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Child Adversity May Cause DNA Changes

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (UPI) — Childhood adversity might lead to DNA changes that increase the risk for psychiatric disorders, U.S. researchers said. Dr. Audrey Tyrka of Butler Hospital, an associate professor at Brown University in Providence, R.I., said multiple studies have established the association between childhood adversity, including parental loss and childhood maltreatment, and risk for […]

Depressed Girls More Likely To Binge Eat

BOSTON, Feb. 28 (UPI) — U.S. teenage girls who feel depressed are twice as likely to start binge eating, U.S. researchers found. “Girls who started off binge eating were about two times as likely as their peers to start feeling depressed,” Alison Field of the Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health […]

Bat Flu Virus May Not Be Threat To Humans

ATLANTA (UPI) — An influenza A virus discovered in fruit bats in Guatemala does not appear to present a current threat to humans, but warrants further study, officials said. Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and scientists at the University of the Valley of Guatemala said for the bat influenza […]

Supplements May Help Skin Of Smokers

STANFORD, Calif., Feb. 25 (UPI) — Antioxidants, vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids may help the skin of smokers to appear younger, U.S. researchers suggest. Robert C. Spitale of Stanford University School of Medicine in California and colleagues say cigarette smoking is well-known to be associated with accelerated skin aging, cardiovascular disease and lung cancer, in […]

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 […]


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