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Most Avoid Discussing A ‘good Death’

BUFFALO, N.Y., July 31 (UPI) — There is an avoidance of death in U.S. society that often sidesteps important issues until it is too late for critically ill patients, a professor suggests. Professor Deborah P. Waldrop of the University at Buffalo School of Social Work says, when asked, the majority of people say they want […]

Back-to-school Adjustment Should Begin Now

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., July 31 (UPI) — Since summer break ends in August in the South, parents and children should begin adjusting to back-to-school routines now, a U.S. researcher says. “Returning to the routine of the school year can be overwhelming for adults and students,” Josh Klapow, a clinical psychologist at the University of Alabama at […]

More U.S. Kids On Government Healthcare

DURHAM, N.H., July 31 (UPI) — With unemployment staying high and parents losing health insurance, more U.S. children are being covered by public health insurance plans, researchers say. “When people become unemployed, not only do they lose their employment-based private insurance, but, with the loss of income, families may become newly eligible for public plans,” […]

Psychology Colors Debt Management

ST. LOUIS, July 31 (UPI) — The best way to end debt is to make minimum payments except for one loan with the highest interest rate, but most tend not to do this, U.S. researchers say. Cynthia Cryder, a consumer behavior expert at Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis, and co-authors Shahar Ayal, […]

Grapes May Protect Against Sun Radiation

BARCELONA, Spain, July 30 (UPI) — Substances in grapes can reduce the amount of cell damage caused in skin exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation, researchers in Spain say. Marta Cascante, a biochemist at the University of Barcelona, and colleagues at the Spanish National Research Council say UV rays act on the skin by activating […]

Motorcycle Helmets May Be Hard On Hearing

BATH, England, July 29 (UPI) — Motorcycle helmets may protect bikers’ brains but they also may contribute to hearing loss, researchers in Britain say. Researchers at the University of Bath and Bath Spa University in England say the distinctive roar of a Harley’s engine is loud, but studies have revealed the biggest source of noise […]

Three-quarters Of Adults Care For Parents

WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) — Three-quarters of U.S. adults who work at least 15 hours per week care for an aging parent, most of whom are 75 or older, a Gallup poll indicates. U.S. adults who self-identified as caregivers in Gallup Daily tracking surveys throughout 2010 were re-contacted, and 2,805 were interviewed for a Pfizer-ReACT/Gallup […]

Americans Sicker Post-Sept. 11, 2001

IRVINE, Calif., July 29 (UPI) — Doctor-diagnosed illness climbed by 18 percent in a nationally representative sample of adults In the three years following Sept. 11, 2001, researchers say. E. Alison Holman, an assistant professor of nursing science and a health psychologist at University of California, Irvine, says the increase was highest among those with […]

Happiness Research May Help Depressed

RIVERSIDE, Calif., July 29 (UPI) — U.S. researchers propose a new approach for treating depression by teaching patients to increase their positive thinking and positive behaviors. Kristin Layous and Joseph Chancellor, graduate students at University of California, Riverside; Sonja Lyubomirsky, professor of psychology and director of the Positive Psychology Laboratory at UC Riverside; and Dr. […]

Cues Can Direct Choice Of Healthy Eating

LOS ANGELES, July 29 (UPI) — When people making healthy eating choices look at food, their brains react differently from those of people succumbing to dietary temptation, a U.S. study says. Neuroscientists studying human decision-making say when we think about future rewards such as health over shorter-term pleasures such as digging into that cheeseburger, the […]

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