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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 […]

Macrophages (Immune Cells) Burn Fat

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 18 (UPI) — In response to cold, tiny immune cells known as macrophages can switch on the brown fat, inducing it to burn energy to make heat, U.S. researchers say. Dr. Ajay Chawla, an associate professor at University of California, San Francisco’s Cardiovascular Research Institute, said prior to this research, scientists assumed […]

Poll: Seniors Happy With Less Social Time

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (UPI) — American seniors don’t need as much social time with family and friends as younger people do to be happy, a U.S. survey indicates. Overall, Americans’ self-reported their mood improves with each hour of social time they spend in a day — up to about 7 hours. This relationship is present […]

Impatience Linked To Lower Credit Scores

NEW YORK, Dec. 14 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say there may be a psychological reason why people default on their mortgages — that is, they may be more impatient. Stephan Meier of the Columbia Business School and Charles Sprenger of Stanford University, while working at the Federal Reserve’s Center for Behavioral Economics and Decisionmaking in […]

Trees, Dust, Nuts, Mold Trigger Allergies

MELROSE PARK, Ill., Dec. 14 (UPI) — It may be a wonderful time of year but fresh Christmas trees, plants, air fresheners, perfumes, dust and nuts can spell misery for many, a U.S. researcher says. “The dust from the boxes and on the decorations that have been packed away in dank basements or dusty attics […]


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