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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 […]

Chewing Gum Helps Boost Test Results

CANTON, N.Y., Nov. 30 (UPI) — Students who chewed gum for 5 minutes before taking a test did better on the test than students who did not chew gum before the test, U.S. researchers said. Serge Onyper, an assistant professor at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., said “mastication-induced arousal” is credited for the testing […]

Hidden Healthcare Costs Pricey To Consumer

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30 (UPI) — Co-payments, deductibles, over-the counter products and care provided to others all constitute hidden costs of healthcare, a U.S. health economist says. Paul Keckley, executive director of Deloitte Center for Health Solutions in Washington, said many people who get health insurance from their employer are often lulled into thinking their healthcare […]

Contact Wearers Ignore Care Guidelines

DALLAS, Nov. 30 (UPI) — Most people who wear contact lenses perceive themselves as following standard guidelines but very few actually do, U.S. researchers say. Danielle M. Robertson and Dr. H. Dwight Cavanagh of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas said a significant proportion of patients don’t follow recommended care guidelines even […]

Mid-Morning Snack May Sabotage Weight Loss

SEATTLE, Nov. 29 (UPI) — Women dieters who snack between breakfast and lunch do not lose more weight compared with those who abstain from a mid-morning snack, U.S. researchers say. Study leader Dr. Anne McTiernan of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center said the study involved 123 overweight-to-obese postmenopausal Seattle-area women ages 50-75. The women were […]

U.S. Teens Hardly Eating Any Produce

ATLANTA, Nov. 29 (UPI) — U.S. teenage consumption of fruit and vegetables comes nowhere near the recommended four to five servings per day, health officials say. A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta found in 2010, median U.S. teen consumption was 1.2 servings per day for both fruits and vegetables. […]


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