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People Prefer Things In The Middle

CHESTER, England, Aug. 31 (UPI) — People given free choice of products or politicians favor those in the middle of a row or a column, British researchers suggest. Researchers Paul Rodway, Astrid Schepman and Jordana Lambert of the University of Chester analyzed three but related experiments in which they tested the association between the location […]

Health Not Age Key To Melanoma Spread

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Aug. 31 (UPI) — Patients’ underlying health — good or bad — is linked to the outcomes for melanoma, not age, U.S. researchers suggest. Lead author Dr. Michael S. Sabel, associate professor of surgery at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, found patients with decreased core muscle density were more likely […]

Chocolate Good For Heart Confirmed

CAMBRIDGE, England, Aug. 29 (UPI) — People who eat chocolate have reduced risk of heart attack and stroke but the benefit may be due to something else chocolate eaters do, British researchers say. Dr. Oscar Franco and colleagues at the University of Cambridge conducted a review of seven studies involving more than 100,000 participants who […]

European Women Smoking, Dying Sooner

PARIS, Fla., Aug. 29 (UPI) — European women live longer than European men but the gender gap is decreasing due to more women smoking and drinking, researchers say. Dr. Diego Vannuzzo of the Milan Centre for Cardiovascular Prevention in Italy says the total number of deaths is roughly similar for men and women in the […]

Inattention: Why ADHD Kids Don’t Graduate

MONTREAL, Aug. 30 (UPI) — A lack of focus, not hyperactivity, is the main reason students with attention-deficient hyperactivity disorder don’t finish high school, Canadian experts say. University of Montreal researchers looked at data collected from the parents and teachers of 2,000 children during a period of almost 20 years. Attention problems were evaluated by […]

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 […]

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