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Personality Trait, Alcohol Aggression Link

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Jan. 11 (UPI) — People who have difficulty considering consequences of their actions are more inclined than others to become aggressive when intoxicated, U.S. researchers say. Study co-authors Peter Giancola, a professor at the University of Kentucky, and Brad Bushman, a professor at Ohio State University, and colleagues said people who focus on […]

Study: Pot Less Damaging Than Tobacco

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 11 (UPI) — Low-to-moderate marijuana use is less harmful than tobacco to lungs, even though the two substances contain many of the same components, U.S. researchers say. Lead author Dr. Mark Pletcher, associate professor at the University of California, San Francisco, and colleagues at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, collected data […]

Why Alcohol Feels Good

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 12 (UPI) — Alcohol leads to the release of endorphins in certain areas of the brain that produce feelings of pleasure and reward, U.S. researchers suggest. Lead author Jennifer Mitchell, clinical project director at the Gallo Center and an adjunct assistant professor of neurology at University of California, San Francisco, said the […]

Study: Why Coffee Reduces Diabetes Risk

WUHAN, China, Jan. 12 (UPI) — Drinking several cups of coffee daily reduces type 2 diabetes risk because it inhibits a substance linked to the disease, scientists in China suggest. Ling Zheng, Kun Huang and colleagues say previous studies show people who drink four or more cups of coffee daily have a 50 percent lower […]

Artificial Trans Fat Still In Many Foods

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration required trans fat to be listed on food labels, but many foods still contain trans fats, a food advocacy group says. Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, said trans fat is a potent cause of heart […]

Smoking Cessation Saves Medicaid Money

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) — Including comprehensive tobacco cessation benefits in U.S. Medicaid insurance coverage can result in substantial savings for Medicaid programs, researchers say. Study leader Leighton Ku of the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services said the research shows investing in smoking cessation programs can result in lower levels […]

Grocery Chains Adopt Healthy Food Ratings

NEW YORK, Jan. 10 (UPI) — A growing number of U.S. supermarkets are contracting with food ratings firms to assist in evaluating and ranking food for nutritional content, officials say. NuVal and Guiding Stars license their scoring systems to more than 3,000 U.S. grocery stores, USA Today reported. Guiding Stars uses three stars, and NuVal […]

Nicotine Patches May Not Help Smokers Quit

BOSTON, Jan. 11 (UPI) — Nicotine patches and nicotine gum do not appear to be effective in helping smokers quit long-term, U.S. researchers say. Lead author Hillel Alpert, research scientist at Harvard School of Public Health, and co-author Lois Biener of the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Center for Survey Research, tracked 787 adults in Massachusetts […]

Delusion Linked To Schizophrenia

TORONTO, Jan. 11 (UPI) — People with schizophrenia showed greater brain activity during tests that induce a brief, mild form of delusional thinking, researchers in Canada say. Dr. Mahesh Menon of the Center for Addiction and Mental Health said this type of delusion occurs in as many as two-thirds of people with schizophrenia. “We studied […]

Red Wine May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 6 (UPI) –  Red wine may reduce one risk factor for breast cancer, challenging the widely-held belief that alcohol increases breast cancer, U.S. researchers say. Study co-author Dr. Chrisandra Shufelt, assistant director of the Women’s Heart Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, said doctors long ago determined all alcohol increases the body’s […]


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