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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 […]

Jewelry For Kids Contains Lead, Cadmium

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (UPI) — Jewelry sold for children by 14 U.S. retailers contained high levels of heavy metals such as lead, chromium, nickel and cadmium, a non-profit group said. Officials at the Ecology Center, based in Michigan, said 99 pieces of jewelry were tested from Ming 99 City, Burlington Coat Factory, Target, Big Lots, […]

Walking Cuts Genetic Effect Of Obesity

BOSTON (UPI) — Walking briskly for an hour a day can help those with a genetic tendency toward obesity, U.S. researchers said. Study author Qibin Qi, a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, and colleagues said the study examined 7,740 women and 4,564 men from the Nurses’ Health Study and […]

Red Meat Linked To Higher Risk Of Death

BOSTON (UPI) — U.S. researchers found red meat was associated with an increased risk of mortality, cardiovascular disease and cancer, but healthy protein reduces the risk. Lead author An Pan, a research fellow, senior author Frank Hu, a professor of nutrition, both of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston and colleagues observed 37,698 […]

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