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Having Diabetes Ups Hepatitis B Risk

ATLANTA, Dec. 22 (UPI) — People with diabetes are at increased risk of hepatitis B infection, so infection control during glucose monitoring is essential, U.S. health officials say. A report published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report said exposure to small — or even invisible — amounts of […]

Black Foods: Classy And Extra Nutritious

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 23 (UPI) — Chefs prepare food that is black in color because the shade is chic and a bit dramatic, but the dishes are also a boost to health, a U.S. food expert says. Phil Lempert, a food industry analyst, trend watcher and creator of the Web site, said the […]

Yo-Yo Dieting Still Has Health Benefit

BEERSHEBA, Israel, Dec. 23 (UPI) — Dieters whose weight yo-yos can take heart from findings their health is improving even if they’re not always losing weight, Israeli doctors say. Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba found diets frequently produce a swift weight decline, mainly in the first four to six months, followed […]

Expert: Some Foods Can Reduce Stress

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 22 (UPI) — It’s that frazzled time of year, but a U.S. food expert says one way to reduce holiday stress and anxiety is to choose foods with natural calming effects. Phil Lempert, a food industry analyst, trend watcher and creator of the Web site, said certain combinations of foods […]

Heart Attacks Spike During Holidays

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Dec. 21 (UPI) — Heart attacks can spike during the holidays but a U.S. cardiologist says there are ways to reduce the risk of having a holiday heart problem. “It is common for us to see an increase in heart-related issues, particularly around Christmas and New Year’s,” Dr. Brandon Stacey, a cardiologist at […]

Study: Altruism Benefits Givers’ Health

STONY BROOK, N.Y., Dec. 21 (UPI) — If the benefits of volunteering or altruism could be put into a pill, it would be a bestseller overnight, a U.S. researcher says. Stephen G. Post of Stony Brook University School of Medicine in New York reviewed more than 50 studies that used a variety of methodologies, showing […]

Study: Any Toy Good If A Parent Plays Too

ST. LOUIS, Dec. 22 (UPI) — Some parents prefer to buy educational toys, but children benefit from any toy if their parents play with them and engage them, a U.S. researcher advises. R. Keith Sawyer of Washington University in St. Louis, an expert on creativity and improvisation, said toys can play an important role in […]

U.S. Recession: 9 Million Lost Healthcare

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 (UPI) — Some 9.3 million U.S. adults lost health insurance coverage due to a lost job during the recession of 2007 to 2009, researchers estimate. Study authors John Cawley of Cornell University, Kosali Simon of Indiana University and Asako Moriya, a recent Ph.D. in economics and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University […]

Poor Top Wealthy In Detecting Suffering

BERKELEY, Calif., Dec. 21 (UPI) — Ebenezer Scrooge’s lack of compassion in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is a common trait among those in the upper classes, U.S. researchers say. Lead author Jennifer Stellar, a social psychologist at the University of California, Berkeley, found people in the lower socioeconomic classes are more physiologically attuned to […]

Walking Home Drunk Is No Solution

MAYWOOD, Ill., Dec. 20 (UPI) — Drinking and driving is a dangerous combination, but a U.S. trauma surgeon says walking after drinking isn’t any safer. “Alcohol impairs your physical ability, period,” trauma surgeon Dr. Thomas Esposito at Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Ill., said in a statement. “Every movement ranging from driving a car […]


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