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Chinese Herb Regulates Inflammation

BOSTON (UPI) — U.S. scientists have discovered the molecular secrets behind a Chinese herb’s extract made from Chang Shan, a type of hydrangea that grows in Tibet and Nepal. Senior author Malcolm Whitman, a professor of developmental biology at Harvard School of Dental Medicine, said for roughly 2,000 years, Chinese herbalists have treated malaria using […]

Many Getting Recipes From Web, Not Mom

SEATTLE (UPI) — A U.S. study found social/digital media such as Twitter and Facebook is replacing mom as the go-to culinary source of knowledge for many people. A study, ‘Clicks & Cravings: The Impact of Social Technology on Food Culture,” found about 40 percent of people now learn about food via Web sites, apps or […]

Winners Aggressive, Losers Are Not

COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 1 (UPI) — People are more aggressive when they are better off than others, U.S. and French researchers suggest. Study co-author Brad Bushman, a professor of communication and psychology at Ohio State University, said winners — those who outperform others on a competitive task — act more aggressively against the people they […]

Diet Soda May Up Heart Attack, Stroke Risk

MIAMI (UPI) — People who drink diet soft drinks daily might have increased risk of vascular events such as stroke, heart attack and vascular death, U.S. researchers said. Study leader Hannah Gardener, an epidemiologist at the University at Miami, and colleagues at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, said artificially sweetened soft drinks are […]

Heat-Related Football Deaths Tripled

ATHENS, Ga. (UPI) — Heat-related deaths among U.S. high-school and college football players tripled to three per year from 1994 to 2009, researchers said. Climatologist Andrew Grundstein, associate professor of geography in the University of Georgia, and colleagues built a detailed database that included the temperature, humidity and time of day, as well as the […]

Eating Fatty Fish Helps Keep Brain Young

LOS ANGELES (UPI) — A diet lacking in omega-3 fatty acids may cause the brain to age faster and lose some of its memory and thinking capabilities, U.S. researchers said. Dr. Zaldy S. Tan, a member of the Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research at the University of California, Los Angeles, said the study involved […]

AHA: Almonds Good For Heart

MODESTO, Calif. (UPI) — The American Heart Association certified almonds with its Heart-Check mark to signify to U.S. consumers they are a heart-healthy food, a trade group said. “Nutrition research has long supported the heart health benefits of almonds,” Jenny Heap of the Almond Board of California said in a statement. “Now consumers will be […]

Most Don’t Know Infants Need Eye Exam

ST. LOUIS (UPI) — Most U.S. adults are unaware 10 percent of infants has an undetected vision problem, if left untreated, could lead to vision problems, optometrists said. Only 18 percent of parents who participated in the American Optometric Association’s American Eye-Q survey reported taking their infant to an eye doctor for a comprehensive assessment […]

Active Video Games Don’t Boost Exercise

HOUSTON (UPI) — Children who play active video games do not engage in more physical activity than those who play inactive video games, U.S. and Hong Kong researchers suggest. Tom Baranowski of the Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Ester Cerin of the Institute of Human Performance at the University […]

Study May Show If Family Enables Hoarding

TORONTO, Feb. 28 (UPI) — A Toronto researcher is recruiting 55 U.S. and Canadian families to look into whether people do things to make it easier for family members to hoard. Martin Antony, chairman of the psychology department at Ryerson University, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. accommodation — the tendency for family members to do […]


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