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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,” […]

Half Of Americans Have Mental Illness In Lifetime

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Dec. 18 (UPI) — Nearly half of all people in the United States will experience a mental illness during their lifetimes, but the stigma remains, researchers say. However, a Web site, developed in collaboration among researchers at the University of Virginia, Harvard University and University of Washington, allows visitors to examine and gain […]

Improper Use Of Neti Pots Linked To Deaths

BATON ROUGE, La., Dec. 18 (UPI) — Louisiana health officials warn the improper use of neti pots is linked to two deaths in the state caused by a so-called brain-eating amoeba. Dr. Raoult Ratard, the state epidemiologist, said the warning from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals follows the state’s second death this year […]

Anti-Bullying Classes Found Ineffective

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 (UPI) — Generic, cookie-cutter, anti-bullying curriculums are an ineffective substitute for student-focused engagement strategies, U.S. officials say. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, part of the U.S. Department of Justice, has issued a report in which bullying in schools is examined and recommendations are made for the best ways schools […]


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