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Kids Who Play Sports Apt To Be Overweight

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 15 (UPI) — Kids who play sports are more physically active than those who don’t, but they are just as likely to be overweight, a University of Minnesota researcher says. Toben Nelson, a University of Minnesota epidemiologist, says the food environment surrounding youth sports is a contributing factor in why kids who play […]

USDA Warns About Contaminated Cantaloupes

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 (UPI) — Health officials are warning consumers not to eat Rocky Ford Cantaloupe shipped by Colorado-based Jensen Farms because of possible listeriosis contamination. The Food and Drug Administration is telling consumers to throw away any of the recalled product they may still have in their homes. Jensen Farms is voluntarily recalling cantaloupe […]

Maple Syrup May Increase Liver Function

TOKYO, Sept. 13 (UPI) — Feeding laboratory rats a diet in which some carbohydrate was replaced with pure maple syrup from Canada improved liver function, Japanese researchers say. Dr. Keiko Abe of the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences says healthy rats given 100 percent pure maple syrup had significantly better […]

Concussion May Be Present Without Symptoms

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Sept. 14 (UPI) — Most doctors say if an athlete has no concussion symptoms there are no problems but U.S. researchers say there may be brain changes with no other symptoms. Larry Leverenz, an expert in athletic training and a clinical professor of health and kinesiology at Purdue University in Indiana, says […]

Laughter Is The Best Medicine; It Reduces Pain

OXFORD, England, Sept. 14 (UPI) — A good belly laugh with others helps people feel less pain, but a polite titter has no effect, researchers in Britain found. Lead author Robin Dunbar, head of the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford in England, said watching just 15 minutes of comedy […]

Clinic Weaning Patients Off Xanax

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Sept. 14 (UPI) — A mental health clinic in Louisville, Ky., is trying to get all of its patients off the anti-anxiety drug Xanax by the end of the year, an official said. Seven Counties Services, which has about 30,000 mostly poor patients, is trying to switch those who suffer from anxiety and […]

Stricter Driver Licensing Ineffective On Older Teens

SACRAMENTO, Sept. 14 (UPI) — U.S. graduated driver licensing programs reduce fatal crashes by 16-year-old drivers but are linked to more fatal crashes in 18-year-olds, researchers say. Scott V. Masten of the California Department of Motor Vehicles in Sacramento and colleagues analyzed quarterly data from 1986 to 2007 of the incidence of fatal crashes involving […]

Inpatient Psychiatric Unit Redesigned

CHICAGO, Sept. 12 (UPI) — Officials of a Chicago hospital say their new inpatient psychiatric unit is much different from most current psychiatric units designed in the 1960s and 1970s. Dr. John Csernansky, chairman of psychiatry at Northwestern Memorial’s Stone Institute of Psychiatry, says the plain white walls, fluorescent lights and sparse furnishings that make […]

Survey: One-Third In U.S. Can’t Cook

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., Sept. 12 (UPI) — Nutritionists urge people to cook meals at home to control portion size, fat and salt, but a U.S. survey indicates nearly a third of U.S. adults don’t cook. A national survey by Impulse Research on behalf of Bosch home appliances, indicates 28 percent are staying out of the […]

Parents Clueless Of Children’s Drug Use

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 12 (UPI) — American parents tend to think it is someone else’s teenage children who are drinking alcohol and using marijuana, not their own, researchers say. Fewer than 5 percent of U.S. parents say their children ages 13-17 used marijuana in the last year, while 10 percent say their children drink, […]

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