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Purple Potatoes May Lower Blood Pressure

SCRANTON, Pa., Feb. 1 (UPI) — Two small helpings of purple potatoes a day decreases blood pressure by about 4 percent without causing weight gain, U.S. researchers said. Joe Vinson of the University of Scranton and colleagues said purple-skinned potatoes, a boutique variety increasingly available in food stores, are noted for having high levels of […]

Watchdog: Juice Labels Can Mislead

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 (UPI) — Labels trumpeting health benefits of popular fruit juices are often misleading, a U.S. non-profit food safety watchdog group says. Jeff Cronin of the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington singled out Minute Maid Help Nourish Your Brain 100 percent Fruit Juice, saying the product is mostly apple […]

Valentine’s Day May Be Worst Day To Kiss

MAYWOOD, Ill., Feb. 1 (UPI) — Valentine’s Day falls smack dab in the middle of flu and cold season, so kissing may not be such a good idea, a U.S. infectious disease expert suggests. Dr. Jorge Parada, medical director, infectious disease at Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Ill., said changing weather or temperatures are […]

Walnuts Top List For Antioxidant Value

SCRANTON, Pa., Feb. 2 (UPI) — Walnuts ranked best for having more antioxidants — polyphenols — and a higher antioxidant potency in an analysis of nuts, U.S. researchers found. Joe Vinson, professor of chemistry at the University of Scranton, evaluated nine types of raw and roasted nuts and two types of peanut butter to assess […]

Teen Health Habits May Shorten Their Lives

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 (UPI) — A study of 5,500 U.S. teens found their poor health habits might cost them years from their lives, researchers suggest. Donald Lloyd-Jones of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago examined risk factors for heart disease in teens and found many had high blood sugar, low physical activity and […]

Men And Woman Lie About Height, Weight

SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 31 (UPI) — When asked in surveys to self-report height and weight, U.S. men and women lie — they underestimate weight and overestimate height, researchers found. Lead author Ming Wen, an associate professor at the University of Utah and colleagues Lori Kowaleski-Jones, said many surveys and studies about body weight rely […]

Vegas Luxor Guest Dies Of Legionnaires

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 31 (UPI) — A guest who stayed at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas in December and contracted Legionnaires’ disease has died, Nevada health officials said. Brian Labus, a senior epidemiologist at the Southern Nevada Health District, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not released the patient’s […]

Diet Soda Linked To Stroke, Heart Attack

MIAMI, Jan. 31 (UPI) — Drinking diet soft drinks on a daily basis might increase the risk stroke, heart attack and vascular death, U.S. researchers said. Hannah Gardener and colleagues from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and at Columbia University Medical Center in New York also found regular soft drink consumption and […]

Booster Seat Often Skipped Without Parent

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 31 (UPI) — Parents usually use booster seats for their children but about 30 percent do not when they have other people’s children in their cars, U.S. researchers say. Dr. Michelle Macy of the University of Michigan Medical School, a pediatrician at University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, and colleagues […]

Dry Winter Skin Need Not Be A Fact Of Life

DALLAS, Jan. 31 (UPI) — Hands and lips are likely to become dry and chapped in winter weather, but a U.S. expert suggests there are ways to avoid uncomfortable, dry skin. Dr. Kent Aftergut, a dermatologist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, said there are two main reasons hands get particularly […]

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