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Heavy Drinking Increases Days In Hospital

SEATTLE (UPI) — People who score highest on a key test for alcoholism experience longer postoperative hospital stays than those with lower scores, U.S. researchers say. Lead author Anna D. Rubinsky of Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle said those who scored highest on the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test Consumption were […]

Lose Belly Fat, Improve Blood Vessels

SAN DIEGO (UPI) — Overweight people who lose weight, especially belly fat, can improve blood vessel function no matter what diet they choose, U.S. researchers say. Lead investigator Kerry J. Stewart, a professor of medicine at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, who is also director of clinical and research exercise physiology […]

Ten Percent Of U.S. Adults In Recovery

NEW YORK (UPI) — Ten percent of all U.S. adults — 23 million — consider themselves to be in recovery from drug or alcohol abuse problems, a survey indicated. The survey by The Partnership at Drugfree.org and the New York state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services asked Americans questions such as “Did you […]

Vitamin D May Lower Stroke Risk

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (UPI) — People with higher levels of vitamin D have less risk of stroke than those with lower levels of vitamin D, U.S. researchers found. Suzanne Judd of the University of Alabama at Birmingham said the study involved data from 21,000 people ages 45 and older who completed questionnaires on the food they […]

Survey: Marital Therapy May Increase Sex

NEW YORK (UPI) — The top reason couples fight is not sex and money, but that neither member feels important or valued by the other, a U.S. survey indicates. A survey of counseling professionals from YourTango.com — a digital media company that provides advice on love and relationships — indicated communication problems ranked second among […]

Circumcision Reduces Prostate Cancer Risk

SEATTLE (UPI) — Circumcision before a male’s first sexual intercourse may help protect against prostate cancer, U.S. researchers suggested. Lead author Dr. Jonathan L. Wright, an affiliate investigator in the Hutchinson Center’s Public Health Sciences Division, said circumcision could hinder infection and inflammation that may lead to this malignancy. Wright and colleagues analyzed data from […]

Study: Marriage Education Can Be Helpful

SAN DIEGO (UPI) — A study of more than a dozen different marriage education classes showed the programs help couples improve communication, U.S. researchers said. Dennis Stoica, president of Healthy Relationships California, said the survey looked at 17,245 Californians who took one of several programs available for couples. The classes range in length from 8 […]

Produce May Enhance Skin More Than Creams

FIFE, Scotland (UPI) — Adding a few servings of fruits and vegetables a day might do more than expensive creams to improve skin appearance, researchers in Scotland suggested. Ross D. Whitehead of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and colleagues investigated longitudinally the effects of fruit and vegetable consumption on skin-color, to determine the […]

Study: Sex Ed Does Not Hasten Sex In Teens

NEW YORK (UPI) — Sex education does not encourage U.S. teens to have sex sooner or to take more sexual risks — rather, it delays sex, as does abstinence, researchers said. Laura Duberstein Lindberg and Isaac Maddow-Zimet of the Guttmacher Institute in New York analyzed data from 4,691 males and females ages 15-24 who participated […]

Men, Woman Unhappy With Work/Life Balance

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Lack of work flexibility, lack of career opportunities and low salaries are driving many to reconsider science and technology fields, a U.S. group said. The Association for Women in Science surveyed 4,225 publishing scientists and researchers worldwide and found 54 percent of all scientists and researchers said that work demands conflict with […]

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