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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, […]

Specialists Study Sept. 11, 2001, Toxics

NEW YORK, Sept. 12 (UPI) — Occupational and environmental medicine specialists say they have been evaluating and responding to toxic exposures from the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The September Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine includes a collection of papers reflecting research and commentary on the immediate and long-term impact of the disaster. One […]

Japan To Have Over 47,000 Centenarians

TOKYO, Sept. 13 (UPI) — Japan will have 47,756 people age 100 or older this year, up 3,307 from last year, a health ministry survey said Tuesday. The survey, done ahead of Thursday’s Respect-for-the-Aged Day, said it would be the 41st straight year of increase in the number of centenarians in the country, Kyodo News […]

School Lunches Said Healthier This Year

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 9 (UPI) — Nutritionists, dietitians, cooks and servers are getting set to serve an estimated 26 million U.S. children healthier school lunches daily, a food expert says. Phil Lempert — a food industry analyst, trend watcher and creator of the Web site — says during the summer, nearly 8,000 school […]


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