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CDC: U.S. Blood Trans-Fatty Acids Down

ATLANTA, Feb. 8 (UPI) — Blood levels of trans-fatty acids in white adults in the U.S. population decreased by 58 percent from 2000 to 2009, health officials found. Christopher Portier, director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention′s National Center for Environmental Health in Atlanta, said the findings were the first time researchers have been […]

Young Women Can Gain Weight And Not Know

GALVESTON, Texas, Feb. 9 (UPI) — Researchers say they found U.S. women don’t always realize they’ve put on weight. Mahbubur Rahman of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and colleagues said they studied 466 women, with an average age of 25, who did six-month checkups in which they reported whether they thought they […]

Ultra Low-Cost Artificial Leg Developed

TORONTO, Feb. 9 (UPI) — A Canadian scientist in Toronto has developed a lower-leg prosthetic that costs $50 to manufacture instead of the current $3,000. The device for people who have lost a leg above the knee was designed by engineer Jan Andrysek of the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, the Toronto Star reported. His […]

Michelle Obama’s ‘Fun’ Exercises Effective

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 9 (UPI) — A U.S. exercise expert said the non-traditional exercises Michelle Obama used to challenge NBC-TV’s talk show host Jimmy Fallon were effective. The first lady has invited talk show hosts to join her for a quick workout and she challenged Fallon to join her in an alternative to a traditional […]

Nine In 10 U.S. Adults Eat Too Much Salt

ATLANTA, Ill., Feb. 7 (UPI) — Almost all Americans eat too much salt, but U.S. researchers said 44 percent of dietary sodium consumed each day come from 10 types of foods. “Too much sodium raises blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke,” Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the […]

Human Morality Begins Early In Infants

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Feb. 7 (UPI) — A U.S. professor of psychology says research shows human morality begins in infancy. Karen Wynn, a professor of psychology at Yale University, said at a Yale lecture “The Search for the Origins of Human Good and Evil,” that how infants and toddlers perceive the world can help adults […]

Closing Schools During Pandemic Effective

HAMILTON, Ontario, Feb. 7 (UPI) — Closing schools is effective in slowing the spread of infectious disease and should be considered during pandemic outbreaks, researchers in Canada suggest. Lead author David Earn, a professor in the department of mathematics and statistics and member of McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research, and […]

Obama Increases Alzheimer’s Funding

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 (UPI) — Obama administration officials said Tuesday in Washington it is immediately allocating an additional $50 million for cutting-edge Alzheimer’s research. In addition, the administration announced that its fiscal year 2013 budget will boost funding for Alzheimer’s research by $80 million and an additional $26 million in caregiver support, provider education, public […]

Cameras, Feedback Up Hospital Hand Washing

MANHASSET, N.Y., Feb. 7 (UPI) — U.S. researchers said cameras with views of every sink and sanitizer dispenser to record hand hygiene of healthcare workers changed hand washing behavior. Dr. Bruce Farber of North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y., and colleagues evaluated healthcare worker hand hygiene with the use of remote video auditing in […]

Some 4,500 Children Hospitalized For Abuse

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Feb. 6 (UPI) — More than 4,500 U.S. children were hospitalized in 2006 due to child abuse, researchers at the Yale School of Medicine found. Study leader Dr. John M. Leventhal, a professor of pediatrics and medical director of the Child Abuse and Child Abuse Prevention Programs at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, […]

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