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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 […]

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 […]


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