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Coral Reef Protein Fights HIV Infection

BETHESDA, Md., April 30 (UPI) — A new protein, extracted from coral collected from reefs off the north coast of Australia, shows the ability to block HIV from entering and destroying immune cells, or T cells. Researchers at the National Cancer Institute discovered that the proteins, called cnidarins, prove remarkably effective at quashing the transmission […]

Forget Milk, Drink Tart Cherry Juice For A Good Night’s Sleep

SAN DIEGO, April 30 (UPI) — Drinking Montmorency tart cherry juice twice a day for two weeks helped increase sleep time among older adults suffering with insomnia. Study co-author Dr. Frank L. Greenway, director of the outpatient research clinic at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University, said an estimated one-quarter to one-third […]

High Doses Of Antidepressants May Be Linked To Youth Self-Harm

BOSTON, April 30 (UPI) — High doses of antidepressants — selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors such as Prozac or Zoloft — may be linked to increased risk of suicidal behavior in youth. Dr. Matthew Miller of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston and colleagues, analyzed data from 162,625 people ages 10 to 64 with […]

New York State Legistators Aim To Ban E-cigarettes

ALBANY, N.Y., April 29 (UPI) — A group of New York state lawmakers have crafted a bill that would ban electronic cigarettes in public spaces. “We want the same restrictions for e-cigarettes as regular cigarettes,” said Sen. Kemp Hannon, R-Nassau County, the chairman of the Senate Health Committee. E-cigarettes, also called personal vaporizers or PVs, […]

Many Chipotle Customers Underestimate Calories Of A Burrito

DURHAM, N.C., April 29 (UPI) — A survey of more than 300 Chipotle customers before they ordered their food found they underestimated the number of calories in their planned orders, on average, by 21 percent. Researchers at Duke University and the University of Southern California conducted experiments testing the effectiveness of calorie labeling on menu […]

Gallup: About One-Third Of U.S. Adults Didn’t See Dentist In Past Year

WASHINGTON, April 28 (UPI) — About 1 in 3 U.S. adults did not visit the dentist with the past 12 months, a survey found — similar to results of a survey in 2008. Gallup interviewed 178,072 U.S. adults in 2013 for the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index and found 64.7 percent last year visited the dentist at […]

Researchers Create Artificial Skin Using Stem Cells

SAN FRANCISCO, April 28 (UPI) — An international team of researchers developed skin grown from human stem cells that may eliminate using animals for drug and cosmetics testing and help develop news therapies for skin disorders. The team led by King’s College London and the San Francisco Veteran Affairs Medical Center developed the first laboratory-grown […]

Influenza B Has Stubborn Hold On Texas, Northeast, New York

ATLANTA, April 25 (UPI) — For the week ending April 19, overall U.S. flu activity was down except in Texas, the New England, New York and New Jersey where influenza B predominated. The weekly flu report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta said the national proportion of people seeing their healthcare […]

Drinking More Coffee Linked To Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk

BOSTON (UPI) — People who drank at least one more cup of coffee per day over a four-year period had more than a 10 percent lower risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. Lead author Shilpa Bhupathiraju, a research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, said the research team analyzed […]

Nearly Half Of Homeless Men Have Suffered A Traumatic Brain Injury

TORONTO (UPI) — Some 45 percent of homeless men in a recent survey in Toronto had suffered a traumatic brain injury at some point in their life — 70 percent of those injuries occurred during adolescence and 87 percent happened before the men became homeless. The study is based on information collected from 111 homeless […]


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