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Genetic Link To Suicidal Behavior Found

OTTAWA, Oct. 7 (UPI) — Canadian researchers say a specific gene — brain-derived neurotrophic factor — is linked to suicidal behavior. Dr. James Kennedy, director of Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Neuroscience Research Department in Canada, said brain-derived neurotrophic factor is involved in the development of the nervous system. The scientists confirmed that among […]

Caffeine May Predict Cocaine Use

BURLINGTON, Vt., Oct. 8 (UPI) — A person’s response to caffeine may predict how he or she will respond to other stimulant drugs, such as amphetamine and cocaine, U.S. researchers say. Stacey Sigmon of the University of Vermont College of Medicine and co-author Roland Griffiths of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine used a […]

Video Games Used For ICU Physical Therapy

BALTIMORE, Oct. 8 (UPI) — Interactive video games, which help stroke patients recover, appear to enhance physical therapy for patients in intensive care units, U.S. researchers say. Study leader Michelle E. Kho of The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and colleagues identified a select group of 22 critically ill adult patients for a one-year period […]

How To Avoid Workplace Sabotage

MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 8 (UPI) — University of British Columbia researchers say managers should keep team members connected and engaged to avoid workplace sabotage. Study co-author Karl Aquino and colleagues at the University of Minnesota, Clemson University in South Carolina and Georgia State University said envious employees were more likely to undermine peers if they feel […]

Stroke, Hip Break Lead To Nursing Home

GALVESTON, Texas, Oct. 5 (UPI) — Being hospitalized for an acute event, such as a stroke or hip fracture, can lead to long-term institutionalization in a nursing home, U.S. researchers found. Lead author Dr. James S. Goodwin, director of the Sealy Center on Aging at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, found direct […]

112 Million Incidents Of Drinking, Driving

ATLANTA, Oct. 4 (UPI) — There were 300,000 incidents of U.S. drinking and driving daily, or 112 million incidents of drinking and driving in 2010, federal health officials estimate. Linda C. Degutis, director of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, said for the study, CDC researchers analyzed […]

Healthier Eating Can Reduce Birth Defects

STANFORD, Calif., Oct. 4 (UPI) — Women who are careful about what they eat before and while pregnant can lower the risk of birth defects for their children, U.S. researchers say. Suzan L. Carmichael of Stanford University and colleagues used data from the National Birth Defects Prevention Study “to examine whether better maternal diet quality […]

Depression Affects Brain’s ‘Hate Circuit’

WARWICK, England, Oct. 5 (UPI) — Researchers in Britain and China, using brain imaging, found depression frequently seems to uncouple the brain’s so-called hate circuit. Jianfeng Feng of the University of Warwick and colleagues used functional magnetic resonance imaging to scan the brain activity in 39 depressed people — 23 female, 16 male — and […]

Pale People May Need More Vitamin D

LEEDS, England, Oct. 5 (UPI) — People with very pale skin, who need to avoid sunburn, may not get enough vitamin D from sunlight and may need to take supplements, researchers in Britain say. Lead author Julia Newton-Bishop of the Cancer Research U.K. Centre at the University of Leeds also suggested melanoma patients might also […]

Mom’s Fear Determines Child’s Outdoor Play

HOUSTON, Oct. 3 (UPI) — How much outdoor play a U.S. child gets is determined by the amount of fear his mother has — and mothers with low incomes have more fear, researchers found. Study co-authors Rachel Tolbert Kimbro of Rice University and doctoral student Ariela Schachter at Stanford University tested maternal, household and neighborhood […]

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