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Forget ‘Strive For 5,’ Eat 7 Of More Servings Of Fruit And Vegetables A Day

LONDON (UPI) — Many countries recommend citizens “strive for five” servings of fruit and vegetables a day, but a study found people should be eating seven servings of produce a day — if not more. The study, published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, found fresh vegetables had the strongest protective effect, with […]

Roughly 1 Of 3 U.S. Children Kids Screened For Cholesterol Are High

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Roughly 1 of 3 U.S. children screened for high cholesterol between the ages of 9 and 11 has borderline or high cholesterol. Dr. Thomas Seery, a pediatric cardiologist at Texas Children’s Hospital and assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, and colleagues examined the medical records of 12,712 children who […]

Urban Gardeners May Be Unaware Of Soil Contaminants

BALTIMORE (UPI) — Urban gardens provide many health and environmental benefits, but a lack of knowledge about the soil used for planting could pose a health threat for both consumers and gardeners. Researchers at The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health said urban soils might harbor contaminants such as lead, petroleum products, paint […]

Anti-Anxiety Meds And Sleeping Pills Linked To Increased Mortality Risk

In an expansive study, researchers at the University of Warwick, in England, have found a strong association between use of anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) drugs or hypnotic drugs (sleeping pills) and mortality. The researchers discovered the link after tracking the health records of 34,727 people for 7.5 years after they were first prescribed such drugs. When compared […]

Daylight Saving May Change Heart Attack Timing

Researchers found a 25 percent jump in the number of heart attacks occurring the Monday after the U.S. “springs forward” at Daylight Saving time. Dr. Amneet Sandhu, a cardiology fellow at the University of Colorado in Denver, said the study also found a 21 percent drop in the number of heart attacks on the Tuesday […]

Higher Risk Of Dying When Underweight Than Those Who Are Obese

People who are underweight have almost double the risk of dying than those who are obese. Study leader Dr. Joel Ray, a physician-researcher at St. Michael’s Hospital and the hospital’s Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute in Toronto, said the connection between being underweight and the higher risk of dying was true for both adults and […]

Diet Drinks Linked To Heart Problems In Older Women

A study involving almost 60,000 healthy postmenopausal women correlated diet drinks with increased risk of heart attack, stroke or a cardiovascular event. “Our findings are in line with and extend data from previous studies showing an association between diet drinks and metabolic syndrome,” lead investigator Dr. Ankur Vyas of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics […]

Erectile Dysfunction Can Be Reversed Without Medication

The drug market for erectile dysfunction (ED) is valued at somewhere north of $4 billion. For a variety of economic reasons, that number is expected to shrink in coming years. But another reason drug sales may go down, is that new scientific evidence suggests simple behavioral changes can reverse the problem. Researchers in Australia found […]

Study: Heart Disease Less Likely For Married People

A study of 3.5 million U.S. adults found heart disease less likely for married couples than for those who are single, divorced and widowed. Lead investigator Dr. Carlos L. Alviar, a cardiology fellow at the New York University Langone Medical Center, said earlier, smaller studies reported similar findings. But the size of this study, as […]

Two People In England Contract TB From Cats

Two people in England have been infected with TB by domestic cats who contracted the bovine strain of tuberculosis. The announcement came from Public Health England and they say the risk of further spread of the disease is very low. “It is quite alarming, I agree. But let’s put it into context here: we’ve got […]


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