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Weight Affected By Some Medications

HOUSTON, Feb. 26 (UPI) — Weight gain or loss may not always be caused by diet and exercise; it could be affected by medications, a U.S. pharmacist said. Ryan Roux, chief pharmacy officer, Harris County Hospital District, said certain medicines can cause significant weight changes. Fox example, weight side-effects are common in medicines used for […]

Cost May Not Be Barrier To Eating Produce

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (UPI) — The number of servings of fruit and vegetables people eat has less to do with price and more to do with shopping experience, U.S. researchers found. The study by lead author Jonathan L. Blitstein, a research psychologist at Research Triangle Park International, and colleagues found fruit and vegetable intake […]

Some Women Feel Naked Without Makeup

PHILADELPHIA (UPI) — Nearly half of all U.S. women have negative feelings about their image when not wearing makeup and link “bare face” with being unattractive, a survey found. This survey, conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of The Renfrew Center Foundation, also indicated one-quarter of the women surveyed began wearing makeup at age 13 […]

High Heels Main Cause Of Toenail Pain

MAYWOOD, Ill. (UPI) — High heels and/or pointed-toe shoes are a leading cause of ingrown toenails, which cause not only pain, but can lead to infection, a U.S. podiatrist says. Rodney Stuck, professor of podiatry medicine for the Loyola University Health System, says ingrown toenails — onychocryptosis — are among the most common problems arising […]

Babies Weaned On Finger Foods Less Fat

NOTTINGHAM, England, Feb. 14 (UPI) — Babies weaned using solid finger food are more likely to develop healthier food preferences than those who are spoon-fed pureed food, British researchers say. Study co-author Dr. Ellen Townsend, an associate professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Nottingham in England, said the study also found […]

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 […]


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