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Independent Reading Doesn’t Up Achievement

BOULDER, Colo., Oct. 31 (UPI) — Independent reading doesn’t improve children’s achievement in reading, at least among children age 11 at the end of elementary school, U.S. researchers say. Nicole Harlaar of the University of Colorado, Boulder, who led the study when she was with Ohio State University, and colleagues at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and […]

Alcohol May Impact Gut Health

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) — Consumption of even the slightest amount of alcohol could have an impact on gut health, U.S. researchers suggest. Dr. Scott Gabbard and colleagues at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the Mayo Clinic said just one drink per day for women — two for men — could lead to small intestinal […]

Nail Salons May Hold Hepatitis Risk

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) — Nail salon or barbershop nail files, brushes, finger bowls, foot basins, buffers, razors, clippers and scissors may transmit hepatitis, U.S. researchers say. Dr. David A. Johnson of Eastern Virginia Medical School analyzed a report developed by the Virginia Department of Health, “Assessment of the Risk of Bloodborne Pathogen Transmission in […]

Facebook Still Cool If Grandma A Friend?

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Oct. 31 (UPI) — Great-grandparents can easily surf the Web after some instruction, and become their great-grandchildren’s friends on Facebook and Twitter, U.S. researchers say. Shelia Cotten, a sociology professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a team of graduate students introduced the Internet and its connections on Facebook, Google and […]

World Getting More Obese; U.S. No. 1

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 (UPI) — Obesity is not just a U.S. issue although Americans are still the fattest, a Gallup poll indicates. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which tracks obesity in America, Britain and Germany monthly, found Americans are in far worse shape than are Britons and Germans. Twenty-five percent of Americans are obese, compared with […]

Watermelon May Reduce Atherosclerosis

LEXINGTON, Ky., Oct. 27 (UPI) — A study using animals found watermelon reduced atherosclerosis — hardening of the arteries, U.S. researchers say. Lead investigator Dr. Sibu Saha of the University of Kentucky in Lexington and colleagues said the study used animal mice with diet-induced high cholesterol. A control group was given water to drink, while […]

USDA Revises Meat Temp Recommendation

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 (UPI) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has revised its recommended cooking temperature for pork and other red meat. Dr. Elisabeth Hagen, under secretary for food safety, said the department determined it is just as safe to cook pork, whole cuts of pork and other red meat to 145 degrees F with […]

A U.S. Adult Has A Stroke Every 40 Seconds

ATLANTA, Oct. 27 (UPI) — Someone in the world dies from stroke every 6 seconds, and someone has a stroke every 40 seconds in the United States, federal health officials say. Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta — speaking ahead of World Stroke Day, Saturday — Americans […]

Hard Times In Teens, Sicker In Middle Age

UMEA, Sweden, Oct. 28 (UPI) — Financial and social hard times during adolescence and young adulthood lead to physiological wear and tear during middle age, U.S. researchers suggest. Dr. Per E. Gustafsson of Umea University in Sweden and colleagues analyzed data for 822 participants beginning at age 16 and covering a 27-year period for social […]

Changing Child Diet Helps Adult Health

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 28 (UPI) — Lowering fat and increasing dietary fiber consumption in childhood results in lower glucose levels and lower blood pressure in adulthood, U.S. researchers say. Lead author Joanne Dorgan of Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia and colleagues evaluated 230 women ages 25-29, nine years after they had participated in the Dietary […]


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