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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 […]

Expert: Alcohol Implicated In Suicides

BALLINA, Ireland, Nov. 2 (UPI) — Teen suicide tends to be an impulsive act and alcohol can lead to an increase in that impulsiveness, a physician in Ireland said. “Alcohol is implicated in up to 45 percent of all suicides. It blinds people’s judgment and (causes them to) do things that are uncharacteristic and unusual […]

Moderate Drinking Linked To Breast Cancer

BOSTON, Nov. 2 (UPI) — Although it has been long known that higher consumption of alcohol increases the risk of breast cancer, U.S. researchers say moderate drinking may as well. Dr. Wendy Y. Chen of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston and colleagues examined the association of breast cancer with alcohol […]

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 […]

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