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Vitamin D Deficiency Does Not Affect Diabetes Progression

MUNICH, Germany (UPI) — Vitamin D deficiency precedes the onset of type 1 diabetes, but the vitamin deficiency does not seem to influence disease progression, German researchers say. Scientists at the Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen and the Technical University of Munich said vitamin D is known as a major regulator of calcium levels and bone metabolism. […]

Physicians’ Stethoscopes Have More Germs Than Their Hands

GENEVA, Switzerland (UPI) — A physician’s stethoscope is as full of germs as a physician’s hands, and U.S. researchers suggest it should be cleaned after use on each patient. Lead investigator Dr. Didier Pittet, director of the Infection Control Program and WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety, University of Geneva Hospitals in Geneva, Switzerland, and […]

Being Rejected Socially Is Physically Painful

TRIESTE, Italy (UPI) — Being rejected socially — or seeing it in others — is physically painful, researchers in Italy say. Giorgia Silani, Giovanni Novembre and Marco Zanon of the International School for Advanced Studies of Trieste in Italy said social pain activates some brain circuits of physical pain whether people feel it personally or […]

U.S. Survey: 9 Of 10 Don’t Want To Date Smokers

NEW YORK (UPI) — Single smokers may want to consider breaking up with their cigarettes as they look for that special someone, a U.S. survey indicates. The survey by Match.com, the relationship website, and Pfizer, the drug company, found nearly 9 of 10 respondents said they preferred not to date someone who smoked. And when […]

Men Who Have Doors Held For Them Lose Self-esteem

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (UPI) — Men are less likely than women to experience and expect chivalrous door-holding help, but when they do it decreases self-esteem, U.S. researchers say. Megan McCarty and Janice Kelly of Purdue University said they has research assistants sit unobtrusively on a bench at two different academic building entrances on a large […]

Fathers May Have A Biological Clock, Too

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (UPI) — Men may have a biological clock as women do; U.S. researchers say children of middle-age fathers are at higher risk of mental illness such as autism. Brian M. D’Onofrio of Indiana University, Bloomington, and colleagues analyzed medical and public records of some 2.6 million people born in Sweden from 1973 to […]

U.S. Air Force Reservists Exposed To More Dioxin Than Said

NEW YORK (UPI) — U.S. Air Force reservists were exposed to greater levels of dioxin from Agent Orange via military aircraft than previously acknowledged, researchers say. Lead investigator Peter A. Lurker, an environmental engineer with many years of experience evaluating environmental exposures in the U.S. Air Force, said during the Vietnam War “Operation Ranch Hand” […]

U.S. Teen Indoor Tanning Linked To Other Risky Health Behaviors

ATLANTA (UPI) — U.S. teens who risk skin cancer by using indoor tanning beds tend to engage in other risky health-related behaviors as well, researchers say. Gery P. Guy Jr. of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and colleagues said the incidence of skin cancers, both non-melanoma and melanoma, is increasing in […]

Sprouting Old Garlic Bulb Produces More Antioxidants

DAEGU, South Korea (UPI) — An old, sprouting garlic bulb has more heart-healthy antioxidants than its fresher counterparts, U.S. researchers said. People have used garlic for medicinal purposes for thousands of years, and eating garlic or taking garlic supplements is often touted as a natural way to reduce cholesterol levels, blood pressure and heart disease […]

Teen Gamblers More Likely To Have Risky Sex Than Non-Gamblers

NEW YORK (UPI) — A study of African-American youths in Baltimore schools found almost half had gambled at least once before age 18, U.S. researchers say. First author Silvia Martins, an associate professor of epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York, and colleagues at Johns Hopkins University also […]

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