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Record 45.8 Million Receiving Food Stamps

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 (UPI) — Alabama, hit by severe storms, pushed the total number of U.S. food stamp recipients to an all-time high of 45.8 million people in May, officials say. Food stamp use — officially known as the government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — surged in Alabama from 868,813 in April to 1,762,481 in […]

U.S. Farmers Markets On The Rise

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 (UPI) — More than 1,000 new farmers markets dot the U.S. landscape this year, bringing the total number to more than 7,000, federal officials say. The current U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Farmers Market Directory says a total of 7,175 farmers markets operate throughout the United States as more farmers are marketing […]

Eat Gazpacho Right Away To Save Vitamin C

MADRID, Aug. 6 (UPI) — Scientists in Spain recommend eating gazpacho — a soup containing vegetables eaten cold — as soon as it is prepared to retain more vitamin C. Study co-author Elena Maria Rodriguez and colleagues at the Complutense University of Madrid and the University of La Laguna examined gazpacho and compared the levels […]

Breakfast Gives Students An Edge

CINCINNATI, Aug. 6 (UPI) — Many studies show poor nutrition hurts school performance and achievement so providing a healthy breakfast should be a priority, a U.S. researcher says. Mary Pat Alfaro, clinical manager in the division of nutrition therapy at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, says one of the the best ways parents can help […]

Supportive Co-workers May Lengthen Life

TEL AVIV, Israel, Aug. 6 (UPI) — Workers get health benefits when they feel co-workers have their back and spend some time with them at the water cooler, researchers in Israel suggest. Dr. Sharon Toker of Tel Aviv University’s Leon Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration says employees who believe they have the personal support […]

Family Caregiver Program For Injured Vets

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) — U.S. military veterans may be eligible for a family caregiver program if the are medically discharged for a serious injury, officials say. Dr. Robert Petzel, Department of Veterans Affairs under secretary for health, says U.S. law, for the first time, provides a direct benefit to designated, approved family caregivers of […]

Combat Vets In College, High Suicide Risk

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Nearly half of U.S. military veterans currently in college report thinking of suicide and 20 percent said they had planned to kill themselves, researchers say. Lead author M. David Rudd of the National Center for Veterans’ Studies at the University of Utah and colleagues analyzed survey results gathered this year […]

How To Prevent Salmonella Poisoning

BUFFALO, N.Y., Aug. 5 (UPI) — With 36 million pounds of ground turkey being recalled due to reports of salmonella, a U.S. infectious disease expert advises how to avoid the disease. “In most individuals who are healthy, the illness that salmonella causes will be self-limiting, meaning it will resolve on its own without any treatment,” […]

Believers In Benevolent God Worry Less

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) — People who believe in a benevolent God tend to worry less and are more tolerant than those who believe in an indifferent or punishing God, U.S. researchers say. Lead author David H. Rosmarin of the Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital suggests mental health professionals integrate patients’ spiritual beliefs into their treatment regimens, […]

Hospital Death Rate May Differ From Survey

WASHINGTON, N.Y., Aug. 5 (UPI) — U.S. hospitals that do well on patient surveys do not necessarily do score well on heart attack, heart failure or pneumonia rates, a USA Today analysis finds. The newspaper analyzed data from Medicare on more than 4,600 U.S. hospitals and found that 323 — one of every 14 — […]

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