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Simple Test Spots Infant Heart Problems

BRISTOL, England, Aug. 5 (UPI) — A quick and inexpensive test could save the lives of babies born with congenital heart defects, British doctors say. Researchers said a study of 20,055 newborns showed testing oxygen in the blood was more successful than other checks available for such defects such as ultrasound during pregnancy or by […]

Body Appearance Important For Older Adults

WACO, Texas, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Body appearance satisfaction may be more important for younger people, especially women, but it is still important among older adults, U.S. researchers say. Study author Dr. Renee Umstattd, assistant professor of health education at Baylor University, and colleagues found that as men and women age, there is a shift […]

Laughing May Be Bad For The Lungs

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Having a sense of humor has health benefits but the actual act of laughing can reduce lung function, at least in the short term, U.S. researchers suggest. The researchers evaluated humor and laughter in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Participants who exhibited a greater sense of humor were […]

So-called Pet Effect Lacks Confirmation

CULLOWHEE, N.C., Aug. 5 (UPI) — Existing research on the health benefits of pet ownership has produced conflicting results and confirmation is needed, a U.S. researcher suggests. Harold Herzog, a professor of Psychology at the Western Carolina University, says there simply isn’t strong evidence for the general claim that living with a pet makes for […]

More Mental Illness Risk For Abused Women

SYDNEY, Aug. 5 (UPI) — Rape, sexual assault, intimate partner violence and stalking increase the lifetime risk of mental health disorders among women, Australian researcher say. Study leader Dr. Susan Rees of the University of New South Wales’ School of Psychiatry and colleagues analyzed survey data of 4,451 women ages 16-85. About 15 percent of […]

Spirits Increase Acute Pancreatitis Risk

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Consuming one drink of hard liquor can increase the risk of an acute attack of pancreatitis, researchers in Sweden say. However, the study published online in the British Journal of Surgery, found wine and beer do not appear to have the same effect. Lead author Dr. Omid Sadr-Azodi of […]

Longevity: Good Genes Trump Clean Living

NEW YORK, Aug. 4 (UPI) — People who live to age 95 and older did not have healthier habits than the comparison group in terms of weight, smoking, exercise or diet, U.S. researchers say. Senior author Dr. Nir Barzilai, director of the Institute for Aging Research at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, […]

CO Exposures Higher Than Thought

ATLANTA, Aug. 4 (UPI) — From 2000 to 2009, 45 percent of carbon monoxide exposure reported by the National Poison Data System was not treated at a hospital, U.S. officials say. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report says these exposures to carbon monoxide would not have been identified by […]

Study: U.S. Health Insurance Red Tape Costs $27 Billion

ITHACA, N.Y., Aug. 4 (UPI) — The U.S. health insurance bureaucracy costs doctors some $27 billion extra per year compared with Canada’s single-payer system, researchers found. The study, published in the journal Health Affairs, found per-physician costs in the United States averaged $82,975 annually, while physicians in Ontario averaged $22,205 — primarily because Canada’s single-payer […]

Better Nutrition Too Expensive For Some

SEATTLE, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Healthier diets including vegetables, fruits, whole grains and low-fat dairy products may be too expensive for many U.S. families, researchers say. New federal dietary guidelines for Americans stress the need for Americans to consume more potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin D and calcium and get fewer calories from saturated fat and […]

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