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Some Expect To Work Until Retiring At 80

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 16 (UPI) — Three-quarters of middle-class adults say they expect to work during retirement, with 25 percent saying they’ll be punching the clock at 80, a U.S. survey says. Wells Fargo & Co.’s seventh annual retirement survey, conducted by Harris Interactive in August and September of 1,500 middle-class Americans, indicated 39 percent […]

Southeast Overuses Antibiotics The Most

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 (UPI) — A pattern of outpatient antibiotic overuse in parts of the United States — particularly the Southeast — could accelerate drug resistance, researchers say. Ramanan Laxminarayan, director of Extending the Cure, and Keith P. Klugman, a professor at Emory University, describe their first-of-its-kind index for tracking resistance. Like a Consumer Price […]

Wellness Programs Boosted By Incentives

TREVOSE, Pa., Nov. 16 (UPI) — Most U.S. companies offer wellness programs, but only one in five workers will participate without incentives, researchers say. Melissa Van Dyke of the Incentive Research Foundation said the foundation’s report found offering incentives increases employee wellness participation by a minimum of 60 percent. “Incentives also have a long-term impact,” […]

Stem Cells Of Patient Improve Heart

ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 14 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say they have used a patient’s own cardiac stem cells as treatment following a heart attack. Dr. Roberto Bolli of the University of Louisville in Kentucky and Dr. Piero Anversa at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston said the study involved 16 patients diagnosed with […]

U.K. Air Pollution May ‘Put Lives At Risk’

LONDON, Nov. 14 (UPI) — A committee in Britain’s Parliament says the country’s ongoing delay in curbing air pollution is putting Britons’ health at risk.” The Environmental Audit Committee said government ministers’ “apparent tactic” in dealing with European Union fines is to ask the European Commission for repeated extensions rather than curb pollution, which is […]

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 […]

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