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Ways To Help Prevent Winter Falls

MELROSE PARK, Ill., Dec. 29 (UPI) — About 1 million fall-related U.S. injuries are reported each year but an exercise physiologist says there are ways to help prevent falls. Mike Ross, author of “The Balance Manual” and exercise physiologist at Gottlieb Center for Fitness, part of Loyola University Health System near Chicago, said some bodily […]

NYC: One Cigarette Is One Too Many

NEW YORK, Dec. 29 (UPI) — A New York City TV campaign on the health consequences of “light” smoking — 10 or fewer cigarettes per day — is scheduled to begin next week, officials say. Officials at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said it was the department’s first effort to […]

Reduce Cancer Risk By Taking A Walk

BOSTON, Dec. 30 (UPI) — Cancer experts at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston suggest ringing in the New Year by adopting a new health habit — the easiest of which is walking. Dr. Jeffrey Meyerhardt, a Dana-Farber gastrointestinal cancer specialist, says staying fit and healthy can be as simple as lacing up a pair […]

‘Hair Of The Dog’ Makes Hangover Worse

MAYWOOD, Ill., Dec. 28 (UPI) — The so-called hair of the dog — the notion that having a drink can relieve a hangover — only makes a hangover worse, a U.S. family physician advises. Dr. Aaron Michelfelder of the Loyola University Health System says there are several things people can do to avoid the misery […]

Celiac Ups Depression Risk For Women

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., Dec. 28 (UPI) — Women with celiac disease, a disorder linked to a reaction to eating gluten, have an elevated depression risk even on a gluten-free diet, U.S. researchers say. Josh Smyth, professor of biobehavioral health and medicine at Pennsylvania State University, and colleagues at Syracuse University and Drexel University used a […]

Teen Hearing Risk From MP3 Players

TEL AVIV, Israel, Dec. 28 (UPI) — Twenty-five percent of teens are in danger of early hearing loss as a direct result of MP3 players, researchers in Israel say. Chava Muchnik of Tel Aviv University, Dr. Ricky Kaplan-Neeman, Dr. Noam Amir and Ester Shabtai studied teens’ music listening habits and took acoustic measurements of preferred […]

‘Silent Strokes’ Linked To Memory Loss

NEW YORK, Dec. 29 (UPI) — About 1-in-4 older adults with memory loss has had a so-called silent stroke — a small spot of dead brain cells, U.S. researchers said. Study author Adam M. Brickman of the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain at Columbia University Medical Center in New […]

Crowded ERs May Leave Kids In Pain

AURORA, Colo., Dec. 29 (UPI) — Crowding in U.S. emergency rooms prevents some children with acute long bone fractures from being treated for pain in a timely way, researchers say. “Pain associated with long bone fractures can be pretty severe,” lead author Dr. Marion Sills of the University of Colorado School of Medicine said in […]

Experts: Allergy Tests No ‘Magic Bullet’

BALTIMORE, Dec. 27 (UPI) — Allergy tests are not “magic bullets” and doctors should avoid making a diagnosis based solely on these type of test results, U.S. researchers say. “Allergy tests can help a clinician in making a diagnosis but tests by themselves are not diagnostic magic bullets or foolproof predictors of clinical disease,” Robert […]

Preparation Helps Prevent Skiing Injuries

DALLAS, Dec. 27 (UPI) — Getting in shape before skiing — or any winter sport — is the best way to prevent injury, U.S. orthopedic sports experts say. Dr. Robert Dimeff, professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, advises exercises to strengthen the body’s core and legs — […]


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