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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 […]

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 […]


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