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Holiday Decorations Can Cause Pet Injuries

CLEVELAND, Dec. 4 (UPI) — A decorated tree with shiny ornaments and wrapped gifts with shiny ribbons can result in a trip to the veterinarian for Fido or Fluffy, a U.S. expert says. “Pets are involved in an alarming number of accidents, from chewing on electrical cords to knocking over trees or eating toxic decorations […]

Some Atheists Attend Religious Services

HOUSTON, Dec. 4 (UPI) — Some U.S. scientists who are atheists and have children are involved in religious institutions for social and personal reasons, researchers say. Principal investigator Elaine Howard Ecklund of Rice University and colleagues at the University at Buffalo found 17 percent of atheists with children said they attended a religious service more […]

Most Kids Sensitive To Bitterness

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 4 (UPI) — Adding a small amount of dip to a serving of vegetables helped some children eat more vegetables, U.S. researchers found. Study leader Jennifer Orlet Fisher, director of the Family Eating Laboratory at Temple University’s Center for Obesity Research and Education, said about 70 percent of children have a sensitivity to […]

Canadians Back Away From Free MD Care

TORONTO, Dec. 1 (UPI) — Despite no-cost medical checkups, fewer Canadians are going for annual physicals, a poll published in Toronto showed Thursday. The RBC Insurance poll said a survey of 2,282 Canadian adults found 45 percent regularly scheduled doctor visits, down from 49 percent in 2007. The poll conducted by Ipsos Reid in late […]

Grape Tomatoes In Salmonella Recall

ST. LOUIS, Dec. 1 (UPI) — A St. Louis company says it is voluntarily recalling grape tomatoes supplied by a Texas grower because of possible contamination with salmonella. In a release Thursday, Front Row Produce said it is recalling its 10-ounce pint and 10-pound bulk grape tomatoes supplied by Rio Queen Citrus of Mission, Texas. […]

First-Grade Readiness Key To Later Success

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., Dec. 2 (UPI) — The level of school readiness as first-graders begin school helps predict their educational outcomes as they approach middle school, U.S. researchers say. Katerina Bodovski and graduate student Min-Jong Youn at Pennsylvania State University’s Educational Theory and Policy program found a strong relationship between first-grade students’ behaviors and skills, […]

Study: Good Children’s Hospital Food Rare

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 2 (UPI) — Adults have long complained about hospital food, but a study of children’s hospitals in California indicates healthy food may be hard to find, researchers say. Researchers at University of California, Los Angeles, and the Rand Corp. assessed 14 food venues at the state’s 12 major children’s hospitals, using a […]

Care Of British Terminally Ill Questioned

LONDON, Dec. 2 (UPI) — Many families in Britain aren’t told their terminally ill loved ones are on a “death pathway” with fluids and drugs withheld in their final days, experts said. The Royal College of Physicians said many doctors were not following guidelines recommending physicians discuss with relatives whether their loved one is placed […]

Group Says Quorn Fake Meat May Cause Illness

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (UPI) — The Quorn line of meat substitutes causes gastrointestinal distress and may even cause a life-threatening allergic reaction, a U.S. non-profit group says. Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington, asked Michael Taylor, the deputy commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug […]

Study: Apple A Day May Keep Colitis At Bay

BETHESDA, Md., Nov. 30 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say anti-inflammatory polyphenols in apple peels could lead to treatments for disorders related to bowel inflammation, such as colitis. The findings, published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology, suggest antioxidants in apple peels can suppress T cell activation in mice. “Our results show that a natural product […]


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