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Smoking Ban Cut Heart Attacks Risk In Half

ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 14 (UPI) — A workplace smoking ban in one Minnesota county resulted in the heart attack rate and sudden cardiac deaths being cut in half, researchers found. Dr. Richard Hurt, director of the Nicotine Dependence Center at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minn., and colleagues found during the 18 months before Olmsted […]

Hospitals Save Money Via Records Access

NASHVILLE, Nov. 14 (UPI) — One purpose of healthcare reform was to lower costs by adopting electronic medical records and U.S. researchers say one city has shown it works. Dr. Mark Frisse of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and colleagues studied all emergency department encounters at 12 Memphis-area emergency departments over a 13-month period. […]

A New Cancer-Causing Virus Confirmed

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 15 (UPI) — U.S. researchers confirmed cytomegalovirus as a cause of the most common salivary gland cancers and it may be involved with more cancers. Lead author Michael Melnick of the Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California and colleagues said designating cytomegalovirus as an oncovirus — cancer-causing virus […]

Gum Disease Improves If Less Belly Fat

CLEVELAND, Nov. 12 (UPI) — The human body is better at fighting gum disease when fat cells, which trigger inflammation, disappear after weight loss, U.S. researchers found. Nabil Bissada, head of the department of periodontics at Case Western Reserve School of Dental Medicine, said inflammation from gum disease can erode bone and cause tooth loss. […]

Employer-Provided Healthcare Drops, Again

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 (UPI) — The percentage of U.S. working adults who get their health insurance from an employer declined to 44.5 percent in the third quarter, a survey found. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index said about 45 percent of working Americans got their health insurance from an employer in every month in 2010, compared with […]

Gallup: Fewer In U.S. Can Afford Food

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 (UPI) — The percentage of U.S. adults who had enough money for food fell to 79.8 percent in October from 80.1 percent in September, a Gallup Poll says. Americans’ access to basic needs is now at the lowest level recorded since Gallup and Healthways began tracking it in January 2008. This measure […]

Smart Thinking Can Be Learned

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 13 (UPI) — Intelligence and smart thinking are not the same; smart thinking is not an innate quality but rather a skill to be cultivated, U.S. researchers say. Psychologist Art Markman of the University of Texas at Austin said humans are not born with a particular capacity to do smart things. “Each […]

Women’s Heart Disease Tied To Early Abuse

ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 13 (UPI) — Girls repeatedly sexually or physically abused might have a much higher risk for heart disease and stroke in adulthood, U.S. researchers found. Lead author Janet Rich-Edwards, an associate professor at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and colleagues studied the associations of child and adolescent abuse with confirmed […]

More Fruit, Veggies Eaten In U.K. Than U.S.

WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 (UPI) — Britons have more access to produce and consume more fruit and vegetables than Americans, a Gallup Poll indicates. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index surveys, conducted from March 1 to Sept. 30, involved 6,893 Britons and 211,232 Americans. Gallup asked respondents to report on how many days in the last seven they […]

Local Fire Prevention Needs Partners

BALTIMORE, Nov. 10 (UPI) — U.S. residential fires resulted in more than 2,500 civilian deaths in 2009, 13,000 injuries and property loss of almost $7.8 billion, researchers say. “Close to 90 percent of fire departments in the United States conduct fire and life safety programs, yet little is known about the factors that influence their […]

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