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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 supermarketguru.com — says during the summer, nearly 8,000 school […]

How School Athletes Can Prevent ‘Superbug’

DALLAS, Sept. 9 (UPI) — U.S. school athletes can lower their risk of staph infections and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus by using good personal hygiene, a physician says. Dr. Robert Dimeff, director of family sports medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, says studies by the Texas department of health found the […]

One, Two Drinks A Day Good For Heart

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Sept. 10 (UPI) — How and when a person drinks may be a more significant factor than how much one drinks in how alcohol affects the body, U.S. researchers say. Study author John Cullen, a research associate professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York, says population studies support an […]

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 […]

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