonymized status updates among more […]

Five-Second Rule Concerning Dropped Food Has Some Truth

BIRMINGHAM, England (UPI) — Researchers in Britain say the urban legend that food picked up seconds after being dropped on the floor has fewer bacteria is, in fact, true. Anthony Hilton, a professor of microbiology at Aston University in England, monitored the transfer of the common bacteria E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus from a variety […]

2008-12: ADHD Drugs Prescribed For Young Women Rose 85 Percent

COOL VALLEY, Mo. (UPI) — From 2008 to 2012, U.S. adults prescribed medication to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder rose 36 percent, Express Scripts says. Express Scripts, which processes pharmaceutical claims for members via a network of retail pharmacies, analyzed pharmacy claims data from 2008 to 2012 and found the greatest increase in ADHD medication during […]

Large Waist Size Can Take Years Off A Person’s Life

ROCHESTER, Minn. (UPI) — Having a large belly — even with a healthy body mass index — can take years off a person’s life, U.S. researchers say. Lead author Dr. James Cerhan, a Mayo Clinic epidemiologist, and colleagues reviewed data from 11 different studies, involving more than 600,000 people from around the world. The review, […]

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