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Heartworm A Pet Risk Beyond Summer

WILMINGTON, Del., Oct. 17 (UPI) — Many think fall signals the end of heartworm season in pets, but U.S. veterinarians and researchers say the parasite is not just a summer threat. Officials of the American Heartworm Society said if pet owners delay heartworm prevention they may put their pets at greater risk of incurring the […]

Low Birth Weight Possibly Linked To Autism

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 17 (UPI) — U.S. researchers said a study showed that low birth weight might be linked to autism. Lead author Jennifer Pinto-Martin of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Philadelphia and colleagues tracked 862 children for 21 years and found premature infants with low birth weights were five times more likely […]

U.S. Heart Disease Down, But Not In South

ATLANTA, Oct. 13 (UPI) — The overall rate of U.S. coronary heart disease is declining but the South has a higher rate of heart disease than the rest of the country, officials say. A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said from 2006 to 2010, those who reported they have been told […]

Being Bilingual May Delay Alzheimer’s

TORONTO, Oct. 13 (UPI) — People who speak multiple languages have twice as much brain damage as others before exhibiting symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, Canadian researchers found. Study leader Dr. Tom Schweizer, a neuroscientist at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, said this is the first physical evidence that bilingualism delays the onset of the Alzheimer’s […]

U.S. Teen Birth Rate Down Slightly

ATLANTA, Oct. 13 (UPI) — A U.S. study of teen sex from 2006 to 2010 found the probability of having had a birth before age 20 was 18 percent, federal health officials said. Researchers Gladys Martinez, Casey Copen and Joyce Abma at the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and […]

Medical Copter Transport Not Always Needed

BOSTON, Oct. 14 (UPI) — U.S. physicians may order helicopter transport, which costs $25,000 per trip, for too many patients traveling short distances, researchers say. Study leader Dr. Brian Walcott of Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital, and colleagues, compared the actual helicopter time to transport a patient from a hospital to a […]

New Look At Miscarriages Recommended

LONDON, Oct. 14 (UPI) — Hundreds of women may be ending healthy, viable pregnancies unnecessarily each year after being told wrongly that they have miscarried, British researchers say. Experts at Imperial College London say current guidelines are not always reliable in determining whether women in early pregnancy have suffered miscarriages, The Daily Telegraph reported Thursday. […]

Many 50 And Older Say Sex Good For Health

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Oct. 12 (UPI) — A U.S. survey of the online dating community catering to singles age 50 and older indicates 97 percent say a sexual relationship is good for their health. The survey, which polled more than 750 members of, said 70 percent of respondents replied that they feel more comfortable […]

Babies Sense Fairness, Can Be Altruistic

SEATTLE, Oct. 12 (UPI) — Infants as young as 15 months detect the difference between equal and unequal distribution of food and are willing to share, U.S. researchers say. Study leader Jessica Sommerville of the University of Washington said the research has implications for nurturing human egalitarianism and cooperation. “Our findings show that these norms […]

GPS Tracks Child For Parent

DALLAS, Oct. 13 (UPI) — AT&T officials say Amber Alert GPS V3 provides parents with the ability to get an e-mail or text when children exit zones they can create around their home. Carol Colombo, chief executive officer of Amber Alert GPS, says the system allows parents to create zones around their neighborhood, school and […]


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