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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 — […]

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, […]

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