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Lack Of Sleep Ups Unhealthy Teen Behaviors

ATLANTA, Sept. 27 (UPI) — About 70 percent of U.S. high school students don’t get enough sleep on school nights and this is linked to health-risk behaviors, researchers say. Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who conducted the study, said insufficient sleep is associated with a variety of health-risk behaviors, including: physical […]

Family Dinner = Fewer Teens Using Drugs

NEW YORK, Sept. 22 (UPI) — U.S. teens who eat family dinner fewer than three times a week are more than two times likelier to use marijuana and twice as likely to drink, researchers say. A report from The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University in New York also found teens […]

Advice Offered For Bully Victims’ Parents

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 (UPI) — If you or someone you know is being bullied there are things you can do to make it stop, officials at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services say. “Parents can play a key role in preventing and stopping bullying. But first they have to know if their children […]

111 Ill From Pesticides Used On Bed Bugs

ATLANTA, Sept. 23 (UPI) — There were 111 cases of acute illness confirmed from the use of insecticides to control bed bugs in seven states from 2003 to 2010, U.S. officials say. The report, published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, said 93 percent if the cases occurred […]

Severe Asthma In Kids Linked To Vitamin D

ATLANTA, Sept. 23 (UPI) — Children with severe therapy-resistant asthma may have worse symptoms due to lower levels of vitamin D in their blood, researchers in London say. Dr. Atul Gupta, a researcher at Royal Brompton Hospital and the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College and King’s College London, said lower levels of […]

Poll: Married Couples Exercise Less

LONDON, Sept. 23 (UPI) — Married people exercise less than single people, a British survey found, supporting research that couples are more likely to be obese than singles. The poll conducted by Loughborough University for Britain’s Department of Health found spouses were far less likely to take the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity per […]

Eighth Death From Contaminated Cantaloupes

ATLANTA, Sept. 22 (UPI) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta has confirmed an eighth death from listeria-contaminated cantaloupes grown in Colorado. The CDC said the death occurred in Maryland but did not identify the victim, The Washington Post reported Thursday. In addition to the deaths, 55 people have been sickened by […]

Best Diet: One-Third Protein, Carbs, Fat

TRONDHEIM, Norway, Sept. 21 (UPI) — Meals made up of one-third protein, one-third fat and one-third carbohydrates allow the body to function best, researchers in Norway found. Berit Johansen, a professor of biology at Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Ingerid Arbo and Hans-Richard Brattbakk fed slightly overweight people different diets and studied the effect […]

Study: Anti-Smoking Ads Can Backfire

COLUMBIA, Mo., Sept. 21 (UPI) — Using a combination of disturbing images and threatening messages to prevent smoking is not effective and could backfire, U.S. researchers said. Paul Bolls, co-director of the Psychological Research on Information and Media Effects laboratory and of University of Missouri School of Journalism, and colleagues Glenn Leshner, Paul Bolls and […]

High Pollution Ups Heart Attack Risk

LONDON, Sept. 22 (UPI) — People have an increased risk of heart attack for 6 hours after exposure to high levels of air pollution, researchers in Britain said. Krishnan Bhaskaran, an epidemiologist at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and colleagues reviewed 79,288 heart attack cases from 2003 to 2006 — noting exposure, […]


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