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Areas Flooded By Hurricane Irene At West Nile Risk

NEW YORK, Sept. 20 (UPI) — U.S. states on the East Coast hit by the heavy rains of Hurricane Irene are warning residents to be mindful that flooded areas increase West Nile virus risk. Dr. Nirav R. Shah, commissioner of health of New York state, urged residents to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites — […]

TV Hurts Parent-Child Communication

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sept. 17 (UPI) — Reading books increases maternal communication beyond a level required for reading, while watching TV decreases maternal communication, U.S. researchers found. Amy Nathanson and Eric Rasmussen from Ohio State University studied maternal responsiveness and mother-child interactions of 73 mother-child pairs as they read together, played with toys together and watched […]

Study: Smoking Bans On Campuses Effective

BLOOMINGTON, Ind., Sept. 17 (UPI) — Smoking bans on U.S. university campuses have caused many students to reduce cigarette consumption or even quit altogether, researchers say. Dong-Chul Seo, associate professor in Indiana University’s School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, and colleagues compared smoking behaviors — Indiana University Bloomington with a smoking ban and Purdue […]

New Spaghetti A Source Of Fiber

BOLOGNA, Italy, Sept. 17 (UPI) — A new pasta made with barley may soon be labeled a “good source of dietary fiber” and “may reduce the heart disease risk,” researchers in Italy and Spain say. Vito Verardo of the University of Bologna in Italy, Ana Maria Gomez-Caravaca of the University of Granada in Spain and […]

Study: Self-Delusion A Winning Strategy

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Sept. 18 (UPI) — Overconfidence, or self-delusion, actually beats accurate assessments in sports, business or war, but it can also backfire, Scottish and U.S. researchers say. Dr. Dominic Johnson, part of the research team at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and the University of California, San Diego, used a mathematical model to […]

Majority Of People Are ‘Cyberchondriacs’

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Sept. 18 (UPI) — Sixty percent of U.S. adults — people the Harris Poll dubbed “cyberchondriacs” — say they went online recently to check for information on health issues. The Harris Poll of 1,019 U.S. adults indicates the proportion of people who report that they “often” search the Internet for information about health […]

Cause Not Determined In Wisconsin E. Coli Case

MILWAUKEE, Sept. 15 (UPI) — Wisconsin health officials said Thursday they still don’t know the cause of an E. coli outbreak that has killed one person and sickened eight others. People in Green County with symptoms of an E. coli infection are being encouraged to contact their doctor, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. Officials say […]

Med School Students Get Curricula On iPad

NEW YORK, Sept. 15 (UPI) — First- and second-year students at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York are given an iPad 2 in place of course notes and books, school officials say. Dr. Carol Storey-Johnson, senior associate dean of education at Weill Cornell Medical College, says the medical students can download course materials, […]

U.S. Lung Cancer Rates In Men Drop

ATLANTA, Sept. 15 (UPI) — Lung cancer rates in men dropped in 35 states and in six states in women from 1999 to 2008, U.S. health officials say. The study, published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, says after increasing for years, lung cancer rates among women decreased […]

Study Links Breast Cancer Pain To Fatigue

GRANADA, Spain, Sept. 16 (UPI) — Spanish researchers say about 83 percent of those diagnosed with breast cancer survive five years but 66 percent of them suffer fatigue following treatment. Lead author Manuel Arroyo of the University of Granada linked psychological disorders and physical pain episodes with fatigue after treatment of a breast tumor. “Cancer-related […]

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