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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 […]

Link Between Baby Surgeries, Learning Disabilities Discovered

ROCHESTER, Minn., Oct. 3 (UPI) — U.S. researchers found a link between multiple surgeries requiring general anesthesia in children under age 2 childhood learning disabilities later in life. Study co-author Dr. David Warner, an anesthesiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues used existing data of 5,357 children from the Rochester Epidemiology Project […]

Doctors Unequipped For Bereaved Outreach

SEATTLE, Oct. 3 (UPI) — Most U.S. cancer physicians say they reach out to bereaved family members but two-thirds feel poorly trained in this area, researchers suggest. Dr. Aaron S. Kusano, a radiation oncology resident at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, said researchers have only recently begun to look at actual […]

Those With Cancer Tend To Lack Vitamin D

MIAMI, Oct. 4 (UPI) — Three-quarters of cancer patients have insufficient levels of vitamin D and those with the lowest levels have the most advanced cancer, U.S. researchers say. Lead author Thomas Churilla, a medical student at the Commonwealth Medical College, Scranton, Pa., said the study involved 160 patients with a median age of 64 […]

People Discount Pain Of Those They Dislike

GHENT, Belgium, Oct. 4 (UPI) — Those around a patient they do not like are perceptually less sympathetic to such patients’ pain, researchers in Belgium said. Study co-investigator Geert Crombez of Ghent University in Belgium said the study involved 40 participants — 17 men and 23 women — who were preconditioned by viewing pictures of […]

Overzealous Parents Can Ruin Kids’ Sports

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Sept. 30 (UPI) — Well-meaning but overzealous parents can ruin team sports for kids — and some who start at age 3 can lose interest by middle school, U.S. researchers say. Sandra Sims of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Education said child athletes have two needs — to have fun […]

Cocaine Users Have Increased Glaucoma Risk

INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 30 (UPI) — Current and former cocaine users have a 45 percent increased risk of glaucoma, U.S. researchers found. First author Dustin French, a research scientist at the Veterans Health Administration, Health Services Research and Development Service in Indianapolis and Regenstrief Institute, said a study involved the 5.3 million men and women seen […]

Study: Men As Cooperative As Women

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Sept. 30 (UPI) — Stereotypes suggest women are more cooperative than men, but a meta-analysis shows men are equally cooperative, Dutch researchers say. The study, published online in Psychological Bulletin, found men cooperate better with other men than women cooperate with each other, while women tend to cooperate more than men when interacting […]


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