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Poisoning Main Cause Of Death From Injury

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (UPI) — A sister whose 3-year-old brother died 50 years ago of poisoning — the leading cause of unintentional U.S. injuries — said everyone needs to be vigilant. Cathy Seifried of Texas said her brother drank a bottle of rat poison and although every attempt was made to save his life, the hospital […]

Alcohol May Lower Stroke Risk In Women

BOSTON (UPI) — The risk of stroke is significantly lower among light-to-moderate drinkers of alcohol than among those who reported no alcohol intake, U.S. researchers said. Boston University Medical Center researchers tracked 83,578 female participants of the Nurses’ Health Study who were free of diagnosed cardiovascular disease and cancer at baseline. Follow-up occurred from 1980 […]

U.S.: Anti-Smoking Effort Saved 800,000 Lives

WASHINGTON, March 15 (UPI) — U.S. smoking control policies from 1975 to 2000, including smoking bans, were responsible for preventing an estimated 800,000 lung cancer deaths, officials say. Robert Croyle, director of the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, said if all cigarette […]

Woman Should Get Pap Smear Every 3 Years

WASHINGTON (UPI) — U.S. women ages 21-65 should get a Pap smear every three years, a change from every year, the Preventive Services Task Force said. After a systematic review of the available evidence, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force — an independent advisory panel of health experts — posted a draft recommendation statement for […]

CDC: More Illness Linked To Imported Foods

ATLANTA (UPI) — U.S. foodborne disease outbreaks caused by imported food appeared to rise in 2009 and 2010, with fish being the most common source of illness, officials say. Research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, presented at the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases in Atlanta, found 39 outbreaks and 2,348 illnesses […]

CDC: Deaths From Gastroenteritis Double

ATLANTA (UPI) — The number of people who died from gastroenteritis — vomiting and diarrhea — doubled in the United States from 1999 to 2007, federal researchers found. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention used data from the National Center for Health Statistics to identify gastroenteritis-associated deaths from 1999 to 2007 […]

CDC Starts First Anti-Smoking Campaign

CDC Starts First Anti-Smoking Campaign

The U.S. government will combat smoking addiction for the first time in a public-service campaign health officials say they hope will help people quit smoking. The campaign by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, scheduled to begin Monday, has a $54 million budget this year.

Sugary Drink A Day Raises Heart Risk

BOSTON (UPI) — Men who drink a sugar-sweetened beverage a day have a 20 percent higher risk of heart disease than men who avoid sugary drinks, U.S. researchers say. The study found men who drank a 12-ounce, sugar-sweetened beverage a day had a 20 percent higher risk of heart disease. However, less frequent consumption — […]

High-Fat Diet May Reduce Sperm Count

BOSTON (UPI) — A diet high in fat was linked to a lower total sperm count and concentration among men, making it harder for them to have children, U.S. researchers said. Jill Attaman, who was at Massachusetts General Hospital and an instructor at Harvard Medical School at the time of the research, said the study […]

Lack Of Sleep May Up Calorie Consumption

SAN DIEGO (UPI) — People who don’t get enough sleep are more likely than others to overeat, increasing the risk of obesity, U.S. researchers said. Study author Dr. Virend Somers, professor of medicine and cardiovascular disease at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues studied 17 normal, healthy young men and women for eight […]

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