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Kids Improve Reading By Reading To Dogs

BOSTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) — The dog days of summer may go by more quickly and reading levels may improve if children read aloud to a dog, U.S. researchers suggest. Researchers at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University say second-grade students who read aloud to a dog during the summer seem to […]

Spices Reduce Triglyceride Response

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., Aug. 11 (UPI) — Adding spices to a high-fat meal reduces triglyceride response by about 30 percent, compared to a similar meal with no added spices, U.S. researchers say. Study leader Sheila West of Pennsylvania State University, says eating a diet rich in spices, such as turmeric and cinnamon, reduces the body’s […]

Retail Liability May Reduce Alcohol Deaths

ATLANTA, Aug. 10 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say deaths, homicides and injuries drop when retail alcohol establishments are liable for injuries from their intoxicated customers or minors. The Community Preventive Services Task Force — an independent volunteer body of public health and prevention experts — determined commercial host liability, otherwise known as dram shop liability, […]

Playing Hard-to-get May Be Effective

CHICAGO, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Things that are hard to get, dates or products stuck at the back of the shelf, are more attractive than what is more easily attainable, U.S. researchers say. Study authors Sarah Kim and Aparna A. Labroo, both University of Chicago, had heterosexual males classify themselves as either “shy gawkers” or […]

Tanning Bed Users’ Brains Like Addicts’

DALLAS, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Despite knowing tanning beds can increase the risk of skin cancer, many people still use them, and U.S. researchers say an addictive quality may be at play. Dr. Bryon Adinoff, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, says about 120,000 new cases of […]

Food Day, Modeled On Earth Day

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 (UPI) — Chefs, nutritionists and food activists are asking U.S. restaurants to buy more products locally or collect for food banks for Food Day in October. Groups such as Chefs Collaborative, American Culinary Federation and the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture are encouraging local restaurants to seek out partnerships with […]

Doctor Shortage May Result In Crowded ERs

AURORA, Colo., Aug. 9 (UPI) — Despite increased coverage under the Affordable Care Act, overcrowding may persist in U.S. emergency rooms due to a shortage of doctors, researchers say. A study by the University of Colorado School of Medicine, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, showed expanded health insurance coverage via the Affordable Care […]

Study: Graphic Warnings To Reduce Smoking

SELINSGROVE, Pa., Aug. 9 (UPI) — A U.S. study suggests the new health warnings with graphic pictures on cigarette packages will reduce demand for cigarettes, researchers say. Study co-author Matthew Rousu, a professor of economics at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa., and colleagues say the study involved a sample of 404 adult smokers from four […]

Teenage Pregnancy May Be ‘contagious’

BRISTOL, England, Aug. 9 (UPI) — A study of about 42,000 Norwegian teen girls suggests those who had an older sister who had been pregnant are more likely to become pregnant, researchers say. Professor Carol Propper of the University of Bristol and colleagues in Norway examined data of children born between 1947 and 1958 to […]

Spice Used In Curry May Help Tendinitis

NOTTINGHAM, England, Aug. 9 (UPI) — A common spice used in Indian curries shows promise for those suffering from tendinitis, a team of British and German researchers say. Dr. Ali Mobasheri of the University of Nottingham’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Science and colleagues at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany, say curcumin, which […]

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