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Diabetes Helped By Any Exercise

LONDON, Feb. 3 (UPI) — Intermittent exercise with and without low oxygen concentrations can improve insulin sensitivity in those with type 2 diabetes, British researchers found. However, the study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, found exercise while under hypoxic conditions — low oxygen concentrations — provides greater improvement in glycemic control […]

Facebook Doesn’t Help Low Self-Esteem

WATERLOO, Ontario, Feb. 3 (UPI) — People with low self-esteem tend to bombard friends on Facebook with negative news of their lives — making themselves less likable, Canadian researchers say. Amanda Forest, a graduate student at the University of Waterloo, and her adviser, Joanne Wood, asked students how they felt about Facebook. People with low […]

Map Pinpoints Areas Of Lyme Disease

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Feb. 4 (UPI) — A tick survey shows a risk of Lyme disease in the Northeast from Maine to Virginia, but most of the South free of Lyme disease-carrying ticks, researchers say. Lead author Dr. Maria A. Diuk-Wasser of the Yale School of Public Health and colleagues found high infection risk confined […]

Anemia Triples Risk Of Death After Stroke

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Feb. 4 (UPI) — Being anemic could triple the risk of dying within a year after having a stroke, said researchers at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn. Lead researcher Dr. Jason Sico, an assistant professor of neurology at Yale University School of Medicine, said anemia is a common […]

STDs In Baby Boomers Increasing

LONDON, Feb. 4 (UPI) — U.S., Canadian and British baby boomers are not practicing safe sex and as a result are at risk for sexually transmitted diseases, researchers say. In an editorial in the Student British Medical Journal, Rachel von Simson, final year medical student, and Dr. Ranjababu Kulasegaram, King’s College London and Thomas’ Hospital, […]

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 […]

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