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U.S. Marriage Rate At All-Time Low

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 (UPI) — Barely half of all U.S. adults are married, an all-time low that could fall further in a few years, an analysis of Census data indicates. A Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census data finds 72 percent of all adults ages 18 and older were married in 1960, with 15 […]

Second-Guessing Linked To Unhappiness

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Dec. 15 (UPI) — Fretting over which coffee maker to buy or second-guessing oneself over a house one has bought may be a recipe for unhappiness, U.S. researchers say. Joyce Ehrlinger, an assistant professor of psychology Florida State University, said individuals identified among psychologists as “maximizers,” tend to obsess over decisions — big […]

Horticulture Helps Mentally Challenged

DAEGU, South Korea, Dec. 16 (UPI) — Participation in horticultural activities can reduce stress in patients who are mentally challenged, researchers in South Korea say. Min-Jung Lee of Catholic University of Daegu in South Korea said many studies have emphasized the effects of horticultural activities in relation to physical and psychological rehabilitation, but few have […]

Few Foods Are Source Of Vitamin D

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 15 (UPI) — Vitamin D deficiency is common in winter, with earlier sunsets and weaker rays, and few foods are sources of vitamin D, a U.S. food expert says. Phil Lempert, a food industry analyst, trend watcher and creator of the Web site supermarketguru.com, said vitamin D refers to a group […]

Study: Smoking Cessation Ups Happiness

MADISON, Wis., Dec. 15 (UPI) — People who quit smoking are happier and more satisfied with their health, compared to those who smoke, U.S. researchers say. Dr. Megan Piper of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health said smokers hold strong beliefs about how stopping smoking will reduce their quality of life. […]

Men Tend To Overestimate Women’s Desire

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., Dec. 15 (UPI) — Men looking for a quick hookup are more likely to overestimate a woman’s desire for them, U.S. researchers found. Psychologist Carin Perilloux at Williams College, and Judith A. Easton and David M. Buss of University of Texas at Austin said the study involved 96 male and 103 female undergraduates, […]

Concerns Grow Over ‘Distracted Doctoring’

NEW YORK, Dec. 15 (UPI) — Computers, smartphones and other devices intended to help U.S. medical staff avoid medical errors may in fact be proving a dangerous distraction, experts say. Meant to give medical staff instant access to patient data, drug information and case studies, the technology is drawing criticism that doctors and nurses can […]

Ideas Of Acceptable Weight Form Early

NEWCASTLE, England, Dec. 15 (UPI) — An individual’s concept of acceptable weight is formed during childhood and is not significantly influenced by later social networks, British researchers say. Because of this, obesity prevention strategies should be implemented in early childhood and at the household level if they are to be effective, researchers at Newcastle University […]

Listening To Body Signals Aids Weight Loss

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 12 (UPI) — Mastering mindful eating — awareness of eating — and stress-reduction techniques help prevent weight gain even without dieting, U.S. researchers say. Jennifer Daubenmier and the Elissa Epel University of California, San Francisco, said the women involved in their study were not on calorie-counting diets. Instead, 24 of the 47 […]

Lose The Fat, Not The Fun During Holidays

MELROSE PARK, Ill., Dec. 12 (UPI) — Fifty percent of U.S. adults struggle with their weight, and special family meals, holiday buffets and free drinks can make the struggle harder, an expert says. Jeffrey Gersten of Gottlieb Memorial Hospital near Chicago, who counsels participants in Gottlieb’s Medical Weight-Loss Program, says navigating the holidays can be […]

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