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Three Genes Linked To Melanoma

LEEDS, England, Oct. 11 (UPI) — An international team of researchers led by the University of Leeds discovered the first DNA faults linked to melanoma not related to hair, skin or eye color. Lead author Tim Bishop at the Cancer Research UK center at the University of Leeds said it was previously known that risk […]

Oil Spill Made Community More Stressful

BATON ROUGE, La., Oct. 11 (UPI) — It’s believed many thrive if they share a strong sense of community, but those most attached had a harder time after the BP oil spill, U.S. researchers say. Sociologists Matthew Lee and Troy Blanchard of Louisiana State University report individuals who have a stronger sense of attachment to […]

Teens Don’t Know Net Posts Retrievable

INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 7 (UPI) — Teens who bully and mock via texting, Facebook posts, tweets and YouTube videos don’t see the immediate consequences of the behavior, U.S. researchers say. Brandie Oliver, an assistant professor in Butler University’s graduate program for school counseling, said online bullies mistakenly think that once they’ve sent a message “it disappears […]

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 […]


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