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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 […]

Study: Women Genetically Tougher

GHENT, Belgium, Oct. 2 (UPI) — Women were described as the “weaker sex” for centuries, but researchers in Belgium say women are genetically programmed to better resist infections and cancer. The immune systems of men are no match for those of wives and girlfriends because women have micro RNAs — short strands of RNA encoded […]

Purple Potatoes Lower Blood Pressure

SCRANTON, Pa., Oct. 2 (UPI) — People who ate purple potatoes cooked in the microwave twice a day for a month lowered their blood pressure by 3 percent to 4 percent, U.S. researchers say. Joe Vinson of the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania said the blood pressure-lowering effects are likely due to the high concentration […]

Ask Your Supermarket Where Its Cantaloupes Are Grown

ATLANTA, Sept. 29 (UPI) — U.S. health officials advise consumers that if they know a cantaloupe is not from Jensen farms it is OK to eat, but if the grower is unknown, throw it out. “Jensen farms cantaloupe — contaminated with Listeria — may be present in people’s refrigerators or cut up in fruit salads. […]

As Minds Get Quicker, Teens Get Smarter

SAN ANTONIO, Sept. 29 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say they have demonstrated for the first time that adolescents become smarter because their brains process information faster. Researchers David Pillow, Anissa Snyder and Peter Kochunov — psychologists at University of Texas at San Antonio — said their findings make intuitive sense. “Our research was based on […]

Touching Helps Promote Learning

NOTRE DAME, Ind., Sept. 29 (UPI) — People’s ability to learn and remember information depends on what they do with their hands while they are learning, U.S. researchers suggest. Professor James Brockmole and postdoctoral fellow Christopher Davoli of the University of Notre Dame said people holding objects they’re learning about process detail and notice differences […]


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