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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 […]

Survey: Americans Want To Live To Be 90

OMAHA, Dec. 29 (UPI) — Each generation appears to disagree on what exactly “old” is, but all want to live until age 90, a U.S. survey indicates. The survey by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion conducted for Home Instead Senior Care asked: “At what age do you consider someone to be old?” – Millennials, […]

U.S. Excess Deaths Linked To Fukushima

WASHINGTON, Dec. 29 (UPI) — An estimated 14,000 excess U.S. deaths may be linked to the radioactive fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, two researchers say. Study authors epidemiologist Joseph Mangano, executive director of the Radiation and Public Health Project, and Dr. Janette Sherman, an adjunct professor at Western Michigan University, said six […]

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 […]


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