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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 […]

Study: Binge Drinking Is Contagious

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, Dec. 21 (UPI) — Binge drinking — especially among couples — is as contagious as the common cold, researchers in Canada suggest. Dr. Simon Sherry, assistant professor in the department of psychology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, said during a 28-day time frame, researchers were able to predict one partner’s […]

Journal May Blue-Pencil Bird-Flu Study

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 (UPI) — An academic journal may withhold key parts of a bird-flu study after Washington said terrorists could use the facts to create deadly epidemics, the editor said. But the editor of another journal planning to publish a similar study was not so quick to acquiesce. Bruce Alberts, editor of Science, the […]

Trees That Yield Frankincense Under Threat

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Dec. 21 (UPI) — Frankincense, one of the three gifts of the Magi who visited the baby Jesus, is under threat and may disappear from where it grows in Ethiopia, researchers say. The resin is made from gum produced by the boswellia papyrifera tree and used as incense in religious rituals in many […]

Christmas Trees Cause Allergic Reaction

SYRACUSE, N.Y., Dec. 19 (UPI) — Fresh Christmas trees may be responsible for epidemic peaks of respiratory illness that occur in the weeks around the Christmas holiday, U.S. researchers say. Lead researcher Dr. Lawrence Kurlandsky, formerly of Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y., and colleagues provided clippings from their own trees. The study, published in […]

Middle-Age BP A Predictor Of Heart Attack

CHICAGO, Dec. 19 (UPI) — A blood pressure increase during middle age greatly raises the risk of having a heart attack or stroke during a person’s lifetime, U.S. researchers say. Lead author Norrina Allen, assistant professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, said previous estimates of one’s risk of cardiovascular disease […]

An Unjolly Christmas May Be Deadly

MELROSE PARK, Ill., Dec. 19 (UPI) — For those who have no support system, no friends, family, loved ones or even co-workers, the holidays can prove deadly, a U.S. emergency room physician says. Dr. Mark DeSilva, medical director of the emergency department at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, part of the Loyola University Health System, near Chicago, […]

Gallup: U.S. Diabetes Rate Up Slightly

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 (UPI) — Eleven percent of Americans said in the third quarter of 2011 they had ever been diagnosed with diabetes, up from 10.6 in the second quarter, a survey says. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index said the 10.6 percent figure recorded in the second quarter was among the lowest levels recorded since 2009. […]

Whites Adopting Blacks: Love Not Enough

WICHITA, Kan., Dec. 20 (UPI) — Racism and discrimination remain a reality for many black children adopted by white parents and this may affect their mental health, U.S. researchers say. Darron T. Smith of Wichita State University and Cardell Jacobson of Brigham Young University, who wrote the book “White Parents, Black Children: Experiencing Transracial Adoption,” […]


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