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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 […]

Prunes Exceptional In Preventing Fractures

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 18 (UPI) — Dried plums, or prunes, improve bone health in people of all ages, but may be most helpful for post-menopausal women, U.S. researchers say. Bahram H. Arjmandi of Florida State University and colleagues at Oklahoma State University tested two groups of post-menopausal women over a 12-month period. The first group, […]

Allowing Cats To Hide May Help Relax Them

BRISBANE, Australia, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Allowing cats to hide may play an important role in having them relax, a University of Queensland researcher suggests. Honors student Mark Owens’ project focuses on the behavior and welfare of domestic cats in shelters. Working in the Centre of Animal Welfare and Ethics, Owens studied 37 cats over […]

Study: Nice Guys Make Lower Salaries

SAN ANTONIO, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Nice guys may or may not finish last, as the saying goes, but they make less money than their less agreeable counterparts, U.S. and Canadian researchers found. Study authors Beth A. Livingston of Cornell University in New York, Timothy A. Judge of the University of Notre Dame in Indiana […]

Breastfeeding May Drop Breast Cancer Risk

BOSTON, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Giving birth to two or more children is linked to estrogen and progesterone receptor negative cancers in women who didn’t breastfeed, U.S. researchers say. Lead author Julie Palmer, a senior epidemiologist at the Slone Epidemiology Center and a professor of epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health, said the […]

Addiction Redefined As Brain Disorder

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) — A U.S. group of doctors redefined addiction as a chronic brain disorder and not just a behavioral problem involving too much alcohol, drugs, gambling or sex. Dr. Michael Miller, past president of American Society of Addiction Medicine, who oversaw development of the new definition, says this is the first time […]

Competitive Scrabble May Make You Smarter

CALGARY, Alberta, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Competitive Scrabble players develop visual word recognition ability in adulthood — beyond what Canadian researchers say they thought was achievable. Penny Pexman, a professor of psychology at the University of Calgary, and colleagues say in their study Scrabble players were able to recognize English words — compared with nonsense […]

15 Minutes Of Exercise Daily = Longer Life

HOUSTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Even light exercise for 15 minutes a day extended the expected lifespan of people in Taiwan by three years compared with couch potatoes, researchers say. The researchers’ prospective observational study involved 416,175 Taiwanese who participated in a standard medical screening program from 1996 to 2008. Study participants completed a questionnaire […]

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