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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 […]

Expert: If Your Boss Is A Psychopath, Leave

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Sept. 30 (UPI) — One in 25 bosses may be a psychopath, and a U.S. researcher suggests if an employee suspects his or her boss fits the description, it’s best to find a new boss. Jamie Dickey Ungerleider of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., said 4 percent of business leaders […]

Chopped Romaine Recalled Voluntarily

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 (UPI) — A California farm is recalling 90 cartons of chopped romaine lettuce because of possible tainting by Listeria monocytogenes, but no illness has been reported. “We are fully cooperating with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and we are contacting all of our customers to ensure prompt removal of any product […]

Governments Try To Calculate ‘Happiness’

LONDON, Sept. 28 (UPI) — Several governments say they are considering developing a way to calculate psychological well-being of citizens, a researcher in Britain says. Charles Seaford, head of the Center for Well-being at the New Economics Foundation in London, said psychologists see happiness as “good functioning” or the meeting of psychological needs, an approach […]

Potatoes Are The Cheapest Source Of Potassium

SEATTLE, Sept. 28 (UPI) — White potatoes are the largest and most affordable source of potassium per serving of any vegetable or fruit, U.S. researchers said. Dr. Adam Drewnowski and colleagues at the University of Washington — in a study funded by the industry group the U.S. Potato Board — merged nutrient composition data from […]

Study: Internet Addiction Definition Passe

TEL AVIV, Israel, Sept. 28 (UPI) — The hours and hours many teens spend on the Internet daily can contribute to their healthy development, an Israeli researcher says. Moshe Israelashvili of Tel Aviv University, graduate student Taejin Kim and colleague Dr. Gabriel Bukobza studied 278 teens, male and female, from schools throughout Israel. The researchers […]

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