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Diet Soda Linked To Stroke, Heart Attack

MIAMI, Jan. 31 (UPI) — Drinking diet soft drinks on a daily basis might increase the risk stroke, heart attack and vascular death, U.S. researchers said. Hannah Gardener and colleagues from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and at Columbia University Medical Center in New York also found regular soft drink consumption and […]

Booster Seat Often Skipped Without Parent

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 31 (UPI) — Parents usually use booster seats for their children but about 30 percent do not when they have other people’s children in their cars, U.S. researchers say. Dr. Michelle Macy of the University of Michigan Medical School, a pediatrician at University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, and colleagues […]

Dry Winter Skin Need Not Be A Fact Of Life

DALLAS, Jan. 31 (UPI) — Hands and lips are likely to become dry and chapped in winter weather, but a U.S. expert suggests there are ways to avoid uncomfortable, dry skin. Dr. Kent Aftergut, a dermatologist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, said there are two main reasons hands get particularly […]

Nurturing Moms = More Adaptive Children

ST. LOUIS, Jan. 30 (UPI) — The part of the brain that is key to learning and memory is larger among children whose mothers who spend a lot of time nurturing them, U.S. researchers said. Dr. Joan L. Luby, professor of child psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and colleagues said […]

Black Tea May Help Lower Blood Pressure

PERTH, Australia, Jan. 30 (UPI) — Three cups of black tea a day might help reduce blood pressure, researchers in Australia suggest. Lead author Professor Jonathan Hodgson of The University of Western Australia School of Medicine and Pharmacology said reducing high blood pressure could in turn reduce people’s risk of heart disease. “There is already […]

Doctor: Don’t Forget Coat In Winter

DALLAS, Jan. 31 (UPI) — An emergency room physician in Dallas warns people never to leave the house in winter without proper clothing even if spending only a few minutes outdoors. Dr. Paul Pepe, chairman of emergency medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, said those going from the garage at […]

Music Training May Help Deter Hearing Loss

EVANSTON, Ill., Jan. 31 (UPI) — The brain can be trained to overcome, in part, some age-related hearing loss in those with musical training, U.S. researchers suggest. Neuroscientist Nina Kraus of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., said age-related delays in neural timing are not inevitable and can be avoided or offset with musical training. Researchers […]

Exercise Fights Chronic Disease Sadness

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Jan. 31 (UPI) — Feelings of sadness that often accompany chronic illness can improve after exercise, researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham said. Lead author Matthew Herring, a research associate in the UAB’s School of Public Health’s department of epidemiology, said it is known that exercise can decrease depressive symptoms. Herring […]

Bed-Wetting May Be Due To Constipation

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Jan. 28 (UPI) — Bed-wetting isn’t always due to a bladder issue — constipation is often the culprit — U.S. researchers found. Dr. Steve J. Hodges, assistant professor of urology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., and lead author of the study, said bed-wetters should be examined for constipation. If […]

Walnuts Shrink Prostate Tumors In Mice

DAVIS, Calif., Jan. 29 (UPI) — Prostate tumors in mice fed the human equivalent of 3 ounces per day of walnuts grew smaller and slower than tumors in control mice, U.S. researchers say. Dr. Paul A. Davis of the University of California, Davis, and colleagues at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Western Regional Research Center […]


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