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Pregnant Women Should Cut Fat Intake

BETHESDA, Md., Feb. 14 (UPI) — Pregnant women need to watch their diet, what they eat can affect both their baby and themselves, a U.S. researcher said. Dr. Katherine Bowers, a research fellow at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., said gestational diabetes is a common pregnancy complication that can affect both mother-to-be […]

Ages Of Both Parents Linked To Autism

HOUSTON, Feb. 14 (UPI) — Older mothers and fathers are jointly associated with having a child with autism, U.S. researchers found. Mohammad Hossein Rahbar, professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Texas School of Public Health, and the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Kingston, Jamaica, compared 68 age- and sex-matched, case-control […]

Four Top Reasons Why Dieting Is So Hard

MELROSE PARK, Ill., Feb. 14 (UPI) — Two-thirds of Americans say they are on a diet to improve their health but relatively few are actually decreasing in size, a U.S. expert says. Dr. Jessica Bartfield, who specializes in nutrition and weight management at Loyola University Health System’s Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, said dieting is a skill, […]

Gallup: U.S. Life Rating At 11-Month High

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (UPI) — The U.S. Life Evaluation, a measure of how adults rate their well-being, has climbed back to near its all-time high after tumbling in 2011, Gallup Inc. said. The life rating index, which Gallup and Healthways have been conducting since January 2008, found that Americans rated their lives better in January […]

Gum Disease May Be Cause Of Bad Breath

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 (UPI) — U.S. periodontists are treating gum disease-related bad breath with laser gum therapy — making Valentine’s Day a little bit easier for kissing. Periodontists Stephen Brown in Philadelphia, David Scharf in New York; Dr. Jason Stoner in Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Joseph Nemeth of Detroit, and Karl Rose and Georgann Apgar, both […]

‘Thank You’ May Pacify Warring Couples

NEW YORK, Feb. 13 (UPI) — Couples should use Valentine’s Day to spend more time focusing on the positive aspects of their relationship and not complaints, two U.S. psychiatrists said. “Valentine’s Day is not a day for arguing with your spouse or significant other. In fact, no day is good for that,” Dr. Philip Lee […]

A Kiss Can Trigger Food, Drug Allergy

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill., Feb. 13 (UPI) — Brushing teeth or waiting hours after eating may not prevent some with food or medicine allergies from triggering a reaction with a kiss, U.S. allergists said. Allergist Dr. Sami Bahna, past president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, said allergists recommend the non-allergic partner brush, […]

Rejection Can Lower Heart Rate

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Feb. 14 (UPI) — Learning that someone doesn’t like you triggers a drop in heart rate, University of Amsterdam researchers found. Researchers asked 27 student volunteers ages 18-25 — 18 female, 9 male — to submit photos of themselves. The students were told this was for a study on first impressions, but in […]

Breakfast With Dessert Helps Weight Loss

TEL AVIV, Israel, Feb. 14 (UPI) — Dieters might be able to have their cake and eat it too — researchers in Israel found a sweet dessert at breakfast contributed to weight loss. Professor Daniela Jakubowicz, Dr. Julio Wainstein and Dr. Mona Boaz, of Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine and the Diabetes Unit […]

Tips Offered To Survive NFL Withdrawal

MAYWOOD, Ill., Feb. 12 (UPI) — With football season over, millions of fans will go through withdrawal symptoms from not being able to watch the pigskin fly, a U.S. psychiatrist says. Dr. Angelos Halaris of Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Ill., says when a person engages in a pleasurable activity, such as watching a […]


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