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How To Bring Holiday To The Hospitalized

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Dec. 22 (UPI) — It may not be much of a holiday for those who are hospitalized, but a U.S. psychologist says friends and family can make a difference for the patient. “Being in the hospital can be distressing for anybody,” Joshua Klapow, a clinical psychologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, […]

Overall Happiness In U.S. On The Decline

BURLINGTON, Vt., Dec. 22 (UPI) — People in the United States, at least those who are on Twitter, appear to be growing unhappier, researchers say. Lead author Peter Dodds, an applied mathematician at University of Vermont, and a team of scientists at the Complex Systems Center gathered more than 46 billion words written in tweets […]

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 supermarketguru.com, 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 supermarketguru.com, 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 […]

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