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Autistics Have More Psychiatric Issues

BOSTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) — The presence of co-occurring psychiatric and neurodevelopmental conditions may result in a change in autism spectrum disorder, U.S. researchers say. Dr. Andrew Zimmerman of Massachusetts General Hospital for Children and colleagues at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public said questions remain as to whether changes in diagnosis of an […]

Lifestyle Blamed For 40 Percent Of Cancers

LONDON, Jan. 24 (UPI) — Forty percent of cancers in women and 45 percent in men could be prevented by a healthier lifestyle, British researchers say. A Cancer Research UK report found more than 100,000 cancers each year in Britain are caused by four lifestyle factors — smoking, unhealthy diet, alcohol and being overweight — […]

Menopause Onset May Be Genetic

BOSTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) — Researchers from the Boston University Schools of Public Health and Medicine report they have found 13 genetic locations linked to the onset of menopause. Menopause affects most women in their early 50s and most studies of the age of onset of menopause focused on genes from the estrogen-production pathway or […]

New Guidance For Heart Patients Having Sex

HOUSTON, Jan. 21 (UPI) — Heart patients who can climb two flights of stairs or walk briskly without symptoms should be able to have sex, U.S. researchers say. Dr. Glenn Levine of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and colleagues, who worked on the scientific statement for the American Heart Association, said it is reasonable […]

Couples Happier With Couples As Friends

BALTIMORE, Jan. 21 (UPI) — Married couples who form and keep friendships with other couples often have happier marriages, U.S. researchers said. Geoffrey Greif and Kathleen Holtz Deal, both of the University of Maryland School of Social Work, co-authors of the book, “Two Plus Two: Couples and Their Couple Friendships,” said the findings were based […]

Old Method To Ease Back Pain Now Popular

MIAMI, Jan. 22 (UPI) — A little known European holistic technique that relieves back pain, dating back to the 1890s, is gaining popularity in the United States, fitness experts say. Ever since Dr. Paul Donohue of Florida mentioned the technique in his January “Good Health” column in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel as a way to […]

Dual Smokers Have Different Profile

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 (UPI) — Dual smokers — people who smoke cigarettes and cigars — fit a different profile than cigarette-only smokers, a U.S. public health organization says. Legacy, a public health organization dedicated to helping people quit smoking or never start, showed adult smokers who indicated they use both cigarettes and cigars — 12.5 […]

U.S. Has Highest Teen Pregnancy Rate

ATLANTA, Jan. 23 (UPI) — The U.S. teen birth rate is the highest in the developed world with about 400,000 infants being born to mothers ages 15-19 every year, federal officials say. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta analyzed data from the 2004 to 2008 Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System […]

Brain Tumor Formation Better Understood

SAN ANTONIO, Jan. 19 (UPI) — The connection between two RNA-binding proteins may affect glioblastoma, the brain cancer that killed the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, U.S. researchers say. Luiz O. F. Penalva, an assistant professor in the department of cellular and structural biology at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, said […]

Processed Meat May Up Pancreatic Cancer

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Jan. 19 (UPI) — Eating too much processed meat — such as bacon, hot dogs or ham — may increase the risk of pancreatic cancer, researchers in Sweden found. Susanna Larsson, an associate professor at the Karolinska Institute, and colleagues analyzed the results of 11 studies involving more than 6,000 people with pancreatic […]


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