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Mother’s Diet May Affect Baby’s Allergies

RENNES, France, Sept. 11 (UPI) — People eating fewer omega-3 fatty acids — found in salmon, tuna, walnuts and pumpkin seeds — may explain food allergy increases, French researchers say. The researchers say in their study involving pigs, they found if the mother’s diet contains a certain group of polyunsaturated fatty acids, such as those […]

‘SpongeBob’ May Hurt Child’s Learning

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Sept. 12 (UPI) — Watching 9 minutes of “SpongeBob SquarePants” negatively affected a group of 4 year olds, impacting behavior, problem-solving and focus, U.S. researchers say. Lead investigator Angeline Lillard, a psychology professor at the University of Virginia, and co-author Jennifer Peterson, a graduate student, said similar results were not observed in 4-year-olds […]

Men Want Work Flexibility More Than Women

ATLANTA, Sept. 4 (UPI) — More working men than working women are willing to give up part of their salary in exchange for more flexibility at work, a U.S. survey indicates. The Mom Corps survey, a national flexible staffing firm, conducted by Harris Interactive, indicates 12 percent of working men versus 6 percent of working […]

Exercise May Reduce Dementia Risk

ROCHESTER, Minn., Sept. 8 (UPI) — Aerobic exercise — any exercise that gets the heart pumping — may reduce the risk of dementia and slow its progression once it starts, U.S. researchers say. Dr. J. Eric Ahlskog, a neurologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues examined the scientific literature on the subject of […]

Peer Pressure Is Brain Hardwired

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 8 (UPI) — A part of the brain associated with rewards showed higher activity when a person wins among peers, compared to winning alone, U.S. researchers say. Georgio Coricelli of the University of Southern California led a multinational team of researchers that measured activity in the regions of the brain associated with […]

Illicit Drug Use Up 1 Percent Since 2008

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 (UPI) — Since the recession began, illicit drug use rose from 8 percent of the U.S. population age 12 and older in 2008 to 8.9 percent in 2010, a survey says. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health of survey of some 67,500 people conducted in the Substance Abuse and Mental […]

Sweden May Ban Breast Injections

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Sept. 8 (UPI) — Swedish authorities say they’re considering banning injections to enhance women’s breasts over worries the substance used makes it harder to detect cancer. Injectable implants can “hamper and sometimes make it impossible to interpret mammogram images,” the Swedish Medical Products Agency said. The agency has received calls from a number […]

Some Runners Drink Too Much During Races

MAYWOOD, Ill., Sept. 5 (UPI) — Nearly half of recreational runners may be drinking too much fluid during races, a survey of U.S. runners found. First author Dr. James Winger, a sports medicine physician at Loyola University Health System, said the study found 36.5 percent of runners drank following a preset schedule or to maintain […]

Secondhand Smoke Ups Child Absenteeism

BOSTON, Sept. 5 (UPI) — Children living in homes where they are exposed to secondhand smoke miss more days of school than do children living in smoke-free homes, U.S. researchers say. “Among children ages 6-11 who live with smokers, one quarter to one-third of school absences are due to household smoking,” lead author Douglas Levy […]

Bananas May Help Reduce Child Asthma Risk

LONDON, Sept. 6 (UPI) — Parents set to make back-to-school breakfasts may consider serving bananas, apple juice or pineapple because they reduce asthma risk, British researchers say. Children who eat one banana a day have a reduced risk of developing asthmatic symptoms, researchers at the Imperial College of London say. The researchers collected dietary information […]

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