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Study: Non-Parental Childcare Not Harmful

OSLO, Norway, Sept. 29 (UPI) — There is no evidence that early childcare or preschool is harmful for most children, researchers in Norway say. Synnve Schjolberg, a specialist in clinical psychology at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, said preschool children in Norway attend different types of childcare arrangements but most attend kindergarten. The report […]

Half In Battered Women’s Shelters Are Kids

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 29 (UPI) — More than half of the residents of U.S. battered women’s shelters are children, researchers in Minnesota say. Jeffrey Edleson, professor of social work at the University of Minnesota, said an online training program aims to elevate children’s voices, so service providers may better understand and respond to the children and […]

Caregivers Have Negative Health Behaviors

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 26 (UPI) — The estimated 6 million informal caregivers in California show serious psychological distress and negative health behaviors such as smoking, researchers say. In a policy brief by the University of California, Los Angeles, Center for Health Policy Research, using data from the 2009 California Health Interview Survey, the authors find […]

Exercise During Work = More Productivity

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Sept. 26 (UPI) — People who take breaks during work to exercise increase their productivity even if they work fewer, researchers in Sweden found. Ulrica von Thiele Schwarz and Henna Hasson of Karolinska Institute in Stockholm said the study involved employees at a large Swedish public dental health organization. One group of workers […]

Poverty Toll Lasts For Years

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Sept. 26 (UPI) — A University of Alabama at Birmingham researcher says the ramifications of poverty are far greater than just fiscal or political issues. David Buys, a postdoctoral fellow in UAB’s Department of Medicine who has researched Alabama’s food insecurity and poverty issues, said the effects of poverty can include stigma and […]

Mild Temps, Low Tide Beat Day At The Beach

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 27 (UPI) — Many people who head to the beach may do so to escape daily pressures, but U.S. researchers say some times are better at the beach than others. Aaron Hipp, an environmental health expert and assistant professor at the Brown School at Washington University In St. Louis, said beachgoers found […]

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 […]


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