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Lying To Oneself May Lead To Depression

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 21 (UPI) — Those who boost self-esteem by telling themselves they’ve done a great job even when they haven’t may end up feeling dejected, U.S. and Asian researchers say. Lead author Young-Hoon Kim of the University of Pennsylvania said the study involved three U.S. groups totaling 295, college undergraduates with a mean age […]

Medical Devices May Not Offer Equal Value

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Oct. 21 (UPI) — Innovative medical devices may not offer equal value in all patients, say researchers at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn. First author Dr. Lisa G. Suter, an assistant professor of internal medicine at Yale School of Medicine, and colleagues used a mathematical model to simulate the […]

IQ May Not Remain Static During Lifetime

LONDON, Oct. 20 (UPI) — British researchers challenge the belief that intellectual capacity — measured by IQ — stays static after early childhood. Professor Cathy Price of the Wellcome Trust Center for Neuroimaging at University College London and colleagues conducted IQ on teenagers at an average age of 14 and then repeated the test at […]

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 […]

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