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Poverty A Risk Factor For Heart Disease

DAVIS, Calif., Aug. 30 (UPI) — Poor people are more at risk than others for heart disease even after addressing risk factors such as smoking and high blood pressure, U.S. researchers say. “Being poor or having less than a high-school education can be regarded as an extra risk when assessing a patient’s chances of developing […]

NYC Officials Advise On Flood Cleanup

NEW YORK, Aug. 29 (UPI) — New York City health officials issued guidelines and practical advice to those impacted by flooding and power outages in the wake of Hurricane Irene. The health department says when floods soak floors, walls, rugs and personal belongings, it is important to clean and dry affected items as quickly as […]

Omega-3 Reduces Stroke Severity

LAVAL, Quebec, Aug. 27 (UPI) — A diet rich in omega-3s, found in fatty fish like salmon, reduces the severity of brain damage after a stroke, researchers in Canada say. Jasna Kriz and Frederic Calon of the Universite Laval showed the extent of brain damage following a stroke was reduced by 25 percent in mice […]

America Fatter Since Recession Began

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 (UPI) — West Virginia has the highest obesity rate in the United States at 34.3 percent, while Colorado has the lowest at 20 percent, the Gallup poll indicates. Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, based on 177,237 interviews conducted daily from January through June, uses self-reported height and weight to calculate body mass index scores. […]

Blacks’ Kidney Failure Rate Explained

ATLANTA, Aug. 28 (UPI) — Blacks are more likely to excrete protein in their urine than whites and this may account for why blacks have more kidney failure, U.S. researchers say. Dr. William McClellan of Emory University and colleagues analyzed information from 27,911 individuals — 40.5 percent African-Americans. Among the findings: – After an average […]

Experience Helps Brains Of Elderly Compete

MONTREAL, Aug. 28 (UPI) — The brains of older adults can achieve very close to the same performance as those of younger ones because of experience, researchers in Canada say. Dr. Oury Monchi of the University Geriatrics Institute of Montreal and Dr. Ruben Martins of the University of Montreal say study participants were asked to […]

Chili Pepper Heat Can Ease Sinus Problems

CINCINNATI, Aug. 28 (UPI) — Hot chili peppers, which many people say “clears their sinuses” actually can work in a nasal spray, U.S. researchers say. Dr. Jonathan Bernstein of the University of Cincinnati says a nasal spray containing an ingredient derived from hot chili peppers — Capsicum annum — may help people “clear up” certain […]

Dementia Expert Supports Assisted Suicide

LONDON, Aug. 29 (UPI) — A British expert on dementia says terminally ill patients should be able to choose when they want to die. Martin Green of Britain’s Department of Health said a referendum or a free vote should be called in Parliament to change the policy on assisted suicide. Green, who leads the English […]

Cholesterol-Lowering Food Tops Low-Fat

People counseled to eat cholesterol-lowering food such as soy and nuts had lower cholesterol than those on a low-fat diet, researchers in Canada say. The study says those who ate the cholesterol-lowering diet had a greater drop in their LDL, “bad,” cholesterol levels.

Stigma Attached To Cosmetic Surgery, Botox

TORONTO, Aug. 25 (UPI) — There is a stigma to invasive anti-aging treatments such as Botox or cosmetic surgery — specifically, some think it is vain, Canadian researchers say. Lead author Alison Chasteen, an associate professor of the University of Toronto, says younger adults are more negative than older adults about using anti-aging methods. “These […]

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