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Good Intentions Can Soothe Pain

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Jan. 18 (UPI) — Patients might have less pain if doctors and nurses brush up on their bedside manner and show compassion and good intentions, U.S. researchers say. Kurt Gray of the University of Maryland said the way people read the intentions of others changes their physical experience of the world. “The […]

School Junk Food May Not Up Child Obesity

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., Jan. 19 (UPI) — Weight gain — at least for middle school students — has nothing to do with junk food they can purchase at school, U.S. researchers found. Lead author Jennifer Van Hook of the Pennsylvania State University and Claire E. Altman, a sociology and demography doctoral student at the same […]

Severe Injuries Walking With Headphones Up

BALTIMORE, Jan. 17 (UPI) — The number of serious injuries of those wearing headphones with an iPod or MP3 player tripled in the United States from 2004 to 2011, researchers say. Dr. Richard Lichenstein and colleagues from the University of Maryland School of Medicine analyzed data from the U.S. National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, the […]

Lip-Reading Helps Babies Learn To Speak

BOCA RATON, Fla., Jan. 17 (UPI) — U.S. researchers collected empirical evidence that infants engage in lip-reading when learning how to talk and this may help diagnose autism. David J. Lewkowicz, a professor at Florida Atlantic University, and Amy Hansen-Tift, a doctoral student, said they found infants learn how to talk by listening and looking. […]

Emily Post Relative Offers Flu Etiquette

BETHESDA, Md., Jan. 17 (UPI) — More than 80 percent of U.S. adults say someone with the flu should cancel obligations, but 64 percent say they should go about their business, a survey found. As part of its “Are You That Guy?” influenza education campaign, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases is partnering with the […]

No Safe Time To Drink While Pregnant

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 17 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say they have found new links between the timing of alcohol consumption during pregnancy and certain characteristics of fetal alcohol syndrome. Researchers at the California Teratogen Information Service Pregnancy Health Information Line — a state non-profit organization based at the University of California, San Diego — used […]

U.S. Obesity Levels May Be Leveling

ATLANTA, Jan. 18 (UPI) — Adult obesity increased from 1980 to 1999, but the number of those more than 30 pounds overweight may have leveled off in 2009-2010, U.S. researchers say. Katherine M. Flegal of the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, used data from the […]

Familial Alcoholism Affects Teen Brains

PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 16 (UPI) — Adolescents with a family history of alcoholism experience “weaker brain response during risky decision-making” than others, U.S. researchers report. Bonnie J. Nagel, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience at Oregon Health & Science University, and colleagues recruited 31 young people ages 13-15 — 18 with a family history […]

Older Women Who Lose Height May Die Sooner

PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 16 (UPI) — Women age 65 and older who have lost more than 2 inches in height face an increased risk of breaking bones and dying, U.S. researchers say. Dr. Teresa Hillier of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland, Ore., said a study found older women who lost more […]

Coffee Helps People Focus, Causes Headache

DALLAS, Jan. 17 (UPI) — Coffee may clear mental cobwebs and help people concentrate — but it may also cause unwanted headaches — a U.S. researcher says. Dr. James Bibb, associate professor at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, says caffeine is the oldest stimulant known to man. “Caffeine has proven to be a useful […]


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