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Superfoods Boost A Diet, But So Do Other Foods

LONDON, Jan. 19 (UPI) — A British dietitian says people should not limit their diet to the 14 foods listed in the popular book, “SuperFoods: 14 Foods that Will Change Your Life.” “The term superfood is misleading as there is no clear definition and many of the supposed health claims are vague or not fully […]

Revised Autism Definition Proposed

KOPAVOGUR, Iceland, Jan. 19 (UPI) — U.S. health experts are revising the definition of autism but critics say that could reduce the rate at which autism is diagnosed and restrict treatment access. An expert panel appointed by the American Psychiatric Association is working on the new definition, which would be included in the fifth edition […]

Low Birth Weight Linked To Autism

EVANSTON, Ill., Jan. 20 (UPI) — Low birth weight is an important environmental factor contributing to the risk of autism spectrum disorder, U.S. researchers say. “Our study of discordant twins — twin pairs in which only one twin was affected by autism spectrum disorder — found birth weight to be a very strong predictor of […]

Choking Game Prevalent On Texas Campus

HUNTSVILLE, Texas, Jan. 18 (UPI) — Most students at a Texas university say they played the Choking Game in which blood flow is deliberately cut off to the brain to get high, researchers say. Dr. Glen Kercher, director of the Crime Victims’ Institute at Sam Houston State University in Texas, said the Choking Game, also […]

Expert: Tiny Portions Of Deen Dishes OK

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 18 (UPI) — U.S. chef Paula Deen said she has type 2 diabetes and recommends eating her high-calorie recipes in moderation, but experts say even small servings add up. Diabetes and metabolism expert Dr. Charles Burant, director of the Michigan Metabolomics and Obesity Center at the University of Michigan, said about […]

One-In-4 In U.S. Have High Blood Pressure

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 (UPI) — One-in-four U.S. adults — about 55 million Americans — were treated for high blood pressure in 2008, federal health officials say. Analysts at the Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality said the 55 million figure reflects only those who had their blood pressure measured […]

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. […]

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