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New Breed Of Counselors Use Philosophy

NEW YORK, Aug. 23 (UPI) — A new breed of counselors — philosophical counselors — say they don’t prescribe drugs or discuss your childhood, they assign a reading list. Lou Marinoff, president of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association and author of “Plato, Not Prozac! Applying Eternal Wisdom to Everyday Problems,” says a person trying to […]

Study: Doctors Overtest For Cervix Cancer

ATLANTA, Aug. 20 (UPI) — Most U.S. doctors still urge women to get tested every year for cervical cancer even though guidelines say many do not need them, a study says. Katherine Roland of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said data she studied from 2006 suggest a majority of doctors recommend annual Pap smears, […]

U.S. Cohabitation Rate Eclipses Divorce

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Aug. 21 (UPI) — Cohabiting U.S. households with children are linked to increased instability in children’s lives and negative outcomes for children, researchers say. W. Bradford Wilcox, a sociologist in University of Virginia and director of the National Marriage Project, says the study is co-authored by 18 family scholars from leading institutions. “The […]

Four Ways To Live Longer Suggested

ATLANTA, Aug. 21 (UPI) — U.S. adults can reduce their odds of dying prematurely if they adopt four healthy lifestyle behaviors, including quitting smoking, health officials say. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta came to that conclusion after analyzing data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III Mortality […]

Kids Should Hold Cellphones Away From Head

NEW YORK, Aug. 22 (UPI) — A New York non-profit group is urging parents to teach their children five simple rules to limit their exposure to cellphone radiation. “With a new school year upon us, the list of back-to-school supplies may include a new cellphone, typically one that has more power and can perform more […]

Crime, Drugs Less Likely With Happy Teens

DAVIS, Calif., Aug. 22 (UPI) — Happier adolescents are less likely to be involved in crime or drug use, U.S. researchers say. Study co-author Bill McCarthy of the University of California, Davis, and colleagues analyzed data from 1995 and 1996 from nearly 15,000 seventh- to ninth-grade students in the federally funded National Longitudinal Study of […]

Medicare Advantage: Seniors Overwhelmed

BOSTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) — The large number of complex insurance choices offered by Medicare Advantage programs may overwhelm many U.S. seniors, researchers say. J. Michael McWilliams of the Harvard Medical School, a practicing general internist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, says the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 initiated a series of payment increases to […]

Students Lack 30 Produce Servings Per Week

CORVALLIS, Ore., Aug. 18 (UPI) — U.S. college students aren’t eating enough fruits and vegetables, and many don’t eat any produce daily, researchers say. Study author Brad Cardinal, a professor of exercise and sport science at Oregon State University, and colleagues surveyed the eating habits of 582 college students and found students were not “striving […]

Legionnaires’ Disease, Pontiac Fever Up

ATLANTA, Aug. 19 (UPI) — The number of legionellosis cases reported each year more than tripled from 2000 to 2009 from 1,110 cases to 3,522 cases, U.S. health officials report. Legionellosis refers to Legionnaires’ disease, also known as “Legion Fever,” which is the more severe form of the infection and produces pneumonia and Pontiac fever, […]

Milk Better Than H2O For Child Dehydration

HAMILTON, Ontario, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Milk is a more effective way of countering dehydration in children than a sports drink or water, researchers at McMaster University in Ontario say. Principal investigator Brian Timmons, research director of the Child Health and Exercise Medicine Program at McMaster University, says milk replaces sodium lost in sweat and […]

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