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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 […]

Risk Factors Linked To Stillbirth

GALVESTON, Texas, Jan. 17 (UPI) — Prior pregnancy history is the strongest indicator of stillbirth risk, but lifestyle choices also play a role, U.S. researchers suggest. Dr. George Saade of the University of Texas in Galveston and colleagues said the multi-site study included 614 stillbirths and 1,816 live births. Data collection and evaluation were designed […]

Potatoes Added To School’s Allergy List

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, Jan. 17 (UPI) — Along with nuts and eggs, a Canadian school has asked parents to keep all potato products out of lunches and snacks because one student is allergic to them. Sir Charles Tupper Elementary School in Halifax, Nova Scotia, sent a letter to parents after learning one student had been […]

Grapes May Help Prevent Blindness In Aged

NEW YORK, Jan. 13 (UPI) — Eating grapes over a lifetime may slow or help prevent age-related macular degeneration, a major cause of blindness in the elderly, U.S. researchers say. Principal investigator Silvia Finnemann of Fordham University in New York said the results from her study suggest age-related vision loss is a result of cumulative, […]

Slow Carbs Reduce Inflammation Markers

SEATTLE, Jan. 14 (UPI) — A diet rich in slowly digested carbohydrates — whole grains, legumes, high-fiber foods — reduces inflammation in chronic disease, U.S. researchers say. Lead author Marian Neuhouser, a member of the Cancer Prevention Program in the Public Health Sciences Division at the Hutchinson Center in Seattle, said such a “low-glycemic-load” diet, […]

Survey: Most Feel Guilty After Fast-Food

RED BANK, N.J., Jan. 14 (UPI) — Fifty-four percent admit feeling “a bit guilty” after eating fast-food and another 16 percent say they just feel “bad”, a U.S. survey indicates. A survey of 1,563 members of the Allrecipes online social networking community — largely female — for the non-profit organization HealthyWomen showed more than 56 […]

Writing About Values Linked To Weight Loss

WATERLOO, Ontario, Jan. 15 (UPI) — Women who spend just 15 minutes writing on an important value such as close relationships can get better at losing weight, Canadian and U.S. researchers say. Study co-authors Christine Logel of Renison University College at the University of Waterloo in Ontario and Geoffrey L. Cohen of Stanford University in […]

Walk Cuts Chocolate Consumption In Half

EXETER, England, Jan. 16 (UPI) — A 15-minute walk can cut snacking on chocolate at work in half, researchers in Britain found. Lead researcher Adrian Taylor of the University of Exeter in England said the study involved 78 regular chocolate-eaters invited to enter a simulated work environment, after two days abstinence from chocolate snacking. Two […]

Salt, Hypertension Link Clarified

BOSTON, Jan. 12 (UPI) — A U.S. review of studies refutes a widely held belief that high blood pressure results from excess salt causing an increase in blood volume, researchers say. Study leaders Dr. Irene Gavras and Dr. Haralambos Gavras, both professors of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, said the term “volume-expanded hypertension” […]

N.Y. Painkiller Scripts Up 6 Million In 3 Years

ALBANY, N.Y., Jan. 12 (UPI) — The number of prescriptions for all narcotic painkillers in New York state jumped by 6 million from 2007 to 2010, the state attorney general says. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said prescriptions for painkillers increased from 16.6 million to 22.5 million from 2007 to 2010, and the prescription drug abuse […]

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