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Large Waist Size Can Take Years Off A Person’s Life

ROCHESTER, Minn. (UPI) — Having a large belly — even with a healthy body mass index — can take years off a person’s life, U.S. researchers say. Lead author Dr. James Cerhan, a Mayo Clinic epidemiologist, and colleagues reviewed data from 11 different studies, involving more than 600,000 people from around the world. The review, […]

Worsening Economies Linked To Increase In Cancer

SAO PAULO (UPI) — An increase in food prices changed dietary patterns of both high and low-income societies in past decades, parallel to an increase of cancer, an expert says. Dr. Sandra Crispim, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil and a World Cancer Research Fund International Academy fellow, said when food […]

Study: Obesity Linked To Poorer Grades For Girls

According to a study by the International Journal of Obesity, obese girls tend to perform more poorly in school than those with a healthy body mass. The study observed 6,000 students in the U.K. between the ages of 11 and 16. Of these, 71 percent were considered obese, 13 percent overweight, and 15 percent were […]

Higher Self-Esteem Mitigates Health Problems In Elderly

Boosting self esteem is usually a job left to parents, guidance counselors and teachers — an adult offering a necessary nudge of confidence for tentative toddlers, teens and kids in between. But a new study suggests your old man may need a boost, too. In fact, raising self-esteem may play an important role in minimizing […]

Migraine ‘Headband’ Helps Prevent The Debilitating Headaches

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration allowed marketing of Cefaly — a battery-powered plastic headband that is a preventative treatment for migraine headaches. Christy Foreman, director of the Office of Device Evaluation at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said this is the first transcutaneous — applied across the skin […]

Elderly May Need More Protein To Preserve Functional Ability

TOKYO (UPI) — A diet high in animal protein may help prevent functional decline in the elderly, researchers in Japan suggest. Megumi Tsubota-Utsugi of the National Institute of Health and Nutrition in Japan, and her colleagues in Tohoku University and Teikyo University, said due to increasing life expectancies in many countries, increasing numbers of elderly […]

Healthy Weight May Reduce Ovarian Cancer Risk

LONDON (UPI) — An international panel of experts found a healthy weight may offer women a relatively modest protection against ovarian cancer, a London researcher says. Ricardo Uauy, a professor of Public Health Nutrition at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, was the lead member of the international panel of independent experts who […]

Watching Less Than 2 Hours Of TV Affects Sleep Of Children

BARCELONA, Spain (UPI) — Pre-school and school-age children who spend more than 90 minutes watching television get less sleep, researchers in Spain say. Study author Marcella Marinelli of the Center for Research in Environmental Epidemiology in Barcelona, Spain, and colleagues said prior research suggested television viewing could cause irregular sleep habits. The American Academy of […]

Small Amount Of Alcohol Linked To Smaller, Premature Babies

LEEDS, England (UPI) — Pregnant women who drank more than two weekly units of alcohol were twice as likely to give birth to a small or premature baby, researchers in Britain say. A 15-ounce can of beer is 4.5 percent alcohol is 2 units of alcohol, while a single shot of spirits is 1 unit […]

Bullying, A Risk Factor For Suicidal Thoughts, Suicide Attempts

LEIDEN, Netherlands (UPI) — Bullying is a risk factor for suicidal thoughts and suicidal attempts by children and adolescents, researchers in the Netherlands say. Mitch van Geel of Leiden University in the Netherlands and colleagues said cyberbullying appeared more strongly related to suicidal thoughts than traditional bullying, but the authors warned there was a limited […]


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