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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 — […]

All Should Prepare For Cold, Power Outage

ATLANTA, Dec. 27 (UPI) — With colder temperatures approaching, U.S. health officials suggest everyone prepare their homes in case of severe cold temperatures or power outages. Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend: — Use battery-powered flashlights or lanterns rather than candles, if possible. — Never leave lit candles unattended. — You […]

Fish Oil Substance Cures Leukemia In Mice

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., Dec. 27 (UPI) — A compound produced from fish oil that appears to target leukemia stem cells could lead to a cure for the cancer, U.S. researchers say. Sandeep Prabhu, associate professor of immunology and molecular toxicology at Pennsylvania State University, said the compound — delta-12-protaglandin J3, an omega-3 fatty acid found […]

Children Recall Memories Back To Age 2

OTAGO, New Zealand, Dec. 28 (UPI) — Events experienced by children as young as age 2 can be recalled later, researchers in New Zealand found. Study leader Fiona Jack, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Otago, and colleagues looked at about 50 children and their parents. The children played a unique game when they […]

Kids Understand Positive Thinking Benefits

DAVIS, Calif., Dec. 26 (UPI) — Kindergartners — or children as young as age 5 — know thinking positively can make them feel better, U.S. researchers say. Christi Bamford, assistant professor of psychology at Jacksonville University, who led the study when she was at the University of California, Davis, and colleagues had 90 mostly white […]

Teens Who Talk To Mom Resist Peer Pressure

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Dec. 26 (UPI) — Teens, who more openly express their views with their moms, even if their viewpoints disagree, are more likely to resist peer pressure, U.S. researchers say. Study leader Joseph P. Allen of the University of Virginia and colleagues looked at more than 150 teens and their parents, a group that […]

Fish, Oil Relieve Pancreatitis Symptoms

GRANADA, Spain, Dec. 26 (UPI) — Substances found in virgin olive oil and fish relieve the symptoms of pancreatitis, researchers in Spain said. Study author Maria Belen Lopez Millan of the University of Granada said oleic acid and hydroxytyrosol — in a particularly high concentration in virgin olive oil — and n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids […]

Some Climbers Getting Mountain Sickness

HEIDELBERG, Germany, Dec. 26 (UPI) — More tourists are climbing mountains of more than 5,000 feet and the lack of acclimatization is causing acute mountain sickness, German researchers say. Kai Schommer and Peter Bartsch said some tourists make climbs of almost 7,000 yards — such as Mount Kilimanjaro — without any prior experience at high […]

Absenteeism Linked To Mental Issues

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 26 (UPI) — Children who miss a lot of school are more likely than others to have psychiatric problems, a team of U.S. researchers found. Study leader Jeffrey Wood of the University of California, Los Angeles, said the longitudinal study involved more than 17,000 students in grades 1 through 12, using three […]

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