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Part Of COLA To Go To Medicare Part B

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 (UPI) — Many seniors welcomed word of the first U.S. Social Security cost-of-living increase since 2009 but AARP says part of the increase will go to Medicare. Premiums for Part B, which cover doctor visits and out-patient services, are often deducted directly from a retiree’s Social Security payment, but seniors will not […]

More Than 20 Percent Of U.S. Kids In Poverty

DURHAM, N.H., Oct. 20 (UPI) — Nearly 22 percent of U.S. children live in poverty, compared with 14 percent of the total population, researchers at the University of New Hampshire say. Persistent high poverty is most prevalent among children — with those living in rural America disproportionally affected. In some parts of the country, poverty […]

Despite Warnings, Americans Get Sunburned

ATLANTA, Oct. 20 (UPI) — One-third of U.S. adults and 69 percent of children were sunburned in 2005 despite warning that sunburn increases skin cancer risk, a researcher says. Study leader David Buller of Klein Buendel Inc. — a research and consulting firm — examined the prevalence of sunburn, sun protection and indoor tanning behaviors […]

Cattle Truck, Hygiene Linked To Listeria

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 (UPI) — A cattle operation truck and hygiene deficiencies at a packing house may account for listeria infection via cantaloupes that killed 25, U.S. officials say. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released the “Report on Factors Potentially Contributing to the Contamination of Fresh, Whole Cantaloupe Implicated in the Multi-State Listeria Monocytogenes […]

Babies And Toddlers Should Play More

BOSTON, Oct. 18 (UPI) — The temptation to entertain babies and toddlers is more appealing than ever, but U.S. researchers recommend children play more and watch fewer TV shows. In a recent survey, 90 percent of U.S. parents said their children age 2 and under watch some form of electronic media — on average, children […]

Tricks To Limit Kids’ Halloween Treats

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 18 (UPI) — Parents can reduce candy consumption both before and after Halloween trick-or-treating, a U.S. food expert advises. Phil Lempert, a food industry analyst, trend watcher and creator of the Web site supermarketguru.com, said Halloween is a time children like to stockpile sugary snacks, but parents need to limit the […]

Why Americans Prefer Taller Presidents

LUBBOCK, Texas, Oct. 19 (UPI) — A preference for physically formidable leaders — caveman politics — may have evolved to ensure survival in ancient human history, U.S. researchers suggest. Gregg R. Murray and J. David Schmitz of Texas Tech University said political pundits have long pointed out that voters prefer the taller candidate for president […]

Baby Sleep Guidelines: No Crib Bumpers

BOSTON, Oct. 19 (UPI) — The American Academy of Pediatrics is expanding its guidelines on safe sleep for babies, recommending against using bumper pads in cribs, a U.S. physician says. Lead author Dr. Rachel Moon, chairwoman of the AAP SIDS task force said the policy statement and technical report provide global recommendations for education and […]

Youth Football Players May Get Adult Hits

BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 19 (UPI) — A study of youth football helmets has collected data on 400 head impacts experienced by youth football players, U.S. researchers say. Stefan Duma, head of the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, said the current study follows the Virginia Tech study in 2003 that studied […]

Children Absorb More Cellphone Radiation

TETON VILLAGE, Wyo., Oct. 17 (UPI) — Children absorb twice as much microwave radiation from cellphones as do adults, U.S. researchers say. The researchers also found that keeping cellphones in shirt or pants pockets exceeds Federal Communications Commission exposure guidelines. The study, published in the journal Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine, found the industry-designed process for […]

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