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People Rationalize If There’s No Alternative

WATERLOO, Ontario, Nov. 6 (UPI) — People who feel they’re stuck with something are more likely to be content than people who think there is a way out, U.S. and Canadian researchers say. Kristin Laurin, a doctoral candidate at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, said studies show two contradictory results about how people respond […]

Twice A Year: Check Emergency Stockpile

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 (UPI) — A biannual campaign tied to when clocks get changed urges U.S. adults to check and update their emergency stockpiles of food, water and medicine. Alan Baker, interim executive director of the American Public Health Association, said this year a multitude of extreme weather events from Hurricane Irene, to wildfires in […]

Study: Bad Credit No Predictor Of Stealing

BATON ROUGE, La., Nov. 2 (UPI) — Some companies say they check prospective employees’ credit scores because those with a low score may steal, but U.S. researchers say there is no link. Jeremy Bernerth of Louisiana State University’s E.J. Ourso College of Business said a survey of employers by the Society for Human Resource Management […]

Bacteria Exposure Limits Baby Allergy Risk

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Nov. 2 (UPI) — Infants who encounter a wide range of bacteria are at less risk of developing allergies later in life, researchers in Denmark said. Professor Hans Bisgaard of Gentofte Hospital and the University of Copenhagen said 25 percent of the population of Denmark suffer from allergies. “In our study of 411 […]

J&J Will Phase Out Chemicals In Shampoo

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 2 (UPI) — Johnson & Johnson said it is phasing out formaldehyde-releasing chemicals from its baby products, following the U.S. report “Baby’s Tub Is Still Toxic.” Officials of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics said the study found Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Shampoo sold in the United States, Australia, Canada, China and Indonesia […]

Bullying At Work Toxic And Costly

ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 3 (UPI) — Bullying, or psychological violence, is predictable in a workplace environment, a U.S. expert says. Gary Namie, president of Work Doctor Inc. and author of “The Bully-Free Workplace” — said surveys show 35 percent of U.S. adults report being bullied at work. Another 15 percent witness it and vicariously are […]

EPA To Remove Rodent Poison Products

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 (UPI) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it will take steps to remove 20 rodent control products from the marketplace because they contain toxic chemicals. The mouse and rat control products in question do not adequately protect people, particularly young people, from exposure to toxic chemicals, an EPA release said Thursday. […]

Red Wine May Boost Metabolism

MAASTRICHT, Netherlands, Nov. 1 (UPI) — Resveratrol, a natural compound found in red wine, may improve metabolic health, researchers in the Netherlands suggest. Patrick Schrauwen of Maastricht University said earlier studies in animals showed resveratrol alleviates insulin resistance and protects against the ill effects of a high-fat diet, among other benefits. Schrauwen and colleagues gave […]

Why Women Score Lower In Tech Aptitude

IOWA CITY, Iowa, Nov. 1 (UPI) — Males score better than females on technical aptitude tests because males are more interested than females in technical things, a U.S. researcher says. Frank Schmidt of the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa said he wanted to explain why men score better than women on […]

Food Stamp Use Up 62 Percent In Recession

DURHAM, N.H., Nov. 2 (UPI) — The percentage of Americans receiving food stamps increased 61.2 percent between 2007, when the recession began, and 2010, U.S. researchers say. Jessica Bean, vulnerable families research associate at the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire, said nearly 12 percent of U.S. households reported getting food stamps, an […]


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