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Study: BPA May Affect Child Behavior

UPPSALA, Sweden, Oct. 27 (UPI) — Baby mice exposed to Bisphenol A develop changes in their spontaneous behavior and become less able to adapt to new environments, researchers in Sweden say. Henrik Viberg of Uppsala University in Sweden said the baby mice exposed to BPA also became hyperactive as young adults. BPA is used in […]

Poverty Stress Blamed For Achievement Gap

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., Oct. 27 (UPI) — The early achievement gap, in which children from low-income homes start school behind more advantaged classmates, may be due to stress, U.S. researchers say. Study leader Clancy Blair of New York University and colleagues at Pennsylvania State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studied […]

Men Not Exempt From Binge Eating

MIDDLETOWN, Conn., Oct. 27 (UPI) — Binge eating is a disorder that affects both men and women, but men are underrepresented in research, U.S. researchers say. Lead author Dr. Ruth R. Striegel of Wesleyan University in Connecticut and colleagues found the medical impact of the disorder is as damaging to men as it is to […]

Study: Corporal Punishment Leads To Lying

TORONTO, Oct. 25 (UPI) — Corporal punishment, or harsh discipline, results in children who are more effective liars to hide their misbehavior, researchers in Canada said. Professor Victoria Talwar of McGill University and Professor Kang Lee of the University of Toronto compared two groups of children — one group of 3- and 4-year-olds was enrolled […]

Gas Pump Handles Crawling With Germs

ROSWELL, Ga., Oct. 25 (UPI) — Tests in six U.S. cities reveal gas pump and mailbox handles may be among the dirtiest surfaces Americans touch, officials of Kimberly-Clark Professional say. Brad Reynolds of The Healthy Workplace Project, Kimberly-Clark Professional, said the testing was conducted by trained hygienists in high traffic locations in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, […]

Most U.S. Toddlers Haven’t Seen A Dentist

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Oct. 25 (UPI) — Child health experts recommend children begin dental care by age 1, but most U.S. children ages 1-2 have not yet seen a dentist, researchers say. Sarah Clark, associate director of the Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit at the University of Michigan, said the National Poll on Children’s […]

Heavy Drinking May Up Lung Cancer Risk

OAKLAND, Calif., Oct. 26 (UPI) — Heavy drinking may be linked to a greater risk of lung cancer, but being overweight and consuming black tea and fruit may lower risk, U.S. researchers say. Dr. Stanton Siu of Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, Calif., said black tea consumption was shown to reduce lung cancer risk in non-smoking […]

Time Outdoors Reduces Nearsightedness Risk

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 24 (UPI) — The more time children spend outdoors, the less risk they have for myopia, or nearsightedness, but British researchers say they aren’t sure why. Dr. Anthony Khawaja and Dr. Justin Sherwin, both of the University of Cambridge, used data for the analysis from eight studies involving 10,400 participants, on outdoor […]

Baby Boomers Worry About Losing Vision

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 24 (UPI) — Almost as many baby boomers say they worry about losing their vision as having heart disease or cancer, a U.S. survey indicates. A survey by the Ocular Nutrition Society, supported by an educational grant by Bausch + Lomb, indicated 55 percent of baby boomers surveyed worry about vision loss. […]

Bath Salt Poisoning Incidents Soar

HONOLULU, Oct. 24 (UPI) — Bath salt poisoning incidents treated in hospitals increased from 302 for all of last year to 1,782 since January, U.S. researcher say. Bath salts are not the salts people use to take a bath with, but a relatively new recreational drug that gets its name from its crystal form, similar […]


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