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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 […]

Video Games May Not Boost Cognition

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Sept. 15 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say several influential studies showing action gamers’ skills are superior to those of non-gamers suffer from a host of methodological flaws. Walter Boot, an assistant professor at Florida State University, and Daniel Simons of the University of Illinois, and colleagues say many of the studies compared the […]

What Makes A Healthy School Lunch

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 14 (UPI) — Packing a tasty and healthy school lunch may not be as hard as some parents think, a U.S. nutrition expert suggests. Jamie Stang, a nutrition expert at the University of Minnesota, says a good place to start when preparing a school lunch is using the “myplate” as a model when […]

Fresh Produce Grown On Supermarket Roof

NEW YORK, Sept. 14 (UPI) — The local foods movement involves farmers selling directly to consumers, but a U.S. company calls its plan to grow produce on supermarket roofs “ultra local.” Paul Lightfoot, chief executive officer of BrightFarms, says the New York City company designs, finances and builds greenhouses for retailers’ roofs, and then sells […]

Adult Vitamin D Consumption Declines

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 14 (UPI) — A University of Minnesota researcher says vitamin D in adult diets has been on the decline for the past 25 years. Lisa Harnack, director of the Nutrition Coordinating Center and professor of epidemiology at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health, says many Americans don’t get enough vitamin D […]


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