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Woman Loses 84 Pounds To Join U.S. Army

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Jan. 3 (UPI) — A 20-year-old Florida woman, who was 5-foot-5 and 240 pounds, lost 84 pounds to realize her dream today of enlisting in the U.S. Army, officials say. When Allison Scarbrough of Gainesville walked into a recruiting station in May 2010 she was part of American’s growing demographic of fat 18- […]

Exercise May Boost Academic Performance

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Jan. 3 (UPI) — A review of 14 studies involving 12,000 students found a positive relationship between physical activity and academic performance, Dutch researchers say. Amika Singh of the Vrije Universiteit University Medical Center in Amsterdam and colleagues studied the relationship between physical activity and academic performance because of concerns that pressure to […]

Hormone Linked To Dementia In Women

BOSTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) — An elevated level of the hormone adiponectin is an independent predictor for all-cause dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in women, U.S. researchers say. Adiponectin is a protein hormone that modulates a number of metabolic processes, including glucose regulation and fatty acid catabolism — a metabolic process in which molecules are broken […]

ADHD: Gestational Diabetes, Poverty Link

NEW YORK, Jan. 3 (UPI) — Poor children whose mothers experienced diabetes while pregnant are at higher risk of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, U.S. researchers say. Dr. Yoko Nomura of Queens College, City University of New York, in Flushing, and colleagues, compared offspring of mothers with and without gestational diabetes mellitus — in an economically diverse […]

Children In Child Care Get Little Exercise

CINCINNATI, Jan. 4 (UPI) — Three-fourths of U.S. preschool-age children are in child care centers with little opportunity for recommended levels of physical activity, researchers say. Kristen A. Copeland of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and colleagues said the study involved nine focus groups with 49 child care providers — 55 percent African-American — assembled […]

Downturn Influences Meal-Planning Trends

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 31 (UPI) — The Great Recession changed many things about U.S. family life, including how families spend their time, what they buy and what they eat, a food expert says. Phil Lempert, a food industry analyst, trend watcher and creator of the Web site, said because of the economy, more […]

Eating Fresh Produce In Winter Is Easy

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 2 (UPI) — Part of the “eating local” movement is to eat produce in season, and in winter some fresh fruit and vegetables are nutritional stars, a U.S. food expert says. Phil Lempert, a food industry analyst, trend watcher and creator of the Web site, said some vitamin C-rich winter […]

Poor Sleep Linked To Worse Blood Sugar

TUCSON, Jan. 2 (UPI) — Young people with type 1 diabetes may have hard time getting a good night’s sleep, resulting in worse control of blood sugar, U.S. researchers say. Principal investigator Michelle Perfect of the University of Arizona at Tucson tracked the sleep health of 50 children ages 10-16 with type 1 diabetes. The […]

Still Time To Make Health Improvements

BOSTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) — Many people break, or forget, their resolutions just days into a new year but a U.S. physician says they can still take steps to improve their health. Dr. Wendy Chen, a breast cancer expert at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, says limiting alcohol consumption can save money and may lower […]

Watching Sitcoms May Improve Health

NEW YORK, Jan. 3 (UPI) — Watching TV sitcoms may help health because there is a direct correlation between laughter and positive effects on the body and mind, a U.S. researcher says. Dr. Lee Berk, a preventive care specialist and psychoneuroimmunologist, said watching sitcoms can contribute to improved overall health because people who laugh often […]


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