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Romantic Valentine’s Dinner Good For Heart

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Feb. 12 (UPI) — For those planning a romantic dinner for Valentine’s Day, it’s lucky that romantic and heart-healthy go hand-in-hand, a U.S. dietitian said. “Years of research has shown that a balanced diet with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, unsaturated fat and lean protein will not only help with weight maintenance, but with […]

Older Daters Don’t Want To Play Games

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, Feb. 13 (UPI) — Older Americans, the fastest-growing demographic in online dating, are looking for different traits in a date than their younger counterparts, researchers say. Dr. Wendy K. Watson and Dr. Charlie Stelle, Bowling Green State University professors of gerontology, said adults 60 and older do not appear to focus on […]

Valentine’s Gifts May Be Hazardous To Pets

MIAMI, Feb. 13 (UPI) — Many of the more traditional Valentine’s Day gifts can be harmful to pets, especially chocolate, U.S. pet experts said. The pet health Web site petMD said most people know chocolate is bad for dogs — it causes a rapid heart rate, among other problems. However, not everyone might be aware […]

Valentine’s Day Can Be ‘Tipping Point’

DUBLIN, Ireland, Feb. 13 (UPI) — A relationship counselor in Ireland warns many relationships break up after the stress of Valentine’s Day. Brendan Madden, chief executive of Relationships Ireland, says many people can feel forced to conform to what are often unrealistic expectations of what love, romance and relationships are all about, the Irish Independent […]

2 Cases Of Deadly Disease In California

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Feb. 9 (UPI) — A California health official says two cases of what appears to be Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in Marin County could be coincidence. One of the victims has died, the Marin Independent Journal reported. Dr. Craig Lindquist, the county public health officer, said the doctors treating the two patients reported the […]

Asking To Downsize Diner’s Portions Works

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 9 (UPI) — Posting calories of food may not deter diners from overeating, but U.S. researchers said asking diners if they want smaller portions was more effective. Lead study author Janet Schwartz of Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business and colleagues found when servers asked customers whether they’d like to “downsize” […]

As Adults Age, More Advised To Exercise

ATLANTA, Feb. 9 (UPI) — In 2010, almost a third of U.S. adults who had seen a physician in the previous year had been advised they needed to exercise, health officials say. The percentage of adults who had been advised to exercise increased from 22.6 percent in 2000 to 32.4 percent in 2010, researchers at […]

Fish Reduces Colon Polyps In Women

NASHVILLE, Feb. 10 (UPI) — Women who eat at least three servings of fish per week have a reduced risk of developing some types of colon polyps, U.S. researchers found. Dr. Harvey Murff of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center said the omega-3 fats in fish — tuna, salmon and sardines — might reduce inflammation in the […]

Lead Has Killed 400 Nigeria Children

LAGOS, Nigeria, Feb. 9 (UPI) — The hunt for gold in northern Nigeria has left 400 children dead of lead poisoning and many more ill in the past two years, a human rights organization says. Human Rights Watch said in a release Tuesday thousands of Nigerian children need immediate medical treatment and dozens of villages […]

Five Ways To Beat Valentine’s Day Blues

DETROIT, Feb. 8 (UPI) — A Detroit plastic surgeon, noting Valentine’s Day can be depressing if one’s not in a relationship, offers five ways to subdue the blues without nips and tucks. Dr. Anthony Youn, a frequent TV guest and blogger at celebcosmeticsurgery.com, said for 26 years he hated Valentine’s Day. “Every Feb. 14 was […]

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