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Artificial Trans Fat Still In Many Foods

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration required trans fat to be listed on food labels, but many foods still contain trans fats, a food advocacy group says. Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, said trans fat is a potent cause of heart […]

Smoking Cessation Saves Medicaid Money

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) — Including comprehensive tobacco cessation benefits in U.S. Medicaid insurance coverage can result in substantial savings for Medicaid programs, researchers say. Study leader Leighton Ku of the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services said the research shows investing in smoking cessation programs can result in lower levels […]

Grocery Chains Adopt Healthy Food Ratings

NEW YORK, Jan. 10 (UPI) — A growing number of U.S. supermarkets are contracting with food ratings firms to assist in evaluating and ranking food for nutritional content, officials say. NuVal and Guiding Stars license their scoring systems to more than 3,000 U.S. grocery stores, USA Today reported. Guiding Stars uses three stars, and NuVal […]

Nicotine Patches May Not Help Smokers Quit

BOSTON, Jan. 11 (UPI) — Nicotine patches and nicotine gum do not appear to be effective in helping smokers quit long-term, U.S. researchers say. Lead author Hillel Alpert, research scientist at Harvard School of Public Health, and co-author Lois Biener of the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Center for Survey Research, tracked 787 adults in Massachusetts […]

Delusion Linked To Schizophrenia

TORONTO, Jan. 11 (UPI) — People with schizophrenia showed greater brain activity during tests that induce a brief, mild form of delusional thinking, researchers in Canada say. Dr. Mahesh Menon of the Center for Addiction and Mental Health said this type of delusion occurs in as many as two-thirds of people with schizophrenia. “We studied […]

Red Wine May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 6 (UPI) —  Red wine may reduce one risk factor for breast cancer, challenging the widely-held belief that alcohol increases breast cancer, U.S. researchers say. Study co-author Dr. Chrisandra Shufelt, assistant director of the Women’s Heart Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, said doctors long ago determined all alcohol increases the body’s […]

Study: Binge Drinkers Tend To Partner

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, Jan. 7 (UPI) — Many binge drinkers are in romantic relationships with people who exhibit similar behavior, Canadian researchers say. The group from Dalhousie University in Halifax tracked 208 heterosexual couples, HealthDay reports. Their subjects were all in their early 20s, with at least one a college student, had been dating for […]

Researchers: Name Can Affect Life Chances

BERLIN, Jan. 7 (UPI) — A name that others associate with bad qualities can have effects throughout adult life, German researchers say. In a study published in Social Psychological and Personality Science, the researchers report on what they found using responses to profiles on a European online dating service, Postmedia News in Canada reported. Wiebke […]

Most Men Unhappy With Level Of Muscularity

BRISTOL, England, Jan. 7 (UPI) — Most men in Britain say they are unhappy about how muscular their arms and chests are, but a beer belly is their biggest body issue, researchers say. A collaboration of experts at the Center for Appearance Research at the University of the West of England in Bristol, the Succeed […]

Poor Diet Of Mom-To-Be Linked To Diabetes

LEICESTER, England, Jan. 8 (UPI) — In both rats and humans, what a mother-to-be eats impacts how her child stores fats later, researchers in Britain said. Professor Anne Willis of the Medical Research Council Toxicology Unit at the University of Leicester said storing fats in the right areas of the body is important because otherwise […]

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