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Program: Teen Depression, Suicide Drops

CINCINNATI, Aug. 13 (UPI) — A suicide prevention program has significantly helped teens overcome depression and thoughts of suicide, U.S. researchers say. Cathy Strunk, a registered nurse and suicide prevention expert at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, developed Surviving the Teens, a curriculum that focuses on educating students about the warning signs of suicide in […]

Taking The Sting Out Of Jellyfish

DALLAS, Aug. 12 (UPI) — The ocean in the summer is fun but jellyfish can sting as vacationers wade into the waves or walk along the shore, U.S. emergency medicine physicians caution. Dr. Kurt Kleinschmidt, chief of medical toxicology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, says the invertebrates use a net […]

Rejection Is Bitter Twin Of Acceptance

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Aug. 12 (UPI) — Acceptance is a fundamental aspect of human relationships, but so is its counterpart — rejection — a U.S. researcher says. Nathan DeWall, a psychologist at the University of Kentucky, says for proof that rejection, exclusion and acceptance are central to our lives, look no farther than the TV. “If […]

Many Overestimate Cost Of Home Care

OMAHA, Okla., Aug. 12 (UPI) — Some consumers may be deterred from using non-medical home care, or even from considering it, because they think it is too expensive, a U.S. survey indicates. A survey conducted by Home Instead Senior Care, a provider of non-medical in-home care services for seniors, indicates about 73 percent of seniors […]

Study Shows Depression, Stroke Link

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 12 (UPI) — Depressed women have a greater risk of stroke than non-depressed women and those who take antidepressants face an even higher risk, U.S. researchers say. A Harvard University study found women with a history of depression have a 29 percent greater risk of having a stroke and those taking antidepressants, […]

Suspected Encephalitis Case In Florida

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 12 (UPI) — Officials say they’re awaiting test results that could confirm whether a 16-year-old Florida girl in critical condition has contracted amoebic encephalitis. The girl from Mims who had gone swimming in a lake near the Brevard-Volusia county line was rushed to a local hospital after experiencing headache and fever, Florida […]

Heart Risk From Smoking Higher In Women

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Women who smoke have a higher risk of developing heart disease than men, an international study published in a British medical journal says. The study, using data collected on more than 2 million people, found smoking increased the risk of heart disease for women 1.25 times over that for men […]

Man Dies Of Rabies After Vampire Bat Bite

ATLANTA, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Bats are a primary source of U.S. human rabies but a 19-year-old man is the first human to die from a vampire bat bite, health officials say. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report says the man died of rabies in Louisiana last year after […]

Telephone Trumps Social Media By Teens

ATLANTA, Aug. 11 (UPI) — Many parents may think teens prefer social media over the telephone, but Georgia researchers say most teens favor the telephone. Dr. Martha S. Tingen, the Charles W. Linder Endowed Chair in Pediatrics at Georgia Health Sciences University in Augusta, surveyed 188 ninth-11th graders in four rural Georgia counties. Nearly 54 […]

Study: Graphic Warnings To Reduce Smoking

Beginning in September 2012, the FDA will require larger, more prominent warnings on all cigarette packaging and advertisements in the U.S. Now, a U.S. study suggests the new health warnings with graphic pictures on cigarette packages will reduce demand for cigarettes, researchers say.

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