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Older, Cheaper Vacuums Spread Germs

BRISBANE, Australia, Jan. 5 (UPI) — Some vacuum cleaners add to indoor air pollution by releasing bacteria and dust that can spread infections and trigger allergies, researchers in Australia say. Lidia Morawska, a professor at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, and colleagues said previous research showed vacuum cleaners can increase levels of very small […]

Animal Bites Should Be Assessed For Rabies

ATLANTA, Jan. 5 (UPI) — The third case of human rabies in the United States acquired in Haiti since 2000 highlights the importance of obtaining patients’ history, health officials say. A report published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report said a 73-year-old woman who was bitten in April […]

Tylenol Maker Sued Over Boy’s Death

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 5 (UPI) — A U.S. couple filed a lawsuit in Philadelphia against Johnson & Johnson Inc. alleging Very Berry Strawberry Children’s Tylenol was linked to their son’s death. In a lawsuit filed in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, Daniel and Katy Moore of Ellensburg, Wash., allege their 2-year-old son received a larger dose than […]

Neurological Conditions Increase Flu Risk

ATLANTA, Jan. 6 (UPI) — Doctors should be alert to the possibility of influenza among children and young adults with neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions, U.S. officials say. A study published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report describes the findings of a joint investigation between the CDC and the […]

Vitamin D Lack Linked To Depression

DALLAS, Jan. 6 (UPI) — Higher vitamin D levels are linked with a significantly decreased risk of depression, especially among those with a history of depression, U.S. researchers say. Senior author Dr. E. Sherwood Brown, professor of psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and colleagues at the Cooper Center Longitudinal […]

Surgery Affects Memory, Concentration

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Jan. 5 (UPI) — Patients undergoing surgery and anesthesia can develop a decline in memory and learning long after the procedure, researchers in Sweden say. Lars I. Eriksson, professor of anesthesiology and intensive care at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm and Karolinska University Hospital, said post-operative cognitive decline is particularly common in the first […]

DASH Ranked Best Overall Diet

NEW YORK, Jan. 4 (UPI) — U.S. News & World Report’s Best Diets rankings chose the DASH diet as the best diet overall, best diet for healthy eating and best diet for diabetes. The DASH — Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension — has been proven in studies sponsored by the National Institutes of Health to […]

Study: One In 30 U.S. Babies Is A Twin

ATLANTA, Jan. 4 (UPI) — One in every 30 babies born in the United States in 209 was a twin, compared with one in every 53 in 1980, federal health officials say. Joyce A. Martin, Brady E. Hamilton and Michelle J.K. Osterman of the National Center for Health Statistics — part of the Centers for […]

Plan A Health Improvement With A Buddy

LEEDS, England, Jan. 5 (UPI) — People who plan to do something in advance are more inclined to follow through, and British researchers say planning with another person is better still. Professor Mark Conner of the Institute of Psychological Science at the University of Leeds said a “buddy system” could make a big difference to […]

U.S. Cancer Rates Declining

ATLANTA, Jan. 5 (UPI) — U.S. cancer death rates decreased by 1.8 percent per year in men and by 1.6 percent per year in women from 2004 and 2008, the American Cancer Society says. The report, Cancer Statistics 2012, said over the past 10 years of available data from 1999 to 2008 cancer death rates […]


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