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Asking To Downsize Diner’s Portions Works

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 9 (UPI) — Posting calories of food may not deter diners from overeating, but U.S. researchers said asking diners if they want smaller portions was more effective. Lead study author Janet Schwartz of Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business and colleagues found when servers asked customers whether they’d like to “downsize” […]

As Adults Age, More Advised To Exercise

ATLANTA, Feb. 9 (UPI) — In 2010, almost a third of U.S. adults who had seen a physician in the previous year had been advised they needed to exercise, health officials say. The percentage of adults who had been advised to exercise increased from 22.6 percent in 2000 to 32.4 percent in 2010, researchers at […]

Fish Reduces Colon Polyps In Women

NASHVILLE, Feb. 10 (UPI) — Women who eat at least three servings of fish per week have a reduced risk of developing some types of colon polyps, U.S. researchers found. Dr. Harvey Murff of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center said the omega-3 fats in fish — tuna, salmon and sardines — might reduce inflammation in the […]

Lead Has Killed 400 Nigeria Children

LAGOS, Nigeria, Feb. 9 (UPI) — The hunt for gold in northern Nigeria has left 400 children dead of lead poisoning and many more ill in the past two years, a human rights organization says. Human Rights Watch said in a release Tuesday thousands of Nigerian children need immediate medical treatment and dozens of villages […]

Five Ways To Beat Valentine’s Day Blues

DETROIT, Feb. 8 (UPI) — A Detroit plastic surgeon, noting Valentine’s Day can be depressing if one’s not in a relationship, offers five ways to subdue the blues without nips and tucks. Dr. Anthony Youn, a frequent TV guest and blogger at, said for 26 years he hated Valentine’s Day. “Every Feb. 14 was […]

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 […]


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