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Heart Risk Begins Early In Overweight Kids

MIAMI, Dec. 8 (UPI) — Negative heart-health implications can be observed as early as age 3 for overweight children, U.S. researchers say. Lead author Sarah Messiah, a research associate professor at the University of Miami, and Steven E. Lipshultz, chairman of pediatrics at the University of Miami Medical School, used health records of 3,644 children […]

CSPI: List Artificial Color On Front Label

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 (UPI) — A U.S. food watchdog group is urging the federal government to require disclosure on the front label of a product whether is artificially colored. Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, said Tropicana Twister Cherry Berry Blast has no cherry juice, nor any […]

Zumba Injuries On The Rise

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 (UPI) — U.S. doctors say they are seeing a growing number of patients for injuries related to Zumba fitness classes. One woman went to a Washington-area emergency room because of severe heel pain, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. It turned out the woman had a potentially serious injury called compartment syndrome, which […]

People With Arthritis Need More Exercise

ATLANTA, Dec. 9 (UPI) — People who engage in no leisure-time physical activity can produce important improvements in health with small increases in activity, U.S. health officials say. A report, published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, published Thursday, said some subgroups, such as adults with arthritis, have […]

Money Worries Hurt Parent-Child Connection

COLUMBIA, Mo., Dec. 9 (UPI) — Middle- to upper-middle-class parents with financial problems and depression are less likely than others to connect to their children, U.S. researchers say. Gustavo Carlo of the University of Missouri, Laura Padilla-Walker and Randal Day, both of Brigham Young University, studied how parents’ financial problems and resulting mental distress affect […]

Flexible Workplace = Improved Health

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 7 (UPI) — Judging an employee not on hours spent in the office, but on output, increases the health of the employee, U.S. researchers found. Sociology Professors Erin Kelly and Phyllis Moen at the University of Minnesota used longitudinal data collected from 608 employees at the Best Buy headquarters in Richfield, Minn., in […]

Study: Many Who Cohabit Eventually Marry

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, Dec. 7 (UPI) — Three-fifths of young U.S. adults who cohabit eventually get married, researchers say. Dr. Susan Brown, co-director of Bowling Green State University’s National Center for Family and Marriage Research, said 63 percent of women cohabited versus 57 percent of men. “Today, most marriages are preceded by cohabitation,” Brown said […]

Obesity May Worsen Breast Cancer Outcomes

SAN ANTONIO, Dec. 7 (UPI) — Obesity may be linked to a worse prognosis in women with early-stage breast cancer, U.S. researchers found. Lead researcher Dr. Sao Jiralerspong, an assistant professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, and colleagues used data from the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at Baylor involving 4,368 patients […]

Binge Drinking Linked To Sex Assault

BUFFALO, N.Y., Dec. 8 (UPI) — The degree to which women college students consume alcohol is linked to their chance of being sexually victimized, U.S. researchers said. Lead researcher Maria Testa, a senior scientist at the University at Buffalo’s Research Institute on Addictions, and colleagues tracked 437 young women from high school graduation through freshman […]

Fast-Food Toy Ban Said Beneficial

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 8 (UPI) — A ban on fast-food toys in California hasn’t improved meals’ nutritional quality but restaurants are at least promoting the right food, researchers say. Stanford University researchers say following a ban on the toys in Santa Clara Country, area restaurants seem to have stopped promoting their fat- and salt-laden children’s […]


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