Disease, medicine, health care research

Friday, January 28

  • Why broccoli may prevent cancer   UPI / 9:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they have discovered a biochemical basis to explain broccoli's cancer-fighting ability.
  • Women given wrong breast cancer results   UPI / 9:34PM
    SYDNEY, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Two Australian women have found they have breast cancer, after a computer error had wrongly cleared them of the disease, healthcare industry officials said.
  • EU envoy: Political uproar threatens Haiti   UPI / 9:14PM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- The European Union's ambassador to Haiti said reconstruction work there has halted because international aid teams are worried about political violence.
  • Loud traffic noise linked to stroke risk   UPI / 6:44PM
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Danish researchers say exposure to traffic noise increases the risk of stroke, especially among people age 65 and older.
  • Cleanliness of girls may up asthma risk   UPI / 4:54PM
    CORVALLIS, Ore., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Because girls are generally kept from getting dirty compared to boys, girls may have higher rates of allergies and asthma, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • Interim guidance for drugs to prevent HIV   UPI / 4:34PM
    ATLANTA, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta has issued interim guidance in the use of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis as an HIV prevention strategy.
  • Lura Ryan's condition 'very grave'   UPI / 9:54AM
    KANKAKEE, Ill., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- The terminally ill wife of jailed former Illinois Gov. George Ryan is home from the hospital but may have only weeks to live, an attorney said.
  • Unrealistic optimism may taint trials   UPI / 12:24AM
    NEW YORK, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher cautions unrealistic optimism may be common in early cancer trials and may distort the views of participants.
  • Food-borne bacteria can fatally hit heart   UPI / 12:05AM
    CHICAGO, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers report they have isolated a strain of food-borne bacteria from the heart of a patient with endocarditis.
  • Thursday, January 27

  • Caffeine 'jazzes' engineered cells   UPI / 10:34PM
    DALLAS, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say caffeine could help step up production of cells engineered to produce viruses in gene therapy.
  • Teens should get meningococcal booster   UPI / 4:05PM
    ATLANTA, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Federal health officials say U.S. teens ages 16-18 should make sure they get either a booster dose or their first dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine.
  • U.N. warns of Asian foot-and-mouth threat   UPI / 4:05PM
    UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A U.N. agency says it is warning veterinary and border authorities in Asia of a major outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the Republic of Korea.
  • World-wide debate over smallpox virus   UPI / 1:34PM
    ATLANTA, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Stocks of smallpox virus held at two facilities, one in Russia and one in Atlanta, are at the center of international debate about their future, experts say.
  • Waitress fired for bald cancer support   UPI / 1:04PM
    WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A waitress fired because she shaved her head to show support for her cancer-stricken uncle in Winnipeg, Manitoba, is considering a human rights complaint.
  • Diplomat: Hospitalization caused by stress   UPI / 11:34AM
    BUDAPEST, Hungary, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Hungarian diplomat Ferenc Kontra says his recent hospitalization was due to the stress of being the European Union's top official in Belarus.
  • Diabetics, spouses may feel stress   UPI / 12:05AM
    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Older patients with diabetes and their spouses may experience stress, frustration and sadness due to the demands of the disease, U.S. researchers say.
  • Wednesday, January 26

  • Exercise improves street-crossing speed   UPI / 11:05PM
    CHICAGO, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Exercise can help those with knee osteoarthritis walk fast enough to cross the street before the signal changes, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • Hair stylists question chemical in relaxer   UPI / 9:24PM
    CHICAGO, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A hair relaxer found in Brazilian Blowout and some other brands may not only be smelly but presents a health risk due to formaldehyde, Oregon officials say.
  • Hot flashes linked to fewer breast cancers   UPI / 8:54PM
    SEATTLE, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Women who suffer through hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms may have much lower risk of the most common forms of breast cancer, U.S. researchers say.
  • Rhabdomyolysis cited in Iowa hospitalizations   UPI / 8:44PM
    IOWA CITY, Iowa, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- University of Iowa officials confirmed Wednesday 13 Hawkeyes football players were hospitalized this week and that a muscle disorder is suspected.
  • Meningitis confirmed in 2 Fla. prisoners   UPI / 7:34PM
    INDIANTOWN, Fla., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- At least two prisoners at a South Florida prison have been diagnosed with meningitis, officials said.
  • CDC: 26 million in U.S. have diabetes   UPI / 6:34PM
    ATLANTA, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes, but an estimated 79 million adults have prediabetes, U.S. health officials say.
  • FDA: Possible breast implant, cancer link   UPI / 6:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. government officials are asking physicians to report any confirmed cases of a rare cancer linked to saline and silicone gel-filled breast implants.
  • Kids eat mother's pot cookie   UPI / 5:05PM
    COVINA, Calif., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A Covina, Calif., woman was arrested and her two children hospitalized after the girls ate a marijuana-laced cookie, police said.
  • Pot sales in Wash. liquor stores proposed   UPI / 4:05PM
    OLYMPIA, Wash., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A Washington state legislator wants state-run liquor stores to sell pot alongside booze.
  • 'Golden voice' homeless man leaves rehab   UPI / 2:35PM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The homeless Ohio man whose "golden voice" video became an Internet sensation says he's left a Texas rehab facility because he was unhappy with his treatment.
  • Two heart tests may predict heart failure   UPI / 1:05PM
    GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- An ultrasound and a blood test can predict survival and future heart failure following a heart attack or unstable angina, a researcher in Sweden suggests.
  • Japan won't pay victims of cancer drug   UPI / 9:54AM
    TOKYO, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The Japanese government plans to reject a court settlement for patients who suffered side effects from a cancer drug, sources in Tokyo say.
  • Tuesday, January 25

  • 12 Iowa footballers admitted to hospital   UPI / 8:14PM
    IOWA CITY, Iowa, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Twelve University of Iowa football players have been hospitalized with undisclosed illnesses, school officials said Tuesday.
  • HEPA filters help reduce woodsmoke risk   UPI / 7:24PM
    BURNABY, British Columbia, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- A study in British Columbia where wood-burning stoves are the main air pollution source found air filters may help reduce heart disease risk, researchers say.
  • One in 16 surgeons report suicide thoughts   UPI / 7:14PM
    ROCHESTER, Minn., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- An anonymous survey indicates one in 16 U.S. surgeons report having suicidal thoughts in the previous year, but few seek mental-health help.
  • Judge says probation for 'Octomom' doctor   UPI / 1:14PM
    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- The California fertility doctor who assisted "Octomom" Nadya Suleman in conceiving octuplets should be placed on five years' probation, a judge says.
  • Report: Michaels' heart surgery went well   UPI / 11:44AM
    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Surgery to repair a hole in the heart of rocker and reality TV personality Bret Michaels went well, said St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix.
  • Klum developing fragrance for Coty   UPI / 3:44AM
    NEW YORK, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- The beauty-product company Coty Inc. says it has signed German-born supermodel and TV personality Heidi Klum to develop and market a new signature fragrance.
  • Salty snacks affect children with asthma   UPI / 2:05AM
    ATHENS, Greece, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- What a child eats may affect asthma symptoms, Greek nutrition experts confirm.
  • Social ties aid breast cancer patients   UPI / 12:04AM
    NASHVILLE, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Breast cancer patients may benefit from strong social ties the first year after diagnosis, a U.S. researcher says.
  • Monday, January 24

  • Researchers: Chopin may have had epilepsy   UPI / 8:24PM
    LONDON, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Composer Frederic Chopin, who experienced hallucinations throughout his short life, probably had temporal lobe epilepsy, researchers say in a British journal.
  • Medicaid funding often below minimum wage   UPI / 6:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Medicaid doesn't give nursing homes in many states enough money to cover the federal minimum wage for their workers, a U.S. nursing-home association says.
  • Mental health hospital and owner sued   UPI / 6:14PM
    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- An employee at a Pasadena, Calif., mental health facility filed a whistle-blower lawsuit alleging the hospital provided "minimal, substandard care" to patients.
  • Rinderpest to be history by June   UPI / 6:05PM
    VERSAILLES, France, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Rinderpest, a disease that decimated cattle herds for centuries, will officially be history this coming June, a United Nations official said Monday in New York.
  • Test could flag early Alzheimer's onset   UPI / 5:44PM
    MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Canadian researchers say they've made a significant step towards a breakthrough in the early detection of Alzheimer's disease.
  • Aaron Carter checks into rehab   UPI / 4:44PM
    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Aaron Carter's manager said Monday the U.S. singer and actor has checked into a treatment facility to work on some emotional and spiritual issues.
  • Future cures for Giffords-type injury   UPI / 3:14PM
    HOUSTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Houston doctors will reteach the injured parts of the brain of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., but in the future, doctors say they may heal the brain cells.
  • Suit blames cancer on Marine base water   UPI / 1:44PM
    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C., Jan. 24 (UPI) -- A former Marine is suing the U.S. government, saying contaminated water at North Carolina's Camp Lejeune led to his suffering a rare form of cancer.
  • Virus hitting soft-shell crab business   UPI / 1:14PM
    BALTIMORE, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Scientists say a virus is killing off a quarter of the crabs taken from Chesapeake Bay before the prized crustaceans can make it to market as soft-shell crabs.
  • Giffords' 'voice will not be diminished'   UPI / 12:44PM
    TUCSON, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' staff will carry on much of her congressional work as she recovers from a grievous brain injury, her district director said.
  • Sunday, January 23

  • Medical pot called boon to ailing seniors   UPI / 7:14PM
    LAGUNA WOODS, Calif., Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Proponents of medical marijuana touted its benefits for aging baby boomers at a weekend conference in California.
  • Food poisoning sickens 28 Russian students   UPI / 10:54AM
    KARAGALI, Russia, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Officials say the number of students stricken by apparent food poisoning at a Russian school climbed to 28 Sunday as four more children were hospitalized.
  • Alleged arsonist loses tip of finger   UPI / 10:44AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 23 (UPI) -- An alleged arsonist-for-hire was busted after he left the tip of his finger at the crime scene, police in Florida said.
  • Bird flu detected on Japanese chicken farm   UPI / 12:44AM
    MIYAZAKI, Japan, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- The slaughter of more than 10,000 chickens was ordered Saturday on a Japanese farm after avian influenza was detected in six birds, officials said.
  • End-of-life decisions need preparation   UPI / 12:05AM
    PITTSBURGH, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- End-of-life decisions take about two weeks longer if a patient hasn't shared his or her wishes with family members, U.S. researchers say.
  • Saturday, January 22

  • Travel company offers dentistry in the sun   UPI / 10:54PM
    NAPLES, Fla., Jan. 22 (UPI) -- A Florida travel company's selling point is trips that allow dental patients to save thousands of dollars on dental work while enjoying fun in the sun.
  • U.S. can save $24 billion by cutting salt   UPI / 10:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Daily U.S. sodium consumption is two times higher than the recommended 1,500 milligrams and the American Heart Association urges all to eat less.
  • Couples may not agree on monogamy   UPI / 7:14PM
    CORVALLIS, Ore., Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Miscommunication and misunderstandings about monogamy appear to be common in both married and unmarried couples, U.S. researchers found.
  • Many nursing homes don't pay minimum wage   UPI / 5:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Medicaid in many states pays nursing-home workers an average of $7.17 an hour, below the federal minimum wage of $7.25, a U.S. nursing-home association says.
  • COPD may not be as deadly as thought   UPI / 5:04PM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- A Swedish researcher suggests chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may not be as deadly as previously thought.
  • Houston doctors hopeful about Giffords   UPI / 3:05PM
    HOUSTON, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords "looks spectacular," one of the doctors managing her rehabilitation in Houston said.
  • Imaging may detect future heart disease   UPI / 2:05AM
    NEW YORK, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Identifying plaques before they cause heart disease may be possible using coronary imaging, a U.S. researcher says.
  • Improving health during winter   UPI / 2:05AM
    COLUMBIA, Mo., Jan. 22 (UPI) -- It can be more difficult during winter to keep New Year's resolutions so U.S. health experts advise trying to establish healthy traditions instead.
  • Vitamin E linked to longer life in some   UPI / 1:14AM
    HELSINKI, Finland, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- If vitamin E influences lifespan, it may benefit those age 71 and older the most, researchers in Finland said.
  • Friday, January 21

  • No rare pediatric drugs without incentives   UPI / 8:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- The Creating Hope Act being considered in Congress would provide a financial incentive to stimulate pediatric drug development, a U.S. researchers says.
  • Wasting disease found in Minn. wild deer   UPI / 8:14PM
    MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- A deer killed by a hunter in southeast Minnesota may have had chronic wasting disease, the first whitetail deer in the state to be stricken, officials said.
  • Celiac patients tolerate hydrolyzed wheat   UPI / 5:54PM
    NAPLES, Italy, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Patients with celiac disease, who cannot tolerate gluten found primarily in wheat, may tolerate hydrolyzed wheat in baked goods, researchers in Italy say.
  • Gene test may predict cancer spread   UPI / 5:44PM
    AURORA, Colo., Jan. 21 (UPI) -- A gene test may help predict patients whose bladder cancer has spread to the lymph nodes, U.S. researchers say.
  • Mammograms: Detecting kidney risk   UPI / 5:14PM
    ATLANTA, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Mammograms may help in detecting more than breast cancer: They may also help detect kidney disease, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • Ebert uses facial prosthesis on new show   UPI / 5:14PM
    CHICAGO, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. film critic Roger Ebert says he has been wearing a silicone prosthesis over the lower half of his face, which was removed during his battle with cancer.
  • Blood test, MRI help predict Alzheimer's   UPI / 5:14PM
    DETROIT, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Two tests could help predict which elders will develop cognitive decline, a U.S. researcher says.
  • After back surgery most NFL players return   UPI / 4:34PM
    CHICAGO, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Since NFL players recover from back surgery to play again, U.S. researchers say there is no excuse for others returning from back surgery to return to the gym.
  • Meat plant won't have to test for E.coli   UPI / 3:44PM
    VICTORIA, British Columbia, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- A Canadian meat processing plant that covered up E.coli contamination will not have to test for bacteria after giving up its federal license, officials said.
  • Panel urges approval of Alzheimer's test   UPI / 2:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- An advisory committee to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says the agency should approve a new test that can image Alzheimer's disease.
  • St. Jude settles in doctor kickback suit   UPI / 11:24AM
    ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 21 (UPI) -- St. Jude Medical Inc., a Minnesota medical device producer, agreed to pay $16 million to settle claims of kickbacks to doctors, the Justice Department said.
  • New CPR with devices may up survival   UPI / 2:05AM
    MILWAUKEE, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- A new cardio-pulmonary resuscitation method may increase survival by 53 percent, U.S. researchers say.
  • Thursday, January 20

  • Healthy gums = healthy lungs   UPI / 11:54PM
    CHICAGO, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Maintaining healthy teeth and gums may reduce pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease risks, the head of a U.S. dentists' organization says.
  • 'Sicko' banned in Connecticut library   UPI / 11:34PM
    ENFIELD, Conn., Jan. 20 (UPI) -- The documentary "Sicko," scheduled to be screened at a Connecticut library, was dropped by the Enfield council After a resident complained, the mayor says.
  • CDC uses surveillance to track influenza   UPI / 8:54PM
    ATLANTA, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. health officials say they used community-based surveillance -- telephone inquiries -- to track influenza-like illness during the 2009-2010 flu season.
  • Rights experts to probe Magnitsky case   UPI / 8:44PM
    GUERNSEY, England, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- U.N. human-rights experts will probe the prison death of a Russian lawyer who accused police in a $230 million fraud scheme, the lawyer's former client said.
  • Asthma can lead to lung-function loss   UPI / 6:14PM
    ATLANTA, Calif., Jan. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers caution severe asthma in children may lead to premature lung-function loss.
  • Breastfeeding helps women who had cancer   UPI / 5:34PM
    MEMPHIS, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- It should be routine to advise women who have survived childhood cancer to breastfeed if they have a child to help protect her health, U.S. researchers say.
  • House GOP seeks healthcare law alternative   UPI / 4:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. House resolved 273-175 Thursday that committees should begin work on replacing the healthcare law, with 14 Democrats joining Republicans in support.
  • Suicide thoughts, parental divorce link   UPI / 3:34PM
    TORONTO, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Adults whose parents divorced when they were children are more likely to consider suicide than their peers, researchers in Canada suggest.
  • Boston Sci adds to heart device portfolio   UPI / 12:14PM
    NATICK, Mass., Jan. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. medical device company Boston Scientific is acquiring Atritech, gaining entry into the atrial fibrillation market, Boston Scientific said.
  • Popular sleep medicine linked to falls   UPI / 2:14AM
    BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 20 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher says a common sleep drug, zolpidem, may put adults at greater risk for falls.
  • Daily transit users reduce infection risk   UPI / 12:14AM
    NOTTINGHAM, England, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Occasional users of mass transit are six times more likely to get an acute respiratory infection, but daily users are at less risk, researchers in Britain say.
  • Wednesday, January 19

  • Many lack easy access to U.S. trauma care   UPI / 10:14PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Thirty-one percent of people living in rural America do not have access to trauma care within 1 hour's drive, U.S. researchers say.
  • Healthcare repeal passes House   UPI / 9:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday unanimously passed a bill to repeal healthcare reform legislation enacted during the last Congress.
  • NYC women search for o.b. tampons   UPI / 4:24PM
    NEW YORK, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- New York women said the "temporary supply interruption" of o.b. non-applicator tampons has left them struggling to track down the product.
  • Tuesday, January 18

  • Warfarin users have more trauma deaths   UPI / 11:54PM
    NASHVILLE, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Warfarin -- a blood thinner used to prevent blood clots -- may be linked with an increased risk of death after traumatic injuries, U.S. researchers say.
  • AARP: Many unclear on healthcare reform   UPI / 12:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- In a letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives, the head of the AARP says many are unclear about the provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
  • Good health may start in preschool   UPI / 2:24AM
    NEW YORK, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Evidence indicates the path to healthy young adulthood may begin in quality preschools, U.S. researchers say.
  • Monday, January 17

  • Menu labeling at chain said ineffective   UPI / 11:34PM
    SEATTLE, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Mandatory menu labeling for restaurant chains with at 15 locations in King County, Wash., which includes Seattle, had no effect on consumers, researchers say.
  • Smoking causes DNA damage in minutes   UPI / 11:14PM
    MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Cigarette smoke causes genetic damage within minutes -- not years -- after inhalation into the lungs, U.S. researchers say.
  • Breast cancer false positive can harm   UPI / 9:44PM
    TILBURG, Netherlands, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Some women benefit from early breast cancer detection but others experience unnecessary anxiety and reduced quality if life, a Dutch researcher says.
  • Hypertension up in Mexican-Americans   UPI / 9:14PM
    GALVESTON, Texas, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- High blood pressure is rising among older Mexican-Americans, U.S. researchers say.
  • Race affects advise of doctors   UPI / 7:54PM
    BALTIMORE, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say physicians give more weight-control counsel to white obese patients than to black obese patients.
  • Bigger breakfast doesn't help weight loss   UPI / 7:34PM
    MUNICH, Germany, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Eating a big breakfast may help you lose weight -- but only if you eat a lighter lunch or dinner, researchers in Germany say.
  • Girl, 9, refused simple operation, dies   UPI / 3:05PM
    DILI, Timor-Leste, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- A doctor said a 9-year-old Timor-Leste girl died because he was unable to find a hospital willing to allow her life-saving operation.
  • Stefani named new face of L'Oreal Paris   UPI / 2:14PM
    PARIS, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. rock star and fashion icon Gwen Stefani is the new face of L'Oreal Paris, the beauty company has announced.
  • Reagan sons split on Alzheimer's claim   UPI / 12:54PM
    NEW YORK, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Michael Reagan angrily denied Monday his brother Ron's assertion that their father began showing Alzheimer's symptoms while president.
  • Rains hamper Brazil rescues; toll at 641   UPI / 8:44AM
    RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The death toll from floods and mudslides in Brazil reached 641 and heavy rains in the southeastern part of the country hindered rescue efforts, officials said.
  • Sunday, January 16

  • Study shows smoking harm within minutes   UPI / 5:24PM
    MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Smoking unleashes cancer-causing chemicals in the body in minutes, U.S. researchers say.
  • Neighbor: Tucson shooter family withdrew   UPI / 3:34PM
    TUCSON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- A neighbor of alleged Tucson gunman Jared Loughner said Sunday a change came over the entire Loughner family a few years ago.
  • Flu deaths in Britain double last year   UPI / 9:05AM
    LONDON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- The number of deaths from swine flu in Britain this winter has doubled and the National Health Service is in gridlock, medical officials said.
  • It's man vs. beaver at Canada ski resort   UPI / 1:34AM
    SUSSEX, New Brunswick, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- It's man versus beaver at the Poley Mountain ski hill in Canada and so far the beavers are winning, the resort's management admits.
  • Saturday, January 15

  • How to combat test anxiety   UPI / 11:44PM
    CHICAGO, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- A U.S. expert on "choking under pressure" advises anxious test-takers to write about their worries before taking an exam.
  • Brain scan can predict video game aptitude   UPI / 11:14PM
    URBANA, Ill., Jan. 15 (UPI) -- U.S researchers say they can predict video game aptitude using brain scans.
  • One in five cancer survivors have pain   UPI / 11:14PM
    ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Twenty percent of cancer survivors may be experiencing cancer-related chronic pain two years after diagnosis, U.S. researchers said.
  • Higher altitudes, higher suicide risk link   UPI / 8:44PM
    PITTSBURGH, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Researchers have linked higher U.S. suicide rates to living at higher elevations.
  • 200 cows found dead in Wisconsin field   UPI / 6:54PM
    STOCKTON, Wis., Jan. 15 (UPI) -- A Wisconsin farmer suspects a virus killed about 200 of his cows.
  • Doctors take Giffords off ventilator   UPI / 5:54PM
    TUCSON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords passed a major milestone Saturday when doctors at a Tucson hospital took her off a ventilator, the hospital said in a statement.
  • Reagan son: Alzheimer's began in office   UPI / 3:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Ronald Reagan's son thinks his father's Alzheimer's disease began while he was president, he writes in a new memoir.
  • Tight security at Ted Williams' rehab   UPI / 3:05PM
    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- The operators of the Texas rehab center treating velvet-voiced vagrant Ted Williams say they have locked down the facility to keep the paparazzi at bay.
  • Researchers developing new malaria vaccine   UPI / 2:14PM
    LONDON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- A vaccine that nearly halves the chance of catching malaria could save hundreds of thousands of lives annually, scientists in Britain said.
  • British question six-month breastfeeding   UPI / 12:14AM
    LONDON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Researchers are calling for a review of British guidelines for mothers to breastfeed children exclusively for the first six months of a baby's life.
  • Friday, January 14

  • More steps daily wards off diabetes   UPI / 11:54PM
    MELBOURNE, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- A higher daily step count over five years is linked with lower weight, lower waist-to-hip ratio and better insulin sensitivity, Australian researchers say.
  • New method triples baby genetic screening   UPI / 9:54PM
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Researchers at an independent U.S. research institute say they have developed a method that triples the genetic information from newborn blood screening.
  • Overweight young adults tend to 'cluster'   UPI / 8:44PM
    PROVIDENCE, R.I., Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Overweight young people are more likely to have overweight best friends and romantic partners, a U.S. researcher says.
  • H1N1 survivors have 'super' immunity   UPI / 8:44PM
    ATLANTA, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Those who were sick and then recovered from pandemic H1N1 flu may enjoy extraordinary flu immunity, U.S. researchers report.
  • Chickens modified to halt bird flu   UPI / 8:04PM
    CAMBRIDGE, England, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- British scientists say they have created the first genetically modified chickens that do not spread bird flu.
  • Report: Gabor's leg partially amputated   UPI / 8:04PM
    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor has undergone surgery to amputate three quarters of her leg, one of her doctors in California told TMZ Friday.
  • Why knee protectors may led to allergy   UPI / 7:44PM
    GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- A Swedish researcher says she may have an explanation for how neoprene rubber products can sometimes lead to an allergic reaction.
  • Virus called suspect in salmon deaths   UPI / 4:44PM
    VICTORIA, British Columbia, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Salmon with genetic activity linked to a virus are less likely to survive migration from the ocean to spawning grounds in British Columbia, researchers say.
  • Brain-damaged man has uncertain future   UPI / 3:44PM
    CHICAGO, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- A brain-injured Chicago man with a dangerous lack of impulse control has fallen through the cracks in Illinois' social service network, his mother says.
  • Colleges assess 'students of concern'   UPI / 1:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Some U.S. colleges are keeping tabs on potentially dangerous students through "threat assessment teams" amid debate over students' rights, officials say.
  • Giffords progressing nicely, doctors say   UPI / 8:44AM
    TUCSON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Critically injured U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., has marked major milestones as she recovers from a gunshot wound to her head, doctors said.
  • New test may help finance search for cure   UPI / 12:54AM
    AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- The parents of a Texas child with a terminal disorder say they hope a genetic test they developed will help pay for a cure for the disorder.
  • Thursday, January 13

  • Room lights may affect sleep, hurt health   UPI / 11:14PM
    BOSTON, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Bedtime electrical lighting may affect sleep quality and health -- including blood pressure and glucose levels -- a U.S. researcher cautions.
  • CDC: New whooping cough vaccine advice   UPI / 10:14PM
    ATLANTA, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Federal health officials recommend U.S. adolescents and adults get the tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertussis vaccine.
  • By 2020, cancer care up by 27 percent   UPI / 5:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- A 27 percent increase in U.S. medical costs for treating cancer is projected by 2020 because of the aging population, U.S. health officials say.
  • Kids may have PTSD after natural disaster   UPI / 5:05PM
    MIAMI, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say children may need help coping with the aftermath of a natural disaster.
  • Report: Etta James suffering from dementia   UPI / 3:34PM
    RIVERSIDE, Calif., Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Music icon Etta James is suffering from dementia and undergoing treatment for leukemia, say court papers filed by her husband in California.
  • Backstreet Boys' McLean back in rehab   UPI / 3:05PM
    NEW YORK, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Backstreet Boys member A.J. McLean says he has entered a U.S. rehabilitation clinic for "personal reasons."
  • Two drugs better for high blood pressure?   UPI / 2:54PM
    LONDON, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- When it comes to treating high blood pressure, two drugs are better than one, British researchers say.
  • Parents of flu victim call for vaccination   UPI / 2:34PM
    BIRMINGHAM, England, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- The parents of a 3-year-old British girl who died of swine flu say all children should be vaccinated, while the British government has restricted its use.
  • Apology given India over 'New Delhi' bug   UPI / 12:24PM
    LONDON, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Naming a drug-resistant superbug after the Indian capital of New Delhi was an "error of judgment," the editor of a U.K. medical journal says.
  • Study: Ear infections rate antibiotics   UPI / 12:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- New studies say ear infections in children should be treated immediately with antibiotics, contradicting current "wait and see" treatments, researchers say.
  • China faces growing Alzheimer's problem   UPI / 12:05PM
    BEIJING, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- China has begun to make plans to deal with an exploding elderly population and an increase in cases of Alzheimer's disease, officials say.
  • Class drinking patterns, cirrhosis linked   UPI / 12:35AM
    DUNDEE, Scotland, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Death from liver cirrhosis may be linked more to drinking patterns than to social class, researchers in Scotland suggest.
  • Bottle rockets can cause eye injuries   UPI / 12:14AM
    NASHVILLE, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers report firecrackers known as bottle rockets can cause significant eye injuries in children.
  • Wednesday, January 12

  • Chlamydia linked to ectopic pregnancy   UPI / 11:24PM
    EDINBURGH, Scotland, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Women who have had the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia are at greater risk than others of an ectopic pregnancy, researchers in Scotland say.
  • Age-related macular degeneration declining   UPI / 8:04PM
    MADISON, Wis., Jan. 12 (UPI) -- The eye disease age-related macular degeneration has declined in the last 15 years, U.S. researchers say.
  • WHO battles malaria treatment resistance   UPI / 7:14PM
    GENEVA, Switzerland, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- The World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, says it has begun efforts to stop the spread of parasites resistant to the most potent malaria treatment.
  • Those with mental illness not more violent   UPI / 6:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- A person with a mental health condition is no more likely to be violent than any other person, a U.S. non-profit group says.
  • Scientists look for better rat poisons   UPI / 6:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Scientists are working on lethal baits that lure rats as effectively as the Pied Piper did in the children's classic fairy tale.
  • Tuesday, January 11

  • AHA: Learn CPR to graduate high school   UPI / 11:54PM
    NASHVILLE, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Members of a U.S. health group say training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and use of defibrillators should be a requirement for high school graduation.
  • Location a factor in colon screening gaps   UPI / 11:24PM
    DAVIS, Calif., Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Geography plays a key role in colon cancer screening disparities among non-whites, U.S. researchers say.
  • Complaints filed against French diet drug   UPI / 10:44PM
    PARIS, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- More than 100 court complaints in France allege intentional manslaughter and injury caused by a diet pill banned in 2009, a lawyer for the alleged victims says.
  • How resveratrol may help health   UPI / 9:04PM
    SAN ANTONIO, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. and Chinese researchers have been unraveling how a compound found in grapes -- resveratrol -- may bring a wide spectrum of health benefits.
  • Too much screen time can kill you early   UPI / 8:54PM
    LONDON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- More than 2 hours a day in front of the TV or computer can increase the risk of heart disease and premature death, a researcher in Britain says.
  • Children sickened at holiday center   UPI / 8:24PM
    MOSCOW, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Prosecutors in Russia's Altai region said they were trying to determine what caused an outbreak of typhoid fever at a children's holiday center.
  • Device blocks sound of dentist's drill   UPI / 8:05PM
    LONDON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- British researchers say a new device may cancel out the sound of dentists' drills, a noise that makes many people so anxious they don't seek dental care.
  • EPA issues chromium-6 guidance   UPI / 4:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday issued guidance about how public water systems can monitor and sample for the contaminant hexavalent chromium.
  • Infections decline in private ICU rooms   UPI / 4:05PM
    MONTREAL, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Hospital-acquired infections declined after intensive care unit rooms were converted to private rooms, researchers in Canada found.
  • Monday, January 10

  • Omega-3 may help protect brain from injury   UPI / 11:54PM
    MORGANTOWN, W.Va., Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Studies in animals suggest fish body oils -- believed protective for the heart -- may help protect against traumatic brain injury, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • U.S. diabetes doubled from 1996 to 2007   UPI / 10:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- About 19 million U.S. adults reported receiving diabetes treatment in 2007, more than double the 9 million who received care in 1996, health officials say.
  • Voter approved Calif. potfarms a no-go   UPI / 8:24PM
    OAKLAND, Calif., Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The threat of legal prosecution has led officials in Oakland and Berkeley, Calif., to slam the brakes on plans to develop medical marijuana farms.
  • Michael Douglas says tumor is gone   UPI / 7:54PM
    NEW YORK, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Michael Douglas says the cancerous tumor in his throat is gone after he had radiation and chemotherapy treatments.
  • Depression drugs may aid stroke recovery   UPI / 7:54PM
    TOULOUSE, France, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Depression drugs could help stroke victims re-establish motor skills in months as well as alleviate patients' depression, French researchers say.
  • Search for cancer 'biomarkers' described   UPI / 7:44PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Florida State University researchers say they're working to identify a variety of "biomarkers" that might give earlier warnings of certain cancers.
  • Some anti-psychotics lack proof they work   UPI / 6:44PM
    STANFORD, Calif., Jan. 10 (UPI) -- There is a lack of strong evidence that atypical anti-psychotic medications -- often used in nursing homes -- actually help, U.S. researchers say.
  • Publicist: Hardy's not Lohan's sober coach   UPI / 4:14PM
    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Tom Hardy's publicist says the British actor is not starlet Lindsay Lohan's sober mentor, contrary to a report claiming he is.
  • Sixth marijuana clinic opens in Vancouver   UPI / 1:24PM
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- A medical marijuana dispensary that opened Saturday in Vancouver, British Columbia, is the sixth in the city, its owner says.
  • Lead issue leads to suspension of official   UPI / 1:14AM
    BEIJING, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Chinese authorities said they suspended an environmental official in eastern Anhui province after elevated levels of lead were found in 228 children.
  • Sunday, January 9

  • Britain faces flu vaccine shortage   UPI / 9:54AM
    LONDON, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- British doctors say swine flu shots left from the 2009 pandemic won't protect the elderly from another form of flu that is rising sharply.
  • Simple, quick pre-diabetes test developed   UPI / 1:04AM
    INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- The hemoglobin A1c test can be quickly administered in a physician's office to accurately identify pre-diabetics, U.S. researchers say.
  • Saturday, January 8

  • High-fat diet ups breast cancer risk   UPI / 9:14PM
    PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Elevated fat and cholesterol levels -- common in the Western diet -- may increase the risk of breast cancer, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • Quitting smoking has immediate benefits   UPI / 8:24PM
    CHICAGO, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Quitting smoking has an immediate impact, with the risk of heart attack decreasing in the first 24 hours of the last cigarette puffed, U.S. researchers say.
  • Tomatoes may help prevent vascular disease   UPI / 8:14PM
    KYOTO, Japan, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- The compound, 9-oxo-octadecadienoic -- found in tomatoes -- may help prevent vascular diseases, researchers in Japan say.
  • Fewer people smoking in Britain   UPI / 7:54PM
    LONDON, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Smoking could become a thing of the past in much of the world by 2050, a report in Britain suggests.
  • Green tea protects against Alzheimer's   UPI / 1:24PM
    NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, England, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Regularly drinking green tea could help protect the brain against developing Alzheimer's and other illnesses, British researchers say.
  • Exercise may benefit prostate patients   UPI / 1:14PM
    BOSTON, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers have linked exercise and lower risk of death in prostate cancer patients.
  • Friday, January 7

  • Model helps predict drug's effect on fetus   UPI / 11:34PM
    BOSTON, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers have developed a model to help predict a drug's tendency to cause fetal malformations when taken by a pregnant woman.
  • Tree die-off presents human health risk   UPI / 8:05PM
    DURANGO, Colo., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- A recent die-off of aspen trees in the U.S. West has swelled the population of rodents that carry a virus that can be deadly to humans, researchers say.
  • Boulder, Colo., marijuana map goes public   UPI / 7:34PM
    BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Boulder, Colo., officials say they accidentally made public a map the city was using to identify locations of secret medical marijuana cultivation sites.
  • Doctors mull Zsa Zsa blood-clot options   UPI / 5:54PM
    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Zsa Zsa Gabor's husband has given doctors permission to perform risky surgery to treat a blood clot in the Hungarian-born actress' leg, TMZ said.
  • New U.S. fluoride levels proposed   UPI / 5:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. government plans to recommend lower levels of fluoride in drinking water because of increases in fluorosis, which can stain children's teeth.
  • New heart attack warning sign   UPI / 5:05PM
    FARMINGTON, Conn., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. cardiologists suggest a protein fragment detected in the blood may be a predictor of heart attack.
  • Optimists may show resiliency in battle   UPI / 5:05PM
    EAST LANSING, Mich., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Soldiers with the more positive outlook in combat zones show greater resiliency, U.S. researchers say.
  • Possible cancer 'suppressor' protein seen   UPI / 4:44PM
    MONTREAL, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Canadian researchers say they've discovered a key reason why cancer cells proliferate and spread to other parts of the body.
  • Circumcision seen as bar to disease   UPI / 4:05PM
    BALTIMORE, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Male circumcision, usually performed for religious or cultural reasons, could serve a health purpose in reducing the spread of disease, U.S. researchers say.
  • Studded tires may boost heart disease   UPI / 3:44PM
    LINKOPING, Sweden, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Studded tires, used to improve traction on icy roads, may boost the heart attack rate for motorists or those living near highways, Swedish researchers say.
  • Sisters released from Mississippi prison   UPI / 1:24PM
    JACKSON, Miss., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Two sisters who served 16 years in a Mississippi prison for their role in a robbery that netted less than $200 were released Friday, officials said.
  • Jailed Gov. Ryan visits dying wife   UPI / 1:14PM
    CHICAGO, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Federal prison officials in Terre Haute, Ind., allowed former Illinois Gov. George Ryan to visit his dying wife at a Kankakee, Ill., hospital, prosecutors said.
  • U.K. death toll from flu hits 50   UPI / 12:54PM
    LONDON, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Britain's Health Protection Agency says 11 more deaths from flu in the United Kingdom have brought the season's total to 50.
  • Thursday, January 6

  • Estrogen's role in head/neck cancer   UPI / 11:44PM
    PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers suggest estrogen may play a role in the increase of head/neck cancer among young women.
  • Restricting smoking in Europe effective   UPI / 11:14PM
    HOSPITALET, Spain, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Anti-tobacco laws enacted in Europe have resulted in less smoking and less exposure to secondhand smoke, researchers in Spain say.
  • Animal shelter workers need rabies vaccine   UPI / 9:34PM
    ATLANTA, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Workers at animal shelters should get the rabies vaccine series prior to starting their job because of the possibility of exposure, U.S. health officials say.
  • Vitamin D lack linked to a lung disease   UPI / 8:44PM
    CINCINNATI, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers link vitamin D deficiencies and the onset of autoimmune interstitial lung disease that affects tissues of the lungs instead of airways.
  • Calgary city council mulls fluoride debate   UPI / 8:24PM
    CALGARY, Alberta, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- A motion to remove fluoride from Calgary, Alberta's drinking water can't be decided by a vote of the city council, Calgary's mayor says.
  • Canada dealing with drug shortages   UPI / 4:14PM
    HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- A drug shortage in Canada has pharmacy customers leaving with only partially filled prescriptions or having to accept substitute medications, authorities said.
  • Dead man's family sues over tainted celery   UPI / 3:54PM
    SAN ANTONIO, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- A Texas produce company ordered to stop production because of tainted celery was sued by the family of a man who allegedly died from foodborne illness.
  • Study: Tablet splitting may be dangerous   UPI / 3:14PM
    GHENT, Belgium, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- People who split tablets may have serious consequences because tablets have a narrow margin between therapeutic and toxic doses, researchers in Belgium say.
  • Sailing accident rate high, but many minor   UPI / 12:34PM
    PROVIDENCE, R.I., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Seventy-nine percent of dinghy and keel sailors report at least one injury in the last year, but most of the injuries are minor, U.S. researchers say.
  • 2nd transplant candidate dies in Arizona   UPI / 11:05AM
    TUCSON, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- A transplant candidate, pulled from a waiting list because Arizona enacted sweeping budget cuts, has died, probably due to the cutbacks, a hospital said.
  • Birch bark may contain healing benefits   UPI / 1:04AM
    SHANGHAI, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- An ingredient in birch bark may have an array of metabolic benefits, researchers in Shanghai say.
  • China smoking problem worsening   UPI / 12:54AM
    BEIJING, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Health experts, noting a worsening smoking problem in China, Thursday raised their estimates of tobacco-related deaths to 3.5 million annually by 2030.
  • Health spending growth slowest in decades   UPI / 12:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. healthcare spending in 2009 rose 4 percent to $2.5 trillion -- a smaller rate of increase than the 4.7 percent growth rate in 2008, federal analysts say.
  • Wednesday, January 5

  • First guidelines for MRSA treatment   UPI / 9:14PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- A U.S. health group has issued guidelines to help physicians treat the "superbug" methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
  • Metabolic costs of human sleep loss   UPI / 8:54PM
    BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers calculate the "metabolic cost" of an adult missing a night's sleep as the equivalent of walking a little less than 2 miles.
  • China warns on overuse of antibiotics   UPI / 8:05PM
    BEIJING, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Health experts, warning against improper use of drugs, say more than a million Chinese children have been made deaf by misuse of the antibiotic streptomycin.
  • Screening for STDs debated after study   UPI / 7:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Ten percent of young adults who tested positive for common sexually transmitted diseases said they hadn't had sex during the previous 12 months, a study found.
  • Fewer Canadians choosing to get flu shot   UPI / 5:54PM
    TORONTO, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Doctors in Canada say as the flu season gets under way fewer Canadians are choosing to get flu shots, a trend they call worrisome.
  • Canadians going online for health info   UPI / 4:34PM
    OTTAWA, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Many Canadians are turning to the Internet with questions about health and lifestyle, and a majority who do say they trust the information they find.
  • Defibrillator implant usage questioned   UPI / 3:44PM
    DURHAM, N.C., Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Many patients receiving an implantable defibrillator to prevent life-threatening arrhythmias were not good candidates to receive the device, a study suggests.
  • Raw milk sold as 'body lotion'   UPI / 4:14AM
    CHILLIWACK, British Columbia, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- A Canadian raw-milk dairy ordered to stop selling unpasteurized milk for human consumption is rebranding the product as a "body lotion."
  • You may eat more trans fat than you think   UPI / 2:14AM
    CLEVELAND, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- If a food has .49 grams of trans fat per serving the label can list trans fat as zero but a few servings provide more than you should eat, U.S. researchers say.
  • Depression, diabetes, heart disease linked   UPI / 12:14AM
    BOSTON, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Women with depression and diabetes have a higher risk than others of death from heart disease, a six-year study found, U.S. researchers say.
  • Mothers are key to HPV vaccination   UPI / 12:05AM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Mothers play a key role in who gets vaccinated against human papillomavirus, researchers at Ohio State University in Columbus say.
  • Tuesday, January 4

  • Half of U.S. teens report abuse, crime   UPI / 9:34PM
    DURHAM, N.H., Jan. 4 (UPI) -- More than 45 percent of U.S. youth reported to authorities at least one instance of violence, abuse, crime or bullying in the past year, researchers say.
  • Tonsillectomy guidelines issued   UPI / 7:44PM
    NEW YORK, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- New guidelines provide recommendations for the care and management of children ages 1-18 years considered for a tonsillectomy, U.S. researchers say.
  • How to start eating healthier   UPI / 6:05PM
    DALLAS, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- It is much easier to follow through on the New Year's resolution to eat healthier if you create the right environment, U.S. dietitians say.
  • Facial bones age as well as skin, tissue   UPI / 5:54PM
    ROCHESTER, N.Y., Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Plastic surgeons say changes in the skin and tissue give the face that aged look, but U.S. researchers say facial bones contribute to aging too.
  • Church's communion wafers carried virus   UPI / 5:24PM
    MASSAPEQUA, N.Y., Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Health officials in New York are urging worshipers at a Long Island Catholic church to get vaccinations for hepatitis A this week.
  • TB may raise lung cancer risk   UPI / 2:34PM
    TAICHUNG, Taiwan, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Evidence indicates tuberculosis patients are at greater risk of getting lung cancer, researchers in Taiwan say.
  • Mediterranean diet slows cognitive decline   UPI / 1:54PM
    CHICAGO, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- The Mediterranean diet, which reduces the risk of heart disease, some cancers and diabetes, may also reduce cognitive decline, U.S. researchers say.
  • China reports five-year progress   UPI / 12:05AM
    BEIJING, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- China, despite challenges, enjoyed over 10 percent annual GDP growth and made progress in "socialist democracy" in the past five years, official media said.
  • Monday, January 3

  • Tumor cell cancer test called promising   UPI / 11:44PM
    BOSTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Johnson & Johnson and Massachusetts General Hospital say they are developing and marketing a blood test that could find a single cancer cell in blood.
  • Women veterans asked to comment on VA   UPI / 11:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Women veterans are being asked to participate in an online survey for the American Legion about the VA healthcare system, Legion officials say.
  • Japan on alert after finding dead birds   UPI / 11:14PM
    TOKYO, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Recent discovery of several dead migratory birds in Japan has raised concerns about H5NI avian influenza, avian experts said.
  • Pfizer anti-smoking drug demand soars   UPI / 10:54PM
    TOKYO, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer says it underestimated demand for its anti-smoking drug among Japanese seeking to quit cigarettes.
  • U.K. eyes alternative, cheaper use of drug   UPI / 7:44PM
    LONDON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Britain's National Health Service says it wants access to an inexpensive drug to combat a leading cause of blindness despite drug companies' resistance.
  • Fighting SAD and winter fatigue   UPI / 6:34PM
    BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Six in 100 Americans suffer from seasonal affective disorder and 50 percent of U.S. adults report winter fatigue, a specialist in alternative medicine says.
  • Pedometer can result in more walking   UPI / 6:24PM
    BANNOCKBURN, Ill., Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Using a pedometer can increase physical activity by about 2,000 steps daily that can make all the difference in weight loss, a U.S. pedometer maker says.
  • New Zealand: No treatment for some cancers   UPI / 4:05PM
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- New Zealand says a shortage of oncologists means patients with certain kinds of cancers will not be referred to specialists or be eligible for chemotherapy.
  • David Arquette is in rehab   UPI / 1:34PM
    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- David Arquette's publicist says the Hollywood actor has checked himself into rehab for alcohol addiction.
  • Mental illness growing for Asian-Americans   UPI / 12:54PM
    HOUSTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Mental illness in the Houston Asian-American community is growing and more severe than ever, health experts say, and studies show the problem is nationwide.
  • Exercise drops risk of colon cancer death   UPI / 1:04AM
    ST. LOUIS, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say there is yet another reason to exercise -- a lower risk of dying from colon cancer.
  • Foot-mouth disease spreads in S. Korea   UPI / 12:44AM
    SEOUL, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Two cases of foot-and-mouth disease were reported at separate livestock farms in South Korea, raising concerns about the spread of the contagion.
  • Sunday, January 2

  • Obama signs Sept. 11 workers' health bill   UPI / 7:34PM
    HONOLULU, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama Sunday signed the health bill for Sept. 11 workers while on vacation in Hawaii, the White House said.
  • Virus outbreak closes Welsh hospital   UPI / 4:54PM
    SWANSEA, Wales, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- A hospital in Wales is not accepting new patients and is closed to most visitors following an outbreak of a virus that causes gastroenteritis, officials said.
  • Saturday, January 1

  • Alzheimer's patients given choices   UPI / 9:34PM
    PHOENIX, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- An Arizona nursing home has found that allowing Alzheimer's patients freedom to eat and sleep when they want makes them happier and easier to care for.
  • Flu vaccine shortage disrupts British care   UPI / 4:44PM
    LONDON, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- A sudden flu outbreak in Britain has caused a vaccine shortage and forced cancellation of surgeries, hospital officials say.
  • Doctor: Hospital care not as good at night   UPI / 3:44PM
    LONDON, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Women don't get the same quality of obstetric care when they give birth at night, one of Britain's top maternity doctors said.
  • Phoenix sets zoning for medical pot sites   UPI / 1:54PM
    PHOENIX, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Phoenix is setting zoning rules to regulate the medical marijuana system Arizona voters legalized in November, officials said.
  • U.S. not ready for 'silver tsunami'   UPI / 12:24AM
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Jan. 1 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers point out 2011 ushers in the first baby boomers -- those born between l946 and 1964 -- turning age 65.
  • 'The King's Speech' wrong on stuttering   UPI / 12:04AM
    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Dec. 31 (UPI) -- In the British movie, "The King's Speech," stuttering was thought to be psychological, but a speech specialist says stuttering is caused by brain differences.
  • Friday, December 31

  • Earache symptoms observable in youngest   UPI / 10:24PM
    PITTSBURGH, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Doctors need to focus on observable earache symptoms in children who don't yet speak, U.S. researchers say.
  • Family dog chews off girl's toes   UPI / 4:24PM
    JOLIET, Ill., Dec. 31 (UPI) -- A dog that chewed the toes of an Illinois girl with spina bifida while she slept was behaving naturally, animal control officers say.
  • Parents: Sick girl waited 5 hours for care   UPI / 4:14PM
    PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 31 (UPI) -- A California couple say they waited for five hours in a hospital emergency room while a deadly infection ravaged their daughter's body.
  • Woman denied visa to see dying daughter   UPI / 2:14PM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- An Ohio woman dying of cancer says her mother in Honduras, 79, has been unable to get a U.S. visa for a last visit because officials fear she might stay.
  • Woman dies from liposuction complications   UPI / 10:24AM
    LAUDERHILL, Fla., Dec. 31 (UPI) -- A Florida woman whose resolution for 2011 was to look good died after undergoing liposuction to remove fat from her waist, her husband said.
  • Suggested '10 charitable donation -- blood   UPI / 1:04AM
    DALLAS, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- As people make year-end charitable donations, a U.S. pathologist recommends making a pledge to give the gift that keeps on giving -- blood.
  • Patients should be told of sleepy doctors   UPI / 12:14AM
    NEW YORK, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- An editorial in a U.S. journal argues that patients should have notice that their physician may be sleep-deprived.
  • Thursday, December 30

  • Electronic medical records of limited help   UPI / 11:34PM
    SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. hospitals using basic electronic health records provided better care for patients with heart failure but not heart attack or pneumonia, researchers say.
  • Simple trap could combat dengue fever   UPI / 6:34PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- A simple trap resembling a trash can that lures pregnant mosquitoes could help stop the spread of dengue fever, U.S. researchers say.
  • 4th held in beating of Russian protester   UPI / 12:24PM
    KHIMKI, Russia, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Police near Moscow say they arrested a fourth suspect in a baseball-bat attack on an environmental activist who opposed clear-cutting a forest for a highway.
  • Killebrew says he has esophageal cancer   UPI / 11:14AM
    MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Harmon Killebrew, whose Hall of Fame baseball career included 573 home runs, says he has esophageal cancer.
  • Governor suspends sisters' life sentences   UPI / 7:44AM
    JACKSON, Miss., Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he will suspend the sentences of two sisters serving life in prison if one is willing to donate a kidney to the other.
  • Start year with mental health screening   UPI / 1:05AM
    BOSTON, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- The start of a new year is a perfect time to take stock of your emotions and address mental health issues, a U.S. psychiatrist advises.
  • Wednesday, December 29

  • One hormone may help several ills   UPI / 9:34PM
    DALLAS, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say future treatment of a number of diseases -- including heart disease and diabetes -- may be linked to one hormone.
  • Epilepsy risk higher in those 50 and older   UPI / 9:14PM
    NEW YORK, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Those age 50 and older are at greater risk of developing epilepsy than those under the age of 50, a U.S. researcher suggests.
  • Rescuers search for California snowboarder   UPI / 8:24PM
    TAHOE CITY, Calif., Dec. 29 (UPI) -- More than a dozen rescuers fought 35 inches of new snow in their ongoing search for a missing California snowboarder, authorities say.
  • Canada's response to H1N1 effective   UPI / 8:24PM
    OTTAWA, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Canadian health officials say their actions during the H1N1 pandemic were effective but communications were a challenge among jurisdictions and time zones.
  • Mom, newborn die of swine flu in Scotland   UPI / 8:14PM
    PRESTON, Scotland, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- A Scottish mother and her newborn died from swine flu during the holidays and another new mother is struggling to hang on, hospital officials said.
  • DNA involvement in heart rhythms found   UPI / 7:44PM
    BALTIMORE, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- DNA sequence variations associated with abnormal heart rhythms that can cause heart damage and sudden death have been identified, a U.S. researcher says.
  • Haitian rice farmers won't farm   UPI / 7:34PM
    UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Haitian rice farmers may lose part of their crop due to fear of working in possibly cholera-contaminated paddy fields, a United Nations organization said.
  • 'Spider-Man' actor released from hospital   UPI / 5:14PM
    NEW YORK, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Christopher Tierney, who was seriously hurt last week while performing in Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark," has left the hospital, his father said.
  • DMX admitted to jail mental health unit   UPI / 3:24AM
    PHOENIX, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Jailed rapper DMX has been moved to the Arizona Department of Corrections Flamenco Mental Health Unit at Alhambra, prison officials said.
  • Powerful people may feel power over cancer   UPI / 1:14AM
    CHICAGO, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- People who feel powerful are more likely to believe they can beat cancer if it's described in anthropomorphist, or human, terms, U.S. researchers say.
  • Tuesday, December 28

  • Study seeks improved prostate cancer test   UPI / 8:54PM
    SAN ANTONIO, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they are studying biological clues called biomarkers that predict whether a man will get prostate cancer and if it requires treatment.
  • An infant formula closer to breast milk   UPI / 8:44PM
    PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers suggest infant formulas with protein hydrolysate may be closer to breast milk.
  • Study looks at obesity, apnea, indigestion   UPI / 8:44PM
    OKLAHOMA CITY, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Researchers in the United States say they are studying a potentially life-threatening correlation among sleep apnea, obesity and indigestion.
  • Lindsay Lohan to leave rehab next week   UPI / 8:34PM
    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Actress Lindsay Lohan is to leave California's Betty Ford rehabilitation facility Tuesday, sources told TMZ.
  • Allergic? Dust often, with a mask   UPI / 2:44PM
    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill., Dec. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. allergy experts say indoor allergy and asthma triggers can include not only dust, pet dander and mold but noxious fumes from an attached garage.
  • Monday, December 27

  • Vegetarian diet better for kidney disease   UPI / 11:14PM
    INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- A U.S. doctor says phosphorus levels stay lower in kidney disease patients who eat a vegetarian diet.
  • Blinded Calif., sea lion gets nurturing   UPI / 9:44PM
    SAUSALITO, Calif., Dec. 27 (UPI) -- California marine wildlife experts say they are looking for a home for Silent Knight, a sea lion found on a beach blinded in both eyes by a gunshot blast.
  • Genetic testing for melanoma in kids   UPI / 9:05PM
    SALT LAKE CITY, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Most parents at higher risk of melanoma favor genetic testing of their children, U.S. researchers say.
  • Prostate choice may over-focus on age   UPI / 8:14PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers suggest age may play too key a role in prostate cancer treatment among older men.
  • Alberta urged to battle syphilis rates   UPI / 7:34PM
    CALGARY, Alberta, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Alberta must open more sexual health clinics and require condom machines in bars to combat a rising rate of syphilis, the province's top health official says.
  • Former Jaguar Frase's son dies at 15   UPI / 1:24PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Dec. 27 (UPI) -- The 15-year-old son of former Jacksonville Jaguars lineman Paul Frase died of a rare disease afflicting only about 400 people in the world, the family said.
  • NYC needs blood donations   UPI / 2:05AM
    NEW YORK, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Despite a snowstorm that may leave more than a foot of snow in New York City, the New York Blood Center says it still needs 2,000 people a day to give blood.
  • 'Un-growth hormone' may fight aging   UPI / 1:24AM
    ST. LOUIS, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- A U.S. physician says research indicates a compound acting in the opposite way as growth hormone may reverse some signs of aging.
  • Smoking may worsen cancer pain   UPI / 12:14AM
    COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher suggests smoking may be associated with greater feelings of pain by patients with a wide range of cancer types and in all stages.
  • Saturday, December 25

  • Holidays good time to get medical history   UPI / 8:54PM
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Dec. 25 (UPI) -- A University of Alabama genetics counselor advises taking advantage of holidays and other family reunions to get family medical history.
  • How to tell if elderly relatives need care   UPI / 8:24PM
    MELROSE PARK, Ill., Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Holiday time may be the only time of year some elderly relatives are visited and too often these family reunions end up at the hospital, a U.S. doctor says.
  • Friday, December 24

  • Holidays may put emotionally fragile on edge   UPI / 8:34PM
    MELROSE PARK, Ill., Dec. 24 (UPI) -- If a friend or relative shuns holiday events, is angry, uses alcohol or drugs to excess, misses work or sleeps too much they may need help, a U.S. doctor says.
  • Why exercise helps the heart   UPI / 5:44PM
    BOSTON, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Although doctors know exercise benefits the heart, U.S. researchers say they now have a better understanding of how it does so.
  • When it's a blue, blue Christmas   UPI / 4:24PM
    CHICAGO, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- A U.S. psychiatrist says for many the holidays can be a very unmerry time of year, but there are things people can do to lift their spirits.
  • Study: Bat cull won't stop disease crisis   UPI / 2:44PM
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 24 (UPI) -- A proposal to cull bat populations will not halt the spread of a disease that has killed a million bats in the United States since 2006, a study says.
  • Mobs killing voodoo doctors for cholera   UPI / 8:34AM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- At least 45 people, most allegedly voodoo priests, have been lynched in Haiti since the beginning of a cholera epidemic, officials said.
  • Stress may make the ordinary memorable   UPI / 1:54AM
    NEW YORK, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- A team of Czech and U.S. researchers suggests stress enhances the ability to remember ordinary, unrelated activities.
  • Exercise, vitamin D help prevent falls   UPI / 1:14AM
    PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Exercise and vitamin D supplements top the list of primary care interventions that help prevent falls in older adults, a U.S. researcher says.
  • Thursday, December 23

  • CDC: Influenza low, gaining in southeast   UPI / 11:44PM
    ATLANTA, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. influenza activity from Oct. 3 to Dec. 11 was low overall, with co-circulation of influenza A (H3N2), 2009 A (H1N1) and B viruses, health officials say.
  • Doctor: Think twice before taking folate   UPI / 10:24PM
    HOUSTON, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- A U.S. cancer doctor suggests rethinking the policy of everyone taking some extra folate because it could increase cancer risk.
  • Tennis elbow: Use training, not drugs   UPI / 10:14PM
    GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- A Swedish researcher advises treating tennis elbow with training and ergonomic advice rather than anti-inflammatory drugs and cortisone shots.
  • Wood stoves in Germany shortens lives   UPI / 9:24PM
    BERLIN, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Scientists say fine dust particles from single-room combustion wood-burning stoves and boilers are reducing average German life expectancy.
  • Alternative remedies seen as risk to young   UPI / 7:54PM
    MELBOURNE, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Alternative remedies can have dangerous, and perhaps fatal, side effects, especially for vulnerable groups like children, Australian health experts say.
  • 10 deaths from flu in England this week   UPI / 5:44PM
    LONDON, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- At least 10 people have died this week from influenza in England, with the H1N1 strain of the virus blamed for most of the deaths, health officials say.
  • FDA approves vaccine for anal cancer   UPI / 5:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it has approved a vaccine to prevent anal cancer caused by the human papilloma virus.
  • Placebos work even if people know about it   UPI / 3:04PM
    BOSTON, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Even knowing a drug is a placebo --"dummy pill"-- does not keep it from working, U.S. researchers say.
  • TB spread in prisons, ups TB elsewhere   UPI / 1:24AM
    VERCELLI, Italy, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- The spread of tuberculosis in prisons increases the incidence of tuberculosis in the general population, researchers in Italy and Britain say.
  • Wednesday, December 22

  • Some suffer hip replacement angst   UPI / 9:24PM
    GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- A Swedish researcher suggests at least 5 percent of hip replacement patients reported no improvement.
  • Senate, House OK 9/11 responders bill   UPI / 6:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. House approved a bill that would provide $4.2 billion to first responders with health problems after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks in New York.
  • South Korea fights foot-and-mouth outbreak   UPI / 12:24PM
    SEOUL, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- South Korea says it will begin vaccinating livestock to stem an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease that has forced the destruction of thousands of animals.
  • Most fail to see tanning bed-cancer link   UPI / 1:14AM
    MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Just 13 percent of U.S. women and 4 percent of men understand tanning beds should be avoided as a skin cancer risk, researchers say.
  • Tuesday, December 21

  • Snoring has high socio-economic costs   UPI / 10:34PM
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Danish researchers say the high socio-economic costs of sleep disorders rise when disorders go untreated.
  • Blacks have higher liver cancer mortality   UPI / 8:44PM
    ANN ARBOR, Mich., Dec. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say African-American early stage liver cancer patients are more likely than others to die.
  • Allstate sues doctors, drivers in Nevada   UPI / 5:05PM
    LAS VEGAS, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Allstate Insurance charged medical professionals and others in Nevada of driving up company costs with fraudulent medical claims, court papers show.
  • Woman charged: Faked cancer for insurance   UPI / 4:24PM
    CANONSBURG, Pa., Dec. 21 (UPI) -- A woman faked cancer to defraud an insurance company of nearly $100,000, a complaint by the Pennsylvania attorney general's office alleges.
  • FDA warns of possible E. coli in cheese   UPI / 4:24PM
    SEATTLE, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Federal officials say cheeses from a Washington company have been identified as the possible source of an E. coli outbreak in Washington and Oregon.
  • Korean vaginal steam baths come West   UPI / 4:05PM
    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Vaginal steam baths, an allegedly therapeutic procedure popular in Korea, is gaining a toehold in the West, its supporters say.
  • What to ask about medical tests   UPI / 2:05AM
    PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Every time a doctor orders a test, the patient should ask what the test will show, why the test is ordered and when results are expected, a doctor advises.
  • Poor have worst asthma symptoms   UPI / 1:54AM
    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Those living in poverty sufferer more from asthma than those with higher incomes, U.S. researchers said.
  • Holidays drinks: More calories than burger   UPI / 1:34AM
    CHICAGO, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- A regular hamburger at McDonald's has fewer calories than some holiday drinks, a registered dietitian at Loyola University Health System warns.
  • XMRV not chronic fatigue syndrome cause   UPI / 12:14AM
    LONDON, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Researchers at the University College London say chronic fatigue syndrome is not caused by the virus XMRV, but it may be caused by another virus.
  • CDC warns on holiday travel to Haiti   UPI / 12:14AM
    ATLANTA, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- People planning to travel to Haiti or the Dominican Republic for the holidays should protect themselves from cholera, U.S. health officials advise.
  • Monday, December 20

  • Study: Read to critical care newborns   UPI / 9:24PM
    MONTREAL, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Canadian researchers advise parents to read aloud to their newborns in hospital intensive care units.
  • Cancer contaminant found in Ill. tap water   UPI / 6:54PM
    CHICAGO, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- An environmental group say high levels of a form of chromium metal linked to cancer has been found in Chicago tap water.
  • Proteins involved in brain disease ID'd   UPI / 6:05PM
    LONDON, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- U.K. scientists say they've isolated proteins involved in more than 130 brain diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, suggesting possible new treatment paths.
  • Beetroot juice may aid elderly be active   UPI / 3:24PM
    EXETER, England, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Beetroot juice, known to enable athletes to exercise 16 percent longer, may also help the elderly or those with heart/lung conditions, British researchers say.
  • Tree disease linked to rise in Lyme ticks   UPI / 1:44PM
    SANTA CRUZ, Calif., Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Scientists say a tree disease killing large swaths of California's coastal forests may be linked to an increase of human cases of tick-borne Lyme disease.
  • Sunday, December 19

  • Study: Fruits and vegetables save lives   UPI / 8:14PM
    OXFORD, England, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Researchers say if Britons adhered to current British dietary recommendations, 33,000 lives could be saved yearly.
  • Teaching hospital system safety questioned   UPI / 7:34PM
    DALLAS, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Teaching hospitals treat about half of U.S. inpatients, but government data reveals little about their safety records.
  • Kennedy to tackle mental health issues   UPI / 4:05PM
    PROVIDENCE, R.I., Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy, leaving Congress after eight terms representing Rhode Island, says he wants to launch "The Next Frontier" in mental health treatment.
  • Painful truth: Pain difficult to treat   UPI / 2:44PM
    INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Treating chronic pain is not only painful to the patient, it can be a pain for healthcare professionals as well, U.S. researchers say.
  • Pet Parade: Fat pets (and humans)   UPI / 5:44AM
    A recent trip to the vet confirmed what we had suspected -- both of our dogs are getting fat.
  • Study: Spirituality helps to halt drinking   UPI / 12:04AM
    BOSTON, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say spirituality can have positive effects on those trying to quit alcohol.
  • Saturday, December 18

  • Early Alzheimer's tests a mixed bargain   UPI / 12:44PM
    NEW YORK, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- New tests are finding diseases like Alzheimer's at earlier stages, but treatment is not keeping pace, posing ethical dilemmas, U.S. researchers say.
  • Garlic may aid against hip osteoarthritis   UPI / 12:34AM
    LONDON, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- A diet high in allium vegetables -- garlic, onions and leeks -- may help protect against hip osteoarthritis, British researchers say.
  • Friday, December 17

  • U.N. panel to search for cholera source   UPI / 8:34PM
    UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- The United Nations announced Friday the creation of an independent panel of scientific experts to explore the source of the cholera epidemic in Haiti.
  • Navratilova may have avoided hospital   UPI / 8:05PM
    EDINBURGH, Scotland, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Prior acclimatization to higher altitudes can prevent acute mountain sickness, which recently struck tennis icon Martina Navratilova, Scottish researchers say.
  • Britain urges flu shots for those at risk   UPI / 7:14PM
    LONDON, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- British health officials are urging the government to persuade those in "at risk" categories for flu to get immunized to stave off a crisis.
  • 'Do not board' list fails three times   UPI / 1:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- At least three people with infectious diseases were able to board passenger planes even though their names were on a "do not board" list, U.S. officials said.
  • Oregon Sen. Wyden out for cancer surgery   UPI / 9:54AM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Surgery for prostate cancer will force Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., to miss important votes in the Senate, officials said.
  • Thursday, December 16

  • H.S. concussions from player contact   UPI / 11:14PM
    BOSTON, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Seventy-six percent of U.S. high-school athletics concussions were caused by contact with another player, usually a head-to-head collision, researchers say.
  • Hospita shootings rare, assaults frequent   UPI / 10:24PM
    BALTIMORE, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. doctors say shootings in hospitals are rare but the rate of other assaults is four times that of other workplaces.
  • Study questions quality of ADHD care   UPI / 10:05PM
    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say Medicaid-funded treatment is failing children with attention-deficit/hyper-activity disorder.
  • Hypertension, obesity among Iraqi refugees   UPI / 9:14PM
    ATLANTA, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Iraqi refugees in San Diego County, Calif., have some infectious conditions but many have chronic diseases similar to those afflicting Americans, officials say.
  • Stem cell HIV 'cure' called too radical   UPI / 7:54PM
    MIAMI, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Doctors in Berlin say they have cured an American patient of HIV and leukemia using stem cells, but experts warn a general therapeutic cure is years away.
  • EU lawmakers: Ban visas for 60 Russians   UPI / 3:14PM
    STRASBOURG, France, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- European Union lawmakers Thursday called on the 27-nation bloc to sanction Russian officials linked to the prison death of corporate lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.
  • FDA pulls plug on breast cancer drug   UPI / 1:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. federal regulators said Thursday they were going to revoke approval of the widely-used drug Avastin for use in treating patients with breast cancer.
  • Former Canadian official has lung disease   UPI / 12:54PM
    CALGARY, Alberta, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Ralph Klein, former premier of Alberta, Canada, has an incurable lung disease, officials said.
  • Avoiding Mother Nature's hand winter wrath   UPI / 2:05AM
    DALLAS, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Redness, blisters, cracking or itching on hands may lead to dyshidrotic eczema or hand eczema but a U.S. dermatologist says the conditions are preventable.
  • Milk not a heart risk   UPI / 12:24AM
    BOSTON, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Drinking three glasses of milk per day may lead to an 18 percent decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, a review by U.S. and Dutch researchers found.
  • Wednesday, December 15

  • Aretha home from hospital after surgery   UPI / 9:35PM
    DETROIT, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. singer Aretha Franklin, home from the hospital after undergoing surgery nearly two weeks ago, says her "family and friends are taking great care of me."
  • CDC: Food sickens 48 million annually   UPI / 5:54PM
    ATLANTA, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- About 48 million people get sick from foodborne illnesses each year, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die each year, U.S. health officials estimate.
  • 'Fetal rights' mom: Drug rehab a 'miracle'   UPI / 5:24PM
    WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- A Canadian woman involved in a landmark fetal rights case in 1996 says facing forced drug treatment led to the "miracle" of her getting free from addiction.
  • Doctor: Sales people in operating room   UPI / 3:24PM
    BALTIMORE, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Salespeople for a medical stent maker were allowed inside a treatment room at a Baltimore hospital as procedures were being performed, a doctor says.
  • Jury punishes tobacco firm for giveaways   UPI / 12:05PM
    BOSTON, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- A Massachusetts jury has held a tobacco company liable for the death of a Boston woman who said she was given free Newport cigarettes at age 9.
  • Higher co-pay, less cancer therapy   UPI / 1:44AM
    NEW YORK, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers have linked higher health insurance co-payments with less breast cancer therapy compliance.
  • Tuesday, December 14

  • Brain memory 'booster' identified   UPI / 9:24PM
    IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they've identified a protein that boosts memory, a finding that could be benefit people with cognitive disorders.
  • No charges expected in Sheen's hotel case   UPI / 8:04PM
    NEW YORK, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Charlie Sheen will not face charges for an alleged incident at a posh New York hotel last October, law enforcement sources told TMZ Tuesday.
  • If pregnant, don't delay cancer treatment   UPI / 5:14PM
    SAN ANTONIO, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- A researcher in Germany says pregnant women with breast cancer should not delay cancer treatment out of concern for the baby.
  • U.S. adults living one less healthy year   UPI / 3:44PM
    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- University of Southern California researchers say American adults can expect to live one less healthy year over the course of their lives.
  • Pomegranate may curb cancer spread   UPI / 3:34PM
    PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers suggest components in pomegranate juice help inhibit prostate cancer cells from spreading.
  • 'Dexter' stars Hall, Carpenter divorcing   UPI / 9:54AM
    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Hollywood television stars Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter have announced they are divorcing after nearly two years of marriage.
  • Monday, December 13

  • Help for carotid artery disease catch-22   UPI / 9:34PM
    DALLAS, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Untreated carotid disease can cause a stroke and artery surgery to fix it can too, but U.S. doctors say there are clues to avoid this medical catch-22.
  • Diabetic men 'grow your own transplant'   UPI / 7:05PM
    PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say it may be possible for men who have type 1 diabetes to "grow their own transplants" for new insulin-producing islet cells.
  • Stem cells turned into intestinal tissue   UPI / 5:54PM
    CINCINNATI, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they've made human stem cells become functional human intestinal tissue in the laboratory.
  • Study: Apartment children face smoke risks   UPI / 2:05PM
    BOSTON, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Children who live in apartment buildings are more subject to secondhand smoke contamination than those who live in houses, a U.S. study says.
  • Tuberculosis returning to Canadian Arctic   UPI / 1:35PM
    IQALUIT, Nunavut, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Canadian health officials say there has been an alarming rise in tuberculosis among indigenous people in the arctic.
  • Palin concludes tour of Haiti   UPI / 12:54PM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Americans shouldn't forget about Haiti and the devastation remaining from a monster earthquake in January, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said.
  • Jennifer Grey's back surgery a success   UPI / 12:14PM
    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Hollywood actress and reigning "Dancing with the Stars" champ Jennifer Grey has successfully undergone back surgery, her doctor said.
  • Sunday, December 12

  • Holbrooke's critical condition unchanged   UPI / 3:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Senior diplomat Richard Holbrooke remains critically ill in a Washington hospital, White House adviser David Axelrod said Sunday.
  • Knee infection: Infrequent but a danger   UPI / 1:54AM
    LUND, Sweden, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- A Swedish researcher warns as the number of knee replacements increases so does the risk of infections.
  • Heart failure, low education linked   UPI / 1:44AM
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Danish researchers have linked lower levels of education with increased risks of heart failure.
  • Cancer: Location, location, location   UPI / 12:54AM
    ANN ARBOR, Mich., Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Living in certain neighborhoods may increase the risk of developing cancer, U.S. researchers say.
  • A whey to reduce high blood pressure   UPI / 12:05AM
    SPOKANE, Wash., Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Supplementing diet with whey-based protein may help reduce high blood pressure, a U.S. researcher says.
  • Saturday, December 11

  • Cranberry juice may not stop infections   UPI / 11:44PM
    ANN ARBOR, Mich., Dec. 11 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher says cranberry juice may be no more effective than a placebo against urinary tract infections.
  • Teens with asthma offered help at school   UPI / 11:34PM
    NEW YORK, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- A school-based educational program helps teens cope with asthma, U.S. researchers say.
  • Vitamin D has U-shaped link with frailty   UPI / 10:54PM
    MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers found a U-shaped relationship between vitamin D levels and frailty in older women+.
  • Health Canada warns about hair relaxers   UPI / 9:24PM
    OTTAWA, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Some hair relaxers being sold in Canada have concentrations of formaldehyde many times the level permitted in the country, Health Canada says.
  • Key diplomat Holbrooke gravely ill   UPI / 12:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Top U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke is in critical condition at a Washington, D.C., hospital after heart surgery, the State Department said Saturday.
  • Friday, December 10

  • Judge tosses LA medical pot ordinance   UPI / 11:44PM
    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- A judge issued a ruling Friday banning Los Angeles from enforcing a moratorium on new medical marijuana dispensaries.
  • Alzheimer's, heart attacks share gene   UPI / 11:24PM
    BOLOGNA, Italy, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- A researcher in Italy says Alzheimer's disease and heart attacks share a common genetic base.
  • Still time to get influenza vaccine   UPI / 9:34PM
    NEW YORK, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Only 18 percent of older New Yorkers with health insurance and a healthcare provider say they got a flu shot last flu season, health officials say.
  • Pfizer withdraws hypertension drug   UPI / 8:24PM
    NEW YORK, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Pfizer Inc. says it has withdrawn its Thelin hypertension drug from Europe and other regions after reports of at least three deaths from liver damage.
  • Frogs shows signs of comeback from disease   UPI / 8:05PM
    NEWCASTLE, Australia, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Frogs in Australia and the United States may be recovering from a fungal disease that has decimated amphibian populations around the world, researchers say.
  • White House: Obama tobacco-free 9 months   UPI / 7:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Two wars, an ongoing financial crisis and declining popularity have helped U.S. President Barack Obama stay away from cigarettes, the White House said Friday.
  • Have mammogram first week of cycle   UPI / 7:54PM
    SEATTLE, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher suggests scheduling mammograms during the first week of the menstrual cycle may help improve the efficacy of the exam.
  • Haitian cholera strain called deadlier   UPI / 7:54PM
    BOSTON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- The cholera strain devastating Haiti carries a mutation that makes it more intense and could allow it to spread further, U.S. researchers say.
  • India announces decline in polio cases   UPI / 1:34PM
    NEW DELHI, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- India's health minister says cases of polio in the country dropped more than 90 percent this year.
  • Intervention helps autistic toddlers   UPI / 12:44AM
    BALTIMORE, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Early intervention programs for toddlers with autism spectrum disorders resulted in improvements in social and communication skills, U.S. researchers say.
  • Estrogen may reduce breast cancer risk   UPI / 12:14AM
    SAN ANTONIO, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Hormone replacement therapy that uses estrogen alone provides a protective effect in reducing breast cancer risk, U.S. researchers say.
  • Thursday, December 9

  • Hero cancer survivor pleads guilty   UPI / 10:05PM
    SURREY, British Columbia, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- A man who became famous in Canada as a cancer survivor after losing a leg at the age of 12 has pleaded guilty to possession of stolen property.
  • Stop Alzheimer's with the color purple   UPI / 9:14PM
    MANCHESTER, England, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- A British researcher suggests natural chelators -- most often found in purple fruits -- could help stop the progress of Alzheimer's disease.
  • Most U.S. children exposed to smoking   UPI / 7:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- More than half of U.S. children ages 3-11 are exposed to secondhand smoke -- mostly in the home -- which can cause immediate damage, a non-profit group says.
  • U.S. life expectancy drops slightly   UPI / 3:14PM
    ATLANTA, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. life expectancy at birth dropped slightly to 77.8 years from 77.9 years in 2007, federal health officials said Thursday.
  • Cousin: Aretha is doing 'really good'   UPI / 2:05PM
    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Aretha Franklin's cousin told the Detroit Free Press the ailing songstress is "doing really, really good."
  • Church to picket Elizabeth Edwards funeral   UPI / 12:24PM
    TOPEKA, Kan., Dec. 9 (UPI) -- An independent U.S. church known for preaching a gospel of hate said Thursday it would picket the funeral of Elizabeth Edwards who, it claims, is now in hell.
  • Pan Am bomber reportedly in coma   UPI / 8:14AM
    TRIPOLI, Libya, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- The health of the man convicted in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, has deteriorated and he is near death, friends said.
  • Wednesday, December 8

  • Low-dose aspirin helps detect colon cancer   UPI / 11:34PM
    HEIDELBERG, Germany, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- German researchers say ingestion of low-dose aspirin prior to the use of the fecal occult blood test could improve cancer detection.
  • Mentally ill more apt to commit suicide   UPI / 10:05PM
    LONDON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- People with psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia are 12 times more likely than others to commit suicide, researchers in Britain say.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis may signal heart risk   UPI / 9:05PM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Swedish researchers have linked rheumatoid arthritis to a greater risk of heart attack.
  • U.N. hostages released after a month   UPI / 7:24PM
    UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The United Nations says three Latvian helicopter crewmen working in Darfur for the agency's humanitarian air service have been freed after a month in captivity.
  • Report: Aretha has pancreatic cancer   UPI / 6:34PM
    DETROIT, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. singer Aretha Franklin, long revered as the Queen of Soul, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, WXYZ-TV, Detroit, reported Wednesday.
  • Milestone reached in disease research   UPI / 4:54PM
    EVANSTON, Ill., Dec. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they've reached a major milestone in ongoing efforts to wipe out some of the world's most lethal diseases.
  • Elizabeth Edwards' funeral Saturday   UPI / 2:24PM
    RALEIGH, N.C., Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Elizabeth Edwards, a national figure for her battle with cancer and her husband's campaign, will be buried Saturday in Raleigh, N.C., the funeral home said.
  • Detroit public housing to ban smoking   UPI / 1:05PM
    DETROIT, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Thousands of Detroit public housing residents may soon lose the right to smoke in their own homes.
  • Lawyers try to break tobacco suit glut   UPI / 10:44AM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Lawyers for tobacco companies and sick smokers are trying to resolve a glut of Florida cases that could take centuries to litigate.
  • Ex-first lady, Preval's pick in runoff   UPI / 10:05AM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Violence greeted the announcement Haitian President Rene Preval's choice for successor will be in a runoff with a former first lady, police said.
  • Men ages 75-95: Sex important, want more   UPI / 9:54AM
    PERTH, Australia, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- In a study of Australian men ages 75-95, if men are breathing, they consider sex important -- if medical conditions don't hold them back, researchers say.
  • Canada urged to stop asbestos export   UPI / 9:44AM
    MONTREAL, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Asian victims of a deadly cancer linked to asbestos exposure said they want the Canadian government to prohibit the expansion of an asbestos mine in Quebec.
  • Cholera report 'inconclusive'   UPI / 8:14AM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- U.N. officials are labeling as inconclusive a French doctor's report that Haiti's cholera epidemic probably originated with U.N. peacekeepers from Nepal.
  • WHO: Europe has heart lifestyle issues   UPI / 1:34AM
    SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, France, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- About 4 million people die annually in Europe from cardiovascular disease attributed to lifestyle rather than underlying medical conditions, a researcher says.
  • Concussion symptoms differ between sexes   UPI / 12:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Male and female U.S. high school athletes present different types of symptoms after experiencing a sport-related concussion, researchers say.
  • Cancer imaging shows tumor metabolism   UPI / 12:14AM
    CHICAGO, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers have developed a "window" into real-time tumor metabolism that could allow monitoring of a tumor's growth.
  • Tuesday, December 7

  • Supply affects vaccine disparities   UPI / 10:14PM
    ROCHESTER, N.Y., Dec. 7 (UPI) -- The gap in flu vaccination rates between elderly U.S. whites, African-Americans and Hispanics is made worse when there is vaccine shortage, researchers say.
  • Infant's biological clock may be seasonal   UPI / 9:24PM
    NASHVILLE, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- The season in which a baby is born may have a lasting effect on his or her biological clock and susceptibility to neurological disorders, U.S. researchers say.
  • CT imaging used to detect breast cancer   UPI / 8:34PM
    CHICAGO, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- New and improved Cone Beam Computed Tomography provides high-quality images to detect breast cancer and is easier on women, a U.S. researcher says.
  • Important multiple sclerosis research find   UPI / 8:34PM
    EDINBURGH, Scotland, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Scottish researchers say a discovery involving stem cells may lead to reversing nerve damage and paralysis caused by multiple sclerosis.
  • New, improved LouseBuster kills head lice   UPI / 8:05PM
    SALT LAKE CITY, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- An improved LouseBuster kills lice, but is less noisy, uses home electrical outlets and is less likely to get tangled in curly hair, a U.S. professor says.
  • Low-dose aspirin reduces cancer death rate   UPI / 7:14PM
    LONDON, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Small doses of aspirin may reduce cancer death rates by 20 percent to 30 percent, British researchers say.
  • Web site helps rural cancer doctors   UPI / 1:14AM
    NEW YORK, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Ten percent of U.S. physicians practice in rural areas, and travel to urban academic medical centers often proves difficult for patients, researchers say.
  • Info. technology useful in depression   UPI / 12:24AM
    PERTH, Australia, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Australian researchers say data mining could improve understanding of depression and provide new insights into prevention and treatment.
  • Monday, December 6

  • Key to child developing: Parental guidance   UPI / 11:24PM
    DALLAS, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher says in the age-old debate about nurture vs. nature, effective nurturing of children by parents takes nature into account.
  • Doctor reimbursement, over-treatment link   UPI / 10:34PM
    MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- After physician reimbursement for a prostate cancer treatment was lowered, use of the treatment also dropped off, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • Why H1N1 could be fatal to young adults   UPI / 10:14PM
    NASHVILLE, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. and Argentine researchers suggest some young people died during the 2009 pandemic flu from an immune system response.
  • Arthritis, inflammatory bowel ills linked   UPI / 10:05PM
    BRISBANE, Australia, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Australian, British and North American researchers say inflammatory bowel disease and spinal arthritis may be genetically linked.
  • FDA to revisit mercury-based fillings   UPI / 10:44AM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will revisit the issue of amalgam fillings that contain mercury, officials said.
  • Sunday, December 5

  • Japanese burn flu-infected chickens   UPI / 6:05PM
    MATSUE, Japan, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Japanese authorities say they have finished burning 21,500 chickens that were killed after becoming infected with a highly virulent strain of avian flu.
  • Charities: P. Diddy stiffed us   UPI / 11:44AM
    NEW YORK, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Officials from two New York breast cancer charities say hip-hop mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs stiffed their organizations at a party he hosted on Long Island.
  • Employers may draw line on healthcare cost   UPI / 2:24AM
    ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla., Dec. 5 (UPI) -- In 2010, for the first time U.S. employers who provide health insurance transferred all premium increases to employees, healthcare analysts say.
  • Saturday, December 4

  • Massages, room service attract patients   UPI / 11:34PM
    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Facing competition, some U.S. hospitals are offering everything from hotel-style room service to massage therapy and patients are responding, researchers say.
  • More cases of foot and mouth in S. Korea   UPI / 8:54PM
    SEOUL, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Livestock infected with foot-and-mouth disease have been found on 20 farms in South Korea, officials said Saturday.
  • Air pollution linked to diabetes   UPI / 2:05AM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Air pollution exposure early in life is linked to belly fat and insulin resistance in mice even if they ate a normal diet, U.S. researchers say.
  • Friday, December 3

  • MRSA rates vary widely in nursing homes   UPI / 11:05PM
    IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher finds hope in the wide variance in nursing home residents who carry the bacteria Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
  • Study advises low-dose hormones   UPI / 9:34PM
    STANFORD, Calif., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers are calling on doctors to prescribe low-dose -- rather than high-dose -- hormone therapy for menopausal women.
  • Italian pets to get their own health cards   UPI / 7:44PM
    ROME, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Italy has created a system of digital health cards and a national health data bank system for the benefit of the its pet animals, government officials said.
  • Arizona budget cuts hit patients   UPI / 12:54PM
    PHOENIX, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Arizona has cut financing for transplant operations under its version of Medicaid, throwing many critically ill patients off waiting lists, doctors say.
  • Study: Flu drug use safe during pregnancy   UPI / 12:24PM
    TOKYO, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- A Japanese study says influenza drugs such as Tamiflu are unlikely to cause major problems in pregnant women and their babies.
  • Japan orders slaughter for bird flu   UPI / 12:14PM
    TOKYO, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Japanese health officials say they've killed 21,500 chickens at a farm in Shimane Prefecture after confirming five cases of the H5 bird flu virus.
  • Insulin, brain cholesterol, cognition link   UPI / 11:05AM
    BOSTON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers suggest a new explanation for the neurologic and cerebral complications -- cognitive dysfunction, depression -- that come with diabetes.
  • Saudi king scheduled for 2nd back surgery   UPI / 9:44AM
    NEW YORK, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Saudi King Abdallah needed a second back surgery in New York City, a spokesman said.
  • Thursday, December 2

  • More pregnant women vaccinated for flu   UPI / 11:54PM
    ATLANTA, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The 200910 flu season saw about half of pregnant women receive the seasonal flu vaccine and 47 percent the H1N1 vaccine, U.S. health officials say.
  • Loud snoring, metabolic syndrome linked   UPI / 10:54PM
    PITTSBURGH, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Loud snoring and insomnia may predict the development of metabolic syndrome, a U.S. researcher says.
  • CT best at uncovering drug mules   UPI / 10:54PM
    CHICAGO, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The best way to detect cocaine in the body of a human drug courier -- known as a mule -- is through computed tomography, a researcher in Switzerland says.
  • Publicist: Aretha's surgery successful   UPI / 10:44PM
    DETROIT, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Aretha Franklin's publicist says the U.S. singer underwent a highly successful operation for an undisclosed illness Thursday, E! News reported.
  • Study: Biodeversity loss ups disease risk   UPI / 9:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Plant and animal extinctions are not just a biodiversity problem but a threat to health, a U.S. study linking biodiversity and infectious diseases says.
  • Bedbug Web site provides free services   UPI / 6:05PM
    NEW YORK, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- A bedbug warrior Web site said it is partnering with extermination companies in giving away free bug-control treatments to needy families.
  • Low cellular energy in autistic children   UPI / 5:34PM
    DAVIS, Calif., Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Children with autism may have defects in mitochondria resulting in low cell energy, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • Study: Miscarriage/heart attack link?   UPI / 2:44PM
    HEIDELBERG, Germany, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Women who have suffered multiple miscarriages may face an increased risk of a heart attack later in their lives, German researchers say.
  • Some prostate cancers just need watching   UPI / 2:24PM
    BOSTON, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The best option for men with low-risk, clinically localized prostate cancer may be active surveillance, a U.S. doctor said.
  • India marks World AIDS Day   UPI / 1:04PM
    NEW DELHI, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Hundreds of school children, health workers and people living with HIV/AIDS marched in northeast India to mark World AIDS Day, officials said.
  • Wednesday, December 1

  • Low folate levels linked to hearing loss   UPI / 8:54PM
    IBADAN, Nigeria, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Hearing loss in the elderly may be linked to low levels of folate or folic acid, a B vitamin, researchers in Nigeria say.
  • U.N. tells Haitians to wait for final vote   UPI / 5:54PM
    UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- The United Nations Wednesday urged Haitians to ignore unofficial results from the country's elections and wait for the official tally to be announced next week.
  • Report: Heather Locklear in hospital   UPI / 3:44PM
    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Heather Locklear's publicist says the television actress is being treated for a bacterial infection in a Los Angeles-area hospital.
  • Jennifer Grey to have back surgery   UPI / 3:05PM
    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Jennifer Grey says she will soon undergo surgery to repair a disc she ruptured in her back while competing on TV's "Dancing with the Stars."
  • Japan suspects outbreak of bird flu   UPI / 11:44AM
    MATSUE, Japan, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- A suspected case of avian flu prompted Japan to order the destruction of 23,300 chickens at a farm in Yasugi, local government officials said.
  • Cholera death toll rising in Haiti   UPI / 10:44AM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- The United Nations says the death toll for the cholera epidemic in Haiti has reached 1,751 with more than 1, 200 people still hospitalized with the illness.
  • Index finger linked to prostate cancer   UPI / 1:54AM
    WARWICK, England, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Men who have index fingers longer than their ring fingers have a lower risk than others of prostate cancer, British researchers suggest.
  • Ways to help prevent H1N1 in infants   UPI / 12:54AM
    DALLAS, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- There are things parents can do to help protect their babies from H1N1 influenza, which may be a threat again this flu season, a U.S. researcher says.
  • Scientists use MRI on 2,796-mile runners   UPI / 12:34AM
    ULM, Germany, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- German researchers say ultra-long distance runners experience leg muscle degeneration because the practice involves "immense energy consumption."
  • Tuesday, November 30

  • Egg producer allowed to resume shipments   UPI / 10:54PM
    GALT, Iowa, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- The federal government said Tuesday it has allowed an Iowa company responsible for a huge salmonella-triggered recall of eggs to resume shipments.
  • African-Americans have different plaque   UPI / 9:54PM
    CHARLOTTE, S.C., Nov. 30 (UPI) -- African-Americans have more non-calcified plaque than others, which may increase their heart attack risks, U.S. researchers say.
  • Pomegranate juice authenticity tested   UPI / 8:44PM
    RIVERSIDE, Calif., Nov. 30 (UPI) -- "Juice detectives" say they are testing if pomegranate juices are the real deal and not a mix of beet and apple juice or other juices.
  • Belly fat puts women at osteoporosis risk   UPI / 8:34PM
    CHICAGO, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- A U.S. study has linked belly fat to higher osteoporosis risk -- as well as heart disease and diabetes.
  • Severe nasal symptoms may be asthma   UPI / 8:05PM
    GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Swedish researchers suggest nasal problems lasting longer than 12 weeks increase the risk of severe asthma.
  • Stomach bug prompts criminal probe   UPI / 9:54AM
    OSTERSUND, Sweden, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- A criminal investigation is under way in Sweden to determine how an intestinal parasite ended up in the town of Ostersund's municipal water supply, police said.
  • U.S. child, teen eating disorders increase   UPI / 1:54AM
    ANN ARBOR, Mich., Nov. 30 (UPI) -- The number of U.S. children and teens with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa has risen sharply in recent years, researchers say.
  • Perceptual training: Helping seniors see   UPI / 12:04AM
    RIVERSIDE, Calif., Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Elderly adults can improve their vision with perceptual training, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • Urine test could warn of cognitive decline   UPI / 12:04AM
    BOSTON, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- A urine test could help screen for higher risks for cognitive decline, a U.S. researcher says.
  • Monday, November 29

  • Hall of Famer Bob Feller hospitalized   UPI / 11:24PM
    CLEVELAND, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller, who is battling leukemia, has been hospitalized with pneumonia, the Cleveland Indians said Monday.
  • Some alcohol may reduce transplants' risk   UPI / 10:34PM
    DENVER, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Moderate alcohol consumption has been linked to lowered death rates in kidney transplant patients, a Dutch researcher says.
  • Low sodium may up elderly risk for falls   UPI / 9:44PM
    DENVER, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- A Dutch researcher has linked low-sodium levels to a higher risk of falls and fractures among the elderly.
  • MRIs for those who have had breast cancer   UPI / 8:34PM
    CHICAGO, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Women with a personal history of breast cancer should consider annual screening using magnetic resonance imaging -- plus mammography, a U.S. researcher says.
  • Walking may slow Alzheimer's brain effects   UPI / 8:34PM
    CHICAGO, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Walking may help slow Alzheimer's disease progression and slow cognitive decline in healthy adults as well, a U.S. researcher says.
  • Woman in poisoning case out on bail   UPI / 7:24PM
    AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- A Texas woman awaiting trial for trying to poison her child by smearing feces on her catheter is free on $100,000 bond, jail authorities say.
  • Water parasite sickens thousands in Sweden   UPI / 3:24PM
    OSTERSUND, Sweden, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- An intestinal parasite in the water supply has sickened more than 2,000 people in a Swedish city, authorities said.
  • Patient fights hospital for right to die   UPI / 12:05PM
    MILWAUKEE, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- A 27-year-old Illinois man, paralyzed since the age of 3, says he wants to die and is fighting to be taken off the ventilator that keeps him alive.
  • Influenza can be transmitted via a gas   UPI / 2:24AM
    HONG KONG, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Influenza is usually spread through direct contact and droplets, but under some conditions transmission via aerosol is possible, Honk Kong researchers say.
  • Sunday, November 28

  • 12 candidates want Haiti election annulled   UPI / 9:05PM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Haiti's presidential election Sunday was so chaotic 12 of the 19 candidates held a news conference to demand it be canceled.
  • Bono meets with Australian minister   UPI / 3:44PM
    CANBERRA, Australia, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd said he met Sunday with U2 front man Bono to discuss poverty and aid to developing countries.
  • Boston mayor returns home from hospital   UPI / 12:44PM
    BOSTON, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is back home after being hospitalized for a bacterial infection in his elbow, his spokeswoman said.
  • Chinese singer dies during plastic surgery   UPI / 10:34AM
    WUHAN, China, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- A 24-year-old singer died as a result of complications from anesthesia during plastic surgery, health officials in central China's Hubei Province said.
  • Saturday, November 27

  • Transplantations for cancer getting better   UPI / 8:34PM
    SEATTLE, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say marrow and stem cell transplantation to treat blood cancers have improved and increased cancer survival rates.
  • To live long, eat Thanksgiving foods often   UPI / 6:14PM
    TORONTO, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Traditional Thanksgiving foods are some of the healthiest foods and warrant eating often, Canadian and U.S. researchers recommend.
  • Vitamin D's genetic effect seasonal   UPI / 6:05PM
    ATLANTA, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. and Brazilian researchers say genetic factors affect vitamin D levels only in winter.
  • Pucker up: Sour signal is a direct one   UPI / 3:24PM
    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher says the taste of lemons and other sour flavors sends out a direct electrical response.
  • Robot arms improve oral cancer surgery   UPI / 1:34PM
    DETROIT, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Robot surgery is offering new options for oral cancer patients, who risk losing speech and the ability to eat from traditional operations, surgeons say.
  • Animals living with or near people fatter   UPI / 1:24PM
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Nov. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers suggest obesity may be much more complicated than the conventional wisdom of too much food and too little exercise.
  • Childhood obesity tied to cardiac risks   UPI / 12:24PM
    LONDON, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Obesity is a warning sign of eventual heart disease as early as age 9, British researchers say.
  • Quality issues plague McNeil drug plant   UPI / 11:24AM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Federal inspectors said a Johnson & Johnson drug making plant in Puerto Rico had yet to meet quality control standards spelled out by letter in January.
  • Individual cancer vaccine spurs immunity   UPI / 1:44AM
    LEBANON, N.H., Nov. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say a "dendritic cell" vaccine may help patients develop an immune response against their own cancer.
  • Cholesterol may be Alzheimer's culprit   UPI / 1:05AM
    INNSBRUCK, Austria, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Austrian researchers suggest a high fat/high cholesterol diet may play a role in brain damage linked to Alzheimer's disease.
  • Friday, November 26

  • Helping non-verbal children communicate   UPI / 10:14PM
    BEREA, Ohio, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Some U.S. students are getting hands-on experience helping non-verbal children with autism, Rett syndrome, cerebral palsy and/or Down syndrome communicate.
  • Eating for two calls for dental vigilance   UPI / 9:14PM
    DETROIT, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- A Detroit dentist says many know dental exams are advisable during pregnancy but few know why.
  • Early rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis key   UPI / 8:05PM
    LEIDEN, Netherlands, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Dutch researchers advise good rheumatoid arthritis outcomes depend on early diagnosis and treatment.
  • Despite efforts, medical errors persist   UPI / 7:04PM
    STANFORD, Calif., Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Despite efforts to reduce U.S. hospital medical mistakes, a five-year study of 10 North Carolina hospitals found things are not getting better, researchers say.
  • Stranded turtles rescued on Cape Cod   UPI / 5:54PM
    BOSTON, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Twenty-one sea turtles have been rescued from chilly waters around Cape Cod to be cared for by workers at the New England Aquarium, officials said.
  • Warning: Flu doesn't take a holiday   UPI / 4:54PM
    TORONTO, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Kissing under the mistletoe this holiday season could be bad for your health as the flu and the holidays converge, Canadian health officials warn.
  • Florida looking at possible cholera case   UPI / 1:14PM
    MIAMI, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Florida health officials say they are investigating the possibility that a passenger with cholera arrived at Miami International Airport on a flight from Haiti.
  • Diabetes to cost U.S. $3.35 trillion   UPI / 1:04PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 26 (UPI) -- A report says half of Americans will have diabetes or show early symptoms by 2020 and the disease will cost the country $3.35 trillion in the next decade.
  • Smoking increases blacks' arthritis risk   UPI / 2:05AM
    OMAHA, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Cigarette smoking increases the risk of rheumatoid arthritis in African-Americans, a U.S. researcher says.
  • CDC: Too many cancers diagnosed late   UPI / 12:04AM
    ATLANTA, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Almost half of the U.S. colorectal and cervical cancer cases and one-third of breast cancer cases are diagnosed in the late stages, health officials say.
  • Douglas and family head to Epcot   UPI / 12:04AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Actor Michael Douglas, who recently was treated for throat cancer, took his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and their children to Florida's Epcot Center this week.
  • Thursday, November 25

  • Food allergy and intolerance are different   UPI / 8:54PM
    MILWAUKEE, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. doctors say many are confused about what the difference is between food intolerance and a food allergy.
  • Teens found in after 50 days lost at sea   UPI / 1:54PM
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Three boys found alive in a lifeboat off Fiji after being lost at sea for 50 days had been presumed dead -- memorial services had even been held for them.
  • Otter bites third victim in Florida   UPI / 1:14PM
    BOCA RATON, Fla., Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Another person in Florida has been bitten by a possibly rabid otter, the third such incident in four days, health authorities said.
  • Using stories to promote food safety   UPI / 2:14AM
    RALEIGH, N.C., Nov. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. and Canadian researchers say using short food safety stories with vibrant graphics helps train food service workers keep food safe.
  • Cranberries may help fight tooth decay   UPI / 1:14AM
    ROCHESTER, N.Y., Nov. 25 (UPI) -- A U.S. dental researcher suggests sugars don't attack tooth enamel -- but feed the bacteria that do.
  • Leftover turkey left out can make you sick   UPI / 1:05AM
    DALLAS, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Leaving the carcass of a turkey on the kitchen counter after Thanksgiving for sandwiches for dinner or a snack can make everyone sick, a U.S. dietitian warns.
  • Binge drinking linked to higher heart risk   UPI / 12:34AM
    TOULOUSE, France, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- The weekend binge drinking in Belfast may account for the high Irish heart disease rate, researchers in France suggest.
  • Piano helps prevent falls while exercising   UPI / 12:14AM
    GENEVA, Switzerland, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Exercising to piano music appears to help reduce falls in older adults, Swiss researchers say.
  • Vitamin D's genetic effect seasonal   UPI / 12:14AM
    ATLANTA, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. and Brazilian researchers say genetic factors affect vitamin D levels only in winter.
  • Wednesday, November 24

  • To live long, eat Thanksgiving foods often   UPI / 11:14PM
    TORONTO, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Traditional Thanksgiving foods are some of the healthiest foods and warrant eating often, Canadian and U.S. researchers recommend.
  • High-salt meals can cause heart symptoms   UPI / 9:44PM
    NEWARK, N.J., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- On Thanksgiving, Passover and Christmas, U.S. hospital emergency rooms often fill with people who down large meals loaded with salt, a physician says.
  • Quick cancer cell test developed   UPI / 6:14PM
    CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- A tissue-imaging technique developed by U.S. researchers could produce almost instant biopsy test results in searching for cancer cells, scientists say.
  • Veteran threatens to shoot president   UPI / 6:05PM
    SPARTANBURG, S.C., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- A white South Carolina veteran said he wanted to shoot President Obama because he wasn't "doing enough to help African-Americans," an affidavit shows.
  • Billy Joel has hip-replacement surgery   UPI / 5:54PM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Billy Joel's publicist confirmed Wednesday the U.S. rock 'n' roll icon has undergone double hip replacement surgery.
  • Hosting an allergen-free holiday   UPI / 4:34PM
    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Holiday meal allergens and Aunt Sophie's lap dog can be hard on those with food allergies, asthma and other allergic conditions, U.S. allergists say.
  • Eddie Munster actor in and out of rehab   UPI / 1:14PM
    NEWARK, N.J., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Butch Patrick's publicist says the former child actor nearly suffered a drug overdose after leaving a New Jersey rehab two weeks ago.
  • Cats spreading hookworm in Miami Beach?   UPI / 12:05PM
    MIAMI, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Health officials in Miami Beach say feral cats are responsible for hookworm infections that have affected some beachgoers.
  • Haiti cholera spread faster than predicted   UPI / 8:14AM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Haiti's cholera epidemic is spreading twice as fast as estimated earlier and could see hundreds of thousands of new cases in coming months, an official said.
  • Congenital heart defect deaths declining   UPI / 2:24AM
    ATLANTA, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. deaths due to congenital heart defects have declined, but death rates in blacks have been consistently higher than in whites, researchers say.
  • High deductibles may delay care for some   UPI / 1:54AM
    PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Some who have high-deductible health insurance plans -- at least $1,000 per individual and $2,000 per family -- are delaying treatment, U.S. researchers say.
  • Drug prevents new HIV infection in gay men   UPI / 12:24AM
    CHICAGO, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Men who have sex with men reduced their HIV risk if they took an anti-retroviral tablet daily compared with those who took a placebo, U.S. researchers say.
  • NYC leads effort to reduce salt in food   UPI / 12:05AM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Six companies have joined a nationwide effort to cut the salt in packaged and restaurant foods by 25 percent over five years, New York health officials say.
  • Tuesday, November 23

  • Man indicted in rehab-center homicide   UPI / 9:14PM
    KINGSTON, N.Y., Nov. 23 (UPI) -- A man who allegedly stabbed a guard to death at a New York drug-treatment center was indicted on two counts of second-degree murder, a prosecutor said Tuesday.
  • Kidney stones: Size matters   UPI / 9:14PM
    NAPLES, Italy, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- An Italian researcher says size may be decisive when it comes to the best way to remove kidney stones trapped in the ureter.
  • Michael J. Fox headed back to 'Good Wife'   UPI / 5:44PM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Five-time Emmy Award-winner Michael J. Fox is to reprise his guest-starring role on an upcoming episode of the U.S. legal drama "The Good Wife," CBS said.
  • Otter attacks dog, people in Florida   UPI / 1:24PM
    BOCA RATON, Fla., Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Florida authorities say they are hunting for a wild and possibly rabid otter that attacked two people and a dog in a housing tract near Boca Raton.
  • Saudi's king arrives in U.S. for treatment   UPI / 11:34AM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has arrived in the United States for treatment of a herniated disc and blood clot, the U.S. State Department said.
  • Study: Botox boosts self-esteem   UPI / 2:05AM
    CHICAGO, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study found Botox boosts overall quality of life and self-esteem, U.S. researchers say.
  • Exercise may help prevent Alzheimer's   UPI / 1:54AM
    MILWAUKEE, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Those at high risk for Alzheimer's disease need to exercise, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee advise.
  • Predicting prostate recurrence ineffective   UPI / 1:05AM
    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- There is no link between localized prostate cancer's clinical stage and a patient's risk of cancer recurrence after prostate removal, U.S. researchers say.
  • Seat belts could save more than 4,000/yr.   UPI / 12:54AM
    BALTIMORE, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- On any given day about 38 U.S. passenger vehicle occupants who are not buckled up are killed in motor vehicle crashes, transportation officials say.
  • 19 million get STDs, costing $16.4 billion   UPI / 12:14AM
    ATLANTA, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Each year some 19 million get a sexually transmitted disease, costing the U.S. healthcare system $16.4 billion annually, health officials say.
  • Childhood obesity linked to adult diseases   UPI / 12:05AM
    AURORA, Colo., Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Increasing obesity in children will lead to higher obesity rates in the adult population and a greater diabetes and heart disease burden, U.S. researchers say.
  • Monday, November 22

  • Varied fruit reduces lung cancer risk   UPI / 10:34PM
    GRANADA, Spain, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- To reduce the risk of lung cancer, people should not only eat fruits and vegetables daily, but also increase the variety, researchers in Spain say.
  • Larger kid waist size = higher heart risk   UPI / 10:34PM
    DENVER, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Children with larger waists have significantly higher pulse pressure, which is an indicator of increased heart-related disorders risk, U.S. researchers say.
  • Treating depressed Chinese immigrants   UPI / 8:44PM
    BOSTON, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Physicians can help depressed Chinese immigrants get needed treatment, U.S. researchers say.
  • Cilantro gets rid of chitlin smell   UPI / 8:14PM
    KAWASAKI, Japan, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Researchers in Japan say they have discovered a way to get rid of the foul smell of chitlins -- a favorite on many Thanksgiving tables in the U.S. South.
  • Texas board accuses cardiologist   UPI / 4:05PM
    AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- A Texas cardiologist has been accused of performing unnecessary heart procedures that resulted in the death of at least one patient, authorities said.
  • Saudi king flies to U.S. for medical care   UPI / 2:54PM
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- King Abdallah left Saudi Arabia Monday to have a herniated disc and blood clot treated in the United States, the government said.
  • Haitian cholera death toll tops 1,300   UPI / 2:24PM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Haiti's cholera epidemic has now claimed at least 1,344 lives, the government said Monday.
  • British veterans lose nuclear test case   UPI / 10:54AM
    LONDON, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Judges ruled in favor of Britain's Ministry of Defense in a case involving nuclear tests conducted in the South Pacific in the 1950s, officials said.
  • Man, 88, kills wife in Calif. nursing home   UPI / 10:05AM
    SEAL BEACH, Calif., Nov. 22 (UPI) -- A man who had long cared for his ailing wife, whose "mind was gone," ended 70 years of marriage by shooting her in a nursing home, their daughter said.
  • Sunday, November 21

  • Cancer drug running short in Anchorage   UPI / 6:44PM
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Anchorage, Alaska, is running out of a chemotherapy drug, hindering care for cancer patients, a doctor said.
  • Haitians assault cholera body collectors   UPI / 4:14PM
    CARREFOUR, Haiti, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Angry Haitians captured and beat a crew gathering the bodies of cholera victims, the team's leader said.
  • 1M Americans attempted suicide in 2009   UPI / 1:14AM
    ROCKVILLE, Md., Nov. 21 (UPI) -- A survey indicates 8.4 million U.S. adults had serious thoughts of suicide in the past year, 2.2 million made suicide plans and 1 million attempted suicide.
  • Poorer girls more at risk for violence   UPI / 12:54AM
    CARDIFF, Wales, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- The risk of violence to teenage girls is three times more sensitive to poverty than it is for boys, researchers in Wales said.
  • Saturday, November 20

  • New Orleans residents warned to boil water   UPI / 3:05PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Much of New Orleans is under a boil-water advisory until at least Sunday afternoon, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said Saturday.
  • Cholera spreads in Haiti   UPI / 1:34PM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Cholera has killed more than 1,200 Haitians in the past few weeks and a handful of refugees say they're lucky to have jobs cleaning sewage from canals.
  • HIV numbers growing in South Africa   UPI / 12:14PM
    DAVEYTON, South Africa, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- It will take more than $100 billion over the next 20 years to keep new cases of AIDS at current levels, a report presented in South Africa says.
  • HealthGrades: Organ transplant hospitals   UPI / 12:04PM
    GOLDEN, Calif., Nov. 20 (UPI) -- An independent U.S. ratings organization has named a list of hospitals it considers to have the best track record for organ transplant patients, officials say.
  • Back, foot pain, knee osteoarthritis link   UPI / 2:14AM
    BOSTON, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Those with knee osteoarthritis are also likely to suffer foot, elbow and low back pain, U.S. researchers say.
  • Friday, November 19

  • Americans living longer, but sicker   UPI / 11:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. adults are living longer but they are living those years sicker, while younger adults are getting more functionally limited sooner, health officials say.
  • E. coli linked to heart attacks, stroke   UPI / 9:14PM
    LONDON, Ontario, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Canadian researchers link a type of E. coli bacteria known as O157:H7 to higher heart attack and stroke risks.
  • Vitamin C: A potential therapy for sepsis   UPI / 8:54PM
    LONDON, Ontario, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Vitamin C may help prevent or even help reverse sepsis -- an infection that overwhelms blood flow and can cause organ failure researchers in Canada suggest.
  • $1 of prevention = $5 healthcare savings   UPI / 8:44PM
    OLYMPIA, Wash., Nov. 19 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher claims each dollar spent on tobacco prevention saves $5 in healthcare costs.
  • Chronically ill say economy has hurt them   UPI / 8:14PM
    BOSTON, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- More than one-third of people with heart disease or diabetes say the economy has had a negative impact on their health, a U.S. survey indicates.
  • Lou Gehrig had Lou Gehrig's disease   UPI / 6:34PM
    HOUSTON, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- A U.S. expert in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis questions reports Lou Gehrig actually suffered from head trauma.
  • Aborted fetuses found in Thailand   UPI / 6:24PM
    BANGKOK, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Thai police say they found the remains of 2,000 aborted fetuses awaiting cremation in a Bangkok Buddhist temple.
  • Montgomery says he has prostate cancer   UPI / 5:24PM
    NASHVILLE, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. country music star Eddie Montgomery has announced he is to undergo treatment for prostate cancer starting next month.
  • Whooping cough on the rise in Michigan   UPI / 1:24PM
    DETROIT, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Pertussis, or whooping cough, is on the rise in Michigan despite efforts to increase vaccination rates among the most susceptible, health authorities said.
  • U.K. group urges pancreatic cancer focus   UPI / 1:05PM
    LONDON, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Pancreatic cancer survival rates have not changed in 40 years and show the "worst survival rate for any cancer," a U.K. cancer charity group says.
  • Cholera epidemic hits Haitian prison   UPI / 1:05PM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Haiti's cholera epidemic has reached the national prison in Port-au-Prince, the Red Cross said Friday.
  • Prostate technique provides new insights   UPI / 1:14AM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- A U.S. robotic surgery expert says a new technique promises to provide new insights into how prostate cancer develops.
  • Protecting kids from illness in the winter   UPI / 12:54AM
    CINCINNATI, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Now is the time to step up hygiene to keep flu viruses and other bugs from spreading, U.S. doctors advise.
  • Thursday, November 18

  • Dim lights at night linked to depression   UPI / 10:54PM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say animal studies show exposure to even dim light every night may be enough to cause depression.
  • Best day to quit smoking: Any day   UPI / 8:44PM
    ALBANY, N.Y., Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Smoking kills about 25,000 New Yorkers annually so every day is a good day to quit smoking -- but the Great American Smokeout is the perfect day, officials say.
  • Avian flu case reported in China   UPI / 9:44AM
    HONG KONG, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Health officials in Hong Kong say they are taking extra measures to guard against bird flu after a human case of avian flu was confirmed.
  • PTSD may be risk factor for heart disease   UPI / 1:34AM
    CHICAGO, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • Healthcare access larger concern for Dems   UPI / 1:14AM
    PRINCETON, N.J., Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Republicans and Democrats agree cost, obesity and cancer are health worries, but they disagree on access and government involvement, a U.S. survey indicates.
  • Wednesday, November 17

  • Doctors: No risk of cholera in Florida   UPI / 11:54PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Nov. 17 (UPI) -- A Florida woman infected with cholera during a trip to Haiti to visit relatives is recovering, health officials said Wednesday.
  • Fountain of youth may be regular exercise   UPI / 10:54PM
    NORWICH, England, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Apart from not smoking, being physically active is the most powerful lifestyle choice a person can make to slow down aging, a British researcher says.
  • Asthma patients: Beware of fireworks smoke   UPI / 10:44PM
    BARCELONA, Spain, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Smoke from fireworks -- in particular microscopic metallic particles -- is a health risk, especially to asthma patients, researchers in Spain say.
  • Radiation fights non-smokers' neck cancer   UPI / 9:24PM
    DAVIS, Calif., Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Non-smokers have better results from radiation for head and neck cancer, than those who smoke, U.S. researchers say.
  • Preventive heart drugs not being taken   UPI / 8:24PM
    MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Many patients at risk for heart disease are not taking preventive medications, U.S. researchers say.
  • Medicare head faces irritated GOP senators   UPI / 7:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- President Obama's Medicare chief, during a brief Senate committee hearing Wednesday, faced angry Republican lawmakers intent on repealing healthcare reform.
  • Widow settles suit over husband's cancer   UPI / 6:44PM
    SASKATOON, Saskatchewan, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- A Saskatchewan woman who received a lot of publicity in 2007 when she sued over her husband's death from cancer says she quietly settled the lawsuit months ago.
  • Man denied new liver because of cost   UPI / 6:34PM
    PHOENIX, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- An Arizona man was denied a liver transplant, the gift of a dying friend, when his family couldn't raise $200,000, his wife said.
  • Swedish court approves STD test arrests   UPI / 10:44AM
    NORRBOTTEN, Sweden, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- A court in Sweden has authorized police to round up eight people in a far northern town and force them to be tested for a sexually transmitted disease.
  • Cholera protests hamper aid agencies   UPI / 8:04AM
    CAP HAITIEN, Haiti, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Protests over the cholera epidemic in Haiti are making it impossible to deliver supplies and aid to victims in the north, aid agencies said.
  • Tuesday, November 16

  • Medication color, shape affect efficacy   UPI / 11:24PM
    MUMBAI, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- The color and shape of over-the-counter medications can affect how people take the drug, researchers in India find.
  • Rosie O'Donnell says she's cancer-free   UPI / 9:54PM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. radio and television personality Rosie O'Donnell said on her blog Tuesday she is cancer-free after doctors found lumps in both of her breasts.
  • Where you die depends on where you live   UPI / 8:24PM
    LEBANON, N.H., Nov. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they find no evidence the preferences of people with advanced cancer to die at hospice or in the hospital are being met.
  • Atrial fibrillation may have genetic link   UPI / 8:05PM
    CHICAGO, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Having a first-degree relative with atrial fibrillation -- abnormal heart rhythm -- may increase one's risk for the disorder, a U.S. researcher says.
  • Protocol to cut child radiation exposure   UPI / 7:54PM
    CHICAGO, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- A protocol involving real-time radiation monitoring, low-dose imaging and physician dose awareness cuts pediatric radiation exposure, U.S. researchers say.
  • U.N.: Haiti cholera protests are political   UPI / 3:34PM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Violent protests that broke out in two cities in northern Haiti amid a cholera outbreak may be politically motivated, a United Nations mission in Haiti said.
  • Zoo backtracks on bear shooting   UPI / 11:44AM
    MOSCOW, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- The Moscow Zoo said Tuesday the wounds found on one of its polar bears might have been caused by a skin infection and not bullets as reported earlier.
  • Poor sleep linked to increased heart risk   UPI / 2:05AM
    ATLANTA, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say poor sleep quality or too few hours sleep may increase inflammation -- a risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
  • Monday, November 15

  • Death of loved one can quicken heart rate   UPI / 11:14PM
    CHICAGO, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- The death of a loved one may cause the heart rate of the bereaved to quicken, increasing their heart risk, an Australian researcher says.
  • Mixing supplements and drugs can be fatal   UPI / 10:34PM
    CHICAGO, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Many heart patients may be putting their lives in danger by taking supplements with the blood thinning drug Warfarin, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • Protests turn violent in Haiti   UPI / 9:14PM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Confrontations broke out in Haiti Monday between U.N. peacekeepers and protesters upset with the government's handling of a cholera outbreak, officials said.
  • London woman made son drink bleach   UPI / 7:44PM
    LONDON, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- A woman in London pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the killing of her 12-year-old autistic son by making him drink bleach, court records show.
  • Sex addiction treatment increasing   UPI / 1:34PM
    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Treatment of sex addiction is on the rise though it has yet to be officially acknowledged as a disorder and is not under government regulation, experts say.
  • High-stress jobs stress women's hearts   UPI / 2:14AM
    BOSTON, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Women who have high job strain are more likely to have heart attacks, U.S. researchers say.
  • Eyelid deposits may predict heart risks   UPI / 2:05AM
    CHICAGO, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Researchers in Denmark say cholesterol deposits on eyelids -- xanthelasmata -- may predict a greater chance of heart disease.
  • Type 1 diabetes may be preventable   UPI / 1:54AM
    HELSINKI, Finland, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Finnish and Canadian researchers suggest an infant diet change may help prevent type1 diabetes from being initialized in children at risk for the disease.
  • Dialysis linked to sudden cardiac deaths   UPI / 1:54AM
    CHICAGO, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Patients on dialysis are at greater risk of sudden cardiac death, a U.S. cardiologist says.
  • Sunday, November 14

  • Cholera toll in Haiti goes over 900   UPI / 7:34PM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- The death toll from Haiti's cholera epidemic has reached 917, rising by 121 since Friday, the Health Ministry said Sunday.
  • Arizona voters approve medical marijuana   UPI / 7:44AM
    PHOENIX, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Arizona voters have approved the use of medical marijuana by a razor-thin margin, election officials announced.
  • Kids who hate school turn to sex, alcohol   UPI / 2:14AM
    LIVERPOOL, England, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Adolescents ages 11-14 with a dislike of school have more than double the odds of having a sexual relationship, researchers in Britain say.
  • Call for reducing child pneumonia renewed   UPI / 12:04AM
    GENEVA, Switzerland, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Pneumonia takes the lives of about 1.6 million children age 5 and under each year worldwide, more than AIDS, malaria and measles combined, Swiss officials say.
  • Saturday, November 13

  • Researchers hopeful on pneumonia vaccine   UPI / 7:14PM
    LEICESTER, England, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- British and Irish scientists say they are close to developing a vaccine that would protect against 92 strains of the bacterium that causes pneumonia.
  • Many U.K. cancers found in emergency room   UPI / 1:24PM
    LONDON, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- New statistics show that nearly a quarter of the cancer cases diagnosed in Great Britain are discovered in the emergency room.
  • Lovato being treated for 'issues'   UPI / 1:14PM
    BURBANK, Calif., Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Singer and actress Demi Lovato is being treated for "emotional and physical issues," her representative said.
  • 94-year-old woman found in freezer   UPI / 1:05PM
    CALABASAS, Calif., Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Investigators are trying to determine how a 94-year-old woman possibly suffering from dementia wound up in a walk-in freezer in Calabasas, Calif.
  • Friday, November 12

  • Adults may not transmit whooping cough   UPI / 10:05PM
    ANN ARBOR, Mich., Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Transmission of whooping cough by adults may be minimal and adult vaccination is unlikely to be an efficient way to control the disease, U.S. researchers say.
  • Severe acne may increase suicide risk   UPI / 9:05PM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- An increased risk of suicide attempt among adults with severe acne is most likely due to the acne itself rather than drug treatment, Swedish researchers say.
  • Zsa Zsa Gabor hospitalized again   UPI / 7:35PM
    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Zsa Zsa Gabor's publicist says the Hungarian-born actress was hospitalized with a massive blood clot in Los Angeles Friday.
  • Mass immunization set for central Africa   UPI / 3:44PM
    BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of the Congo, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- International aid agencies say they plan to immunize 3 million people in central Africa after a polio outbreak killed more than 100 people.
  • Fla. officials confirm dengue fever case   UPI / 2:05PM
    MIAMI, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Florida health officials say they have confirmed the first locally acquired case of dengue fever in Miami-Dade County in more than 50 years.
  • Sharon goes home four years after stroke   UPI / 12:44PM
    TEL HASHOMER, Israel, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon returned to his home, nearly five years after a stroke left him comatose, hospital officials said.
  • Las Vegas: A haven for smokers   UPI / 10:44AM
    LAS VEGAS, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- The Las Vegas Strip is a hotbed of a practice under attack around the world these days -- smoking -- and some business leaders say they hope it stays that way.
  • U.N. seeks money to fight cholera in Haiti   UPI / 8:44AM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- An outbreak of cholera has killed more than 700 people in Haiti and the United Nations is appealing for nearly $164 million to fight it, officials said.
  • Bowel cancer prevented in 99,000 Germans   UPI / 2:14AM
    HEIDELBERG, Germany, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Colonoscopy screening in Germany will prevent bowel cancer in 99,000 people this year, a researcher says.
  • Thursday, November 11

  • Male veterans have higher substance abuse   UPI / 11:44PM
    ROCKVILLE, Md., Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Female U.S. veterans ages 20-39 are less likely to engage in binge drinking, smoke cigarettes or use illicit drugs than male veterans, researchers say.
  • Virus threatens endangered parrot species   UPI / 8:44PM
    ADELAIDE, Australia, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- One of the world's most endangered birds could become extinct, as a virus threatens its vitally important captive breeding program, Australian researchers say.
  • Mosquito trial in dengue fever battle   UPI / 7:54PM
    OXFORD, England, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- A field trial in the Caribbean using genetically altered mosquitoes to combat the spread of dengue fever has been a success, researchers say.
  • Mom's smoking may increase SIDS risk   UPI / 7:44PM
    CINCINNATI, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say the greater risk of sudden infant death syndrome in babies of mothers who smoke may be linked to nicotine.
  • 'Munsters' actor checks into rehab   UPI / 4:14PM
    NEWARK, N.J., Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Butch Patrick's agent says the former child star of the classic sitcom "The Munsters" is being treated for drug and alcohol addiction at a New Jersey rehab.
  • Texas care facility suspends use of drug   UPI / 3:05PM
    AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Three residents of a Texas supported living center had to be put on feeding tubes after being injected with Dysport, a drug similar to Botox, officials said.
  • Maternal separation, cancer risk link   UPI / 2:14AM
    PETERBOROUGH, Ontario, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- A Canadian researcher has linked maternal separation and greater risk of breast cancer in mice.
  • DHA may prevent cognitive dysfunction   UPI / 1:34AM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers suggest a component in fish body oil -- docosahexaenoic acid may help prevent some cognitive dysfunction in older adults.
  • Haiti's cholera death toll hits 643   UPI / 12:40AM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- The death toll from the cholera outbreak in Haiti has reached 643 with just under 10,000 cases of the disease reported, the United Nations says.
  • Wednesday, November 10

  • Sex, sugar pleasures reduce anxiety   UPI / 11:54PM
    CINCINNATI, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Eating, sex and other pleasurable activities provide more than enjoyment, they reduce stress by inhibiting anxiety responses in the brain, U.S. researchers say.
  • Study finds problems in dialysis clinics   UPI / 10:54PM
    DENVER, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- A study of kidney dialysis clinics in the United States finds that unsanitary conditions and infections are common.
  • H1N1 hospitalization higher for minorities   UPI / 10:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- African-Americans, Hispanics and American Indian/Alaska Natives had nearly double the H1N1 hospitalization rates of whites, researchers say.
  • Rep: Lovato rehab not related to drugs   UPI / 9:54PM
    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Demi Lovato is not undergoing treatment for addictions to drugs or alcohol despite reports claiming she is, a publicist for the U.S. singer and actress said.
  • Key to anti-parasitic drug found   UPI / 9:05PM
    EAST LANSING, Mich., Nov. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they've discovered how an anti-parasitic drug kills the worms involved in two major tropical diseases, river blindness and elephantiasis.
  • Text messages help Kenyan HIV carriers   UPI / 8:44PM
    NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Cellphone text messages are being used to help Kenyans infected with HIV stay healthy and stick to their medication regimens, health researchers say.
  • U.S. stepping up tobacco health warnings   UPI / 4:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Much larger and more explicit health warnings will be slapped on cigarette packs and ads, the U.S. federal government said Wednesday.
  • Raccoons attack woman walking her dog   UPI / 3:54PM
    ALAMEDA, Calif., Nov. 10 (UPI) -- A San Francisco Bay Area woman will be getting rabies treatment after being attacked by a pack of raccoons, she said.
  • Woman agrees to take mother from hospital   UPI / 12:14PM
    ROCKFORD, Ill., Nov. 10 (UPI) -- An Illinois woman said she has agreed to allow her elderly mother to be released from a hospital after fighting it for months.
  • Cholera spreading in Haiti   UPI / 11:24AM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Cholera is increasing in Haiti amid fears flooding from last week's Hurricane Tomas will mean even more cases from drinking contaminated water, officials say.
  • Warm, indifferent interactions affect pain   UPI / 8:05AM
    TORONTO, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Having warm and friendly social interactions or indifferent social exchanges influences a person's sensitivity to pain, a Canadian researcher says.
  • Tool helps detect who should get chemo   UPI / 12:34AM
    MONTREAL, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Canadian researchers say they developed a tool that identifies biomarkers that can predict low-risk breast cancer tumors indicating no need for chemotherapy.
  • Tuesday, November 9

  • Low vitamin D linked to chubbier kids   UPI / 10:54PM
    ANN ARBOR, Mich., Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Children deficient in vitamin D gain weight more rapidly than children who get enough of the sunshine vitamin, U.S. researchers say.
  • Measles vaccination drive begins in India   UPI / 9:54PM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- A measles immunization drive, which aims to vaccinate 134 million children in India, began Tuesday, international health officials say
  • Cancer 'initiating' gene identified   UPI / 9:54PM
    LONDON, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- U.K. researchers have identified a gene suspected of initiating human cancer, a discovery that could lead to early cancer diagnostic tests, experts say.
  • New pump made for infant heart surgery   UPI / 6:05PM
    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Nov. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they've developed a new heart pump that could help infants born with congenital heart defects survive necessary surgeries.
  • Food-allergy fear drives restrictive diet   UPI / 2:24AM
    DENVER, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Food allergy patients may have too restricted a diet if doctors rely only on blood tests to determine an allergy, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • Fish oil may limit stroke damage   UPI / 1:14AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher says animal studies indicate fish oil contains a substance that may help people recover from strokes.
  • Monday, November 8

  • Food wrapper chemicals may leach into food   UPI / 11:14PM
    TORONTO, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Chemicals applied to fast-food wrappers and microwave popcorn bags are migrating into the food and being ingested by consumers, researchers in Canada say.
  • Meditation: Positive psychological changes   UPI / 10:44PM
    DAVIS, Calif., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers have linked activities fostering one's sense of well-being -- such as meditation -- to cell health.
  • Blood made from a patch of human skin   UPI / 10:24PM
    HAMILTON, Ontario, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Researchers at McMaster University in Ontario say they have discovered how to make human blood from adult human skin.
  • Study shows vapor rub for colds works   UPI / 10:14PM
    HERSHEY, Pa., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers find grandma was right -- vapor rub does help a child with a cold.
  • Tai Chi may help ease arthritis pain   UPI / 9:34PM
    ATLANTA, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Tai Chi, a martial art originating in China known for fluid movements, helps relieve arthritis pain, stiffness and improves well-being, U.S. researchers say.
  • Bilingualism affects Alzheimer's onset   UPI / 5:34PM
    TORONTO, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Canadian scientists say they've found evidence that people who speak two languages can escape the onset of Alzheimer's symptoms by as much as five years.
  • Soy may hinder prostate cancer spread   UPI / 5:34PM
    PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Genistein, a natural chemical found in soy, may prevent the spread of prostate cancer, researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago say.
  • Ohio eggs recalled   UPI / 5:14PM
    JACKSON, Miss., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Cal-Maine Foods Inc. said Monday it was recalling about 24,000 dozen eggs that came from an Ohio supplier.
  • No cause found for Florida cancer cluster   UPI / 2:54PM
    THE ACREAGE, Fla., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Florida's investigation of a cancer cluster in Palm Beach County has not found a cause, a state official said.
  • Deadline for Ground Zero settlement Monday   UPI / 1:14PM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- A surge of plaintiffs is expected to sign on to a settlement on toxic exposures at New York's Ground Zero, sources told the New York Daily News.
  • Lily to buy Philadelphia biotech Avid   UPI / 11:54AM
    INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. drugmaker Eli Lilly said it would buy Avid Radiopharmaceuticals Inc., a Pennsylvania firm that is developing a diagnostic tool for Alzheimer's disease.
  • Justices reject first healthcare challenge   UPI / 11:24AM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Monday rejected without comment the first challenge to reach it of the new federal healthcare law.
  • Cholera cases suspected in Haiti's capital   UPI / 10:05AM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Haiti's cholera outbreak appears to have reached Port-au-Prince, an American doctor said.
  • Travelers abroad unaware of health risks   UPI / 1:54AM
    BOSTON, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Almost half the 30 million or so Americans who travel to poorer countries annually are not aware of possible health risks such as meningitis, researchers say.
  • Sunday, November 7

  • Obama talks healthcare in India   UPI / 7:34AM
    NEW DELHI, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama stripped corn cobs and talked about healthcare in India Sunday on the second day of his 10-day Asian tour.
  • Substance in grapes may help treat malaria   UPI / 12:24AM
    ATLANTA, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Resveratrol -- a substance found in the skin of dark grapes -- may help treat malaria, U.S. researchers say.
  • Saturday, November 6

  • U.S. government wants new antibiotics   UPI / 2:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. government is considering tax breaks and other incentives for companies that develop antibiotics to produce new drugs, officials said.
  • Proteins linked to prostate cancer found   UPI / 2:14PM
    BRISTOL, England, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- British scientists report discovering proteins that could be early warning signs for prostate cancer.
  • Singer hospitalized after miscarriage   UPI / 2:05PM
    LONDON, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- British singer Lily Allen has been hospitalized for blood poisoning after suffering her second miscarriage, her spokesman confirmed Saturday.
  • AIDS babies growing up, with problems   UPI / 1:24PM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Thousands of "AIDS babies" are now growing up, but they face more challenges than adults with the disease, researchers say.
  • Morphine shot affects testosterone levels   UPI / 2:14AM
    SIENA, Italy, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Researchers in Italy, in a study using male rats, found one injection of morphine to fight persistent pain reduced the testosterone in the brain and plasma.
  • African-Americans get hypertension earlier   UPI / 2:05AM
    DALLAS, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Monitoring blood pressure and knowing family history of hypertension is important for everyone, but especially for African-Americans, a U.S. physician says.
  • Laparoscopic surgery used on bowel tumors   UPI / 1:14AM
    LEEDS, England, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- British researchers say all bowel tumor patients should have the option of laparoscopic surgery, despite past concerns the technique is ineffective.
  • Contact lenses may reduce night vision   UPI / 12:05AM
    BRISBANE, Australia, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- An Australian researcher says drivers wearing multifocal contact lenses that correct an inability to focus on up close items may make driving at night harder.
  • Test created for different prostate cancer   UPI / 12:05AM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say there are different kinds of prostate cancer, some more lethal than others, and they are working on tests to identify aggressive tumors.
  • Friday, November 5

  • Liver hormone key to insulin resistance   UPI / 9:24PM
    KANAZAWA, Japan, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- A liver hormone has been identified as a cause of insulin resistance, in which the body produces insulin but does not use it properly, researchers in Japan say.
  • U.S. obesity peak may be years away   UPI / 8:44PM
    BOSTON, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- A mathematical model created by researchers at Harvard University says the U.S. obesity epidemic won't plateau until at least 42 percent of adults are obese.
  • DHA fish oil may not slow Alzheimer's   UPI / 8:14PM
    PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 5 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher says omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, in fish oil may not slow the cognitive decline of Alzheimer's disease.
  • High lactate acid, sign of aging brain   UPI / 6:34PM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Higher lactic acid levels could signal aging of the brain, a Swedish researcher says.
  • Bedbugs hitting New York City schools   UPI / 5:05PM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Bedbugs have turned up in at least 16 schools in New York this school year, but school officials say it's not an epidemic.
  • Cheese recalled after E. coli outbreak   UPI / 4:54PM
    FRESNO, Calif., Nov. 5 (UPI) -- An outbreak of E. coli has led to a recall of cheese produced by a farm in California's Central Valley, authorities said.
  • Warnings given on home teeth-whitening   UPI / 4:05PM
    LONDON, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Home teeth-whitening attempts could be exposing teenage girls to risks of permanent tooth and gum damage, British dentists say.
  • Patient waits for two days without doctor   UPI / 2:54PM
    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- A patient admitted to a Los Angeles hospital was not assigned a doctor for two days in what officials termed a "Swiss cheese" incident, health authorities said.
  • Province pushing medication info cards   UPI / 2:34PM
    CHARLOTTETOWN, Prince Edward Island, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Officials in a Canadian province say they want residents to use a new form to list all of their medications -- and carry it with them.
  • Cancer vaccine moves a step closer   UPI / 12:44PM
    CAMBRIDGE, England, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- A cancer-fighting vaccine that may help the body's immune system attack tumors could be developed in the future, U.K. researchers say.
  • How cancer spreads to lymph nodes   UPI / 2:24AM
    SAN DIEGO, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say lymphovascular invasion -- cancer cells invading blood vessels or the lymphatic system -- predicts recurrence of breast cancer.
  • Risk factors for late head and neck cancer   UPI / 2:05AM
    DETROIT, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers have identified five risk factors, including the location of tumors, for late-stage head and neck cancer.
  • Thursday, November 4

  • Polio-free countries can still be at risk   UPI / 10:54PM
    ATLANTA, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Countries free from polio remain at risk of wild poliovirus from an infected person from a country that still harbors the disease, U.S. officials say.
  • Women risk unneeded urinary procedure   UPI / 9:24PM
    DETROIT, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Elderly women are at higher risk for unnecessary urinary catheterization, which is a major risk for urinary tract infection, U.S. researchers say.
  • CT scans cut lung cancer deaths   UPI / 5:34PM
    BETHESDA, Md., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Heavy smokers who got low-dose helical computed tomography scans had 20 percent fewer lung cancer deaths, U.S. researchers find.
  • Group says anti-Lilly billboards rejected   UPI / 4:14PM
    INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- A U.S. breast-cancer advocacy group said Indianapolis billboard advertising firms refused to run its campaign criticizing Eli Lilly and Co. in Lilly's hometown.
  • Ex-N.J. statesman sentenced for child porn   UPI / 1:34PM
    TRENTON, N.J., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- An ex-New Jersey assemblyman was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for watching and printing child pornography in both his legislative and law offices.
  • Florida woman critical after wasp stings   UPI / 11:05AM
    LAKELAND, Fla., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- An elderly Florida woman stung hundreds of times by a horde of yellow jacket wasps was unconscious and in critical condition, her husband said.
  • Florida officials concerned about cholera   UPI / 10:24AM
    PALMBEACH, Fla., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Florida health department officials have asked doctors to be on the lookout for cases of cholera, which could be carried in by visitors from Haiti.
  • Talk slowly to those with Alzheimer's   UPI / 2:04AM
    DALLAS, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Speaking slowly, simplifying questions and being aware of non-verbal cues can improve communication with those with Alzheimer's disease, a Dallas expert says.
  • Cancer patients may need sperm banking   UPI / 12:34AM
    WARWICK, England, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- A British researcher reports male cancer patients are missing out on their opportunity to store sperm, due in part to "personal beliefs" of medical personnel.
  • Tamiflu may work best alone   UPI / 12:04AM
    PARIS, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- A randomized, placebo-controlled trial finds using influenza drugs tamiflu and relenza together is less effective than tamiflu alone, French researchers say.
  • MRI can determine time of stroke   UPI / 12:04AM
    PARIS, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Brain magnetic resonance imaging could help determine the time of stroke onset, a French researcher said.
  • Wednesday, November 3

  • 103 dogs found in Nebraska home   UPI / 8:54PM
    CORTLAND, Neb., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Investigators say many of the 103 dogs found in a small house in Nebraska had health problems, including trouble walking and skin and eye diseases.
  • Garnett: Didn't disrespect cancer patients   UPI / 7:14PM
    BOSTON, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett says he never made insensitive comments about cancer patients as claimed by Detroit forward Charlie Villanueva.
  • How NSAIDs may prevent colon cancer   UPI / 5:24PM
    PITTSBURGH, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may prevent colon cancer by setting off a process where mutated cells self-destruct, U.S. researchers say.
  • Dengue fever kills 31 in Pakistan   UPI / 3:54PM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Pakistan says the death toll from an outbreak of dengue fever in the country has reached 31, with more than 5,000 infected with the viral disease.
  • Tuesday, November 2

  • FDA OKs drug for TS brain tumors   UPI / 3:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a drug to treat tumors caused by a rare genetic disorder, tuberous sclerosis.
  • Economy hurts diabetes glucose management   UPI / 2:05AM
    WOONSOCKET, R.I., Nov. 2 (UPI) -- The thinner wallets of U.S. patients with diabetes have resulted in less glucose testing and poorer diets, a survey by CVS/pharmacy indicates.
  • Sugary drinks linked to diabetes risk   UPI / 1:35AM
    BOSTON, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Routine drinking of soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages is linked to a greater risk of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes, U.S. researchers say.
  • Few swallow knives, but it's costly   UPI / 12:24AM
    PROVIDENCE, R.I., Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Relatively few patients with psychiatric disorders intentionally ingest foreign bodies such as knives and razor blades, but it is costly, U.S. researchers say.
  • Monday, November 1

  • Genetic cell 'switch' identified   UPI / 10:34PM
    BETHESDA, Md., Nov. 1 (UPI) -- European scientists say they've identified a "cellular switch" that sends some genes out of control, a discovery that could lead to new disease treatments.
  • Lovato quits tour, enters rehab   UPI / 10:24PM
    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Demi Lovato's publicist says the U.S. singer-actress has left the Jonas Brothers concert tour and is seeking treatment for "emotional and physical issues."
  • Almost 100 Alzheimer's drugs in research   UPI / 8:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Almost 100 drugs are in clinical trials or under federal review for use in treating Alzheimer's disease, pharmaceutical industry analysts say.
  • Grass could top corn as biofuel crop   UPI / 7:24PM
    CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Grass could be the bioenergy crop of the future as the demand for biofuels increases, replacing corn as the premiere biofuel crop, U.S. researchers say.
  • 11-ounce kidney removed from man   UPI / 4:44PM
    PIKEVILLE, N.C., Nov. 1 (UPI) -- A North Carolina cancer survivor said he is trying to get into the Guinness Book of World Records after doctors removed his 11-ounce kidney.
  • Russia has 800,000 non-traditional healers   UPI / 8:34AM
    MOSCOW, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Russia has more occult healers, sorcerers and wizards than it does professional doctors, an official said.
  • NYC smoking rate drops 27 percent   UPI / 6:54AM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- From 2002 to 2009, the smoking rate in New York City dropped by 27 percent, saving an estimated 6,300 lives, city health officials say.
  • Seniors should get whooping cough vaccine   UPI / 6:34AM
    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Although infants are most at risk of dying from whooping cough, U.S. health officials are advising seniors to get the adult booster shot.
  • Cancer cells may be protected post-chemo   UPI / 6:34AM
    BOSTON, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- After chemotherapy, some healthy cells may be shielding cancer cells, a U.S. researcher says.
  • Saturday, October 30

  • South African inmates ask for circumcision   UPI / 12:54PM
    PRETORIA, South Africa, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Authorities in South Africa say they're "overwhelmed" with the number of prisoners wanting circumcision to fight the spread of HIV.
  • Brain circuitry, PSTD flashback link   UPI / 1:54AM
    MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers have linked increased activity in the right side of the brain to flashbacks related to post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • CDC: Going to Haiti, protect from cholera   UPI / 1:14AM
    ATLANTA, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Family and friends traveling to Haiti for All Saints Day and All Souls Day should take precautions to protect themselves from cholera, U.S. officials warn.
  • Friday, October 29

  • Big drinkers cut back yet still drink lots   UPI / 11:54PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Heavy drinkers who "cut back," still drink a lot more than "normal," U.S. researchers say.
  • Haitian cholera toll reported at 330   UPI / 10:05PM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- The death toll from the cholera epidemic in Haiti hit 330 Friday, health officials said.
  • Nuts can make Halloween life or death   UPI / 9:44PM
    CHICAGO, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- A U.S. doctor says keeping Halloween "nut-free" is important, in fact it could be life-saving, for children with nut allergies.
  • Smokers have thinner cerebral cortex   UPI / 9:34PM
    BERLIN, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- The longer a person smokes -- and the more he or she smokes -- the thinner the brain's cerebral cortex is, researchers in Germany found.
  • Some antioxidants may not be healthful   UPI / 9:24PM
    TAIPEI, Taiwan, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- A researcher in Taiwan says rat studies raise concerns about the safety of some "healthful" antioxidants touted to help prevent cancer.
  • 'Sopranos' actress dies of cancer   UPI / 7:44PM
    MORRISTOWN, N.J., Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Denise Borino-Quinn, who played mob wife Ginny Sacrimoni on "The Sopranos," died at New Jersey's Morristown Memorial Hospital after a battle with liver cancer.
  • Breastfeeding benefits even sickest baby   UPI / 7:34PM
    PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- New mothers need to know breast milk is important for babies -- even critically sick newborns, U.S. nurses say.
  • California issues warning on seafood   UPI / 7:05PM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Officials in California say they've issued a warning against eating certain parts of California spiny lobsters and rock crabs because of toxins.
  • Malaria control, not eradication, urged   UPI / 5:44PM
    LONDON, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Attempts to completely eradicate malaria in some countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, might be counterproductive, researchers suggest.
  • Mice to go along on final shuttle flight   UPI / 5:24PM
    GALVESTON, Texas, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Sixteen laboratory mice, part of a medical experiment, will join the crew of the space shuttle Discovery when it launches Monday, U.S. researchers say.
  • Blood shortages reported in China   UPI / 3:54PM
    BEIJING, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- In a move to address China's blood supply shortage, the country's health minister has donated blood and says health workers should take the lead in donating.
  • Unmasking Halloween allergens   UPI / 1:24PM
    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill., Oct. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. allergists offer help in unmasking allergy triggers that may lurk in Halloween treats and activities.
  • Thousands mourn Kirchner in Argentina   UPI / 12:05PM
    BUENOS AIRES, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Thousands of people filed past the coffin of former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner, who died of a heart attack at age 60, officials said.
  • Thursday, October 28

  • Fries linked to higher breast cancer risk   UPI / 11:34PM
    LEEDS, England, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Exposure to dietary acrylamide -- found in french fries -- may increase the risk of breast cancer in premenopausal women, researchers in Britain say.
  • Rapid test for malaria approved for Haiti   UPI / 11:05PM
    ATLANTA, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Haitian and U.S. officials have approved the use of three malaria rapid diagnostic tests for use in earthquake-ravaged Haiti, a U.S. report says.
  • Green tea does not prevent breast cancer   UPI / 10:54PM
    TOKYO, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A Japanese researcher says green tea does not help protect women against breast cancer.
  • 8-in-10 children worldwide get DTP shots   UPI / 10:24PM
    ATLANTA, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Eighty-two percent of all infants under age 1 worldwide last year received three doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, U.S. health officials say.
  • 'Botox Bandit' gets 5 years for burglaries   UPI / 9:34PM
    SANTA ANA, Calif., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A Southern California woman dubbed the "Botox Bandit" was sentenced to five years in prison for burglary, fraud and identity theft.
  • Parents of children with MRSA want advice   UPI / 9:14PM
    BALTMORE, Md., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Parents and caregivers of children with a drug-resistant methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus say they need better information, U.S. researchers say.
  • BPA linked to problems with sperm quality   UPI / 9:14PM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A chemical used in common products and packaging and known to cause male impotence is linked to a lack of sperm quality and mobility, U.S. researchers say.
  • Cells that make insulin subject of study   UPI / 9:14PM
    LIVERMORE, Calif., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they've identified the age at which beta cells, which make insulin, stop replicating, leading to hope clinicians can better treat diabetes.
  • Woman gets 15 years for cancer fraud   UPI / 7:54PM
    TOWSON, Md., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A Maryland woman who stole from friends by faking cancer got a 15-year prison term Thursday from a judge who called her a "professional thief."
  • Injured cyclist lay in ravine 3 days   UPI / 4:14PM
    TRAFALGAR, Ind., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A man found whose motorcycle flipped over a guardrail near Indianapolis lay injured in a ravine for three days before a woman stumbled upon him, officials said.
  • 22 tons of rodent-infested rice seized   UPI / 3:34PM
    ATLANTA, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. marshals seized nearly 22 tons of rodent-infested rice and other tainted food packaged in permeable containers in an Atlanta warehouse, authorities said.
  • Record donation for celiac disease work   UPI / 1:44PM
    BALTIMORE, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A record $45 million donation for research into celiac disease has been received by the University of Maryland, school officials say.
  • New order could reduce brain damage   UPI / 12:14PM
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Military doctors in Afghanistan say an order requiring troops to leave a battlefield for 24 hours after being exposed to a blast might prevent brain damage.
  • Breast cancer survival tips offered   UPI / 12:44AM
    SEATTLE, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A U.S. biobehavioral scientist advises breast cancer patients to create a plan, reduce risks, seek support, address fear, get active and manage symptoms.
  • Wednesday, October 27

  • Aspirin may help fight prostate cancer   UPI / 11:54PM
    DALLAS, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- There is promising evidence aspirin can help drastically cut deaths among prostate cancer patients, a U.S. researcher says.
  • Race/ethnicity affect a child's therapy   UPI / 11:44PM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Race and/or ethnicity affect access to medical care for U.S. children with frequent ear infections, researchers say.
  • Pap smear helps monitor those with lesions   UPI / 11:14PM
    DAVIS, Calif., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Conventional Pap smears help reduce cancer incidence in those who have had cervical lesions, U.S. researchers say.
  • Targeted radiation lessens complications   UPI / 10:24PM
    PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say more precise targeting of radiation lessens prostate cancer treatment side effects.
  • 24-foot python dies in Columbus Zoo   UPI / 7:54PM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- The 24-foot python that had been delighting visitors to an Ohio zoo since 2007 has died, possibly of a tumor, officials announced Wednesday.
  • Haiti protesters close cholera center   UPI / 7:44PM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Bowing to protests by St. Marc locals, the Haitian government says it has asked aid groups to dismantle a nearly completed 400-bed cholera treatment center.
  • Report: Canada failing special needs kids   UPI / 7:14PM
    TORONTO, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Three Canadian provinces are failing to properly evaluate and teach young people with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, an advocacy group says.
  • Fiorina to hit campaign trail Thursday   UPI / 7:05PM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina was released from a California hospital Wednesday after being treated for an infection.
  • Most prefer touching toilet to handshake   UPI / 6:14PM
    SKILLMAN, N.J., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Most U.S. adults would rather touch a public toilet seat than shake someone's hand after they've coughed or sneezed into it, a survey indicates.
  • Chemo + radiation: Alternative to surgery   UPI / 5:44PM
    BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- British researchers say chemotherapy and radiation together may offer bladder cancer patients an alternative to surgery.
  • Radiation first for rectal cancer good   UPI / 5:44PM
    LEIDEN, Netherlands, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- A Dutch researcher says radiation before surgery may help keep rectal cancer from returning.
  • High blood pressure remains at 30 percent   UPI / 4:24PM
    ATLANTA, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- High-blood pressure among U.S. adults has remained stable 1999-2008, but more people are aware of hypertension and treat it, health officials say.
  • Thumbs at risk from texting   UPI / 1:24PM
    REGINA, Saskatchewan, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Too much texting is putting baby boomers' thumbs at risk for a bad case of osteoarthritis, a spokeswoman for Canada's Arthritis Society said.
  • Fatty fish may help prevent gum disease   UPI / 1:54AM
    BOSTON, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Polyunsaturated fatty acids like fish body oils show promise in preventing and treating periodontitis, gum disease, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • At-home infertility tests cause concerns   UPI / 12:05AM
    CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- At-home infertility tests for women are not foolproof because of the cutout levels of the hormone used, U.S. researchers say.
  • Anxiety disorders affect smoking cessation   UPI / 12:05AM
    MADISON, Wis., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Cigarette smokers who have a history of anxiety disorders have a harder time than others quitting smoking, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • Tuesday, October 26

  • Sen. nominee Fiorina to remain in hospital   UPI / 10:34PM
    SACRAMENTO, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Republican U.S. Senate nominee Carly Fiorina will remain in a California hospital overnight for observation, her campaign said Tuesday.
  • New polio vaccine may end disease   UPI / 9:05PM
    GENEVA, Switzerland, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- A new oral polio vaccine holds the potential to wipe out two wild strains of the crippling disease worldwide, the World Health Organization in Switzerland says.
  • Man sold patients' records, gets 11 years   UPI / 8:05PM
    MIAMI-DADE, Fla., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- A handicapped Florida man was sentenced to 11 years in prison for buying stolen patients' hospital records, creating hefty kickbacks for himself.
  • Obese 13-year-olds have middle-age vessels   UPI / 8:05PM
    MONTREAL, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- A study of obese 13-year-old children in Canada found they had stiff blood vessels, a condition described as alarming by health experts.
  • U.S. hospitalization rate has leveled off   UPI / 5:05PM
    ATLANTA, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- The annual National Hospital Discharge Survey indicates the U.S. hospitalization rate leveled from 1995 to 2007 after declining from 1980 to 1995.
  • Today's 70-year-olds smarter   UPI / 4:34PM
    GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- A Swedish researcher says today's 70-year-olds score better on intelligence tests than their predecessors, but dementia remains as common as 30 years ago.
  • Patients will not have to pay co-pays   UPI / 1:34PM
    CHICAGO, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Many with private health insurance won't have to pay the co-payment for some screenings or preventive care by next year, an Illinois insurance official says.
  • Middle-age smoking increases dementia risk   UPI / 2:14AM
    OAKLAND, Calif., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Heavy smoking during middle age increases the risk of Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia by more than 150 percent, U.S. researchers say.
  • Dentists suggest non-candy treats   UPI / 2:05AM
    MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Minnesota dentists warn Halloween candy treats may appear harmless but they may haunt Trick-or-Treaters' teeth -- so they advise candy treat alternatives.
  • Teen, child basketball brain injuries up   UPI / 12:24AM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- A study of U.S. pediatric basketball-related injuries found such injuries treated in hospitals dropped from 1997 to 2007, researchers say.
  • Monday, October 25

  • Child cancer survivors face digestion risk   UPI / 8:54PM
    BOSTON, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- A child who has been treated for cancer has a higher-than-average risk of gastrointestinal problems, U.S. researchers say.
  • Salmonella found in pet dwarf frogs   UPI / 8:44PM
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Pet frogs might be cute but they also might make you sick from salmonella, U.S. health officials warn.
  • Listeria 'tricks' cells to infect humans   UPI / 7:24PM
    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Listeria bacteria, a source of food-borne illness, tricks cells in the body's intestines to pass through those cells and make people sick, researchers say.
  • Norovirus sickens sorority sisters   UPI / 7:14PM
    DETROIT, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- More than three dozen women at a University of Michigan sorority may have been sickened by a norovirus this weekend, public health officials say.
  • Company appeals genetic patent ruling   UPI / 4:24PM
    SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- A Salt Lake City company says it is appealing a U.S. District Court ruling invalidating its patents on naturally occurring genes.
  • Nurse's negligence blamed for brain damage   UPI / 4:24PM
    LONDON, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- A British quadriplegic suffered irreparable brain damage when a nurse turned off his ventilator and could not restart it, his family charges.
  • 'Second-hand' danger in radiation therapy?   UPI / 1:34PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Thyroid cancer patients given radiation can be dangerous to people around them for a week, doctors say, raising questions of where they should spend that time.
  • Kentucky teen killer Todd Ice dead at 47   UPI / 11:54AM
    MUNCIE, Ind., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Todd Ice, who had been the youngest person in the United States to be sentenced to death, died of a heart attack in Missouri, his father announced.
  • Cholera outbreak moves into Port-au-Prince   UPI / 11:34AM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Haitian and international health agencies are mustering a swift response to the spread of a cholera outbreak that has reached Port-au-Prince, officials said.
  • How much broccoli needed for anti-cancer   UPI / 1:44AM
    CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Three to five servings a week of broccoli is enough to have an anti-cancer effect, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • Biomarkers can identify kidney disease   UPI / 12:05AM
    FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Three biomarkers -- substances that may signal disease -- could help predict kidney disease, U.S. researchers say.
  • Sunday, October 24

  • Haitian cholera toll surpasses 250   UPI / 9:24PM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Doctors and relief workers in Haiti say they fear a cholera outbreak north of Port-au-Prince will reach the capital as the disease's death toll surpassed 250.
  • Saturday, October 23

  • Singer says 2010 'worst' year of her life   UPI / 10:24AM
    LONDON, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- British singer Cheryl Cole says her divorce and battle with malaria contributed to making 2010 the worst year of her life.
  • Clinic raided in hepatitis outbreak   UPI / 7:54AM
    MELBOURNE, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Australian police Saturday searched a medical clinic in Melbourne with links to a doctor suspected of infecting scores of women with hepatitis C.
  • Intervention helps cancer patients's moms   UPI / 2:14AM
    HOUSTON, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Researchers in Texas and California say an intervention can help mothers cope with their child's cancer.
  • Men with prostate cancer, get colon exam   UPI / 2:04AM
    BUFFALO, N.Y., Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Men who have prostate cancer should not miss having routine colonoscopies because they have significantly more abnormal colon polyps, U.S. researchers say.
  • Cataract surgery may reduce auto crashes   UPI / 1:54AM
    CHICAGO, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Cataract surgery improves vision for older people with a corresponding reduction in car crashes, researchers in Australia say.
  • Hundreds dead of cholera in Nigeria   UPI / 1:44AM
    ABUJA, Nigeria, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- More than 1,500 people have died of cholera in Nigeria since the beginning of the year, U.N. officials said Friday.
  • Bad neighborhood can lead to bad health   UPI / 1:34AM
    INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Living in a deprived urban neighborhood puts diabetics at a significantly higher risk of losing mobility, a study of African-Americans with the disease found.
  • Friday, October 22

  • Effects of breast cancer may last long   UPI / 10:34PM
    COLUMBIA, Mo., Oct. 22 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher says for some women the impacts of breast cancer can be longer-lasting and do not end when they leave the hospital.
  • Hormone replacement linked to cancer   UPI / 9:24PM
    AURORA, Colo., Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Estrogen replacement therapy may spur ovarian cancer growth, U.S. researchers say.
  • Strep throat antibody, OCD linked   UPI / 8:44PM
    FLORENCE, Italy, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Israeli researchers have linked obsessive-compulsive disorder and strep throat in an animal model.
  • Malaria deaths in India 'underestimated'   UPI / 8:44PM
    NEW DELHI, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Deaths from malaria in India may be as much as 10 times higher than official World Health Organization estimates, researchers say.
  • 'Vog,' or volcanic air, is health concern   UPI / 8:24PM
    HILO, Hawaii, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- "Vog," or volcanic air pollution, from the Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii's big island contains sulfur dioxide that is a health concern, researchers say.
  • U.S. wants 'custom DNA' guidelines   UPI / 8:04PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- The United States says it will introduce guidelines for companies supplying "custom DNA" to prevent bioterrorists from building dangerous viruses from scratch.
  • Protein seen as cancer link   UPI / 6:44PM
    ANN ARBOR, Mich., Oct. 22 (UPI) -- A French-U.S. research team says a protein involved in hormone signaling is also made by blood vessel cells in cancer tumors and could be a good drug target.
  • Nimoy undergoes abdominal surgery   UPI / 4:44PM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Leonard Nimoy's publicist says the U.S. actor is recovering from a minor benign abdominal surgery, TMZ reported Friday.
  • Cholera epidemic fills Haitian hospitals   UPI / 4:24PM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- More than 1,500 Haitians have been diagnosed with cholera in an epidemic that has overwhelmed hospitals and killed 138 so far, aid workers said Friday.
  • Breast scans called over-used   UPI / 1:14PM
    LONDON, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- MRI scans can lead to unnecessary breast surgery because the technique is too sensitive and picks up harmless growths, an Irish expert says.
  • 'Octomom' doctor says it was a 'mistake'   UPI / 12:24PM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- The doctor who helped "octomom" conceive octuplets says he made a mistake by implanting a dozen embryos at her insistence and against his better judgment.
  • Brains of new moms actually grow   UPI / 2:24AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Many new mothers say their brains turn to mush, but U.S. researchers say the brains of new moms actually grow.
  • Temperatures keep body clock in sync   UPI / 1:05AM
    DALLAS, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Internal temperature regulates the body's clock -- circadian rhythm -- controlling sleep and other functions, U.S. researchers say.
  • Low testosterone ups early death risk   UPI / 12:54AM
    SHEFFIELD, England, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- British researchers link low testosterone levels in younger men to a higher risk of premature death from heart disease.
  • Inflammation fighter: Black rice bran   UPI / 12:54AM
    ALBANY, Calif., Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Black rice bran may help fight disease-related inflammation, U.S. and South Korean researchers say.
  • Inflammatory bowel linked to vitamin D   UPI / 12:14AM
    SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher warns patients with inflammatory bowel disease may be low on vitamin D and also be at risk for bone loss.
  • Thursday, October 21

  • September's cold, flu same as last year   UPI / 11:44PM
    PRINCETON, N.J., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Almost 2 percent of Americans self-reported they had flu-like symptoms on any given day in September, on par with 2009 and 2008, a U.S. survey indicates.
  • CDC: By 2050, 1 in 3 to have diabetes   UPI / 11:34PM
    ATLANTA, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- If current trends continue, as many as 1 in 3 U.S. adults could have diabetes by 2050, a report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say.
  • Those on Medicaid smoke more than others   UPI / 10:54PM
    ATLANTA, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- People on Medicaid are twice as likely to smoke as the U.S. population, but the cessation help they get varies state-to-state, researchers and officials say.
  • Man gets reduced charges in wife's death   UPI / 9:54PM
    ROMEOVILLE, Ill., Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Murder charges against an Illinois man accused of hitting his wife with a hammer and leaving her to die have been reduced to battery charges, authorities say.
  • Questions may flag post-op complications   UPI / 9:44PM
    PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Eight questions that need only a yes or no answer can help signal those at risk for complications after surgery, U.S. researchers say.
  • CDC: Rare, but one can get HIV via blood   UPI / 7:54PM
    ATLANTA, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Although getting an HIV infection via a blood transfusion in the United States is rare, federal health officials say it is possible and has occurred.
  • Haiti hit by cholera outbreak; 135 dead   UPI / 7:54PM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- A cholera outbreak in Haiti, still reeling from a powerful January earthquake, has killed 135 people in recent days, a health official said Thursday.
  • Celery linked to five deaths in Texas   UPI / 7:24PM
    SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Texas health officials say their tests link a food-borne disease that killed five people to celery from a local processing plant they closed down.
  • Van Damme: I'm 100 percent healthy   UPI / 3:34PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Belgian action movie star Jean-Claude Van Damme says he is "100 percent healthy" despite reports this week claiming he suffered a minor heart attack.
  • Malaria mosquitoes evolving into 2 species   UPI / 12:54PM
    LONDON, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Two strains of mosquitoes carrying malaria in Africa have evolved substantial genetic differences and are becoming separate species, British scientists say.
  • Ono: Affirm unity on Global Oneness Day   UPI / 11:44AM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. activist artist-musician Yoko Ono appealed to the world Thursday to "recognize that we are one" and show this recognition on the first Global Oneness Day.
  • New counters may use light to fight MRSA   UPI / 2:14AM
    ALBUQUERQUE, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- To fight methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, U.S. researchers say they are developing anti-bacterial counter tops that may be sterilized using light.
  • Lou Gehrig's disease registry created   UPI / 1:24AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. government has set up a registry for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, to identify potential risk factors, officials say.
  • Wednesday, October 20

  • Poll: Some at risk by contact lens hygiene   UPI / 11:54PM
    ST. LOUIS, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Only about a quarter of Americans who wear contact lenses replace daily disposable lenses every day as recommended, a survey indicates.
  • Vitamin E may help fight prostate cancer   UPI / 11:14PM
    BRISBANE, Australia, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- An Australian researcher suggests a new vitamin E treatment could improve prostate cancer survival rates.
  • Some can delay bone density test 10 years   UPI / 11:14PM
    TORONTO, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Older women with good bone density at 65 may delay re-testing, U.S. researchers say.
  • Alcohol slows reaction times, ups errors   UPI / 9:54PM
    HARTFORD, Conn., Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Certain parts of the brain are significantly affected by alcohol increasing reaction time and errors during decision-making, U.S. researchers say.
  • Turmeric aids head, neck cancer chemo drug   UPI / 5:05PM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Curcumin, found in the spice turmeric, enhances the head and neck cancer drug Cisplatin by suppressing cancer cell growth, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • Thatcher hospitalized for tests   UPI / 10:44AM
    LONDON, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was doing well after being taken to the hospital by ambulance, her son said Wednesday.
  • Robot-assisted prostate surgery effective   UPI / 7:44AM
    DETROIT, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Nearly 87 percent of men who underwent robot-assisted prostate surgery had no recurrence of disease five years later, U.S. researchers found.
  • More tissue taken from breast tumor better   UPI / 1:54AM
    SUTTON COLDFIELD, England, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Removing 2 millimeters of tissue around breast cancer tumors prevents the disease from recurring in 98 percent of patients, British researchers say.
  • Vitamin B lack linked to Alzheimer's   UPI / 1:24AM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Vitamin B12 -- found in fish, poultry and other meat -- may protect against Alzheimer's disease, researchers in Sweden suggest.
  • Gene variant protects against alcoholism   UPI / 12:24AM
    CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Many people who get drunk on just a few drinks have a gene variant that may protect them from becoming alcoholics, U.S. researchers say.
  • Hormones may up breast cancer mortality   UPI / 12:04AM
    SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Combined hormone replacement therapy may not only increase the risk of breast cancer, it also doubles the risk of dying from it, U.S. researchers say.
  • Tuesday, October 19

  • Blood test detects breast cancer return   UPI / 11:14PM
    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Oct. 19 (UPI) -- A blood test has the potential to detect the recurrence of breast cancer a year in advance of currently available diagnostic tests, U.S. researchers say.
  • Overweight children risk hypertension   UPI / 11:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Overweight youth are at risk for high blood pressure, but even dropping a few pounds can lower their blood pressure, U.S. researchers say.
  • Study: A third wave of H1N1 unlikely   UPI / 6:14PM
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- A third wave of H1N1 influenza among youth is unlikely, but older U.S. adults may be at greater risk of catching it this flu season, Canadian researchers say.
  • Report: Novak treated for breast cancer   UPI / 12:54PM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Kim Novak's manager says the U.S. actress is undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
  • Magic Johnson sells Lakers stake   UPI / 10:14AM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Former Los Angeles Lakers great Earvin "Magic" Johnson has sold his ownership share of the team to a biotech billionaire, officials said Monday.
  • California island-dweller is under threat   UPI / 8:05AM
    SANTA CRUZ, Calif., Oct. 18 (UPI) -- The only bird in North America living exclusively on a single island is under threat, say scientists trying to capture and vaccinate them one by one.
  • Research guides child OCD treatment   UPI / 2:24AM
    PROVIDENCE, R.I., Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Research is showing clinicians how to better predict how a child with obsessive compulsive disorder may respond to treatment, U.S. researchers say.
  • About 20% W.Va. kids hypertensive   UPI / 2:14AM
    MORGANTOWN, W.Va., Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Almost 20 percent of fifth-graders in West Virginia are considered to have high blood pressure, researchers say.
  • Walking may protect memory in elderly   UPI / 1:44AM
    PITTSBURGH, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Walking at least 6 miles per week may prevent brain shrinkage and preserve memory in the elderly, University of Pittsburgh researchers say.
  • Medical errors persist despite precautions   UPI / 1:24AM
    DENVER, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Surgeons are still operating on the wrong patients or the wrong spot on the right patients despite systems meant to preclude such errors, U.S. researchers say.
  • New technique uses laser on tumors   UPI / 1:24AM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Mayo Clinic physicians in Florida say they are using a magnetic resonance imaging-guided laser to heat up and destroy kidney and liver tumors.
  • Higher doctor fees cuts flu shots to poor   UPI / 12:05AM
    ROCHESTER, N.Y., Oct. 18 (UPI) -- The number of poor U.S. children who get vaccinated for influenza is linked to how much physicians are paid to administer influenza shots, researchers say.
  • Monday, October 18

  • Blood pressure may be linked to migraine   UPI / 11:44PM
    CHICAGO, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Low blood pressure may be a risk factor for glaucoma in patients who suffer from migraine, researchers in the Russian Federation say.
  • Physical beauty favored everywhere   UPI / 10:34PM
    HEMPSTEAD, N.Y., Oct. 18 (UPI) -- People may disagree about what constitutes physical beauty but worldwide, across all cultures, we all favor it, U.S. researchers find.
  • Doctors may be misusing cancer guidelines   UPI / 9:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Doctors may both overuse and under use recommended colorectal cancer screening guidelines, U.S. researchers say.
  • Illnesses blamed on toxic Iraq burn pits   UPI / 5:05PM
    SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Toxic fumes from trash burned by U.S. military forces in open pits in Iraq have sickened many U.S. soldiers, yet the practice continues, a federal report says.
  • Stem cell trial puts Atlanta in spotlight   UPI / 4:54PM
    ATLANTA, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Atlanta is in the center of the biomedical spotlight as the site of the first human trial involving embryonic stem cells -- and it's no accident, experts say.
  • Chinese city targets second-hand smoke   UPI / 2:14PM
    HARBIN, China, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- A major Chinese city will outlaw smoking in all indoor public places, officials said Monday.
  • Sunday, October 17

  • Rutgers football player paralyzed in game   UPI / 6:54PM
    PISCATAWAY, N.J., Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand is paralyzed from the neck down after being injured in a game this weekend, team officials said Sunday.
  • Saturday, October 16

  • Woman allegedly used car as weapon   UPI / 11:44PM
    TRENTON, Mich., Oct. 16 (UPI) -- A Michigan woman who harassed a sick 7-year-old girl on Facebook in a feud with the girl's grandmother faces charges of running down a neighbor, police say.
  • Maggie Daley hospitalized in Washington   UPI / 3:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Maggie Daley, wife of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, was hospitalized in Washington after she reported pain related to her cancer, officials said.
  • FDA expands Botox approval to migraines   UPI / 3:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. drug producer Allergan said sales of Botox as an anti-wrinkle therapy would soon be surpassed by its use as an anti-migraine drug.
  • British nurses from overseas: Under-valued   UPI / 12:44PM
    NORTHAMPTON, England, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Nurses who to Britain came from overseas say they have felt undervalued and disrespected, researchers found.
  • Waist size key predictor of heart risk   UPI / 12:14AM
    ATHENS, Ga., Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Waist circumference is the best predictor of a child's future cardiovascular risk, Australian and U.S. researchers suggest.
  • Friday, October 15

  • New device may help treat PAD   UPI / 11:34PM
    CHICAGO, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Two U.S. physicians suggest an innovation could help reduce complications of balloon angioplasty to treat peripheral artery disease.
  • Four kinds of compulsive gamblers   UPI / 11:24PM
    BARCELONA, Spain, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Spanish researchers say they identified four kinds of compulsive gamblers, but only oneof the four has a significant concurrent addiction or abuse.
  • Watermelon can lower blood pressure   UPI / 10:24PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Watermelon contains a compound that may help lower blood pressure, U.S. food scientists say.
  • Survey: Most know someone with Alzheimer's   UPI / 10:14PM
    BOSTON, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- More than 50 percent of Americans say they know a relative or friend afflicted with Alzheimer's disease, a U.S. survey indicates.
  • Most trapped Chile miners out of hospital   UPI / 10:04PM
    COPIAPO, Chile, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Most of the 33 miners trapped more than 2,000 feet below ground in a Chilean mine for more than two months were released from hospital Friday.
  • Actor Simon MacCorkindale dead at 58   UPI / 6:05PM
    LONDON, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- British actor Simon MacCorkindale has died in a London clinic after a long battle with bowel and lung cancer, his publicist said Friday. He was 58.
  • Dengue fever called growing global threat   UPI / 5:44PM
    UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Outbreaks of the deadly parasitic disease dengue fever are now a major threat to global public health, the World Health Organization says.
  • FDA cracks down on autism 'treatment'   UPI / 1:54PM
    CHICAGO, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- A type of over-the-counter product sold as a treatment for autism, heart disease and other conditions is dangerous and illegal, health officials say.
  • Obesity drug blamed in French deaths   UPI / 1:35PM
    PARIS, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- French health officials say an anti-obesity drug pulled from the market in 2009 because of concern about heart problems may have killed as many as 1,000 people.
  • Survey: Fewer plan to get influenza shot   UPI / 2:04AM
    YONKERS, N.Y., Oct. 15 (UPI) -- About 37 percent of U.S. adults say they plan to get the seasonal influenza vaccine this year, down from 45 percent last flu season, a survey indicates.
  • Low testosterone linked to Alzheimer's   UPI / 2:04AM
    ST. LOUIS, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- The onset of Alzheimer's disease may be linked to low levels of the male sex hormone testosterone in older men, U.S. and Chinese researchers say.
  • Israeli Jews, Arabs outlive Americans   UPI / 12:24AM
    BEER-SHEVA, Israel, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Israeli Jews live approximately 81 years and Israeli Arabs live 79 years, while the average American life expectancy is 78 years, researchers say.
  • CDC breast cancer advisory committee forms   UPI / 12:05AM
    ATLANTA, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Fifteen members have been asked to serve on the Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women, U.S. health officials said Thursday.
  • Thursday, October 14

  • Hispanics face barriers to HIV treatment   UPI / 10:14PM
    ATLANTA, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Hispanics represent approximately 16 percent of the U.S. population and account for about 17 percent of new HIV infections, federal health officials say.
  • Rep: Douglas focused on his recovery   UPI / 9:54PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Michael Douglas' publicist says the Hollywood actor's health issues are not as dire as some media reports have suggested.
  • Warning: 'Natural slimmers' can kill   UPI / 9:24PM
    HONG KONG, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- A researcher in Hong Kong advises doctors worldwide to ask patients with strange symptoms if they use over-the-counter slimming products.
  • Study: Prepared meal diet effective   UPI / 8:54PM
    LA JOLLA, Calif., Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Structured intervention programs with prepared meals such as Jenny Craig help women lose weight, a U.S. researcher says.
  • Study: Antibiotics could trigger diseases   UPI / 7:44PM
    EDMONTON, Alberta, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Canadian researchers say giving antibiotics to infants in their first year of life may cause the development of asthma and allergies later in childhood.
  • U.N. hails eradication of a cattle disease   UPI / 5:54PM
    UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- For the first time in history, human efforts will have wiped out an animal disease in the wild, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization says.
  • Costliest healthcare plans not the best   UPI / 8:04AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. health plans costing the most may not have the best quality, and vaccination rates have dropped for kids in private health plans, a non-profit group says.
  • Vegetables linked to fewer breast cancers   UPI / 2:05AM
    BOSTON, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- African-American women who eat more vegetables are less likely to develop estrogen receptor-negative breast cancer, U.S. researchers say.
  • Web site provides hospital safety data   UPI / 2:05AM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Comparative data on patient safety and hospital quality for nine U.S. states is available online at the Web site WhyNotTheBest.org, a non-profit group says.
  • Cancer patients report less sex pleasure   UPI / 1:34AM
    MILAN, Italy, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Cancer patients who take drugs that target specific molecular mechanisms report decreased levels of sexual function and satisfaction, French researchers say.
  • Wednesday, October 13

  • Vaccine against Alzheimer's being created   UPI / 11:44PM
    DALLAS, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they created an experimental vaccine to slow beta-amyloid, the protein forming brain abnormalities associated with Alzheimer's disease.
  • Somers takes health chat to the big screen   UPI / 9:54PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. actress, author and health advocate Suzanne Somers will talk about appearing young and staying healthy in a soon-to-be theatrically released film.
  • Porn performer tests positive for HIV   UPI / 9:44PM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- An unidentified adult-film actor has tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS, officials at a Sherman Oaks, Calif., clinic told the Los Angeles Times.
  • Working 9 to 5, may add to thighs   UPI / 8:34PM
    MONTREAL, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Working 9 to 5 may be padding more than the wallet, with Canadian researchers saying a decades-long trend toward obesity may be partly due to sedentary work.
  • Hormone may help diabetes patients   UPI / 8:04PM
    DALLAS, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Leptin -- a hormone formed in fat cells -- may help stabilize sugar levels in those with type 1 diabetes, U.S. researchers say.
  • Euthanized dog comes back to life   UPI / 6:24PM
    DETROIT, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- A Michigan man discovered the day after he had his ailing 11-year-old Rottweiler euthanized that the dog was up and on her feet.
  • Peppers, celery may reduce memory loss   UPI / 5:05PM
    CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Oct. 13 (UPI) -- A substance found in carrots, peppers, celery, olive oil, peppermint, rosemary and chamomile may reduce elderly memory deficits, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • Mom allegedly faked son's cancer   UPI / 3:54PM
    ROSEVILLE, Mich., Oct. 13 (UPI) -- A Michigan judge ordered a competency evaluation Wednesday for a woman accused of pretending her son had cancer and denied her visits from the boy.
  • Dying girl finds support after harassment   UPI / 1:05PM
    TRENTON, Mich., Oct. 13 (UPI) -- The family of a dying Michigan girl who was taunted by neighbors is moved by support from around the world, her father said.
  • Complication blamed for elephant's death   UPI / 12:05PM
    LOUISVILLE, Ky., Oct. 13 (UPI) -- A common complication of colic was responsible for the death of the Louisville (Ky.) Zoo's 3-year-old elephant named Scotty, zoo officials said.
  • Illegal entrant had malaria, Customs says   UPI / 12:05PM
    ATLANTA, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- A Nigerian with malaria was recently stopped from entering the United States at the Atlanta airport, customs authorities said.
  • Owner says implanted chip gave cat cancer   UPI / 10:14AM
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 13 (UPI) -- A Massachusetts woman says her cat got cancer from an implanted tracking microchip, court records show.
  • Tuesday, October 12

  • Diabetes hospitalization up in young women   UPI / 11:44PM
    ANN ARBOR, Mich., Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Diabetes hospitalizations are up by 66 percent since 1993 for all ages and sexes but are higher in young women, U.S. researchers say.
  • Parents want research on vaccine safety   UPI / 11:44PM
    ANN ARBOR, Mich., Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Nine out of 10 U.S. parents rank vaccine safety and the safety of medicines as the most important topics in children's health research, a survey indicates.
  • Despite history, women can cut breast risk   UPI / 11:24PM
    ROCHESTER, N.Y., Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Women who have a close relative with breast cancer can reduce their breast cancer risk by adopting a breast-healthy lifestyle, U.S. researchers said.
  • Benefits of folic acid on heart lacking   UPI / 10:44PM
    OXFORD, England, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Folic acid appears to lower homocysteine -- thought to be a heart risk factor -- but it doesn't appear linked to fewer heart events, British researchers say.
  • Shift work/cancer link yet to be verified   UPI / 8:54PM
    COLOGNE, Germany, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- A researcher in Germany says the suspected link between shift work and cancer deserves further scientific exploration.
  • Gene defect blamed in infancy disease   UPI / 7:14PM
    TEL AVIV, Israel, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Israeli researchers say they've detected a genetic mutation causing a progressive disease of mental retardation and epilepsy beginning in infancy.
  • Stepmom is 'person of interest'   UPI / 5:04PM
    HICKORY, N.C., Oct. 12 (UPI) -- The stepmother of a disabled 10-year-old girl missing in North Carolina admitted writing a ransom note, said police who charged the woman with a felony.
  • U.N. says 300,000 Pakistan malaria cases   UPI / 2:54PM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- A U.N. health agency said Tuesday nearly 300,000 suspected cases of malaria have been logged in Pakistan's flooded regions, slightly above the seasonal average.
  • Drugs, breast cancer suits can proceed   UPI / 1:04PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday rejected a petition by several drug makers, allowing lawsuits over an alleged link between drugs and breast cancer to proceed.
  • New rules for abortion alternative centers   UPI / 9:05AM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Two New York City Council members are pushing legislation to regulate signage at medical clinics offering abortion alternatives.
  • Public health involves personal choices   UPI / 2:14AM
    LEICESTER, England, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Public health in the past involved government to control infectious diseases but health issues today involve personal choice, a British researcher said.
  • Study: Aircraft noise bad for the heart   UPI / 12:34AM
    BERN, Switzerland, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- People living under airport flight paths and exposed to aircraft noise are at higher risk for heart attacks, a Swiss study says.
  • Reduce transfusions: Reduce risks and cost   UPI / 12:04AM
    CHICAGO, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Reducing blood transfusions helps improve patient safety and saves money, a U.S. researchers suggests.
  • Monday, October 11

  • Avoiding post-surgical agitation in kids   UPI / 11:44PM
    AUGUSTA, Ga., Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Agitation after surgery affects as many as half of the children who have been anesthetized but it may be prevented, a U.S. pediatric anesthesiologist says.
  • Child not hurt by mom's light drinking   UPI / 11:14PM
    LONDON, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- British researchers say light drinking by a pregnant woman did not harm her child's intellect.
  • Teen football: Undiagnosed brain changes   UPI / 9:04PM
    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Teen football players may suffer from undiagnosed brain function changes, U.S. researchers say.
  • 'Fun people' can be depressed too   UPI / 8:05PM
    ROCHESTER, N.Y., Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Friends and family may miss signs of depression in those with "fun-loving" personalities, a U.S. researcher says.
  • Canadian lounging in briefs a Web hit   UPI / 6:34PM
    TORONTO, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- A Canadian man is using the Internet to let people watch him pad around his house in his underwear to raise money for cancer awareness.
  • First embryonic stem cell trial starts   UPI / 5:34PM
    ATLANTA, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- A patient partially paralyzed by a spinal cord injury has been injected with embryonic stem cells in a first test of the controversial therapy, officials said.
  • Sunday, October 10

  • MDA cutting length of annual fundraiser   UPI / 12:54PM
    CHICAGO, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- The Muscular Dystrophy Association said it will shorten its annual fundraiser to six hours, and that Jerry Lewis would play a "key" role.
  • Singer to advocate for hearing impaired   UPI / 11:54AM
    BOSTON, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Joey McIntyre, a member of the Boston-bred boy band New Kids on the Block, said news his infant son had a severe hearing loss took a while to register.
  • Saturday, October 9

  • Tony Gwynn reveals cancer, treatments   UPI / 2:54PM
    SAN DIEGO, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Hall of Fame outfielder and former San Diego Padres star Tony Gwynn says he is battling cancer in his salivary gland.
  • Anorexia, bulimia affecting older patients   UPI / 9:24AM
    LONDON, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Once considered a disease primarily affecting young women, anorexia and bulimia are now disorders found in older patients, doctors in Britain said.
  • 15 percent of middle-age women depressed   UPI / 1:54AM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Fifteen percent of U.S. women between the ages of 45 and 64 experience frequent depression, a U.S. researcher says.
  • Breast cancer, air pollution may be linked   UPI / 1:34AM
    MONTREAL, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Air pollution from motor vehicle traffic may put women at higher risk for breast cancer, Canadian researchers said.
  • Friday, October 8

  • CPR: Compression-only may be best   UPI / 8:24PM
    PHOENIX, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers recommend bystanders use compression-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation to manually pump blood through the heart.
  • Explanation for diabetics' kidney-failure   UPI / 7:44PM
    BRISTOL, England, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- British researchers say they have a new explanation for why people with diabetes seem prone to kidney disease.
  • New breast cancer drug described   UPI / 6:54PM
    MILAN, Italy, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- A new type of treatment for metastatic breast cancer has shown encouraging activity as a first-line therapy, U.S. researchers say.
  • Orthopedic surgery patients need vitamin D   UPI / 6:54PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- A U.S. physician says orthopedic surgery patients need their vitamin D deficiencies corrected.
  • Abbott to withdraw Meridia from U.S.market   UPI / 6:35PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Abbott Laboratories says it will voluntarily withdraw obesity drug Meridia from the U.S. market at the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
  • Toxic shellfish warning in Canada   UPI / 6:14PM
    VICTORIA, British Columbia, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Canadian health officials say oysters and mussels harvested from an area of British Columbia's coast north of Vancouver contain a toxin and should not be eaten.
  • Canada deals with shortage of urologists   UPI / 6:14PM
    HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Doctors in Nova Scotia say they've agreed to help alleviate a shortage of urologists in the neighboring province of Newfoundland & Labrador.
  • Waist size key to higher U.S. diabetes   UPI / 6:05PM
    SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Larger waist size is key to the higher diabetes rates among Americans, U.S. and British researchers say.
  • Some insured still can't afford care   UPI / 2:24PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Some parents have not gotten pediatrician-recommended care for their children even though they have health insurance because of costs, a U.S. survey indicates.
  • Tiny electrical shock can improve memory   UPI / 1:24PM
    PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- A tiny electrical shock administered to certain parts of the brain can improve memory recall, U.S. researchers say.
  • Sound waves aid in bone healing   UPI / 12:35PM
    LONDON, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- European researchers say pulses of high-frequency sound have been found to significantly speed up the healing of broken bones.
  • Mom's stress my worsen child's asthma   UPI / 1:54AM
    FUKUOKA, Japan, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Japanese researchers have linked mothers' stressed emotional states and the severity of their children's asthma symptoms.
  • Reducing hypertension may aid kidneys   UPI / 1:54AM
    DALLAS, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say keeping blood pressure in check may ease proteinuria -- excess protein in the urine -- which can be a marker for kidney disease.
  • WHO: Mental illness guide helps therapy   UPI / 1:05AM
    GENEVA, Switzerland, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- An intervention guide facilitates the management of depression, alcohol use disorders and other mental disorders, World Health Organization officials say.
  • Ultra-fine particles a firefighter risk   UPI / 12:44AM
    CINCINNATI, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers warn ultra-fine air particles -- invisible but inhaled into the deepest parts of the lungs -- may be increasing firefighters' heart risk.
  • Iron linked to Alzheimer's disease   UPI / 12:44AM
    BOSTON, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Iron is involved in the production of brain-destroying plaques found in Alzheimer's patients, U.S. researchers say.
  • Pet allergies exacerbate other allergies   UPI / 12:34AM
    KINGSTON, Ontario, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Those with allergies to pets may develop ragweed symptoms earlier in the season than those who don't have pet allergies, Canadian researchers say.
  • CDC: Seasonal viruses match flu vaccines   UPI / 12:14AM
    ATLANTA, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Seasonal influenza viruses in the southern hemisphere and tropical areas match the viruses in this year's seasonal flu vaccine, U.S. health officials say.
  • Thursday, October 7

  • Lawsuit challenging healthcare law tossed   UPI / 11:05PM
    DETROIT, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Detroit rejected challenges to key parts of the new U.S. healthcare reform law, ruling Congress may legislate how people pay for healthcare.
  • Wife: Roberto Alomar exposed me to HIV   UPI / 9:44PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Roberto Alomar's wife accuses the former MLB star of having unprotected sex with her even though he is HIV-positive, Florida divorce papers indicate.
  • Dental care lowers heart disease risk   UPI / 8:14PM
    BERKELEY, Calif., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Women who get dental care may lower their risk of heart disease and stroke by one-third, a U.S. researcher says.
  • 'Indignity' charge against B.C coroner   UPI / 7:05PM
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A retired British Columbia coroner faces charges of improperly handling the remains of two female homicide victims, police said.
  • Mass. hunting for deadly NDM-1 cousin   UPI / 6:44PM
    BOSTON, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Massachusetts hospitals will be surveyed to find out how many cases of a genetic cousin of a drug-resistant "superbug" are being treated, state officials said.
  • BRCA mutation lessens recurrence risk   UPI / 4:24PM
    HOUSTON, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Women with both "triple negative breast cancer" and the BRCA mutation have lower risk of recurrence of cancer, U.S. researchers found.
  • Pa. woman fakes cancer for donations   UPI / 3:24PM
    PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania woman faked breast cancer and tried to take advantage of Breast Cancer Awareness month by planning a benefit in her honor, authorities said.
  • Group slams use of live pigs in training   UPI / 3:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Animal rights activists say the use of live pigs in trauma training by non-profit health system UPMC in Pennsylvania violates the federal Animal Welfare Act.
  • Football fan puts off surgery for MSU game   UPI / 1:54PM
    DETROIT, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A Detroit fan of Michigan State University's football team said he delayed heart surgery to watch the game against rival University of Michigan.
  • Man kills guard, stabs nurse, holes up   UPI / 11:05AM
    WAWARSING, N.Y., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A man at a New York drug-treatment center stabbed a guard there to death, then stabbed a center nurse he forced to drive him away from the scene, police allege.
  • HHS to improve patient safety, cut abuse   UPI / 1:54AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. government allocated $13 million for six states to design criminal background check programs for those applying for work providing direct patient care.
  • Cancer patients rationing drugs, therapy   UPI / 1:34AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Most U.S. oncologists report putting more time and effort in the past six months into financial planning for patients' cancer therapy, a survey indicates.
  • Noisy workplace linked to heart disease   UPI / 12:04AM
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- A study of more than 6,000 U.S. workers found a persistently noisy workplace more than doubled serious heart disease risk, Canadian researchers say.
  • Wednesday, October 6

  • Family therapy touted for anorexic teens   UPI / 11:05PM
    STAMFORD, Calif., Oct. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers suggest teens with anorexia are more likely to have full remission within a year if they participate in family therapy.
  • Virus-fungus combo killing honeybees?   UPI / 10:54PM
    BALTIMORE, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- A combination of a virus and a fungus could be responsible for colony collapse disorder, the mysterious syndrome killing U.S. honeybees, researchers say.
  • Race does not predict lung cancer survival   UPI / 10:44PM
    MIAMI, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Race itself does not predict overall survival among African-American patients with lung cancer, U.S. researchers say.
  • Race/ethnicity linked to diagnosis delay   UPI / 8:54PM
    MIAMI, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they have linked race and/or ethnicity -- rather than insurance status -- to delays in breast cancer diagnosis in minority women.
  • High fish oil link to colon cancer in mice   UPI / 8:44PM
    EAST LANSING, Mich., Oct. 6 (UPI) -- In a study of mice, U.S. researchers found high doses of fish oil induced severe colitis and colon cancer -- a finding researchers described as "surprising."
  • Gene therapy gives clue to treatment   UPI / 8:05PM
    CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Oct. 6 (UPI) -- A first clinical trial to replace a genetic defect in patients with muscular dystrophy has yielded an unexpected and encouraging result, U.S. researchers say.
  • Douglas nearing end of cancer treatment   UPI / 7:44PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Michael Douglas' publicist says the Hollywood actor is nearly finished with eight weeks of chemotherapy and radiation to treat his throat cancer.
  • New test can spot parasitic disease   UPI / 6:54PM
    LA JOLLA, Calif., Oct. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they've developed a test to quickly identify people with river blindness, a parasitic disease afflicting an estimated 37 million people.
  • Crowded ERs result in patients going home   UPI / 2:14AM
    ALBANY, N.Y., Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Many hospital emergency room patients are "boarded," or held in the ER after being admitted, prolonging the wait for needed treatment, U.S. researchers say.
  • Intervention to prevent PTSD in children   UPI / 1:54AM
    PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- One in five children may get post-traumatic stress disorder after a traumatic event such as a car crash, an assault or other violence, U.S. researchers say.
  • Many parents can't afford child's co-pays   UPI / 12:34AM
    SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- One in eight parents say their child was deprived of a drug, a test or a visit to a specialist due to insufficient insurance coverage, U.S. researchers say.
  • Tuesday, October 5

  • Autism, ADHD minimized in girls   UPI / 9:54PM
    GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Girls with autism or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder may not be taken seriously by people in healthcare, a researcher in Sweden says.
  • Nurses need help detecting depression   UPI / 9:44PM
    LEICESTER, England, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- A British researcher says nurses are not detecting the depression in the majority of their patients.
  • How doctors talk affects weight loss   UPI / 7:44PM
    DURHAM, N.C., Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Patients of U.S. physicians who communicate in a motivational style about losing weight lost an average of about 3.5 pounds in three months, researchers say.
  • 1 in 4 young adults report binge drinking   UPI / 7:14PM
    ATLANTA, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Twenty-five percent of young U.S. adults ages 18-34 report they engaged in binge drinking within the past 30 days, federal health officials say.
  • Optical technique could spot early cancer   UPI / 6:54PM
    EVANSTON, Ill., Oct. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say an optical scanning technology could detect early signs of lung cancer by examining cheek cells in human beings.
  • Report: 'Spartacus' lead to be re-cast   UPI / 4:54PM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. cable network Starz is trying to replace its "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" lead Andy Whitfield, who is battling non-Hodgkins lymphoma, Zap2it.com said.
  • Man plans no-hands ride for Parkinson's   UPI / 4:14PM
    ADRIAN, Mich., Oct. 5 (UPI) -- A Michigan man said he will ride his motorcycle "hands free" across Michigan to Ohio in memory of his father, who died of Parkinson's disease.
  • Marijuana user lights up in parliament   UPI / 9:05AM
    OTTAWA, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- A medical marijuana user says he lit up a joint in the Canadian House of Commons to draw attention to what he calls unfair rules set by Health Canada.
  • Secondhand smoke linked to breast cancer   UPI / 8:44AM
    MIAMI, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- A study of Mexican women finds those exposed to secondhand smoke have three times the risk for breast cancer as women not exposed, researchers say.
  • Condoms used in 1/4 of U.S. intercourse   UPI / 12:44AM
    BLOOMINGTON, Ind., Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Twenty-five percent of acts of vaginal intercourse are condom protected in the United States -- one in three among singles, a study finds.
  • Orthodontia boom during Halloween   UPI / 12:04AM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- A U.S. orthodontist says the number of emergency orthodontia visits peak at Halloween.
  • Monday, October 4

  • Prolonged laptop use can 'toast skin'   UPI / 11:54PM
    BASEL, Switzerland, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Prolonged use of a laptop directly upon one's lap may result in "toasted skin syndrome" -- brownish discoloration of the skin -- Swiss researchers say.
  • Vitamin D low in blacks with breast cancer   UPI / 11:54PM
    MIAMI, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers found 60 percent of African-American women with breast cancer were low in vitamin D.
  • Man accused of infecting partners with HIV   UPI / 11:54PM
    ADELAIDE, Australia, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- A trial has begun for a South Australia man accused of infecting eight sex partners with HIV.
  • Experts disagree on mandatory athlete ECG   UPI / 8:54PM
    ROME, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Two sports experts in Italy say athletes should undergo a mandatory test for heart health, but a professor in sports medicine in Oslo, Norway, disagrees.
  • First stem cell clinical trial described   UPI / 2:35PM
    DETROIT, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Fetal stem cells have been injected into the spines of six Lou Gehrig's disease patients as part of the first clinical trial of its kind, scientists say.
  • Russia steps up its crackdown on tobacco   UPI / 9:44AM
    MOSCOW, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Russia is moving to ban tobacco advertising by 2012 and public smoking by 2015, officials say.
  • Social rejection can drop heart rate   UPI / 1:54AM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Being rejected by another person not only causes emotional and physical pain, it slows the rejected person's heart rate, researchers in the Netherlands say.
  • Type 2 diabetes linked to air pollution   UPI / 1:44AM
    BOSTON, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- There is a strong, consistent correlation between adult diabetes -- type 2 diabetes -- and particulate air pollution, U.S. epidemiologists suggest.
  • Sunday, October 3

  • Plane with ill tot held on Denver runway   UPI / 3:54PM
    DENVER, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- A plane landing in Denver from Mexico was held at the airport after a baby on board was reported sick, Frontier Airlines said.
  • Algae chemical tested against colon cancer   UPI / 2:44PM
    KEY LARGO, Fla., Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Algae living in the waters of the Florida Keys may provide a drug to fight colon cancer, scientists say.
  • Virus threatens survival of British frogs   UPI / 2:24PM
    LONDON, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- A virus that makes frogs bleed to death is wiping them out in much of Britain, biologists said.
  • Saturday, October 2

  • Study: Black women can cut cancer risk   UPI / 11:05PM
    MIAMI, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Vigorous exercise appears to reduce the risk of breast cancer in older black women, a U.S. study says.
  • Michigan horses hit by encephalitis   UPI / 9:14PM
    LANSING, Mich., Oct. 2 (UPI) -- At least 130 Michigan horses have been stricken with Eastern equine encephalitis this year, with most dying from the disease, state agricultural officials say.
  • More money needed in malaria fight   UPI / 4:44PM
    LONDON, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Nearly $5 billion is needed in the fight to control malaria, British and Kenyan officials said.
  • Florida law goes after painkiller mills   UPI / 2:34PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Florida's crackdown on pain clinics, which took effect Friday, is forcing them scramble or shut down, said industry leaders.
  • TV viewing may be hazardous to health   UPI / 1:24AM
    PROVIDENCE, R.I., Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Watching too many medical dramas and too much medical news on television may reduce one's satisfaction in life, U.S. researchers say.
  • Friday, October 1

  • Children's food full of empty calories   UPI / 11:54PM
    BETHESDA, Md., Oct. 1 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say the flow of empty calories into children's food needs to be reduced.
  • Most caregiver stress from friends, family   UPI / 10:44PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 1 (UPI) -- The most stressful problem facing caregivers of stroke patients comes from friends and family who criticize, ignore or don't help, U.S. researchers find.
  • Study: Allergies might be 'turned off'   UPI / 8:34PM
    BALTIMORE, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they've discovered a way to turn off the immune system's allergic reaction to food proteins in mice, which could have human applications.
  • Scientists identify drugs for bat disease   UPI / 7:24PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say existing anti-fungal compounds could be used to protect bats from a disease that has caused the death of tens of thousands of the creatures.
  • Pregnant cancer patients odds called good   UPI / 6:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Pregnant women treated for breast cancer are more likely to survive than patients of the same age not pregnant when cancer was diagnosed, a U.S. study found.
  • Florida country in West Nile virus warning   UPI / 5:34PM
    STUART, Fla., Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Health officials in Martin County, Fla., have issued a mosquito advisory after two more farm animals tested positive for the West Nile virus, authorities said.
  • Non-native snakes found in Newfoundland   UPI / 5:05PM
    ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Snakes, which aren't native to Newfoundland, have been found breeding on the island, a provincial wildlife official has confirmed.
  • Kidney disease in heart, stroke link   UPI / 4:44PM
    LONDON, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Poor kidney function has been identified as an early warning of possible heart disease and stroke, U.S., Asian and European studies found.
  • Guatemala syphilis study 'reprehensible'   UPI / 4:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Experiments in which U.S. doctors deliberately infected Guatemalans with syphilis were "reprehensible," two members of the Obama administration said Friday.
  • Groomer acting as vet cited for dog death   UPI / 1:14PM
    BELLE GLADE, Fla., Oct. 1 (UPI) -- A dog groomer practicing veterinary medicine without a license caused the death of a Yorkshire terrier, Florida authorities said.
  • Breast cancer treatment during pregnancy   UPI / 2:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say treating breast cancer during pregnancy improves survival.
  • Blueberries may fight heart attack, stroke   UPI / 2:04AM
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Blueberries may help prevent harmful plaques of atherosclerosis -- hardening of the arteries -- from increasing in size in arteries, U.S. researchers say.
  • Some won't work during a pandemic   UPI / 2:04AM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- New York first responders, accustomed to putting their lives on the line, may be reluctant to do during a potentially lethal pandemic, researchers suggest.
  • Blood sample screens for colorectal cancer   UPI / 1:34AM
    VEDAEK, Denmark, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Danish researchers say a small blood sample may help detect colorectal cancer.
  • Fewer smoking = fewer with lung cancer   UPI / 12:44AM
    SAN DIEGO, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- California's tobacco control program has resulted in lung cancer rates about 25 percent lower than those in other states, researchers say.
  • Garlic oil aids in diabetic heart disease   UPI / 12:05AM
    TAICHUNG, Taiwan, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Garlic oil shows a protective effect against diabetic cardiomyopathy, a form of heart disease in people with diabetes, researchers in Taiwan say.
  • Thursday, September 30

  • Alzheimer's detection by near and dear   UPI / 11:24PM
    ST. LOUIS, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say family and friends detect Alzheimer's signs sooner than memory tests do.
  • Trial of osteoarthritis drug put on hold   UPI / 8:05PM
    CHICAGO, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- The development of a promising drug for osteoarthritis pain was put on hold when some patients in drug trials developed worse symptoms, health officials said.
  • Aging U.K. population brings problems   UPI / 7:34PM
    LONDON, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- The number of British centenarians, increasing at a seven-fold rate in one generation, poses a problem for health and pension officials, authorities say.
  • 20-year breast cancer study to be launched   UPI / 4:34PM
    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Sept. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they're embarking on a 20-year, multination study to learn more about the roles diet and nutrition play in breast cancer.
  • Cancer costs worry Canadians   UPI / 3:44PM
    TORONTO, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Many Canadians say a diagnosis of cancer would worry them as much for its financial consequences as its health consequences, a poll indicates.
  • Carter discharged from Cleveland hospital   UPI / 3:14PM
    CLEVELAND, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter left a Cleveland hospital Thursday, two days after he was admitted with what his staff said was a stomach infection.
  • Dogs, cats affect allergies differently   UPI / 2:04PM
    CINCINNATI, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Having a dog as a pet could reduce some allergies in children, but having a cat could make them worse, a U.S. study suggests.
  • Trials to target cancer stem cells   UPI / 1:44PM
    DETROIT, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they've launched clinical trials they hope will lead to treatments targeting stem cells involved in human cancers.
  • Historic medical records released in U.K.   UPI / 1:24PM
    LONDON, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- More than 1,000 medical journals of Britain's Royal Navy have been made public following a two-year cataloguing project at the National Archives, officials say.
  • Study: Bottle feeding may lead to obesity   UPI / 12:54PM
    LONDON, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Bottle feeding infants can put them on the path to a life of heart disease and obesity, a study by British researchers says.
  • Woman allegedly faked son's cancer   UPI / 10:24AM
    MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich., Sept. 30 (UPI) -- A Michigan woman has been charged with child abuse and taking money under false pretenses for making it appear her 12-year-old son had cancer, officials said.
  • Kids with lung disease at risk in daycare   UPI / 2:04AM
    BALTIMORE, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Being in daycare increases risks in children with chronic lung disease of prematurity, U.S. researchers say.
  • Exercise may lessen fracture risk in women   UPI / 1:54AM
    OULU, Finland, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Researchers in Finland say exercise helps lessen the number of fractures in elderly women.
  • Doctors to charge fees for off-hours calls   UPI / 12:05AM
    CHICAGO, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- A physicians group in Chicago has told patients they will be charged $25 for placing non-emergency phone calls to their doctors outside of office hours.
  • Wednesday, September 29

  • CTs for other purpose can catch heart risk   UPI / 11:14PM
    UTRECHT, Netherlands, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Incidental test findings -- medical imaging detections unrelated to the purpose of the scan -- can help identify heart disease risk, Dutch researchers say.
  • Army suicides at record level in Texas   UPI / 5:34PM
    KILLEEN, Texas, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Suicides at the U.S. Army's Fort Hood in Texas have reached record levels this year, military officials say.
  • Studies: Swine flu less of a U.S. threat   UPI / 2:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Swine flu no longer threatens the U.S. population, as most people are immune to the virus that caused last season's outbreak, health officials say.
  • Science, society struggle with bipolar   UPI / 12:44PM
    CHICAGO, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- As doctors learn more about the diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder, society is lagging behind in overcoming its social stigma, advocates say.
  • Animal-welfare news sways meat consumers   UPI / 10:54AM
    MANHATTAN, Kan., Sept. 29 (UPI) -- News coverage of animal-welfare issues causes U.S. consumers to cut back on meat purchases and spend their money instead on non-meat items, a study indicated.
  • Access to HIV treatment worldwide improves   UPI / 2:07AM
    GENEVA, Switzerland, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- In 2009, 5.25 million people, 36 percent of those in need, had access to HIV treatment in low- and middle-income countries, the World Health Organization says.
  • Tuesday, September 28

  • Complicated link between cough and reflux   UPI / 11:54PM
    MANCHESTER, England, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- A British researcher says sound recordings helped link undiagnosed chronic coughs and reflux.
  • Surgery best for worst prostate cancer   UPI / 11:44PM
    ROCHESTER, Minn., Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Surgery provided high survival rates for patients with the most aggressive forms of prostate cancer, U.S. researchers say.
  • Most in U.S. immune to H1N1 influenza   UPI / 11:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Most people are immune to the H1N1 virus that caused last season's pandemic, federal health officials say.
  • Doctors prescribing exercise for cancer   UPI / 8:44PM
    PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Exercise, long recommended for cardiac patients, is being recommended for cancer patients and those with other diseases, too, U.S. researchers say.
  • RU-486 used in 20% of U.S. terminations   UPI / 7:44PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- The abortion pill mifepristone, previously known as RU-486, is used in 20 percent of U.S. pregnancy terminations, researchers say.
  • Officer recklessly killed 2, files claim   UPI / 7:24PM
    MASCOUTAH, Ill., Sept. 28 (UPI) -- An Illinois state trooper who killed two sisters in a high-speed crash while using his phone and sending e-mails filed a claim for injuries, his lawyer said.
  • Spartans' Dantonio returns to coach duties   UPI / 7:14PM
    EAST LANSING, Mich., Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Michigan State football Coach Mark Dantonio said Tuesday he'll be back at Spartan Stadium after suffering a mild heart attack.
  • Md. couple seeks $500K for bedbug damage   UPI / 6:14PM
    ELLICOTT CITY, Md., Sept. 28 (UPI) -- A Maryland couple are suing their apartment complex's owners for $500,000 for "significant emotional distress" resulting from a bedbug infestation.
  • Lindsay Lohan enters rehab again   UPI / 5:54PM
    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan checked herself into an undisclosed, live-in drug treatment facility in Southern California Tuesday, sources told E! News.
  • Seattle hospital probes infant overdose   UPI / 1:44PM
    SEATTLE, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- A staff memo obtained by The Seattle Times confirmed that an infant died of a major overdose of painkillers at Seattle Children's Hospital.
  • Canada drops cigarette label update plans   UPI / 11:54AM
    OTTAWA, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- The Canadian government has decided, after examining cigarette package health warnings, to scuttle its plan to use more drastic warnings, officials said.
  • Monday, September 27

  • Care disparities begin in emergency room   UPI / 10:34PM
    BOSTON, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Disparities in hospital care among minorities start with how the patient is treated in the emergency room, U.S. researchers say.
  • FTC alleges POM Wonderful claims false   UPI / 10:20PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission issued a complaint alleging POM Wonderful 100 percent Pomegranate Juice made false and unsubstantiated claims.
  • Breast cancer patients report sex problems   UPI / 8:05PM
    MELBOURNE, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Seventy percent of women report having sexual problems after being treated for breast cancer, an Australian researcher says.
  • Anthrax outbreak reported in Russia   UPI / 3:35PM
    MOSCOW, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Russian authorities say they've declared a state of emergency because of an outbreak of anthrax in the country's southern Krasnodar Territory.
  • Viral disease found in south of France   UPI / 2:54PM
    PARIS, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Doctors in the south of France have been put on alert after the second case of mosquito-borne chikungunya virus was detected in the region, authorities said.
  • Jordan's queen undergoes medical treatment   UPI / 1:14PM
    AMMAN, Jordan, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Jordan's queen underwent a successful procedure in New York to correct an irregular heart beat, the country's state media said.
  • Unilever agrees to buy Alberto Culver Co.   UPI / 12:44PM
    ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Dutch beauty products company Unilever said Monday it had agreed to purchase the U.S. firm Alberto Culver, a producer of shampoos and skin care products.
  • H1N1 antigens in flu shots worry some   UPI / 12:44PM
    SALISBURY, Md., Sept. 27 (UPI) -- The inclusion in this year's flu shots of antigens for the H1N1 virus has some people hesitant about getting vaccinated, U.S. health officials say.
  • Plague outbreak in China controlled   UPI / 10:34AM
    LHOSA, China, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- An outbreak of pneumonic plague in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region is under control, Tibet's Center for Disease Control said.
  • High-dose aspirin may reduce withdrawal   UPI / 1:24AM
    SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Aspirin in high doses may help ease the pain of severe headaches some people suffer during drug withdrawal, a U.S. researcher says.
  • Sunday, September 26

  • U.K. to regulate sperm donor match sites   UPI / 1:04PM
    LONDON, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Britain is moving to regulate "sperm brokers" who match donors with women seeking to conceive.
  • Lohan said now serious about rehab   UPI / 12:24PM
    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- A source close to Lindsay Lohan tells TMZ she is now serious about her recovery, though she relapsed weeks after checking out of a UCLA inpatient clinic.
  • Saturday, September 25

  • Scientists say dog disease affects humans   UPI / 4:54PM
    LA PAZ, Bolivia, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Latin American scientists say a parasitic disease found in dogs that attacks vital organs can be transmitted to humans.
  • Nepal suffers outbreak of dengue fever   UPI / 4:44PM
    KATHMANDU, Nepal, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- The number of people in Nepal infected with dengue fever is increasing as the disease spreads in the central region of the country, officials say.
  • Drew Carey drops 10 inches from waistline   UPI / 4:24PM
    HOLLYWOOD, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Drew Carey has kicked diabetes and feels like he's 20 again, the U.S. comedian told Parade magazine.
  • H1N1antibodies in flu shots worry some   UPI / 4:14PM
    SALISBURY, Md., Sept. 25 (UPI) -- The inclusion in this year's flu shots of antibodies for the H1N1 virus has some people hesitant about getting vaccinated, U.S. health officials say.
  • One-third say work hinders healthy life   UPI / 1:54AM
    GENEVA, Switzerland, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- More than 90 percent of workers in India, Mexico, Poland and Portugal say it is their employer's job to create a healthy environment at work, researchers say.
  • Strides in women's health research   UPI / 12:04AM
    SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- A researcher reports progress has been made against heart disease, breast cancer and cervical cancer among U.S. women, but has lagged in other areas.
  • Stress hormone may affect alcohol recovery   UPI / 12:04AM
    LIVERPOOL, England, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- A British researcher says cortisol -- a stress hormone -- adversely affects recovery from alcoholism.
  • Friday, September 24

  • Vitamin C improves mood of hospitalized   UPI / 11:05PM
    MONTREAL, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Vitamin C may help the emotional state of acute-care patients in hospitals, Canadian researchers say.
  • U.S. gum disease underestimated by half   UPI / 7:44PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Experts say estimates of gum disease in the United States may have been too low and may have underestimated it by half.
  • N.Y., Calif., see whooping cough outbreaks   UPI / 4:34PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- New York health officials are urging parents to vaccinate their children against pertussis, commonly known as "whooping cough," as reported cases escalate.
  • Cancer survivors often have a limitation   UPI / 2:14AM
    SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Breast cancer survivors often have a functional limitation, which doesn't hurt their cancer survival, but increases their risk of dying, researchers say.
  • Vitamin D helps fight endometrial cancer   UPI / 12:34AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Vitamin D may help protect against obesity-induced endometrial cancer, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • Thursday, September 23

  • Heart defect death rate lower among blacks   UPI / 11:05PM
    ATLANTA, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- About 4.2 percent of all U.S. neonatal deaths -- when a baby dies in the first 28 days of life -- are due to congenital heart defects, officials say.
  • Protein may play role in Alzheimer's   UPI / 10:44PM
    CHICAGO, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say a protein -- neutral sphingomyelinase -- may play a role in Alzheimer's disease.
  • Supplement may lessen diabetic nephropathy   UPI / 9:34PM
    BETHESDA, Md., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Chromium picolinate may help in treating kidney disease among people with diabetes, U.S. researchers say.
  • 1 in 5 men who have sex with men have HIV   UPI / 8:54PM
    ATLANTA, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Almost 20 percent of men who have sex with men in 21 major U.S. cities are infected with HIV and 44 percent don't know they are infected, health officials say.
  • Early breast cancer detection may not help   UPI / 7:54PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- A study of women in Norway suggests better treatment, not yearly mammograms, may account for a 10 percent cut in the breast cancer death rate, researchers said.
  • Cops: Mom tried to kill daughters 2nd time   UPI / 7:34PM
    FARMINGTON, Utah, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- A woman who tried to kill her daughters last year by putting drugs in their bottles tried again, cutting one of the girls' wrists, Utah authorities said.
  • Career may affect site of dementia onset   UPI / 7:24PM
    BOSTON, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- A study of U.S., Canadian and European patients with a form of dementia suggests one's career may influence where the disease begins in the brain.
  • Study: Cities 'evolved' disease resistance   UPI / 6:34PM
    LONDON, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- A genetic variant that protects against diseases such as tuberculosis is more prevalent in populations with long histories of city living, scientists say.
  • FDA restricts, EMA suspends Avandia   UPI / 5:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. drug regulators strictly limited and European regulators suspended the use of anti-diabetic drug Avandia over concerns about its safety.
  • Parts of healthcare reform go into effect   UPI / 5:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- All provisions of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will be in effect by 2014, but parts went into effect Thursday, U.S. officials said.
  • FDA restricts, ESA bans Avandia   UPI / 1:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. drug regulators strictly limited and European regulators banned the use of anti-diabetic drug Avandia over concerns about its safety.
  • Doctors' habits affect patient counseling   UPI / 2:14AM
    ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- A doctor who eats fast-food and hardly ever exercises is less apt to counsel patients to eat healthy and exercise, U.S. researchers found.
  • Former FDA official wants LASIK crackdown   UPI / 1:05AM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- A former U.S. government official who helped get LASIK approved in the 1990s says the vision correction surgery has caused an "epidemic" of vision problems.
  • Military better at treating brain injuries   UPI / 12:04AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. military physicians say they are breaking new ground in identifying and treating traumatic brain injuries and mental health issues.
  • Wednesday, September 22

  • War on cancer causes 'collateral damage'   UPI / 10:54PM
    ST. LOUIS, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- The war on cancer has resulted in sophisticated surgeries and chemotherapies, but increased heart risk may be "collateral damage," U.S. researchers say.
  • Compound used in bone marrow raises risk   UPI / 9:44PM
    PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers suggest a compound used in some bone marrow transplants may increase risk to the patient.
  • 79 whales stranded in New Zealand   UPI / 6:54PM
    KARIKARI BEACH, New Zealand, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- New Zealand conservation officials say they are dealing with a mass stranding in the Far North with 25 pilot whales dead and another 49 stranded at Spirits Bay.
  • Key to parasitic disease treatment seen   UPI / 6:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- The antibacterial ingredient in some soaps, toothpastes and odor-fighting socks could bring new treatments for a global parasitic disease, U.S. scientists say.
  • Chimps let off the malarial 'hook'   UPI / 6:04PM
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- The malaria parasite that infects humans didn't come from our closest relative, the chimpanzee, as long thought, but rather from gorillas, U.S. researchers say.
  • World's largest king cake?   UPI / 4:44PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Bakers say they could set a record when they attempt to circle the New Orleans Superdome -- twice -- with the world's largest king cake.
  • Drug abuse can come from medicine cabinet   UPI / 4:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- The fastest-growing drug problem in the United States is prescription drug abuse, often via the medicine cabinet, the White House drug policy director says.
  • U.N. health initiative targets kids, women   UPI / 3:54PM
    UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday a new global health initiative could save the lives of 16 million women and children worldwide.
  • Most report too much hospital pain   UPI / 2:14AM
    BOCHUM, Germany, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- In a study of pain suffered in the hospital, 56 percent of patients say their pain was unbearable, but German researchers say much of this pain is needless.
  • Teen hearing loss not as bad as thought   UPI / 2:14AM
    MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. teen hearing loss is much lower than previously reported, researchers at the University of Minnesota suggest.
  • Medical/mental conditions burden troops   UPI / 1:54AM
    STANFORD, Calif., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- The burden of medical illness among U.S. troops returning from combat was greater for those with post-traumatic stress disorder, researchers say.
  • Tuesday, September 21

  • Annual obesity cost: Women $4.9K, $2.6K   UPI / 11:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- The overall, tangible, annual costs of being obese in the United States are $4,879 for each woman and $2,646 for each obese man, researchers found.
  • Swallowed disc battery requires surgery   UPI / 9:24PM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Swallowing a disc battery can lead to severe esophagus injury, U.S. doctors warn.
  • Sunless tans popular for cosmetic reasons   UPI / 8:44PM
    WORCESTER, Mass., Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Some 10 percent of U.S. adolescents use sunless tanning products, but they use them more for cosmetic reasons, not to prevent skin cancer, researchers say.
  • Showtime orders more 'Weeds,' 'Big C'   UPI / 7:54PM
    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Showtime says it has ordered additional seasons of its U.S. comedy series "The Big C" and "Weeds."
  • MSU Coach Mark Dantonio leaves hospital   UPI / 6:44PM
    EAST LANSING, Mich., Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Michigan State football head Coach Mark Dantonio was discharged from a hospital Tuesday, two days after suffering a mild heart attack, school officials said.
  • Eye worm gets man on cable TV   UPI / 3:54PM
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- An Iowa man said the worm doctors found living inside his eye earned him a segment on cable network Animal Planet's show "Monsters Inside Me."
  • NHL player donates $500,000 to hospital   UPI / 1:14PM
    CHARLOTTETOWN, Prince Edward Island, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Canadian hockey player Brad Richards has announced a $500,000 donation to a hospital in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
  • Monday, September 20

  • Study: More diabetes, more C-sections   UPI / 11:54PM
    TORONTO, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- As rates of diabetes increase, Canadian researchers said they see a corresponding increase in Caesarean sections among diabetic women.
  • Seasonal flu shot drops heart attack risk   UPI / 10:10PM
    LINCOLN, England, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- The seasonal influenza vaccine reduced the risk of heart attack by 19 percent in British baby boomers -- age 40 and older -- researchers say.
  • HIV a threat to those age 50 and older   UPI / 8:44PM
    ALBANY, N.Y., Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Older adults should take precautions to protect themselves against HIV/AIDS, says New York's health commissioner, noting it is not just a disease of the young.
  • Quality care, patient satisfaction differ   UPI / 7:44PM
    GREENVILLE, S.C., Sept. 20 (UPI) -- An analysis of hospital and physician care shows where a person lives affects quality of healthcare, a U.S. healthcare information firm says.
  • 'Terminator' mosquitoes prompt debate   UPI / 6:05PM
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Environmentalists say a proposal to release genetically modified 'terminator' mosquitoes in Malaysia to combat deadly dengue fever puts public health at risk.
  • Some may 'catch' obesity via a virus   UPI / 3:54PM
    SAN DIEGO, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Many believe obesity is a person's own fault or the fault of one's parents but U.S. researchers say obesity may be linked to a virus.
  • Grandmother misdiagnosed, sent home   UPI / 1:24PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- A New York grandmother who spent two years in in-home hospice care and on morphine is suing a hospital for misdiagnosing her with cancer, a lawsuit says.
  • Watercress may suppress breast cancer   UPI / 2:05AM
    SOUTHAMPTON, England, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- British researchers say a plant compound in watercress may suppress breast cancer.
  • Chronic diseases now a global problem   UPI / 1:54AM
    ATLANTA, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Global solutions are needed for the worldwide problem of chronic diseases -- heart disease, cancer and diabetes -- U.S. researchers say.
  • Lifestyle can reduce cancer, death risk   UPI / 1:54AM
    NASHVILLE, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Researchers at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville link longer life to a combination of five healthy lifestyle factors.
  • Sunday, September 19

  • Drug helps treatment of resistant asthma   UPI / 4:05PM
    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- A drug for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may be useful for asthma too, U.S. researchers said Sunday.
  • Mich. State Coach Dantonio hospitalized   UPI / 1:44PM
    EAST LANSING, Mich., Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Michigan State head football Coach Mark Dantonio was hospitalized and underwent a heart procedure early Sunday, university officials said.
  • Thousands rally in Boston for legal pot   UPI / 1:04PM
    BOSTON, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Reduced marijuana penalties are not enough, legalization advocates in Boston say.
  • Saturday, September 18

  • West Nile virus found in LA County   UPI / 4:54PM
    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- West Nile virus, a potentially fatal disease transmitted by mosquito bites, is spreading in birds and mosquitoes in Los Angeles County, health officials said.
  • FDA: Diabetes drug under investigation   UPI / 3:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Another widely prescribed diabetes drug is under investigation for possible safety concerns, U.S. health officials say.
  • Ailing Whitfield leaves 'Spartacus'   UPI / 12:05AM
    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Welsh actor Andy Whitfield says he will not return to the Starz drama series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" because he is resuming treatment for cancer.
  • Friday, September 17

  • Placebo, communication aid low sex drive   UPI / 11:54PM
    AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- About one-third of women with low sex drives who participated in a study and were given a placebo reported better sex, U.S. researchers say.
  • Study: Breastfeeding mothers need help   UPI / 11:44PM
    BRISBANE, Australia, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- An Australian researcher says mothers need real help breastfeeding, not to be made to feel guilty for not breastfeeding.
  • Popular joint pain remedies may not work   UPI / 10:44PM
    BERN, Switzerland, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Two supplements -- glucosamine and chondroitin -- taken to remedy joint pain do not work, a Swiss researcher says.
  • Asthma and cavities in children not linked   UPI / 7:54PM
    INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Despite being the two most prevalent chronic U.S. childhood diseases, asthma and cavities apparently are not linked to one another, U.S. researchers say.
  • Legacy of overprotective parents: Anxiety   UPI / 7:34PM
    TORONTO, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Adult congenital heart condition patients with overprotective parents suffer greater "heart anxiety," a Canadian researcher says.
  • Many in Asia travel for medical care   UPI / 6:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- One in five households in 11 Asian countries say at least one member traveled to another community for medical care in the past year, a survey indicates.
  • U.N. reports drop in Africa HIV cases   UPI / 2:24PM
    UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Countries in sub-Saharan Africa are leading a global decline in the number of new HIV infection cases, the United Nations says.
  • New 'superbug' worries U.S. doctors   UPI / 12:05PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Infections that can resist all modern antibiotics are showing up in U.S. hospitals and are spreading outside the country, health officials say.
  • Gene linked to rapid Alzheimer's onset   UPI / 11:54AM
    ST. LOUIS, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they've identified a genetic marker that could be used to predict how fast Alzheimer's disease will develop in patients.
  • U.S. childhood immunization rates high   UPI / 1:44AM
    ATLANTA, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Immunization rates for U.S. children ages 19- to 35-months for most routine vaccines remains at or more than 90 percent, health officials say.
  • Depression + heart disease: Lethal combo   UPI / 1:24AM
    PARIS, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Depression and heart disease may be a lethal combination, much more so than having either of these conditions in isolation, a French researcher said.
  • Many doctors come to work sick   UPI / 12:24AM
    CHICAGO, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Most U.S. doctors -- especially those in training -- have come to work sick at least once, putting patients and coworkers at risk, U.S. researchers report.
  • Football: Concussion awareness needed   UPI / 12:14AM
    DALLAS, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. athletic trainers have released a video to raise awareness of the seriousness of concussions in football.
  • Thursday, September 16

  • Low-dose aspirin wards off bowel cancer   UPI / 11:14PM
    EDINBURGH, Scotland, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Researchers in Scotland say very low-dose aspirin, taken regularly, may ward off bowel cancer.
  • Barker OK after gun-range collapse   UPI / 11:05PM
    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Bob Barker's publicist says the former game-show host suffered from dehydration and collapsed at a Los Angeles-area shooting range Thursday.
  • Many go to ER when doctor's office closed   UPI / 9:14PM
    ATLANTA, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Twenty-eight percent of healthcare visits for stomach pain, fever, chest pain, cough or chronic condition flare-up are made in U.S. hospitals, researchers say.
  • Study: HIV likely to remain deadly   UPI / 8:34PM
    TUCSON, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- An ancestor of the AIDS virus is thousands of years older than previously thought, suggesting HIV will be around for some time yet, U.S. scientists say.
  • Fewer women dying in childbirth worldwide   UPI / 8:04PM
    GENEVA, Switzerland, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- The death for women during childbirth or from complications during pregnancy dropped by 34 percent from 1990 to 2008, World Health Organization officials said.
  • FBI agents nabbed for alleged steroid use   UPI / 8:04PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Three FBI agents and a counterterrorism expert were arrested on charges they hid their use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs, authorities said.
  • New gene technique zeroes in on disease   UPI / 7:54PM
    ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 16 (UPI) -- A new technique has identified a gene responsible for an inherited kidney disorder and may speed the search for cures of other diseases, U.S. scientists say.
  • Acne, not treatment, creates burdens   UPI / 7:44PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Norwegian researchers looking into the mental health of teenagers with acne say there's no link between therapies for acne and depression or suicidal thoughts.
  • Stigma of mental illness no better in U.S.   UPI / 2:44AM
    BLOOMINGTON, Ind., Sept. 16 (UPI) -- A stigma regarding serious mental illness and substance abuse persists and may be increasing, despite medical explanations, U.S. researchers say.
  • IV drips may be left in place safely   UPI / 12:44AM
    SOUTHPORT, Australia, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Australian researchers say it is unnecessary to move small intravenous devices in the hand or arm every three days when hospitalized.
  • One PSA test at age 60 is beneficial   UPI / 12:14AM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., Sept. 16 (UPI) -- A meta-analysis does not support efficacy of routine prostate cancer screening but a single test for men at age 60 may be beneficial, U.S. researchers say.
  • Wednesday, September 15

  • Many teens don't get birth control info   UPI / 10:44PM
    HYATTSVILLE, Md., Sept. 15 (UPI) -- More than 95 percent of U.S. teens got formal sex education, but a much smaller percentage received instruction on birth control methods, health officials say.
  • Biphosphonates get new labeling   UPI / 9:34PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher says an international task force calls for added product labeling for bone-protecting biphosphonates.
  • Pancreatic cancer drug in first trial   UPI / 7:24PM
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Sept. 15 (UPI) -- An investigational drug designed to penetrate and attack pancreatic cancer cells has been given to the first patient in a trial in Arizona, doctors say.
  • Britain may cull badgers in TB battle   UPI / 7:14PM
    LONDON, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Britain has announced a plan to cull wild badgers to fight the spread of bovine tuberculosis, a move criticized by wildlife advocates.
  • Michigan primary school cuts junk food   UPI / 4:35PM
    REDFORD, Mich., Sept. 15 (UPI) -- A pilot project at a Michigan elementary school wipes junk food off the school menu and pumps up the volume of dancing and running, the principal says.
  • AARP: Recession hits older adults hard   UPI / 3:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Six in 10 U.S. adults age 45 and older making $25,000 a year say they're not confident they'll meet retirement medical and living expenses, a survey says.
  • U.S.: Egg company knew of bacteria in 2008   UPI / 2:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- A U.S. egg producer linked to an outbreak of salmonella knew of the possible presence of the bacteria in its hen houses as far back as 2008, records show.
  • U.K. restaurants harbor bacteria   UPI / 1:44PM
    LONDON, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- A British health watchdog group says more than half the cleaning cloths in U.K. restaurant and fast-food kitchens had high levels of bacteria.
  • $80M pledged for Stand Up to Cancer   UPI / 1:05PM
    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. organization Stand Up to Cancer says more than $80 million has been pledged since last week's fundraising special aired.
  • Drugs to genetically 'target' cancers   UPI / 12:54PM
    BETHESDA, Md., Sept. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they're on the trail of drugs that can use genetic data to target individual types of cancers, stopping and even reversing them.
  • Britain urges prostate cancer screening   UPI / 12:44PM
    LONDON, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- British health officials say a national screening program of a single prostate cancer test for every man age 60 could save thousands of lives.
  • Man buried at sea doesn't stay buried   UPI / 10:54AM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 15 (UPI) -- A North Carolina man whose body was discovered off the coast of Florida wasn't a victim of foul play, authorities in Fort Lauderdale say.
  • Retailer: Condoms make the perfect gift   UPI / 12:54AM
    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- About 19 million people in the United States will be infected with a sexually transmitted disease this year but new condoms may help curb STDs, a retailer says.
  • Tuesday, September 14

  • Doctors' diet/exercise intervention works   UPI / 11:24PM
    UMEA, Sweden, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Primary care physicians who work with at-risk patients to improve diet and exercise can lower diabetes and heart disease risk, researchers in Sweden say.
  • Smokeless tobacco products not 'safer'   UPI / 10:34PM
    CHICAGO, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Smokeless tobacco -- snuff and chewing tobacco -- is not a safer alternative to smoking and should not be used to quit smoking, U.S. researchers say.
  • Anxiety can trip up decision-making   UPI / 7:44PM
    BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder say anxiety may affect brain mechanisms key to making decisions.
  • BPA used in dental sealants   UPI / 7:34PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Bisphenol A -- a chemical linked to behavioral, prostate and urinary tract changes -- is found in sealants used in pediatric dentistry, U.S. researchers say.
  • Veteran's crime case moved to vet's court   UPI / 6:54PM
    BUFFALO, N.Y., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- A New York veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, charged with making death and bomb threats, may end up avoiding prison, his lawyer said.
  • Study: Restroom hand washing on rise   UPI / 6:24PM
    BOSTON, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Americans are getting better about hand washing in public restrooms, an observational study announced at a Boston conference shows.
  • Study: Payments to doctors not disclosed   UPI / 5:05PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- A study says U.S. medical journals are lax about disclosing possible conflicts of interest between doctors and medical device companies.
  • TV ad linked fast-food to heart disease   UPI / 4:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- A commercial by a U.S. non-profit group is raising some eyebrows as it links heart disease deaths and fast-food.
  • Guinea election official dies in Paris   UPI / 9:54AM
    CONAKRY, Guinea, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- The chairman of Guinea's election commission died in a Paris hospital days after his conviction for voter fraud by a suburban Conakry court, French radio said.
  • Breastfeeding burns 500 calories a day   UPI / 1:14AM
    ALBANY, N.Y., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- A New York City public information campaign highlights the benefits of new mothers breastfeeding, which include burning some 500 calories a day, officials say.
  • Monday, September 13

  • Most mothers breastfeed, but not for long   UPI / 10:54PM
    ATLANTA, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Seventy-five percent of U.S. infants were breastfed in 2007 but only 43 percent were still being breastfed six months later as recommended, officials say.
  • Preventing sports-related eye injuries   UPI / 10:34PM
    MECHANICSBURG, Pa., Sept. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. eye experts say people can avoid sports-related eye injuries, or even vision loss, by taking some precautions.
  • Mental illness losses cost Canada $49B   UPI / 7:34PM
    TORONTO, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Lost work days due to mental illness cost Canada about $49 billion annually in lost productivity, researchers said.
  • Researchers clone human disease virus   UPI / 7:24PM
    CARDIFF, Wales, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Scientists in Wales say their successful cloning of a human virus could lead to new treatments for life-threatening diseases.
  • Odor and color can be signs of toxic water   UPI / 7:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- If you're looking at water and think it looks and smells bad, it probably is -- and possibly toxic too -- U.S. researchers say.
  • Briton tries to sell kidney via Internet   UPI / 6:44PM
    MANCHESTER, England, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Some cash-desperate Britons are digging deep -- into their own bodies, offering to sell their kidneys overseas via the Internet, an investigation reveals.
  • U.S. panel to discuss pulling diet drug   UPI / 5:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory committee says it will discuss removing the diet drug Meridia from the market because of health concerns.
  • Florida man nearly dies in surgery mistake   UPI / 11:14AM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Sept. 13 (UPI) -- A Florida man says a sponge left in his stomach following surgery, and an error in medication, nearly killed him.
  • Sunday, September 12

  • Official: No one blinded by cancer drug   UPI / 11:34AM
    SHANGHAI, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- A Chinese health official says reports of patients injected with the cancer drug Avastin going blind are untrue.
  • Saturday, September 11

  • Three more ill in Legionnaire's outbreak   UPI / 4:54PM
    CARDIFF, Wales, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Three more people have fallen ill in Wales in an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease as officials search for the source of the outbreak, authorities said.
  • West Nile found in So. Fla. chickens   UPI / 4:05PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Health officials say the West Nile virus has been found in sentinel chickens and warn residents of Palm Beach County, Fla., to avoid mosquito bites.
  • Stress hormone linked to heart disease   UPI / 3:34PM
    LEIDEN, Netherlands, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Dutch researchers say their studies suggest death from cardiovascular disease can be linked to high levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
  • Russia: Latest blast not a terrorist act   UPI / 1:14PM
    MOSCOW, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- The explosion of a grenade in a car in the southern Russian city of Vladikavkaz was not a terrorist act, investigators said.
  • London: Fox bites sleeping woman   UPI / 12:34PM
    LONDON, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- A London woman says a fox attacked her while she was sleeping in her bed.
  • Music helps treat emotional, physical pain   UPI / 1:14AM
    GLASGOW, Scotland, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Music helps regulate a person's mood and may help alleviate symptoms for people dealing with physical pain, researchers in Scotland say.
  • 17 percent of blacks distrust hospitals   UPI / 12:54AM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- African-Americans have less trust in hospitals than others, a lack of trust U.S. researchers say is linked to blacks donating blood at lower rates than whites.
  • Friday, September 10

  • Hospital over-triage needlessly expensive   UPI / 11:54PM
    SAN DIEGO, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- "Secondary over-triage," in which patients are transferred twice and discharged from a second facility in less than 24 hours is costly, U.S. researchers say.
  • Not all low-carbohydrate diets the same   UPI / 11:44PM
    BOSTON, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- A low-carbohydrate diet with more animal-based sources had higher risk of mortality than a low-carb diet of plant-based sources, U.S. researchers say.
  • Aging substance abusers seek healthcare   UPI / 8:44PM
    ORMSKIRK, England, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- The number of aging U.S. drug and alcohol users seeking medical help is estimated to rise from 1.7 million in 2000 to 4.4 million by 2020, researchers say.
  • Overweight, obese a majority in Ontario   UPI / 8:44PM
    OTTAWA, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Seventy percent of adults living in Ontario are either overweight or obese and tend to have high blood pressure, increasing their heart risk, researchers say.
  • Sebelius: Insurance increases unjustified   UPI / 7:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says U.S. insurers are engaging in misinformation and unjustified healthcare coverage rate increases.
  • Wisdom teeth could be stem cell source   UPI / 5:54PM
    TOKYO, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- A study has found that human wisdom teeth contain a valuable reservoir of tissue that could be used to create stem cells, researchers say.
  • Chicken pox outbreak at Ind. high school   UPI / 3:05PM
    INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- A chicken pox outbreak at an Indiana high school could keep students out of school for more than three weeks, health officials said.
  • China says 1,600 died of disease in August   UPI / 2:14PM
    BEIJING, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Infectious diseases killed almost 1,600 people in mainland China in August, the country's Ministry of Health says.
  • Legionnaires' disease kills two in Wales   UPI / 12:54PM
    CARDIFF, Wales, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Two people have died and 14 more became ill in an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Wales, health authorities say.
  • Deficit decision-making linked to DUI   UPI / 11:24AM
    ISTANBUL, Turkey, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Turkish and British researchers say those who relapse and drive under the influence have subtle deficits in decision-making abilities that may to go undetected.
  • Mexico wary of Calif. vote to legalize pot   UPI / 10:24AM
    MEXICO CITY, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- The conflict between U.S. and Mexican officials over marijuana is ratcheting up as California prepares to vote on legalizing recreational use of the weed.
  • Insomnia, anxiety drugs up mortality risk   UPI / 2:14AM
    QUEBEC CITY, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- People who take medications to treat insomnia and anxiety increases their mortality risk by 36 percent, researchers in Canada say.
  • Many may use phone to relay health data   UPI / 1:04AM
    SAN DIEGO, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Thirty percent of U.S. adults say they would use a cellphone or smart phone to track and monitor their personal health, a survey indicates.
  • Obesity, underweight, greater colon risk   UPI / 12:14AM
    MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Underweight or obese post-menopausal women, prior to a colon cancer diagnosis, may have a greater risk of dying, U.S. researchers say.
  • Thursday, September 9

  • Vitamin D may help control asthma   UPI / 11:54PM
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- A review of 60 years of studies suggests vitamin D added to an asthma action plan may improve asthma control, U.S. and Canadian researchers find.
  • Round 2 for failed Texas smoking ban bill   UPI / 9:34PM
    AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Backers of a failed bill to ban smoking in Texas say they'll bring the bill back and opponents say they'll fight it again, calling it government intrusion.
  • Parents: Flu school closings not a problem   UPI / 8:14PM
    ATLANTA, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. parents who experienced H1N1 school closings generally supported the closures and reported few adverse effects from them, health officials say.
  • Most U.S. adults don't 'Strive for Five'   UPI / 7:44PM
    ATLANTA, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Most U.S. adults do not "Strive for Five" servings of fruit and vegetables a day as recommended, federal health officials say.
  • Men should track yearly PSA numbers   UPI / 7:05PM
    HOUSTON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- A urologist at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston suggests men who get prostate-specific antigen tests should track the results.
  • 18 die of tick-bite infections   UPI / 4:24PM
    XINYANG, China, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Eighteen people in the central Chinese city of Xinyang died of tick-bite infections, health authorities said after a newspaper accused officials of a coverup.
  • Study: Coal-fired plants still health risk   UPI / 3:34PM
    BOSTON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. regions with the highest concentration of coal-fired power plants bear a disproportionate share of negative public health impacts, a report says.
  • Therapy helpful in addressing loneliness   UPI / 12:34PM
    CHICAGO, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Cognitive-behavioral therapy was effective in addressing negative thoughts linked to loneliness -- a risk factor for heart disease -- U.S. researchers say.
  • LFO singer Rich Cronin dead at 35   UPI / 12:24PM
    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Former U.S. boy band member Rich Cronin died Wednesday after a long battle with leukemia, his family told TMZ. He was 35.
  • Son amputates father's arm in rescue   UPI / 11:34AM
    OLOFSTRM, Sweden, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- The son of an elderly Swedish man was forced to cut his father's arm off after it was caught in machinery, officials said.
  • Vaccines save lives, money   UPI / 1:54AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Vaccines prevent at least 3 million deaths and save 750,000 children from disability annually worldwide, a U.S. non-profit group says.
  • Sleep less than 6 hours ups diabetes risk   UPI / 12:44AM
    WARWICK, England, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- People who sleep less than 6 hours a night aren't able to regulate glucose efficiently, increasing the risk of heart disease, British and U.S. researchers say.
  • Multivitamin doesn't affect colon cancer   UPI / 12:24AM
    BOSTON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Taking multivitamins does not appear to be beneficial to patients during and after post-surgical chemotherapy for stage III colon cancer, U.S. researchers find.
  • Wednesday, September 8

  • No real help for morning sickness, still   UPI / 9:44PM
    DUBLIN, Ireland, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- A study review finds no reliable, safe and effective treatment for morning sickness -- vomiting and nausea in pregnant women -- researchers in Ireland say.
  • Shortage of medical isotopes a concern   UPI / 7:14PM
    BOSTON, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- A global shortage of radioactive isotopes used in medical scans and treatments could jeopardize patient care and drive up healthcare costs, scientists say.
  • Chronic drinking ups stress hormones   UPI / 6:34PM
    LIVERPOOL, England, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Drinking and withdrawal from chronic drinking can increase the stress hormone cortisol, raising the risk of memory loss, U.S. and British researchers say.
  • 'Traffic cop' brain enzyme identified   UPI / 5:34PM
    ATLANTA, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say a newly identified enzyme acting as a "traffic engineer" in the human nervous system could lead to new treatments of neurological diseases.
  • More education, less heart risk, for some   UPI / 4:34PM
    ATLANTA, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- In high-income countries, the more education a person has, the lower the heart and stroke risk, U.S. researchers say.
  • Eye test could reveal Mad Cow disease   UPI / 4:05PM
    BOSTON, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- A look into the eyes of cattle could be the basis of a long-sought test to detect the infection that causes Mad Cow disease, U.S. scientists say.
  • Gene could provide Alzheimer's clues   UPI / 3:35PM
    LO JOLLA, Calif., Sept. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say a newly identified gene for memory in the common fruit fly could shed light on human neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's disease.
  • Detroit is most stressful U.S. city   UPI / 11:05AM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Detroit ranks as the most stressful metropolitan area to live and work in, an analysis of the 50 largest U.S. cities indicates.
  • Many ER visits could be handled elsewhere   UPI / 2:14AM
    SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Some 17 percent of all visits to U.S. hospital emergency room could be treated at retail medical clinics or urgent care centers, U.S. researchers say.
  • Many moms depressed before child is age 12   UPI / 2:04AM
    LONDON, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- One-third of mothers and one-fifth of fathers in Britain appear to experience some depression between their child's birth and age 12, researchers found.
  • Urban living linked to psychotic disorders   UPI / 1:05AM
    CARDIFF, Wales, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- The risk of psychosis is higher in cities than in rural areas and that may be a reflection of increased social fragmentation in cities, Welsh researchers said.
  • Tuesday, September 7

  • Mexican origin: Breast cancer comes early   UPI / 11:54PM
    HOUSTON, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say screening for breast cancer needs to begin sooner for women of Mexican-ancestry than for other women.
  • Sometimes smoking cessation is 'delayed'   UPI / 11:54PM
    PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say some errant puffs cause some smokers to give up too soon on smoking cessation efforts.
  • Cognition problems linked to physical ills   UPI / 11:44PM
    EDMONTON, Alberta, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- People with diabetes and high blood pressure who walk slowly or lose balance or say they're in bad health may have cognition issues, Canadian researchers say.
  • Judge rejects stem cell injunction motion   UPI / 9:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- A federal judge Tuesday rejected a U.S. Justice Department motion to lift an injunction barring federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research.
  • White gay men take greater HIV risk   UPI / 8:44PM
    GHENT, Belgium, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- A significant number of new HIV infections occur through high-risk behavior between young white homosexual men, researchers in Belgium say.
  • 8 Calif. babies died after late diagnoses   UPI / 5:24PM
    SACRAMENTO, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- California hospitals and clinics failed to diagnose whooping cough in eight babies until it was too late to save their lives, state health officials say.
  • Blood clot screening may fall short   UPI / 1:44PM
    MAYWOOD, Ill., Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Current screening for embolisms -- blood clots -- may not be enough to prevent them after brain surgery, U.S. researchers say.
  • U.S. pessimistic on healthcare reform   UPI / 1:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Only 38 percent of U.S. adults are happy that healthcare reform has become law, while 46 percent are dissatisfied, a poll released Tuesday indicated.
  • New 'superbug' may endanger global health   UPI / 12:44PM
    TOKYO, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Japanese experts say they fear an enzyme that turns bacteria into superbugs resistant to antibiotics may be able to similarly affect poisonous bacteria.
  • Preventative mastectomies can reduce risk   UPI / 4:54AM
    SAN ANTONIO, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Preventative mastectomies do reduce cancer risks for some women, U.S. researchers say.
  • Monday, September 6

  • One in 6 U.S. adults struggle with weight   UPI / 11:24PM
    HERSHEY, Pa., Sept. 6 (UPI) -- About one out of six Americans struggles with weight loss and few maintain weight loss, U.S. researchers say.
  • End-of-life oxygen not always advised   UPI / 10:54PM
    DURHAM, N.C., Sept. 6 (UPI) -- A team of researchers in the United States, Australia and Britain challenge automatically using oxygen therapy during end-of-life care.
  • High-power light at night a carcinogen   UPI / 9:05PM
    HAIFA, Israel, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Israeli researchers call "environmental light pollution," or high-power light at night, a carcinogenic pollution.
  • Valuable research frog to get home base   UPI / 12:54PM
    BOSTON, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- An African frog prized by researchers of everything from birth defects to organ regeneration will get a new national home base, U.S. scientists say.
  • Cancer-stricken conductor performs briefly   UPI / 11:14AM
    MATSUMOTO, Japan, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa asked an audience at the Saito Kinen Festival to support him next year when he returns to conducting following cancer treatment.
  • Bangladesh reports anthrax breakout   UPI / 9:24AM
    DHAKA, Bangladesh, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- More than 200 people in Bangladesh contracted the deadly disease anthrax in the past month and a red alert was issued, health officials said.
  • Workplace safety a top priority for workers   UPI / 2:14AM
    CHICAGO, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Eighty-five percent of U.S. workers rank workplace safety first in importance among labor issues, a survey indicates.
  • 459 million U.S. vacation days skipped   UPI / 1:54AM
    MIAMI, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Despite the health and relationship benefits linked to a vacation, 459 million U.S. vacation days went unused last year, a non-profit group says.
  • Smoking role in inflammation explained   UPI / 1:54AM
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Smoking shuts off a key enzyme in airways that regulates the body's response to inflammation, U.S. researchers say.
  • Sunday, September 5

  • Hartz recalls beef dog treats   UPI / 9:44PM
    SECAUCUS, N.J., Sept. 5 (UPI) -- The Hartz Mountain Corp. is recalling about 75,000 bags of its beef dog treats because one or more could be tainted by salmonella, federal officials say.
  • GOP Senate candidate Rubio's father dies   UPI / 11:34AM
    MIAMI, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Marco Rubio, the Florida Republican campaigning for the U.S. Senate, said he temporarily suspended his campaign Sunday after the death of his father.
  • Dengue fever spreading in Thailand   UPI / 11:05AM
    SURIN, Thailand, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- More than 2,300 people in Thailand's Surin province are infected with dengue fever, and the illness is spreading across the country, officials say.
  • Saturday, September 4

  • FDA says toss Estrella Family cheeses   UPI / 9:54PM
    MONTESANO, Wash., Sept. 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Saturday warned people Estrella Family Creamery cheeses may be tainted with illness-causing Listeria monocytogenes.
  • Nurse learns patient is long-lost dad   UPI / 6:54PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- A nurse at a New York City hospital learned a man with terminal cancer who had just been admitted to her ward is the father she had never gotten to know.
  • Ohio sees whooping cough outbreak   UPI / 6:04PM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Ohio health officials have declared a whooping cough outbreak in Franklin County, urging people at risk to seek a booster shot against the infection.
  • Guidelines for sleep problems offered   UPI / 10:34AM
    LONDON, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- The British Association for Psychopharmacology has created guidelines to help psychiatrists and physicians treat those with sleep problems, researchers say.
  • Summit: Pain relief sought as human right   UPI / 10:24AM
    MONTREAL, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Eighty percent of people with chronic pain do not get relief and there are those who want pain treatment to be a human right, an Australian pain expert says.
  • EMS safety perceptions vary widely   UPI / 1:34AM
    PITTSBURGH, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Safety perceptions among U.S. and Canadian emergency medical services agencies vary widely, researchers found.
  • Hair proves stress, heart attack linked   UPI / 1:04AM
    LONDON, Ontario, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Human hair shows chronic stresses -- including job, marital and financial -- play an important role in heart attacks, researchers in Canada say.
  • Friday, September 3

  • Lower surgery risk for Crohn's disease   UPI / 11:54PM
    PROVIDENCE, R.I., Sept. 3 (UPI) -- The risk of bowel surgery for Crohn's disease in children is lower than previously reported, a U.S. physician says.
  • Study: Inner-city violence adds to asthma   UPI / 10:44PM
    PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Those exposed to violence in the inner city are more likely to need asthma treatment, U.S. researchers said.
  • Medical pot a dilemma for nurses, staff   UPI / 9:54PM
    BRIGHTON, England, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Any drug use, including medical marijuana, should be put into patients' medical records but British researchers say there is a lot of reluctance to do so.
  • Osteoporosis drug linked to cancer   UPI / 8:34PM
    OXFORD, England, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Long-term use of oral bisphosphonates -- used to prevent bone loss -- may double the risk of developing esophageal cancer, researchers in Britain say.
  • Hepatitis drug passes first trial step   UPI / 6:34PM
    CARDIFF, Wales, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Researchers say they've completed the first trials of a drug to treat infections caused by the Hepatitis C virus that affects 170 million people worldwide.
  • China covered up cooking oil contamination   UPI / 2:24PM
    BEIJING, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Authorities in China allegedly covered up the discovery of cancer-causing chemicals in cooking oil for five months, an Internet watchdog site said.
  • Source of Legionnaires' outbreak found   UPI / 10:54AM
    MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich., Sept. 3 (UPI) -- A water-cooling tower was the source of a Legionnaires' disease outbreak at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Michigan, a military spokesman said.
  • NYC warns standing water adds to West Nile   UPI / 1:44AM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- An unusually high number of mosquitoes in New York City are testing positive for West Nile virus and health officials advise taking precautions to avoid bites.
  • Thursday, September 2

  • MD: No antibiotic for chronic Lyme disease   UPI / 10:44PM
    FARMINGTON, Conn., Sept. 2 (UPI) -- A U.S. doctor says he is against using antibiotics long-term or intravenously for chronic Lyme disease.
  • Diabetes drug may have cancer uses   UPI / 9:44PM
    HOUSTON, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- An ancient herbal remedy whose active ingredient is the main constituent of a modern diabetes drug may help combat cancer, two U.S. studies show.
  • Vancouver bans smoking in public outdoors   UPI / 8:24PM
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- A new smoking law in Vancouver, Canada, bans lighting up in 244 parks and various other outdoor public places, but not everyone is complying.
  • Evidence of ancient antibiotic use found   UPI / 7:24PM
    ATLANTA, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- The making of antibiotics, officially dated to 1928 and the discovery of penicillin, was common practice more than 1,400 years ago, U.S. researchers say.
  • 'Sleepwalking' rapist gets 2 years   UPI / 4:54PM
    HAPARANDA, Sweden, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- A 35-year-old man was convicted and sentenced to two years in jail for raping a sleeping woman at a party, despite claims he was sleepwalking.
  • FDA urged to pull diet drug from shelves   UPI / 2:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is being urged to take a diet drug off the market because it allegedly raises the risk of heart attack, officials said.
  • Heart attacks rise among Italian women   UPI / 1:14AM
    BRINDISI, Italy, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- The heart attack rate among young women rose in Italy by almost 30 percent from 2001 and 2005, researchers say.
  • Selenium may decrease bladder cancer risk   UPI / 12:24AM
    MADRID, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- A meta-analysis by researchers in Spain indicates selenium may help decrease bladder cancer risk.
  • Wednesday, September 1

  • Smallpox-related disease thriving   UPI / 11:05PM
    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Elimination of the smallpox vaccine in 1980 because the disease had ended has allowed a related virus -- human monkeypox -- to thrive, U.S. researchers say.
  • Veggie variety may lessen lung risk   UPI / 9:34PM
    UTRECHT, Netherlands, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Quitting smoking is the best way to prevent lung cancer but eating a variety of vegetables may help decrease lung cancer risk, Dutch researchers say.
  • HIV test a routine part of NYC healthcare   UPI / 9:24PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- New York residents should expect to be routinely offered a voluntary HIV test when receiving healthcare, health officials say.
  • Men who don't sleep may die sooner   UPI / 9:14PM
    HERSHEY, Pa., Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Men who complain of chronic insomnia and who sleep less than 6 hours a night have an increased risk of dying, U.S. researchers say.
  • More sleep leads to more teen weight loss   UPI / 7:44PM
    BOSTON, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- A U.S. doctor suggests teens wishing to lose weight consider getting enough sleep -- 8 hours or more a night.
  • Judge allegedly pimped lawyer wife   UPI / 7:14PM
    WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- The Canadian Judicial Council says a complaint has been filed against an associate chief justice alleging she engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior.
  • Cancer faker sentenced to jail   UPI / 6:24PM
    DENVER, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- A former Colorado college athlete who pleaded guilty to faking cancer and duping donors out of more than $30,000 will spend 36 days in jail, documents show.
  • New genetic map will help in disease hunt   UPI / 5:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- A new map of human genetic variations will help researchers in studies aimed at finding genetic variants associated with complex diseases, U.S. scientists say.
  • What to do to start the school year right   UPI / 5:24PM
    RICHMOND, Va., Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Before children start school, a U.S. doctor says they should get an eye exam, a dental cleaning and get the recommended immunizations.
  • Some schools ban breast cancer bracelets   UPI / 2:44PM
    CARLSBAD, Calif., Sept. 1 (UPI) -- School districts in at least five states have banned bracelets meant to raise awareness of and money for breast cancer.
  • Legionnaires outbreak points to Fla. hotel   UPI / 1:54PM
    MIAMI, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- A faulty water system at a Miami luxury hotel probably caused an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease that killed an English tourist last year, officials said.
  • Michael Douglas undergoing cancer therapy   UPI / 10:05AM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- What began as an irritating sore throat turned out to be Stage 4 throat cancer, U.S. actor Michael Douglass revealed on "The Late Show with David Letterman."
  • Most disadvantaged, African-American men   UPI / 2:04AM
    CHICAGO, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- The most needy and least helped of the U.S. disadvantaged are most likely to be African-American men, researchers suggest.
  • Tuesday, August 31

  • Heart drug may prevent cocaine relapse   UPI / 10:14PM
    ATLANTA, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston completed a Phase I safety trial studying a heart failure drug for treatment of cocaine, researchers say.
  • Giuliani to move trash for shoplifting   UPI / 7:54PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- A judge Tuesday ordered former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's daughter to do community service for her shoplifting attempt earlier this month.
  • Salt is a four-letter word, expert says   UPI / 7:34PM
    DALLAS, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- The average U.S. adult eats about 1.5 teaspoons of salt a day, more than twice the recommended amount, a U.S. professor of clinical nutrition says.
  • Silicone oil may help treat eye cancer   UPI / 7:14PM
    AURORA, Colo., Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Silicone oil applied inside the eye can block up to 55 percent of harmful radiation to prevent blindness in patients with eye cancer, a U.S. researcher says.
  • AARP warns of 'doughnut hole' check scams   UPI / 6:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- U.S. seniors in Medicare Part D get their $250 "doughnut hole" checks in the mail, and people who say they can help get the checks are scammers, AARP warns.
  • Healthcare workers should get flu vaccine   UPI / 3:34PM
    ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Influenza vaccination of healthcare personnel is a professional and ethical responsibility, a U.S. group of physicians and infection preventionists says.
  • Castro talks about his medical crisis   UPI / 3:34PM
    HAVANA, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro says he "came to be dead" during his health crisis four years ago and hoped "for the world to stop."
  • New heart-failure treatment employed   UPI / 1:34PM
    HOUSTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- A new method to treat heart failure is being tried with a device implanted to electrically stimulate parts of a patient's spinal cord, Texas doctors say.
  • Other butters may replace peanut butter   UPI / 7:44AM
    DALLAS, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Some U.S. schools are banning peanuts and peanut butter from school lunches but a Dallas nutrition expert says other nut butters can be used as substitutes.
  • Vitamin D aids cystic fibrosis patients   UPI / 1:54AM
    PITTSBURGH, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say vitamin D may help treat and prevent allergic reaction to mold in cystic fibrosis patients.
  • Broccoli may curb Crohn's progression   UPI / 12:14AM
    LIVERPOOL, England, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Fibers from broccoli and plantain may help curb development of Crohn's disease, researchers in Britain suggest.
  • Monday, August 30

  • Supplement may boost athletic endurance   UPI / 10:34PM
    EXETER, England, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- A supplement that increases nitric oxide can increase athletic endurance, British researchers have learned.
  • Sad mothers may have small babies   UPI / 10:24PM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Researchers in Sweden and Bangladesh have linked depression and anxiety during pregnancy to low birth weight.
  • Breastfeeding may help prevent diabetes   UPI / 8:44PM
    PITTSBURGH, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher says mothers who don't breastfeed their children may be more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, than mothers who do breastfeed.
  • Inspectors found filth at Iowa egg farms   UPI / 8:34PM
    LENEXA, Kan., Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Federal inspectors found widespread evidence of rodents and other filth at nine Iowa farms where a half billion recalled eggs were produced, records show.
  • Food fight! Tomatoes thrown for charity   UPI / 7:34PM
    RENO, Nev., Aug. 30 (UPI) -- An estimated 2,500 people pelted each other with ammunition from a pile of 150,000 ripe tomatoes in a food fight for charity, observers in Reno, Nev., said.
  • Agent Orange disabilities expanded   UPI / 12:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- An expansion of the list of disabilities linked to Agent Orange exposure among U.S. Vietnam veterans is creating controversy, observers say.
  • Hospital now denies liability for stents   UPI / 10:44AM
    BALTIMORE, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- A Baltimore area hospital is turning its back on patients who had coronary stents wrongly implanted, patients' attorneys said.
  • Quick testing developed for Down syndrome   UPI / 2:14AM
    TUCSON, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- A new battery of tests taking only 2 hours can assess the best drug and behavioral help for children with Down syndrome, U.S. researchers say.
  • Sunday, August 29

  • Bob Feller diagnosed with leukemia   UPI / 6:34PM
    CLEVELAND, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Bob Feller, whose pitching prowess with the Cleveland Indians led him to baseball's Hall of Fame, has been diagnosed with leukemia, the team says.
  • George Michael completes drug rehab   UPI / 1:24PM
    LONDON, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Pop singer George Michael says he secretly enrolled in a 14-day drug detoxification program after smashing his car into a London storefront.
  • Passenger death forces landing at Denver   UPI / 12:35PM
    DENVER, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- A Las Vegas-Milwaukee flight had to land in Denver when a passenger died of a heart attack on board, a Denver International Airport spokeswoman said.
  • Pa. firm recalls 8,500 lbs. of beef   UPI / 1:14AM
    WYALUSING, Pa., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania company is recalling about 8,500 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O26, federal officials said Saturday.
  • Saturday, August 28

  • Man gets new kidney in transplant 'chain'   UPI / 5:04PM
    SAN DIEGO, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- San Diego doctors say a patient awaiting a kidney transplant has a new organ after his wife donated hers -- but to a stranger, not to her husband.
  • Death toll rises in Pakistan floods   UPI / 1:05PM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Nearly 1,700 people have died in flooding that has destroyed more than 1.2 million homes, leaving millions homeless in Pakistan, officials say.
  • Oklahoma man gets double hand transplant   UPI / 12:54PM
    LOUISVILLE, Ky., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- An Oklahoma man has received a double hand transplant in an operation lasting more than 17 hours, hospital officials say.
  • Hospital-acquired infections = longer stay   UPI / 10:34AM
    ROCKVILLE, Md., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. patients who acquired infections while hospitalized had to stay an average of 19 days longer than those who didn't get an infection, officials say.
  • Diabetes impairs but does not end sex   UPI / 2:14AM
    CHICAGO, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Many middle-aged and older adults with diabetes are sexually active but their activity might not be very rewarding, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • Smoking causes inflammation in lungs   UPI / 2:14AM
    WESTMINSTER, Colo., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Secondhand smoke triggers a complex inflammatory response and inflammation is linked to heart disease, diabetes and other diseases, U.S. researchers say.
  • Friday, August 27

  • Oxytocin not the magical 'trust elixir'   UPI / 10:44PM
    LOUVAIN-LA-NEUVE, Belgium, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Belgian researchers have linked oxytocin -- dubbed the "love hormone" or "liquid trust" -- to increased trust, but not to gullibility.
  • Alzheimer's, insulin resistance linked   UPI / 9:14PM
    FUKUOKA, Japan, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A researcher in Japan has linked insulin resistance in diabetes and the brain plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease.
  • Cinnamon extracts may reduce diabetes   UPI / 7:34PM
    BELTSVILLE, Md., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Cinnamon extracts -- a water soluble extract of cinnamon -- may reduce diabetes and heart attack risks by lowering glucose levels, a U.S. researcher says.
  • China plans safety screening for cosmetics   UPI / 7:14PM
    YIWU, China, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- The Chinese State Food and Drug Administration has drafted a plan to monitor the safety of cosmetics and beauty products, an official said Friday.
  • Cancer cluster identified in Greece   UPI / 6:05PM
    ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- The incidence of cancer fatalities in a heavily industrialized area of southern Greece is higher than in the surrounding region, health authorities say.
  • Study finds key to West Nile virus   UPI / 4:44PM
    NEW HAVEN, Conn., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A U.S. scientist has made a key discovery about the West Nile virus that could lead to success in the battle against the disease, researchers say.
  • Judge: Ill infant to stay in state custody   UPI / 3:54PM
    PORTLAND, Ore., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- An Oregon judge refuses to return an 8-month-old girl to her parents, who face charges of failing to provide adequate medical care for her, officials say.
  • Sick child's mother may have to leave U.S.   UPI / 1:44PM
    ATLANTA, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A Barbados mother who took her cancer-stricken daughter to an Atlanta hospital for treatment, and has stayed with her, could be sent home, officials said.
  • Michigan raids two medical marijuana sites   UPI / 1:14PM
    PONTIAC, Mich., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Michigan lawmen have raided two medical marijuana dispensaries and made 15 arrests on charges of illegal drug sales.
  • 1st U.S. face transplant has last surgery   UPI / 1:14PM
    CLEVELAND, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- The first U.S. face transplant recipient has had a final surgery, the last of 30 procedures to rebuild her skull and give her a reason to smile, doctors say.
  • FDA: TimeOut may pose risk   UPI / 2:04AM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A dietary supplement marketed for sexual enhancement contains an active drug ingredient that may dangerously lower blood pressure, U.S. officials say.
  • Thursday, August 26

  • A drug may reset the body clock   UPI / 11:24PM
    MANCHESTER, England, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. and British researchers say they have succeeded in resetting the 24-hour body clock in mice.
  • Doctors' beliefs influence end-of-life   UPI / 11:05PM
    LONDON, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- A survey of British doctors indicates their religious beliefs influenced end-of-life decisions of their patients.
  • 25 percent report problems post-surgery   UPI / 9:44PM
    MAASTRICHT, Netherlands, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- A Dutch researcher says up to 25 percent of patients report more physical and other problems a year after surgery than before.
  • No jail time for pop star in HIV case   UPI / 9:34PM
    DARMSTADT, Germany, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- German pop star Nadja Benaissa, who was found guilty of infecting a former sexual partner with the HIV virus, has received a two-year suspended sentence.
  • Feed may be source of egg salmonella   UPI / 7:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Chicken feed at two Iowa egg farms may have been contaminated with salmonella after heat treatment, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday.
  • New artificial lung keeps toddler alive   UPI / 6:34PM
    ST. LOUIS, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- A 2-year-old Missouri boy has become the first person in the United States to be kept alive by a new type of artificial lung, doctors say.
  • CDC: 3,000 to 49,000 flu deaths per year   UPI / 4:34PM
    ATLANTA, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- From the 1976-1977 influenza season to the 2006-2007 season, some 3,000 to 49,000 have died annually from influenza in the United States, health officials say.
  • Canadian sentenced for cancer drug scam   UPI / 1:44PM
    PHOENIX, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- A Canadian man has been sentenced to almost three years in a U.S. prison for selling what he claimed was an experimental cancer drug on the Internet.
  • Salmonella confirmed in eggs   UPI / 12:24PM
    ONTARIO, Calif., Aug. 26 (UPI) -- A U.S. supermarket chain and two egg distributors recalled eggs from an Iowa egg producer after salmonella was confirmed in its eggs, the producer said.
  • Doctors remove 50-pound tumor from woman   UPI / 12:14PM
    BUENOS AIRES, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Doctors in Argentina say they've removed a tumor weighing 50 pounds from the uterus of a 54-year-old woman.
  • Stars lining up for Lewis MDA telethon   UPI / 12:05PM
    TUCSON, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- David Archuleta, Enrique Iglesias and Lynyrd Skynryd have signed up to perform on Jerry Lewis' U.S. Labor Day telethon, 21 1/2 hours long, organizers said.
  • Nigeria hit by cholera epidemic   UPI / 9:34AM
    ABUJA, Nigeria, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- An outbreak of cholera has killed 352 Nigerians since the onset of that country's dry season, officials say.
  • Tainted eggs sold to pasteurization plants   UPI / 8:04AM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Shell eggs subject to a huge recall are reaching U.S. consumers via facilities that pasteurize the eggs to get rid of any possible salmonella, officials said.
  • Herbicide linked to prostate inflammation   UPI / 2:04AM
    RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Male rats exposed in vitro to low doses of widely used herbicide are more likely than others to develop prostate inflammation, U.S. researchers say.
  • Migraine linked to higher risk of dying   UPI / 12:34AM
    REYKJAVIK, Iceland, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- People with migraines with aura -- temporary visual or sensory disturbances -- have an increased risk of heart disease or stroke, researchers in Iceland say.
  • Wednesday, August 25

  • New imaging linked to higher cancer risk   UPI / 11:34PM
    DENVER, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher says two new nuclear-based breast imaging exams increase cancer risk.
  • Doctors encouraged by melanoma drug   UPI / 8:04PM
    BOSTON, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- An experimental drug treatment for advanced melanoma, a disease that often kills sufferers within nine months, has encouraged medical professionals, they say.
  • Scientists look at what 'bugs' bugs   UPI / 7:14PM
    BALTIMORE, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Research into just what insects find so "repellent" about insect repellents could reduce the spread of diseases, U.S. scientists say.
  • Canada may test MS procedure   UPI / 6:44PM
    REGINA, Saskatchewan, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Canada is considering clinical trials of the "liberation procedure," a treatment for multiple sclerosis that involves opening veins in the neck.
  • How cranberry juice prevents infection   UPI / 6:44PM
    BOSTON, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher explains how cranberry compounds may help prevent urinary tract infections.
  • Judge sets new rules for Lohan   UPI / 4:14PM
    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Lindsay Lohan's attorney says the U.S. actress will undergo rigorous outpatient treatment for drug and alcohol addiction now that she is out of rehab.
  • Motor vehicle crashes cost $99B a year   UPI / 3:24PM
    ATLANTA, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Every 10 seconds, someone is treated in a U.S. hospital for a vehicle crash injury and 40,000 die each year from these injuries, health officials say.
  • Kennedy's death leaves void in Congress   UPI / 11:24AM
    BOSTON, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Cancer research advocates say the death a year ago Wednesday of U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., has left a deep void in Congress.
  • Disasters tough on those with disabilities   UPI / 2:14AM
    DALLAS, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina or man-made disasters like the Oklahoma bombing are life changing but are worst for the disabled, U.S. researchers say.
  • Flu vaccine for all except babies   UPI / 2:14AM
    CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Aug. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. government officials urge everyone age 6 months and older to get an influenza shot, which contains vaccine against H1N1 and two other strains of flu.
  • U.S. rectal cancer increasing in young   UPI / 1:44AM
    PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Rectal cancer rates are increasing in people age 40 and under across races and in both sexes, U.S. researchers said.
  • Berries activate brain cleanup   UPI / 1:05AM
    BOSTON, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Blueberries, strawberries and acai berries activate a natural brain mechanism to clean up proteins linked to memory loss in the elderly, U.S. researchers say.
  • Hand disinfectant use helps productivity   UPI / 12:24AM
    GREIFSWALD, Germany, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Businesses that supply alcohol-based hand disinfectants and urge employees to use them increase productivity by helping reduce illness, German researchers say.
  • Tuesday, August 24

  • Lithgow: Hall in remission, doing well   UPI / 10:34PM
    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- John Lithgow says his "Dexter" co-star, U.S. actor Michael C. Hall, is doing very well in remission from Hodgkin's lymphoma.
  • Blood pressure drugs may help frail   UPI / 8:44PM
    GALVESTON, Texas, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers suggest blood pressure drugs may help fight frailty in the elderly.
  • Diabetes: Sugar smothers body immunity   UPI / 6:54PM
    WARWICK, England, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Higher glucose levels in people with diabetes can form a sugar coating smothering the mechanisms the body used to fight infections, a British researcher says.
  • Nicotine binding, breast cancer linked   UPI / 4:14PM
    TAIPEI, Taiwan, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- A researcher in Taipei says nicotine may play a role in promoting breast cancer.
  • Virginia abortion clinics face shutdown   UPI / 10:34AM
    RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Abortion rights organizations say a legal opinion by the Virginia attorney general could prompt the shutdown of most of the state's abortion clinics.
  • Flooding moves south in Pakistan   UPI / 10:05AM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Floods in Pakistan have reached the southern province of Sindh where more than 200 people have died at refugee camps, officials say.
  • 6-year-olds reject a child with a squint   UPI / 8:14AM
    ST. GALLEN, Switzerland, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Children age 6 and older who squint or who have crossed eyes are less likely than others to be invited to birthday parties, researchers in Switzerland say.
  • Whole-body MRI may help detect child abuse   UPI / 2:04AM
    BOSTON, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Whole-body magnetic resonance imaging may help detect suspected child abuse in infants, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • Alcohol ups risk of some breast cancers   UPI / 12:34AM
    SEATTLE, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Alcohol -- a risk factor overall for breast cancer -- increases the risk of some types of breast cancer, but not all types, U.S. researchers found.
  • Monday, August 23

  • Gene link in vitamin deficiency, diseases   UPI / 10:34PM
    LONDON, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Vitamin D deficiency is known to increase susceptibility to a wide range of diseases, and British researchers say a study dramatically highlights that fact.
  • 5 million men suffer from male menopause   UPI / 5:54PM
    CHICAGO, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Some 5 million U.S. men suffer from male menopause -- fatigue, mood swings, less sex desire, hair loss, lack of focus and weight gain, researchers say.
  • Lyme disease spreading in Massachusetts   UPI / 1:14PM
    BOSTON, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Tick-borne Lyme disease is being reported in areas of Massachusetts where cases were considered rare 10 years ago, health officials said.
  • FDA: More egg recalls may be necessary   UPI / 12:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Monday more egg recalls may be necessary in the face of salmonella outbreaks.
  • Pakistan: Water-borne disease next threat   UPI / 8:34AM
    LAHORE, Pakistan, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Survivors of Pakistan's worst flooding in decades face the threat of death and suffering from various illnesses, some communicable, officials say.
  • Breast cancer survivors can take planes   UPI / 1:44AM
    EDMONTON, Alberta, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- A Canadian researcher says breast cancer survivors need not fear air travel because of fear of lymphedema -- swelling in the arm.
  • Many hospitals don't screen for MRSA   UPI / 1:34AM
    CHICAGO, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Less than half of U.S. hospitals screen for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a strain of bacteria resistant to antibiotics, researchers say.
  • Sunday, August 22

  • Pakistan flooding brings sickness   UPI / 3:54PM
    SHAHDADKOT, Pakistan, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Concern for communicable waterborne diseases is replacing the immediate threat of flooding for almost 1 million Pakistanis, experts say.
  • 10 high school footballers hospitalized   UPI / 2:04PM
    MCMINNVILLE, Ore., Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Ten Oregon high school football players were hospitalized Sunday after being stricken with "compartment syndrome," doctors said.
  • Isotope shortage evokes medical concerns   UPI / 11:05AM
    BALTIMORE, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. doctors say they are concerned about a shortage of imported radioactive material used to diagnose heart conditions and other problems.
  • Iowa officials defend egg producer   UPI / 10:44AM
    DES MOINES, Iowa, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Some Iowa officials say a huge egg farm at the center of an ongoing nationwide recall has been improving its operations in recent years.
  • Lack of B vitamin linked to dementia   UPI / 12:34AM
    DAVIS, Calif., Aug. 22 (UPI) -- An analysis of blood samples shows lower levels of folate -- a B vitamin -- was linked to symptoms of dementia and poor brain function, U.S. researchers say.
  • Study: Motor vehicles make Americans fat   UPI / 12:14AM
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- European countries with high rates of walking and cycling have fewer obese people than Australia and the United States, U.S. researchers found.
  • Saturday, August 21

  • Drug-resistant 'superbug' seen in Canada   UPI / 4:24PM
    BRAMPTON, Ontario, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Ontario officials say they have confirmed the province's first case of the so-called superbug NDM-1, as a hospital patient tested positive for the bacteria.
  • DeVito to accept award for Douglas   UPI / 11:24AM
    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Danny DeVito will fill in for his friend Michael Douglas at the Zurich Film Festival, The Hollywood Reporter said.
  • Genome study: No level of smoking safe   UPI / 1:14AM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- An infrequent cigarette, or being exposed to secondhand smoke, may be doing more harm than people think, U.S. researchers found.
  • Back-to-school advice: 5-2-1-0 rule   UPI / 12:14AM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- A U.S. doctor urges parents to check their child's immunization and follow the 5-2-1-0 rule -- to eat healthy, exercise and limit screen time.
  • Friday, August 20

  • Gender knee implant may not boost success   UPI / 11:54PM
    SEOUL, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Knee implants tailored for women do not perform any better than standard implants, a South Korean researcher says.
  • Binge drinking + hypertension = heart risk   UPI / 10:44PM
    SEOUL, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Binge drinking is unhealthy for anyone but for men with high blood pressure it can increase the risk of death or stroke, South Korean researchers say.
  • Alleged cancer fraudster free on bail   UPI / 9:24PM
    MILTON, Ontario, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- A Canadian woman accused of scamming people out of money by telling them she had terminal cancer was freed on $5,000 bail Friday, authorities said.
  • Green leafy veggies may reduce diabetes   UPI / 8:04PM
    LEICESTER, England, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Green leafy vegetables may help reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, researchers in Britain suggest.
  • Greek medical scam convictions upheld   UPI / 7:44PM
    PATRA, Greece, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- A Greek appeals court upheld the convictions of two men found to have illegally prescribed unneeded in vitro fertilization drugs, documents show.
  • Lessons learned from Fort Hood shooting   UPI / 4:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- One of the lessons from last year's Fort Hood, Texas, shooting is that commanders should learn the symptoms of potential workplace violence, a study says.
  • Panel recommends Cymbalta for chronic pain   UPI / 12:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- The makers of the antidepressant drug Cymbalta have narrowly won approval from a U.S. panel to market it for some chronic pain conditions, officials said.
  • Geneticists find 'zombie' gene in disease   UPI / 12:04PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Dead, "junk" genes in the human genome sequence can come to life, researchers say, to cause one of the most common forms of muscular dystrophy.
  • Breast cancer yoga improves recovery   UPI / 11:24AM
    EDMONTON, Alberta, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- A specialized Iyengar yoga program for women receiving breast cancer treatment makes a positive difference in their recovery, Canadian researchers say.
  • Feds target online pharmacies   UPI / 10:24AM
    AMERICAN FORK, Utah, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. law enforcement officials say a vast online network has provided illicit prescription drugs on at least 200 Web sites.
  • U.S. announces new biological threats plan   UPI / 10:04AM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. government will overhaul its strategy for preparing for public health emergencies, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced.
  • Dark chocolate may lower heart risk   UPI / 8:14AM
    BOSTON, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Eating one to two servings of high-quality dark chocolate per week was linked to lower risks of heart failure, U.S researchers found.
  • Energy drink caffeine = 14 cans of Coke   UPI / 1:54AM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Energy drinks can contain as much as 505 milligrams of caffeine in a single container, or the equivalent of 14 cans of Coca-Cola, U.S. researchers say.
  • Car booster seats prevent child injuries   UPI / 12:14AM
    ALBANY, N.Y., Aug. 19 (UPI) -- The injury rate for children ages 4-6 in motor vehicle crashes dropped by 18 percent after New York state began requiring booster seats in 2005, officials say.
  • Thursday, August 19

  • Nicotine found in 11 Japanese e-cig brands   UPI / 10:44PM
    TOKYO, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Eleven out of 25 electronic cigarettes sold in Japan contain nicotine, which Japan bans in such devices, an independent administrative agency said.
  • CDC: U.S. teen vaccination rate increased   UPI / 10:34PM
    ATLANTA, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. teen vaccination rates, though improved, leave a lot to be desired, so if teens are uninsured parents should ask about free vaccines, officials say.
  • Phish fan tumbles 25 feet at concert   UPI / 9:44PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- An unidentified Phish fan suffered massive head trauma when he plunged 25 feet from a balcony at New York's Jones Beach theater during a concert, police said.
  • Woman accused of cancer fraud may get bail   UPI / 8:44PM
    MILTON, Ontario, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A man said Thursday he intends to post bond for a Canadian woman accused of faking terminal cancer to scam people for money, officials said.
  • High school heatstroke mostly in football   UPI / 8:35PM
    ATLANTA, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- High school athletes are sidelined 9,000 days a year, with football in August accounting for most heat-related illness, U.S. health officials say.
  • Pit bull guards owner who had heart attack   UPI / 8:35PM
    BREMERTON, Wash., Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A pit bull alarming passers-by was just protecting its owner who had suffered a heart attack on the sidewalk and died, police in Washington state said.
  • Study: Some cancer patients not given drug   UPI / 3:44PM
    ALBUQUERQUE, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Many elderly U.S. cancer patients were not given a drug that could improve chances of survival sixfold out of concern for minor side effects, a study says.
  • Egg recall expanded to 380 million eggs   UPI / 3:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has expanded a recall of eggs possibly tainted with salmonella to 380 million eggs packaged under 19 name brands.
  • Ohio, EPA at odds over bedbugs   UPI / 2:34PM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Ohio officials say they want a commercial agricultural pesticide approved for home use against bedbugs, but U.S. officials say it's unsafe for children.
  • Safety costs in medevac flights argued   UPI / 1:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Proposed safety upgrades for the U.S. helicopter air ambulance industry are generating controversy because of costs, experts say.
  • NYC theater reopens after bedbugs sprayed   UPI / 1:05PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A popular movie theater in New York's Times Square reopened after being sprayed for bedbugs as the city seeks to wipe out the elusive parasites.
  • Applegate to appear at Stand Up to Cancer   UPI / 10:44AM
    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. cancer survivors Christina Applegate, Lance Armstrong and Fran Drescher are to take part in the upcoming Stand Up to Cancer fundraiser, organizers said.
  • Trauma care effective, and cost-effective   UPI / 10:14AM
    BALTIMORE, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Trauma center treatment is expensive but the benefits, in terms of lives saved and quality of life-years gained, outweigh the costs, a U.S. researcher says.
  • Infertile couples, lower quality of life   UPI / 2:14AM
    GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Childless couples have a lower quality of life after fertility treatments than parents with children and no infertility problems, Swedish researchers say.
  • Red meat raises heart attack risk   UPI / 1:04AM
    BOSTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Eating red meat and processed meats like bacon sharply increased heart disease risk in women, U.S. researchers say.
  • Wednesday, August 18

  • Women with psoriasis risk: Say no to beer   UPI / 7:24PM
    BOSTON, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Women who have a high risk of psoriasis may consider avoiding higher intake of non-light beer, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • U.S. teen hearing loss up significantly   UPI / 6:34PM
    BOSTON, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Twenty percent of U.S. teens suffer from hearing loss with the number jumping by about 30 percent in a decade, U.S. researchers found.
  • Vet says VA botched heart surgery   UPI / 3:54PM
    DENVER, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Denver is hearing the case of a U.S. military veteran seeking millions in damages after a clamp was left in his chest during heart surgery.
  • Infections linked to eggs in recall   UPI / 2:54PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. officials say a multi-state investigation has been launched into an outbreak of salmonella infections linked to eggs that have since been recalled.
  • The pill effective in overweight women   UPI / 1:05AM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Oral contraceptives work well in overweight and obese women, refuting a long-held view the pill may not be reliable for the overweight, U.S. researchers say.
  • Antidepressant treats menopause depression   UPI / 12:35AM
    RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 18 (UPI) -- An antidepressant can alleviate symptoms of major depression in women in menopause or perimenopause, the years before menopause, U.S. researchers found.
  • Psoriasis and depression linked   UPI / 12:05AM
    PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- TV ads used to decry the "heartbreak of psoriasis" and now U.S. doctors have linked the skin condition to depression.
  • Tuesday, August 17

  • Catheter care cuts infections in half   UPI / 11:54PM
    ANN ARBOR, Mich., Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Reducing hospital-acquired infections may be as simple as reducing the amount of time a urinary catheter is used, U.S. researchers say.
  • Redefining arthritis so fewer are disabled   UPI / 11:54PM
    ATLANTA, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- New criteria for rheumatoid arthritis will help prevent the disease from crippling patients, U.S. and European doctors say.
  • Online tool helps identify diabetes risk   UPI / 11:54PM
    LEICESTER, England, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- British researchers say they have come up with an easy way for people to learn their risk of diabetes online.
  • NYC: Bad summer air, Manhattan, highways   UPI / 8:54PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Four major air pollutants are heavily concentrated in high-traffic areas in Manhattan and along highways during the summer in New York, health officials say.
  • Zsa Zsa to spend 'last days' at home   UPI / 7:24PM
    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Zsa Zsa Gabor's publicist says the ailing Hungarian-born actress has left a Los Angeles hospital to spend her "final days" at home.
  • Dengue fever cases crowd hospitals   UPI / 5:44PM
    ILOILO, Philippines, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Dengue fever cases have filled hospitals in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines, medical officials say.
  • Gehrig may not have had Gehrig's disease   UPI / 4:54PM
    BOSTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Baseball great Lou Gehrig may not have had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the disease named after him, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • Infection reaction linked to schizophrenia   UPI / 12:05PM
    PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- A pregnant woman's reaction to flu, viruses and other infections may increase the risk of schizophrenia in her child, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • Monday, August 16

  • Britain breast cancer down 30 percent   UPI / 10:44PM
    LYON, France, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Breast cancer death rates have fallen steeply in Britain in the last two decades, but have risen in some countries in Central Europe, French researchers say.
  • Fund targets spill-related mental illness   UPI / 9:14PM
    HOUSTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- BP said it will provide $52 million for mental health services on the U.S. Gulf Coast, where experts say the oil spill has caused widespread mental illness.
  • Cancer no longer a disease of the rich   UPI / 9:05PM
    BOSTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Cancer is no longer a disease of the rich, with two-thirds of annual cancer deaths worldwide occurring in developing countries, U.S. researchers said.
  • Childhood adversity can shorten lifespan   UPI / 7:24PM
    SAN DIEGO, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Children who experience multiple traumas may develop anxiety and depression that could shorten their lifespan by 7-15 years, U.S. researchers found.
  • Encephalitis case reported in Rhode Island   UPI / 6:05PM
    PROVIDENCE, R.I., Aug. 16 (UPI) -- A Rhode Island man is in critical condition after contracting Eastern equine encephalitis in Massachusetts earlier this month, health officials say.
  • Report: Michael Douglas treated for cancer   UPI / 5:05PM
    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Michael Douglas' publicist says the Hollywood actor is to undergo eight weeks of radiation and chemotherapy to treat a tumor in his throat.
  • Higher heart rate a risk over time   UPI / 2:14AM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- A raised heart rate over time may signal a patient needs more evaluation, a U.S. doctor suggests
  • Sunday, August 15

  • Boosting Palestinian health care   UPI / 7:54AM
    RAMALLAH, West Bank, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Palestinians will no longer be referred to Israel or abroad for medical treatment but treated locally, Palestinian Health Minister Fathi Moghli said Sunday.
  • Saturday, August 14

  • Swimmers ignore Fla. beach warnings   UPI / 4:54PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Tourists and locals ignored warnings of high bacteria levels to go swimming at several beaches near Fort Lauderdale, Fla., authorities said.
  • Accused 'Beauty Bandit' surrenders   UPI / 4:54PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 14 (UPI) -- A South Florida woman has been charged with being the "Beauty Bandit," a thief who received Botox injections and similar cosmetic services without paying.
  • Mutilated Afghan girl meets U.S. surgeons   UPI / 3:54PM
    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- The Afghan girl whose mutilated face on the cover of a news magazine brought international outrage and sympathy has met with U.S. doctors, officials said.
  • 20 million homeless in Pakistan flooding   UPI / 3:34PM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Pakistan flooding has left 20 million people homeless, Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani said Saturday, as authorities confirmed a cholera case and expect more.
  • Lack of clean water a threat in Pakistan   UPI / 2:24PM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- An outbreak of waterborne diseases in flood-ravaged Pakistan could lead to more deaths and challenge relief activities, authorities say.
  • Diuretics as good as hypertension drugs   UPI / 2:14AM
    BEIJING, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- A long-term study indicates diuretics lower blood pressure as well as newer blood pressure drugs, a U.S. researcher reports.
  • Fast-food could supply a statin with meal   UPI / 1:14AM
    LONDON, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- London researchers suggest fast-food outlets could provide low-dose statins -- cholesterol lowering drugs -- with meals to offset the dangers of fatty food.
  • Plague-infected prairie dog found   UPI / 1:14AM
    REGINA, Saskatchewan, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- A dead prairie dog found in a national park in western Canada has been determined to be infected with plague, authorities said.
  • Friday, August 13

  • Urinary tract infection may spur more UTIs   UPI / 11:14PM
    ST. LOUIS, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Studies in mice suggest an overly strong inflammatory reaction to a urinary tract infection may open the door to recurrent infections, U.S. researchers say.
  • 7 in 10 in New Orleans feel forgotten   UPI / 9:44PM
    MENLO PARK, Calif., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Five years after Hurricane Katrina, most in New Orleans say rebuilding is going well, but 70 percent say the nation has forgotten them, a survey indicates.
  • Nevada reports typhoid fever cases   UPI / 8:35PM
    LAS VEGAS, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- A frozen fruit product is suspected in an outbreak of typhoid fever in Clark County, Nev., that left four people ill, health officials said.
  • Brother dies after liver transplant   UPI / 8:35PM
    DENVER, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- A man donating part of his liver to save his brother died four days after the procedure at the University of Colorado Hospital, officials say.
  • Most food borne illness from poultry   UPI / 8:24PM
    ATLANTA, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- It's estimated 76 million people a year suffer from food borne illness, most often caused by meat and leafy vegetables, U.S. health officials said.
  • Canads warns of resistant infection   UPI / 8:24PM
    EDMONTON, Alberta, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Canadian health officials are warning travelers about a new antibiotic-resistant superbug that emerged in India and has already entered Canada, they say.
  • High bacteria levels close Mass. beaches   UPI / 8:14PM
    BOSTON, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- High bacteria levels at many beaches along the Massachusetts coast resulted in them being closed to swimming Friday, state officials said.
  • Zsa Zsa returns to hospital   UPI / 5:44PM
    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Zsa Zsa Gabor's publicist says the Hungarian-born actress and socialite has been taken by ambulance from her home to a Los Angeles hospital.
  • Pain different for women, men   UPI / 5:34PM
    ATLANTA, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Chronic pain is more intense and lasts longer for women than men and a higher proportion of women suffer from diseases that bring such pain, doctors say.
  • Brain surgery may affect diabetes symptoms   UPI / 4:54PM
    PITTSBURGH, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- A particular type of brain surgery may lead to improvements in treating the onset and progression of Type 2 diabetes, a study suggests.
  • Mom says judge, media too hard on Lohan   UPI / 2:54PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Lindsay Lohan's mother told interviewer Matt Lauer the media and justice system are largely to blame for the U.S. actress' problems.
  • Florida confirms dengue fever case   UPI / 2:24PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Health officials in Florida's Broward County say tests have confirmed the first known case of mosquito-borne dengue fever being contracted in the county.
  • Collaboration on Alzheimer's a success   UPI / 1:24PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- An unprecedented and ambitious sharing of data on Alzheimer's disease has led to advances in diagnosis and treatment, health experts say.
  • India protests naming of superbug   UPI / 1:05PM
    NEW DELHI, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- India officials are protesting a British study blaming India for exporting a drug-resistant bacteria to the rest of the world and naming it for an Indian city.
  • Trial under way for oral cancer test   UPI / 2:14AM
    SHEFFIELD, England, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- A British team of researchers say they has been awarded a $2 million grant to perfect a test dentists can use to detect oral cancer through mouth cells.
  • 1 in 4 stroke patients stop medications   UPI / 1:34AM
    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Twenty-five percent of stroke patients stop taking one or more of prescribed stroke prevention medications three months after a stroke, U.S. researchers found.
  • Thursday, August 12

  • Surgery given even if person has disorder   UPI / 11:44PM
    PROVIDENCE, R.I., Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Those with body dysmorphic disorder, a preoccupation with a slight defect, should seek a psychiatrist not a plastic surgeon, a U.S. researcher says.
  • Test for ovarian cancer shows promise   UPI / 11:34PM
    ATLANTA, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta say a blood test for ovarian cancer appears promising.
  • Diabetic man sues for subway maltreatment   UPI / 10:24PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- A diabetic New York City man sued the city, alleging police treatment on a subway presented a danger to his health, court records showed.
  • Dermatologist: Managing textured hair   UPI / 10:14PM
    CHICAGO, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- A U.S. doctor says hair cosmetics may help a woman keep textured hair -- which is much more fragile than naturally straight hair -- in check.
  • Man sues over Legionnaire's infection   UPI / 10:14PM
    BALTIMORE, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- A man who was infected with Legionnaire's disease at housing for the elderly in Baltimore has filed a $225 million lawsuit.
  • Hormone therapy linked to breast cancer   UPI / 10:05PM
    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Using hormone therapy for more than 15 years after menopause increases women's risk of breast cancer, particularly leaner women, U.S. researchers say.
  • Sen. Durbin undergoes surgery   UPI / 8:35PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Doctors at the University of Chicago Medical Center said they completely removed a small tumor from the stomach of U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.
  • Senior moments differ from Alzheimer's   UPI / 7:44PM
    IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Forgetting where one put one's keys need not be an early sign of Alzheimer's Disease, U.S. researchers say.
  • MRI can help differentiate prostate cancer   UPI / 5:54PM
    NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Magnetic resonance imaging could help assess prostate cancers that need more aggressive treatment, U.S. researchers say.
  • Factory farm accord means change ahead   UPI / 4:05PM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- A farming accord in Ohio limiting close confinement of hens, hogs and veal calves means "factory farming" is changing, farmers and animal-rights activists say.
  • Gabor back home after hip surgery   UPI / 2:05PM
    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Hungarian-born actress Zsa Zsa Gabor has been released from California's UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center, four weeks after undergoing hip surgery.
  • China pledges to redouble anti-AIDS fight   UPI / 12:05PM
    SHANGHAI, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- China pledged to step up efforts to fight AIDS, the country's No. 1 infectious disease killer, the health ministry said Thursday.
  • Outbreak of bird flu reported in Indonesia   UPI / 11:44AM
    JAKARTA, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Indonesian authorities say three provincial regions have been affected by bird flu and thousands of chickens and ducks have been culled to prevent its spread.
  • Diocese offers birth control coverage   UPI / 11:05AM
    MADISON, Wis., Aug. 12 (UPI) -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Madison, Wis., now offers birth control coverage to employees, but employees could be fired if they use it, the diocese said.
  • Olympic ski official dead of heart attack   UPI / 10:24AM
    KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- A Swedish ski official working on the 2014 Winter Olympics died in the presence of his family in Russia, a report said.
  • Most Russian prisoners said to be diseased   UPI / 10:05AM
    MOSCOW, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Some 90 percent of Russian prisoners have diseases such as tuberculosis or are infected with the virus that causes AIDS, the Prosecutor General's office said.
  • Walk to school, less heart risk as an adult   UPI / 2:14AM
    BUFFALO, N.Y., Aug. 12 (UPI) -- A morning walk or bike ride to school could reduce stress reactivity in children, which is linked to later heart risk, U.S. researchers say.
  • Wednesday, August 11

  • Social stress may increase risk of disease   UPI / 8:44PM
    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Negative responses to social situations are linked to higher levels of inflammation and a higher risk of disease, U.S. researchers say.
  • Jail time for new father nurse fondler   UPI / 7:44PM
    OGDEN, Utah, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- A Utah man was sentenced to six months in jail for fondling the breasts of a nurse wheeling his pregnant girlfriend to a hospital delivery room, officials say.
  • Federal stampede of horses begins   UPI / 7:44PM
    SUSANVILLE, Calif., Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Federal officials say they will stampede wild horses by helicopter to round them up in northeastern California trap sites over activists' protests.
  • New charge brought in cancer fraud case   UPI / 4:24PM
    MILTON, Ontario, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- A more serious fraud charge was leveled Wednesday against a Canadian woman accused of faking terminal cancer to scam people out of money
  • New superbug resistant to antibiotics   UPI / 3:54PM
    LONDON, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Scientists say they fear a new superbug -- one that traveled from India and Pakistan to hospitals in Britain -- might go global.
  • Former Italian president hospitalized   UPI / 10:05AM
    ROME, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Former Italian President Francesco Cossiga remained hospitalized in stable but critical condition Wednesday, Rome's Gemelli Hospital said.
  • Report says Kuwaitis abuse health system   UPI / 8:35AM
    KUWAIT CITY, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Kuwaitis are allegedly abusing their healthcare system, which pays all expenses for treatment abroad for the patient and companions, a doctor charged.
  • Tuesday, August 10

  • 'Idol' winner Fantasia hospitalized   UPI / 10:35PM
    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Fantasia Barrino's manager says the "American Idol" winner was hospitalized after a drug overdose, but she is expected to make a full recovery.
  • WHO: Swine flu pandemic winding down   UPI / 8:54PM
    GENEVA, Switzerland, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- The H1N1 strain of influenza virus, popularly known as swine flu, appears to have run its course, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.
  • Mickelson receiving arthritis treatments   UPI / 7:05PM
    HAVEN, Wis., Aug. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. golfer Phil Mickelson stunned reporters Tuesday by revealing he is receiving treatments for a severe form of arthritis.
  • Anthrax hits Canadian bison   UPI / 5:44PM
    WEYBURN, Saskatchewan, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Anthrax has killed 30 bison on a farm near Weyburn, Saskatchewan, a Canadian provincial official said Tuesday.
  • Sen. Johnson recovering after surgery   UPI / 4:44PM
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Aug. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., was recovering Tuesday after having his gallbladder removed, his office said.
  • For some, prostate surgery better   UPI / 3:05PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Surgery may be the best choice for prostate cancers likely to recur or spread, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • Netanyahu treated for foot infection   UPI / 8:14AM
    JERUSALEM, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu took time out from his duties for treatment of a foot infection at Jerusalem's Hadassah Hospital, officials say.
  • Monday, August 9

  • More tattoos = higher hepatitis C risk   UPI / 11:14PM
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- People with multiple tattoos covering large parts of their bodies are at higher risk of getting hepatitis C and other diseases, a Canadian researcher warns.
  • Zinc may be key to healthy embryo   UPI / 9:54PM
    EVANSTON, Ill., Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Zinc may be essential to a good egg becoming a healthy embryo, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • Cubs' Silva undergoes cardiac procedure   UPI / 9:24PM
    CHICAGO, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Silva underwent a successful cardiac procedure Monday to correct an abnormal heart rate, the team said.
  • Bieber named new face of Proactiv   UPI / 9:05PM
    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Canadian-born singer Justin Bieber has been named spokesman for a Proactiv acne system advertising campaign, the company said.
  • Pet food linked to salmonella in humans   UPI / 8:14PM
    ATLANTA, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Dry dog and cat foods manufactured at a U.S. plant have been linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Schwarzengrund, researchers said.
  • Brain stimulation may help Alzheimer's   UPI / 2:24AM
    TORONTO, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Deep brain stimulation shows promise for patients with Alzheimer's disease, Canadian researchers say.
  • Sunday, August 8

  • Family disavows alleged cancer fraudster   UPI / 8:05PM
    MILTON, Ontario, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- The estranged parents of a Canadian woman who allegedly faked having terminal cancer to trick people into giving her money say they are through with her.
  • Warnings given on stem cell claims   UPI / 2:54PM
    SACRAMENTO, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- The promise of future stem cell therapies has a dark side as bogus products and scams promising cures have begun surfacing, medical experts say.
  • Saturday, August 7

  • Mutilated Afghan teen arrives in LA   UPI / 6:35PM
    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- The Afghan teen whose nose and ears were cut off by the Taliban and was featured on the cover of Time magazine has arrived in Los Angeles for medical treatment.
  • Medical pot at center of California battle   UPI / 5:24PM
    OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- A medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif., says it opposes the city's plans to permit legal marijuana farms and put marijuana tax measures to voters.
  • Woman arrested in cancer fraud   UPI / 5:24PM
    OAKVILLE, Ontario, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Police in Canada have arrested an Ontario woman who admitted faking cancer to solicit money for herself and charged her with fraud, authorities say.
  • U.S. breakfasts need a makeover   UPI / 2:05AM
    HOUSTON, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- More children are grabbing a toaster pastry, a fast food sandwich, or skipping breakfast entirely, than did a decade ago, U.S. researchers say.
  • Eating produce can reduce dementia risk   UPI / 1:35AM
    LONDON, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- The known genetic link for dementia accounts for only 7 percent of cases and British and French researchers suggest people could do more to prevent dementia.
  • Friday, August 6

  • 'Proximal' prayer may help in healing   UPI / 10:24PM
    BLOOMINGTON, Ind., Aug. 6 (UPI) -- "Hands on" intercessory prayer -- praying physically near the person being prayed for -- by African Christians may have helped healing, U.S. researchers say.
  • Laser may reduce prostate sex side effects   UPI / 8:54PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. surgeons suggest new technology may help reduce prostate surgery sexual side-effects.
  • Falls are leading cause of injury in China   UPI / 8:14PM
    BALTIMORE, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Falls cause more than two-thirds of all injuries to Chinese 65 and older, Chinese and U.S. researchers say.
  • Mac's wife files wrongful death suit   UPI / 5:14PM
    CHICAGO, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Rhonda McCullough, Bernie Mac's wife, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the late comedian's dermatologist, court records show.
  • Fungal disease decimating bat populations   UPI / 5:05PM
    BOSTON, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Scientists say a fungal disease is killing off bats in the northeastern United States and could drive one species to extinction in as little as 16 years.
  • Experts: Infections rampant in gym setting   UPI / 4:54PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The local gym is a good place to exercise -- and also a good place to pick up skin infections from exercise equipment and shower facilities, a U.S. group says.
  • Brain may compensate for injury   UPI / 12:34AM
    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say when a region of the brain dealing with memory is damaged, another area of the brain may compensate.
  • Ulcerative colitis heals better with age   UPI / 12:34AM
    ST. LOUIS, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say those who developed ulcerative colitis after age 50 had better outcomes that those stricken at a younger age.
  • Thursday, August 5

  • Mentors helped teens keep weight off   UPI / 11:54PM
    BALTIMORE, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Pairing college student mentors with urban teens helped the teens adopt healthy habits, U.S. researchers said.
  • Giuliani's daughter nabbed for shoplifting   UPI / 9:54PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- The daughter of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was arrested for shoplifting in an Upper East Side cosmetics shop, police said.
  • Fertility treatment now free in Quebec   UPI / 7:14PM
    QUEBEC CITY, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- The shortage of doctors is expected to become worse in Quebec now that fertility treatments are free in the Canadian province.
  • Some 100 genes may regulate cholesterol   UPI / 5:44PM
    BOSTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Some 100 genes may regulate cholesterol levels, but U.S. researchers say they are not sure how most of these genes may regulate cholesterol metabolism.
  • Aspirin doesn't prevent many heart attacks   UPI / 5:05PM
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- A low-dose aspirin taken daily only reduces the risk of a first heart attack by less than 1 percent, Canadian researchers found.
  • Australian schools may stock condoms   UPI / 5:05PM
    MELBOURNE, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- A spike in Australian teen pregnancies has created controversy over whether and for what ages schools should provide condoms, officials said.
  • Ol' C.C., Asian elephant, dies in zoo   UPI / 12:35PM
    SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 5 (UPI) -- One of the nation's oldest Asian elephants, "Ol' C.C.," has died at a Missouri zoo, a report said.
  • The pill may increase breast cancer risk   UPI / 2:14AM
    BOSTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- A study involving African-American women found those who used oral contraceptives had an increased risk of getting breast cancer, U.S. researchers say.
  • Consistent all-over tan a myth   UPI / 1:54AM
    EDINBURGH, Scotland, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Some parts of the body are much more resistant to tanning than others, so a consistent all-over tan may be impossible, researchers in Scotland say.
  • Gum disease may be linked to Alzheimer's   UPI / 1:54AM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Periodontal disease may signal increased risk of cognitive dysfunction associated with Alzheimer's disease, New York University researchers found.
  • Staying up late may up heart disease risk   UPI / 1:35AM
    STONEY BROOK, N.Y., Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Staying up until 2 a.m. and upsetting the body's internal clock might come with serious consequences for lipid metabolism, a U.S. researcher suggests.
  • Wednesday, August 4

  • Sponge genome could give cancer clues   UPI / 8:44PM
    BERKELY, Calif., Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Scientists say the gene sequence of sponges, the simplest and most ancient of animals, could provide clues to how multi-cell animals -- and cancer -- developed.
  • Cough better H1N1 indicator not fever   UPI / 7:44PM
    SEOUL, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Airports that tried to detect people with H1N1 by screening people with a fever were not effective because about half have no fever, researchers in Seoul say.
  • Drug resistant E.coli strain emerging   UPI / 6:54PM
    MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- An emerging drug-resistant E. coli strain has been causing many anti-microbial-resistant infections in the United States, researchers say.
  • Benefits canceled after tumor surgery   UPI / 3:44PM
    COTTINGLEY, England, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- British officials said they are reviewing the case of a man whose benefits were canceled two days after surgery to remove a brain tumor.
  • Dog chews owner's toe off; owner happy   UPI / 11:24AM
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Aug. 4 (UPI) -- A Michigan man says most of his right big toe was chewed off by the family dog after he passed out from too much drinking -- and he says that saved his life.
  • Judge allows teen to refuse chemotherapy   UPI / 7:34AM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- An Ohio judge refused Tuesday to order a teenager estranged from her Muslim parents to undergo chemotherapy for uterine cancer.
  • Tuesday, August 3

  • Salad maker accused of filth, Listeria   UPI / 10:05PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. Department of Justice officials say they have filed for a permanent injunction against NY Gourmet Salads Inc., a processor of ready-to-eat deli salads.
  • Anti-poverty program has lasting benefits   UPI / 9:14PM
    ALBANY, N.Y., Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Pregnant U.S. women who participate in the Earned Income Tax Credits anti-poverty program are less likely to have low-birth weight babies, researchers say.
  • Military brain study under investigation   UPI / 7:34PM
    BOSTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. officials say they're looking into allegations 80 wounded U.S. service members were improperly used as subjects in a brain injuries study.
  • High heels may cause joint, knee problems   UPI / 6:44PM
    AMES, Iowa, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Prolonged wearing of high heels can contribute to joint degeneration and knee osteoarthritis, Iowa State University kinesiology researchers say.
  • Research: Cells compensate for memory loss   UPI / 6:14PM
    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- When regions of the human brain involved in memory are damaged, other areas can step in and compensate, a U.S. study says.
  • A tongue piercing = big orthodontia bill   UPI / 3:34PM
    BUFFALO, N.Y., Aug. 3 (UPI) -- A U.S. dental professor reports a tongue piercing can result in an a costly orthodontist bill.
  • Impatient patient stitches own wound   UPI / 3:05PM
    SUNDSVALL, Sweden, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- A Swedish man said hospital workers reported him to police after he got tired of waiting for treatment and stitched his own leg wound.
  • CDC: 9 states have 30 percent obese   UPI / 2:54PM
    ATLANTA, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- In 2000, no state had an obesity prevalence of 30 percent or more, but in 2009 there were nine states, U.S. health officials said Tuesday.
  • Diabetic man sues for subway maltreatment   UPI / 12:44PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- A diabetic New York City man sued the city, alleging police treatment while on a subway presented a danger to his health, court records showed.
  • Report: Sinatra's grandson tries suicide   UPI / 12:44PM
    DOWNEY, Calif., Aug. 3 (UPI) -- The grandson of late entertainer Frank Sinatra has been hospitalized for a possible suicide attempt in Downey, Calif., law enforcement sources told TMZ.
  • Oil spill stress tops that of Katrina   UPI / 2:04AM
    NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- About 30 percent of people in coastal Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida and Alabama say they suffer psychological distress from the oil spill, a study found.
  • Health officials choose flu shot strains   UPI / 12:54AM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- The 2010-2011 seasonal flu vaccine protects against three strains of influenza, including the H1N1 influenza virus, U.S. health officials said.
  • Makeover TV feeds cosmetic surgery desire   UPI / 12:44AM
    CAMDEN, N.J., Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Teens can obsess on their appearance but teens who are fans of makeover TV shows are more apt than others to get cosmetic surgery, U.S. researchers say.
  • Monday, August 2

  • Hormones may protect against aneurysms   UPI / 9:54PM
    CHICAGO, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Estrogen hormone therapies may help protect women against brain aneurysms, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • Diet, alcohol affect breast cancer growth   UPI / 9:35PM
    PROVIDENCE, R.I., Aug. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say diet and alcohol may affect the development of breast cancer tumors.
  • Advances reported in less invasive surgery   UPI / 9:14PM
    SAN DIEGO, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. surgeons are finding ways to make already less invasive surgery even less invasive, resulting in a more rapid recovery and reduced pain.
  • Fourth Mich. Legionaires' case confirmed   UPI / 9:14PM
    DETROIT, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Michigan officials say a fourth case of Legionnaires' disease has been confirmed in an outbreak at the Selfridge Air National Guard base.
  • NYC: 32-ounce soda = 26 packets of sugar   UPI / 8:54PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- A 20-ounce serving of soda contains the equivalent of 16 packets of sugar, a public awareness campaign in New York, backed by city officials says.
  • Tentative link of red meat, bladder cancer   UPI / 8:34PM
    BETHESDA, Md., Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Those who ate the most red meat in a U.S. study had an increased risk of bladder cancer but it was of borderline statistical significance, researchers say.
  • Mass. to spray for mosquito disease   UPI / 1:34PM
    BOSTON, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Massachusetts health officials say they'll conduct aerial spraying against disease-carrying mosquitoes, and some residents have qualms about the chemicals used.
  • Stolen laptop had 'priceless' cancer info   UPI / 1:14PM
    BOSTON, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- A researcher whose laptop was stolen while he had dinner at a Boston-area restaurant says it contained priceless data on cancer research.
  • Lindsay Lohan leaves jail   UPI / 11:14AM
    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Actress Lindsay Lohan was released from a Lynwood, Calif., jail early Monday after serving 13 full days of a 90-day sentence for violating her probation.
  • Cheney should leave hospital this week   UPI / 7:54AM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Former Vice President Dick Cheney, who had a heart booster pump implanted in July, should be leaving the hospital later this week, his daughter said.
  • Saturday, July 31

  • Research links chemical to cognition   UPI / 11:14PM
    BALTIMORE, July 31 (UPI) -- University of Maryland researchers say discovery of a chemical in the brain that appears to reduce cognition could lead to pills that make people smarter.
  • Colon cancer blood test more economical   UPI / 10:54PM
    RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., July 31 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers advise using highly sensitive fecal occult blood tests to economically screen for colon cancer.
  • Floridians warned of dengue mosquitoes   UPI / 10:44PM
    MIAMI, July 31 (UPI) -- Health officials are warning South Florida residents that mosquitoes carrying dengue fever can breed in a few ounces of water, even indoors.
  • Some diabetes drugs linked to fractures   UPI / 9:54PM
    ANN ARBOR, Mich., July 31 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher says post-menopausal women taking some diabetes drugs may be at greater risk of bone fractures.
  • Why some fad diets may work for some   UPI / 7:44PM
    RALEIGH, N.C., July 31 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers suggest a fad diet may work for some people because weight loss is achieved through a combination of genes and diet.
  • Black teens may not have enough vitamin D   UPI / 5:44PM
    AUGUSTA, Ga., July 31 (UPI) -- Black teens deficient in vitamin D, who took vitamin D supplements of 2,000 international units, had less central arterial stiffness, U.S. researchers found.
  • Study to see if aspirin prolongs life   UPI / 2:14AM
    SAN ANTONIO, July 31 (UPI) -- Researchers in the United States and Australia say they are conducting a study to determine whether aspirin prolongs life or reduces disability.
  • Resveratrol may suppress inflammation   UPI / 2:14AM
    BUFFALO, N.Y., July 31 (UPI) -- Resveratrol, found in the skin of red grapes and red wine, appears to suppress inflammation in humans, U.S.researchers say.
  • Alcohol reduces rheumatoid arthritis risk   UPI / 1:14AM
    SHEFFIELD, England, July 31 (UPI) -- Alcohol consumption reduces the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, as well as its severity, researchers in Britain say.
  • Friday, July 30

  • New lab test for Fragile X syndrome   UPI / 11:34PM
    SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif., July 30 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher says New York state has granted approval for a new test to identify Fragile X syndrome.
  • Motivating men to be tested for cancer   UPI / 10:24PM
    SIEVERDING, Germany, July 30 (UPI) -- A German researcher says men who have never been tested for cancer are more motivated to be tested when they learn most men have been tested at some time.
  • African countries say no polio for a year   UPI / 9:44PM
    NEW YORK, July 30 (UPI) -- Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda have had no reports of wild poliovirus cases for more than a year, the United Nations Children's Fund says.
  • FDA: Stem cell trial can proceed   UPI / 9:34PM
    WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) -- The Food and Drug Administration has given approval to proceed with the world's first human clinical trial of a human embryonic stem cell-based therapy.
  • Calcium supplements linked to heart risk   UPI / 7:24PM
    AUCKLAND, New Zealand, July 30 (UPI) -- Calcium supplements, but not calcium obtained by food, are linked to an increased risk of heart attack in healthy older women, New Zealand researchers say.
  • Breast tumor detection easier with age   UPI / 4:54PM
    STANFORD, Calif., July 30 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher suggests tumors in younger women -- in their 40s -- are simply harder to detect using mammograms.
  • Progress to control malaria, more needed   UPI / 2:05PM
    KAMPALA, Uganda, July 29 (UPI) -- Insecticide-treated bed nets and indoor spraying reached 60 million in 2008, but 25 percent of child deaths in Africa are from malaria, a U.N. official says.
  • Political dust flies over Ground Zero bill   UPI / 2:05PM
    WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) -- House Republicans had some choice words for a bill to compensate people made ill by the dust and debris from the 2001 collapse of the World Trade Center.
  • Healthcare reform to help 30 million women   UPI / 2:14AM
    NEW YORK, July 30 (UPI) -- A U.S. non-profit group that analyzed the Affordable Care Act says 30 million women will benefit from healthcare reform.
  • Sleep may not help surgeon performance   UPI / 12:54AM
    LOS ANGELES, July 30 (UPI) -- Requiring 5 hours of rest for surgical residents after a 16-hour day is unlikely to improve outcomes for two common operations, U.S. researchers say.
  • MJ's doctors cleared in his death   UPI / 12:24AM
    LOS ANGELES, July 30 (UPI) -- The California state attorney general's office said seven doctors and a nurse investigated will not be charged in the death of pop music icon Michael Jackson.
  • Thursday, July 29

  • Pet poisoning traumatic for pet and owner   UPI / 11:14PM
    BREA, Calif., July 29 (UPI) -- Pets may often treat anything that falls on the floor as theirs but a U.S. pet health insurer warns pet poisonings are costly physically and financially.
  • Sleep disorder may be sign of dementia   UPI / 10:44PM
    ROCHESTER, N.Y., July 29 (UPI) -- A sleep disorder may signal dementia or Parkinson's disease up to 50 years before diagnosis, U.S. researchers said.
  • Report: U.S. Army showing stress   UPI / 9:44PM
    WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army appears to be under increased stress from repeated deployments of soldiers and inadequate support when they return home, an Army report concluded.
  • FDA calls for warning on label of Cubicin   UPI / 7:34PM
    WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) -- The antibiotic daptomycin, or Cubicin, should have a drug label warning, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.
  • Many children medicated for insomnia   UPI / 4:05PM
    PROVIDENCE, R.I., July 29 (UPI) -- U.S. psychiatrists report medicating one-third of their school-age and teenage patients for insomnia.
  • Chris Klein prolongs rehab stay   UPI / 3:34PM
    LOS ANGELES, July 29 (UPI) -- Chris Klein's publicist says the "American Pie" star has decided to stay in rehab longer than the 30 days for which he initially signed up.
  • Low-risk prostate gets aggressive therapy   UPI / 11:24AM
    NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., July 29 (UPI) -- Most men treated for prostate cancer, even if their prostate-specific antigen level and cancer risk are low, receive aggressive treatment, U.S. researchers say.
  • Stigma keeps many from mental health help   UPI / 2:14AM
    LOS ANGELES, July 29 (UPI) -- About 20 percent of residents of California report a need for mental health services, while one in 25 report serious psychological distress, researchers found.
  • NYC to use low-sulfur oil, improves health   UPI / 12:54AM
    NEW YORK, July 29 (UPI) -- The New York City Council is expected to agree to cut sulfur levels in half by requiring buildings to burn low-sulfur oil to improve health, officials said.
  • CPR without mouth-to-mouth advised   UPI / 12:04AM
    BALTIMORE, July 28 (UPI) -- A U.S. expert on cardiopulmonary resuscitation says an American and a European study both suggest dropping mouth-to-mouth from CPR and using "hands only."
  • Physicians often misjudge patient beliefs   UPI / 12:04AM
    HERSHEY, Pa., July 28 (UPI) -- Doctors often guess wrong about their patients' health beliefs, U.S. researchers found.
  • Wednesday, July 28

  • Stars line up for NY cancer benefit   UPI / 11:35PM
    WATER MILL, N.Y., July 28 (UPI) -- Kelly Ripa, Ashley Greene, Donna Karan, Ariel Foxman and InStyle are to serve as hosts of the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund's upcoming New York fundraiser.
  • Swimmers at warm beaches can risk illness   UPI / 10:04PM
    MIAMI, July 28 (UPI) -- People who swim in warm sub-tropical waters such as those found in South Florida face an increased risk of illness, University of Miami researchers suggest.
  • Group urges passage of chemical bill   UPI / 8:05PM
    WASHINGTON, July 28 (UPI) -- Healthcare advocates say they want quick action by Congress on the "Toxic Chemicals Safety Act of 2010" on the eve of public hearings scheduled for Thursday.
  • Back-pain guidelines may delay treatment   UPI / 5:05PM
    BALTIMORE, July 28 (UPI) -- Skipping long-held diagnostic guidelines may speed up pain relief for some with back pain, U.S. researchers say.
  • Rabid bats found in Orange County, Calif.   UPI / 4:34PM
    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., July 28 (UPI) -- Officials in Orange County, Calif., are urging residents who may have encountered two bats that tested positive for rabies to seek immediate medical help.
  • Poll: Seniors know little about reform law   UPI / 2:04AM
    WASHINGTON, July 28 (UPI) -- Only 22 percent of U.S. seniors age 65 and older say the Affordable Health Care Act would not cut their basic Medicare benefits, a survey indicates.
  • Bad contact lens compliance causes ER trip   UPI / 1:34AM
    ST. LOUIS, July 28 (UPI) -- An estimated 34,000 U.S. children and teens visit emergency rooms annually for injuries and complications caused by contact lenses, U.S. researchers found.
  • Tuesday, July 27

  • Dental gel could end dental drill use   UPI / 11:14PM
    PARIS, July 27 (UPI) -- The dentist's drill may be thing of the past for smaller cavities thanks to a new dental gel that promotes regeneration of teeth, French researchers say.
  • Survey: More patients seek cardiologists   UPI / 11:05PM
    NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla., July 27 (UPI) -- U.S. cardiologists say they are seeing more patients than ever before as baby boomers age, a survey indicates.
  • Helping cancer patients return to school   UPI / 6:54PM
    BOSTON, July 27 (UPI) -- Cancer is tough enough, but a child with cancer also has to deal with a lot of questions about cancer from classmates, a U.S. researcher says.
  • Cancer survivor turning 100   UPI / 5:54PM
    MAYWOOD, Ill., July 27 (UPI) -- An Illinois woman who survived one of the most complicated operations in surgery when she was 89 says she will celebrate her 100th birthday Saturday.
  • Spiritual care, spirituality same to dying   UPI / 5:44PM
    CARDIFF, Wales, July 27 (UPI) -- Spiritual care and spirituality came down to the same thing as far as terminally ill patients were concerned, a researcher in Wales says.
  • Smog can trigger cell death in the heart   UPI / 3:54PM
    KINGSVILLE, Texas, July 27 (UPI) -- Exposure to ground level ozone -- a major component of smog -- increases the activity of a substance that triggers heart cell death, U.S. researchers say.
  • Fake cancer victim gets fine, prison   UPI / 2:05PM
    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., July 27 (UPI) -- A Tennessee city worker who faked having cancer and bilked Chattanooga out of $79,000 was sentenced to 42 months in prison, court records showed.
  • Vancouver man bitten, denied rabies shots   UPI / 1:54PM
    KITSILANO, British Columbia, July 27 (UPI) -- A Canadian man was denied rabies shots after a raccoon bite because of low risk and the vaccination's cost to the province, officials said.
  • Ill. village may clean up cluttered house   UPI / 1:24PM
    SCHAUMBURG, Ill., July 27 (UPI) -- An Illinois man faces a court hearing next month to decide whether village workers may enter his home to clean up his cluttered property, officials said.
  • Iraqi insurgents stealing blood   UPI / 7:54AM
    MOSUL, Iraq, July 27 (UPI) -- Health workers in Iraq say insurgents are holding up hospitals and blood banks at gunpoint to steal blood for their wounded comrades.
  • Requiring masks motivates getting flu shot   UPI / 1:34AM
    OTTAWA, July 27 (UPI) -- Campaigns can help persuade healthcare workers to get seasonal flu shots but requiring the unvaccinated to wear masks also works, Canadian researchers say.
  • Students may use asthma meds at school   UPI / 1:34AM
    MCLEAN, Va., July 27 (UPI) -- Laws in all 50 states permit students returning to school this fall to carry and use asthma medications at school, a U.S. non-profit group says.
  • Soldiers with brain injury risk epilepsy   UPI / 12:24AM
    BETHESDA, Md., July 27 (UPI) -- Soldiers have an increased risk of epilepsy decades after receiving a traumatic brain injury, U.S. researchers found.
  • Monday, July 26

  • Monitoring diabetes in patients and pets   UPI / 11:54PM
    COLUMBIA, Mo., July 26 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say a diabetes monitoring device reduces the stress of obtaining multiple blood samples from patients -- whether human or animal.
  • Surgeon removes rod from toddler's brain   UPI / 9:54PM
    CHAPEL HILL, N.C., July 26 (UPI) -- Doctors say a North Carolina toddler is a "little miracle" after surviving an unprecedented operation to remove a metal rod accidentally lodged in his brain.
  • Cancer clue found in animal diseases   UPI / 8:44PM
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, July 26 (UPI) -- Canadian researchers say an unexpected connection between an animal disease and human cancers could lead to effective cancer therapies.
  • Race affects caregiver caring, grieving   UPI / 7:34PM
    HONOLULU, July 26 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher says race or ethnicity may affect how best to help Alzheimer's patients' caregivers as they care or grieve for a relative.
  • Blacks have higher breast cancer risk   UPI / 7:05PM
    ANN ARBOR, Mich., July 26 (UPI) -- Women with African ancestry have more risk of triple-negative breast cancer -- a more aggressive type cancer with few therapy options, U.S. researchers say.
  • Gibbs: No give on Lockerbie killer   UPI / 6:44PM
    WASHINGTON, July 26 (UPI) -- The White House said Monday the United States consistently opposed releasing Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi from prison for medical reasons.
  • Dengue fever cases on rise in Phillipines   UPI / 5:05PM
    MANILA, Philippines, July 26 (UPI) -- At least 23 people, mostly children, have died of mosquito-borne dengue fever in the Philippines since the start of the year, health officials said.
  • Protein could battle Alzheimer's disease   UPI / 11:24AM
    NEW YORK, July 24 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they are looking at a new approach to treating Alzheimer's disease with a protein thought to extend lifespan in laboratory animals.
  • Malaria-like disease appearing in New York   UPI / 1:24AM
    VALHALLA, N.Y., July 26 (UPI) -- Babesiosis, a rare malaria-like disease commonly transmitted by infected deer ticks, is on the rise in the Lower Hudson Valley in New York, doctors say.
  • Sunday, July 25

  • Anesthesia contamination tied to hepatitis   UPI / 2:14AM
    ATLANTA, July 25 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers found patients can be infected with hepatitis B and hepatitis C via intravenous administration of anesthesia.
  • Saturday, July 24

  • Protein could battle Alzheimer's disease   UPI / 5:54PM
    NEW YORK, July 24 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they are looking at a new approach to treating Alzheimer's disease with a protein thought to extend lifespan in laboratory animals.
  • Once a delinquent, not always a delinquent   UPI / 9:34AM
    MARBURG, Germany, July 24 (UPI) -- Children who tangle with the law early in life do not necessarily become career criminals, researchers in Germany suggest.
  • Colleges don't make grade curbing alcohol   UPI / 1:24AM
    MINNEAPOLIS, July 24 (UPI) -- Few U.S. colleges make satisfactory grades in efforts to curb student drinking, University of Minnesota researchers find.
  • U.S. to allow medical pot for some vets   UPI / 12:24AM
    DENVER, July 24 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will permit use of medical marijuana at its hospitals and clinics in states where it is legal, an official said.
  • Friday, July 23

  • Blood lipids, elderly depression, linked   UPI / 11:54PM
    MONTPELLIER, France, July 23 (UPI) -- Depression in women is linked to low levels of high-density lipoprotein, the "good" cholesterol, increasing their heart risk, French researchers say.
  • Sneaking in whole grains via snacks   UPI / 10:24PM
    MINNEAPOLIS, July 23 (UPI) -- Having children eat snacks containing whole grains -- like graham crackers -- can help them meet the recommended three servings a day, U.S. researchers say.
  • Officials warn of ocean bacteria   UPI / 10:24PM
    MIAMI, July 23 (UPI) -- Wading in the ocean to let salt water heal cuts and scrapes is not always a good idea, health experts say, as bacteria can proliferate in summer months.
  • Husband: Gabor in critical condition   UPI / 9:54PM
    LOS ANGELES, July 23 (UPI) -- Zsa Zsa Gabor's husband says the Hungarian-born actress remains in critical condition after undergoing hip-replacement surgery following a fall.
  • Child physical abuse linked to heart risk   UPI / 9:44PM
    TORONTO, July 23 (UPI) -- People who were physically abused as children have a higher risk than others of heart disease as adults, researchers in Canada and Scotland found.
  • Kids with celiac disease need outdoor play   UPI / 9:05PM
    EDMONTON, Alberta, July 23 (UPI) -- Children with celiac disease should go outside and play, and take vitamins to ward off weak bones and osteoporosis, researchers in Canada advise.
  • Plant infection mechanism discovered   UPI / 8:54PM
    WASHINGTON, July 23 (UPI) -- Scientists say they've identified the method several disease-causing microbes use to infect plants and cause disastrous blights in crops in Africa and Asia.
  • Lack of zinc linked to diabetes   UPI / 7:54PM
    ANN ARBOR, Mich., July 23 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher says zinc may play a role in blood sugar regulation and in avoiding type 2 diabetes.
  • Aussie kid awaits tests after needle stick   UPI / 6:05PM
    WOLLONGONG, Australia, July 23 (UPI) -- An Australian family says members have to wait six months to find out if their little girl contracted any diseases from a discarded syringe.
  • Some allergies may protect against cancer   UPI / 5:54PM
    MONTREAL, July 23 (UPI) -- A Canadian researcher suggests some allergies may help protect against some cancers.
  • Study: Lots of sitting can kill you   UPI / 5:44PM
    WASHINGTON, July 23 (UPI) -- It's not just how much physical activity a person gets, it's how much time spent sitting that increases the risk of death, U.S. researchers say.
  • Pool disinfectants may affect health   UPI / 2:24AM
    URBANA, Ill., July 23 (UPI) -- Negative health outcomes can occur when disinfection byproducts form reactions with organic matter in swimming pool water, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • Patients may ask for different ER doctor   UPI / 1:44AM
    ANN ARBOR, Mich., July 23 (UPI) -- Minorities who request a different doctor than the one assigned them in a U.S. emergency room are likely to be accommodated, U.S. researchers say.
  • Thursday, July 22

  • Waist, blood fat indicate heart risk   UPI / 11:24PM
    QUEBEC CITY, July 22 (UPI) -- Increased waistline and high triglycerides indicate heart risk, Canadian, Dutch and British researchers found.
  • More induced preterm births in obese moms   UPI / 11:14PM
    HAMILTON, Ontario, July 22 (UPI) -- Mothers-to-be who are overweight and obese have more preterm births than others, researchers in Canada found.
  • Tinnitus linked to prolonged cellphone use   UPI / 10:04PM
    VIENNA, July 22 (UPI) -- Prolonged cellphone use may be a potential risk factor for developing tinnitus -- persistent ringing/roaring/hissing in the ears -- researchers in Austria say.
  • CDC: Woman gets GI anthrax while drumming   UPI / 9:34PM
    ATLANTA, July 22 (UPI) -- Physicians and public health officials investigating anthrax are advised to consider any exposure to animal-hide drums, U.S. government officials advise.
  • Rare disease emerging in Pacific Northwest   UPI / 7:34PM
    ATLANTA, July 22 (UPI) -- Cryptococcus gattii, a rare disease that can affect the lungs and nervous system, is emerging in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, federal health officials say.
  • Scientists envision 'growing' new cells   UPI / 5:14PM
    TORONTO, July 22 (UPI) -- Scientists in Toronto say they are studying human cell regeneration in hopes of discovering how the body grows tissues and organs damaged by disease.
  • Italy has second case of mad cow disease   UPI / 11:24AM
    LIVORNO, Italy, July 22 (UPI) -- An Italian hospice said a 42-year-old woman dying there represents Italy's second case of human mad cow disease.
  • Ailing husband prompts judicial retirement   UPI / 10:34AM
    BOSTON, July 22 (UPI) -- The first female chief justice of Massachusetts' highest court says she will retire in October in order to care for her 83-year-old husband.
  • Safe with radioactive 'seeds' goes missing   UPI / 10:34AM
    KANKAKEE, Ill., July 22 (UPI) -- Officials in Kankakee, Ill., reassured the public that a missing safe holding radioactive material does not pose a health threat unless the safe was opened.
  • Stroke risk up hour after drinking alcohol   UPI / 1:54AM
    BOSTON, July 22 (UPI) -- The risk of stroke doubles in the hour after drinking one serving of wine, beer or hard liquor, U.S. researchers found.
  • Wednesday, July 21

  • Applegate pregnant with first child   UPI / 11:34PM
    LOS ANGELES, July 21 (UPI) -- Christina Applegate's publicist says the U.S. actress and breast-cancer survivor is pregnant with her first child.
  • Widow blames cigarette makers   UPI / 9:14PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., July 21 (UPI) -- A Florida widow told a jury her relationship with her husband revolved around cigarettes from the time he asked her for one until he died of cancer.
  • Avandia trial put on hold at FDA request   UPI / 8:34PM
    WASHINGTON, July 21 (UPI) -- U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials said Wednesday the FDA has put on hold a study comparing the diabetes drug Avandia with an alternative drug.
  • PTSD reaction may include dissociation   UPI / 7:24PM
    TEL AVIV, Israel, July 21 (UPI) -- People under acute wartime stress do not always become more vigilant to threats, and often manifest a dissociative state, Israeli researchers found.
  • Worker-related deaths in Britain down   UPI / 3:44PM
    SOUTHAMPTON, England, July 21 (UPI) -- Work-related deaths in Britain were reduced by half in a 20-year period, researchers say.
  • Air travel no threat to heart conditions   UPI / 2:05PM
    LONDON, July 21 (UPI) -- Air travel poses no threat to those with heart conditions, and even those with serious heart disease can fly if precautions are made, British researchers say.
  • Painters at greater risk of bladder cancer   UPI / 1:54PM
    LYON, France, July 21 (UPI) -- People who work as professional painters have a significantly increased risk of developing bladder cancer, researchers in France suggest.
  • Wayne State president resigns   UPI / 1:34PM
    DETROIT, July 21 (UPI) -- The president of Wayne State University in Detroit says he is resigning after two years at the school to be with his wife, who is battling breast cancer.
  • City approves marijuana farm plan   UPI / 9:54AM
    OAKLAND, Calif., July 21 (UPI) -- An ordinance approved by the city council will allow large-scale marijuana farms in industrial areas of Oakland, Calif., a city council member said.
  • Cleaning products, breast cancer link   UPI / 2:04AM
    NEWTON, Mass., July 21 (UPI) -- Women who reported greater use of cleaning products had higher levels of breast cancer risk than those who said they used them sparingly, U.S. researcher say.
  • Tuesday, July 20

  • Europe requires child food dye warnings   UPI / 10:54PM
    WASHINGTON, July 20 (UPI) -- Foods containing artificial food dyes contain a warning label in Europe and a U.S. non-profit advocacy group says the United States should follow suit.
  • WHO: More HIV infants need earlier therapy   UPI / 9:14PM
    GENEVA, Switzerland, July 20 (UPI) -- HIV treatment for children has improved but World Health Organization officials in Switzerland say more lives could be saved if medication began earlier.
  • Using patient's own blood, safer, cheaper   UPI / 8:54PM
    AUSTIN, Texas, July 20 (UPI) -- Many U.S. hospitals have patients donate blood for themselves for elective surgery but some hospitals are using trauma patients' own blood, a doctor says.
  • Young adults not screened for heart risk   UPI / 7:44PM
    ATLANTA, July 20 (UPI) -- Despite the increasing numbers of young U.S. adults with cardiac risk factors, less than 50 percent are screened for coronary heart disease, researchers say.
  • Early breast cancer diagnosis can be wrong   UPI / 6:54PM
    NEW YORK, July 20 (UPI) -- Diagnosing the earliest stage of breast cancer -- ductal carcinoma in situ -- can be difficult and in some cases wrong, U.S. physicians say.
  • Walk-in centers offer shorter wait times   UPI / 11:24AM
    PORTLAND, Maine, July 20 (UPI) -- A program offered by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine provides non-emergency care that helps avoid busy hospital emergency rooms.
  • Cutting salt via processed foods suggested   UPI / 2:24AM
    DORTMUND, Germany, July 20 (UPI) -- Using less salt on food, or avoiding processed food, which is high in sodium, can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, researchers in Germany say.
  • IVF children have higher cancer rate   UPI / 1:05AM
    LUND, Sweden, July 20 (UPI) -- A study of children born via in vitro fertilization from 1982 to 2005 found they had a moderately higher cancer rate than others, Swedish researchers found.
  • Heart disease in dogs echos that in humans   UPI / 12:34AM
    KANSAS CITY, Mo., July 20 (UPI) -- Veterinary cardiologists say dog owners should know heart disease is almost as prevalent in dogs as it is in humans.
  • Monday, July 19

  • Better measures of breast density sought   UPI / 11:44PM
    PHILADELPHIA, July 19 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers are looking for better measures of breast density, an indicator of cancer risk.
  • Protection from high-dose radiation   UPI / 11:44PM
    DENVER, July 19 (UPI) -- A U.S. radiology expert says healthcare providers are finding ways to protect patients from high-dose radiation.
  • Unhappy families = Child misbehavior   UPI / 11:14PM
    ROCHESTER, N.Y., July 19 (UPI) -- Families can be a supportive resource for children as they enter school or they can be a source of stress and maladaptive behavior, U.S. researchers say.
  • Rep says Gabor's surgery went well   UPI / 10:14PM
    LOS ANGELES, July 19 (UPI) -- Nonagenarian celebrity Zsa Zsa Gabor made it safely through hip replacement surgery in Los Angeles, the actress's publicist said Monday.
  • NYC detects West Nile virus, will spray   UPI / 10:05PM
    NEW YORK, July 19 (UPI) -- No human cases of West Nile virus have been detected in New York City, but city officials say the number of mosquitoes carrying the virus is unusually high.
  • Gel effective in preventing HIV and herpes   UPI / 9:44PM
    VIENNA, July 19 (UPI) -- A gel with an anti-retroviral drug used to treat HIV was effective in reducing a woman's risk of HIV and genital herpes, researchers from South Africa said.
  • Water workers rescue stuck platypus   UPI / 7:54PM
    SYDNEY, July 19 (UPI) -- How many humans does it take to catch a young male platypus? -- 27, taking 6 hours to flush it from a Sydney water pipe, rescuers say.
  • Talking with physicians empowers patients   UPI / 7:24PM
    CHICAGO, July 19 (UPI) -- Most cancer patients who used Patient Empowered Care -- meeting with physicians and other staff regularly -- say they found it empowering, researchers say.
  • Giant Nevada woman getting transport help   UPI / 3:44PM
    LAS VEGAS, July 19 (UPI) -- The Las Vegas community is coming through for a woman who needs special transportation to California to be treated for gigantism, she says.
  • Report: Egypt's Mubarak dying of cancer   UPI / 12:24PM
    CAIRO, July 19 (UPI) -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is thought by intelligence agencies to be dying of cancer affecting his stomach and pancreas, The Washington Times reported.
  • It may take a village not to gain weight   UPI / 1:54AM
    MELBOURNE, July 19 (UPI) -- An Australian researcher says community-based support programs help women prevent unhealthful weight gain.
  • Sunday, July 18

  • Berra said in good condition after fall   UPI / 11:54AM
    NEW YORK, July 18 (UPI) -- Former New York Yankees great Yogi Berra is in good condition after suffering a fall, a source told Sunday's New York Daily News.
  • Insurers push smaller cost, narrow choice   UPI / 11:05AM
    WASHINGTON, July 18 (UPI) -- The biggest U.S. insurers are pushing plans with reduced premiums but a narrow selection of doctors and hospitals, industry officials say.
  • Saturday, July 17

  • Research suspended over brain lab problems   UPI / 4:44PM
    NEW YORK, July 17 (UPI) -- Columbia University has suspended research at a New York brain-imaging center after federal investigators found patients were being injected with impure drugs.
  • 'Five second' rule on dropped food unsafe   UPI / 4:44PM
    CHICAGO, July 17 (UPI) -- The "five second" rule that says quickly retrieved dropped food is all right to eat should be a "zero second" rule because of bacteria, food scientists say.
  • Waterborne illness costs $539M per year   UPI / 1:05PM
    ATLANTA, July 17 (UPI) -- The hospitalization cost of three U.S. waterborne diseases comes to more than $500 million annually, federal health officials say.
  • Teen binge drinking now, thin bones later   UPI / 2:14AM
    CHICAGO, July 17 (UPI) -- Teen binge drinking may disrupt genes involved in forming bone, increasing teens' risk for osteoporosis and bone fractures later in life, U.S. researchers say.
  • Half worldwide don't get enough vitamin D   UPI / 1:24AM
    RIVERSIDE, Calif., July 17 (UPI) -- Half the people in North America and Western Europe get insufficient amounts of vitamin D, an international expert on vitamin D says.
  • Apathy, depression linked to dementia   UPI / 12:54AM
    HONOLULU, July 17 (UPI) -- Apathy and depression best predict progression from cognitive impairment to dementia, U.S. researchers say.
  • Behavioral intervention to cut heart risk   UPI / 12:24AM
    DETROIT, July 17 (UPI) -- Combining behavioral programs may offer the best way to reduce heart disease risk, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • Friday, July 16

  • Lohan hires lawyer Robert Shapiro   UPI / 11:44PM
    LOS ANGELES, July 16 (UPI) -- Celebrity lawyer Robert Shapiro said Friday he has agreed to help U.S. actress Lindsay Lohan fight her legal battles.
  • Lab mice are sensitive to their cages   UPI / 11:24PM
    BOULDER, Colo., July 16 (UPI) -- The brains of mice in research labs are affected by the cages they're kept in, researchers say, which could skew the results of experiments.
  • Baby food picks may affect health later   UPI / 10:44PM
    UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., July 16 (UPI) -- Healthy dietary choices during infancy may promote lifelong healthy eating, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • Five reasons knee replacements can fail   UPI / 10:44PM
    NEW YORK, July 16 (UPI) -- Most knee replacements work well for years, but a U.S. surgeon says sometimes they can fail due to friction, infection, instability, fracture or stiffness.
  • High-fat diet is linked to prostate ills   UPI / 8:34PM
    CLEVELAND, July 16 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they are uncovering the mechanism linking a high-fat diet and prostate illnesses.
  • Recession: Mental health services cut   UPI / 7:44PM
    BOSTON, July 16 (UPI) -- Britain and Hong Kong have beefed up mental health resources due to the global economic crisis, but U.S. services are being slashed, researchers say.
  • 38 abused horses seized in Canada   UPI / 7:14PM
    FREDERICTON, New Brunswick, July 16 (UPI) -- Animal rights advocates in Canada are urging the public to speak up when they see animal neglect, following the seizure of 38 abused horses in New Brunswick.
  • Toronto site of Medical Marijuana Expo   UPI / 7:14PM
    TORONTO, July 16 (UPI) -- Organizers of Toronto's International Medical Marijuana Expo say they want to attract people tired of taking pharmaceutical drugs with adverse side-effects.
  • Scientists create 'malaria-proof' mosquito   UPI / 6:24PM
    TUCSON, July 16 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they've genetically engineered a "malaria-proof" mosquito that would not spread the deadly disease.
  • FDA warns of stolen inhalers' safety   UPI / 6:14PM
    WASHINGTON, July 16 (UPI) -- Federal officials warned the U.S. public against using certain stolen Advair Diskus inhalers, saying their safety and effectiveness can't be assured.
  • 'Universal' flu vaccine being developed   UPI / 6:14PM
    BETHESDA, Md., July 16 (UPI) -- A "universal" flu vaccine effective against many different strains of flu virus could be a reality within a few years, U.S. researchers say.
  • Houston team trains for artificial heart   UPI / 6:14PM
    HOUSTON, July 16 (UPI) -- A 13-member surgical team at Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center in Houston is training to implant an artificial heart, hospital officials say.
  • Miami issues dengue fever advisory   UPI / 5:24PM
    MIAMI, July 16 (UPI) -- Florida health officials have issued health advisories after a Miami man was diagnosed with a suspected case of dengue fever, authorities said.
  • Obesity drug fails to win approval   UPI / 4:14PM
    WASHINGTON, July 16 (UPI) -- A U.S. drug advisory panel turned thumbs down on a new drug to treat obesity because of health concerns, said a panel member.
  • Pink hospitalized after stage fall   UPI / 1:44PM
    NUREMBERG, Germany, July 16 (UPI) -- U.S. pop star Pink apologized via Twitter to the audience of Thursday's concert in Germany after an onstage stunt went awry and sent her to the hospital.
  • GlaxoSmithKline clears air with set-aside   UPI / 1:14PM
    LONDON, July 16 (UPI) -- British pharmaceutical firm GlaxoSmithKline said it would set aside $2.3 billion to cover legal costs involving two of its controversial drugs.
  • Fernandez, voice of 'Speed Racer,' dies   UPI / 1:05PM
    LOS ANGELES, July 16 (UPI) -- Peter Fernandez, who lent his voice to the title character in the U.S. version of the Japanese "Speed Racer" cartoons, has died of lung cancer. He was 83.
  • Pumps like Cheney's can extend lives   UPI / 12:54PM
    WASHINGTON, July 16 (UPI) -- The pump helping former Vice President Dick Cheney's heart work has given similar patients a better than 50-50 chance of living two more years, a study shows.
  • Healthcare reform: Few changes for seniors   UPI / 2:34AM
    WASHINGTON, July 16 (UPI) -- Despite many seniors expecting change in Medicare because of healthcare reform, most won't see any, U.S. researchers said.
  • More a woman weighs, the worse her memory   UPI / 1:04AM
    CHICAGO, July 16 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers have linked reduced memory in women with putting on extra pounds, and say lessened brain function and obesity are associated.
  • Salsa, guacamole a key source of illness   UPI / 12:54AM
    ATLANTA, July 16 (UPI) -- Fresh salsa and guacamole, especially served in retail food establishments, may be an increasing source of food-borne illness, U.S. health officials suggest.
  • Prescription pain reliever abuse soars   UPI / 12:44AM
    WASHINGTON, July 16 (UPI) -- Treatment facility admissions for prescription pain reliever abuse soared more than 400 percent from 1998-2008 for those 12 and over, U.S. officials say.
  • Thursday, July 15

  • NYC: 75 percent with HIV/AIDS over age 40   UPI / 11:54PM
    NEW YORK, July 15 (UPI) -- About 75 percent of HIV-positive New Yorkers are now age 40 or older, and more than one-third are 50 or older, city health officials say.
  • BP acknowledges Lockerbie prisoner role   UPI / 10:24PM
    LONDON, July 15 (UPI) -- British oil producer BP confirmed Thursday it lobbied the British government to transfer the Lockerbie airliner bomber to Libya to protect a Libyan oil deal.
  • Russian boy dies during exorcism   UPI / 7:24PM
    MOSCOW, July 15 (UPI) -- A 4-year-old Russian boy with pneumonia died during an exorcism ritual being performed by a Korean shaman, authorities said.
  • Arsenic may help treat breast cancer   UPI / 6:34PM
    CHICAGO, July 15 (UPI) -- Nanotechnology may help an old drug -- arsenic trioxide -- fight aggressive breast cancer, U.S. researchers say.
  • Canadians issue new vitamin D guidelines   UPI / 4:04PM
    CALGARY, Alberta, July 15 (UPI) -- Canadian doctors advise adults age 50 and older to take between 800 and 2000 International Units of vitamin D daily.
  • N. Korean health system allegedly abysmal   UPI / 3:34PM
    NEW YORK, July 15 (UPI) -- North Korea says its healthcare system is free, but many witnesses say they have paid for all services since the 1990s, a human-rights organization said.
  • Family wanted dying woman's eggs kept   UPI / 3:07PM
    BOSTON, July 15 (UPI) -- The family of a dying woman asked Boston doctors to keep her alive so her eggs could be harvested and she could become a mother posthumously, observers said.
  • Lohan staying in sober-living house   UPI / 3:07PM
    LOS ANGELES, July 15 (UPI) -- Actress Lindsay Lohan has signed herself into a Los Angeles sober-living facility, sources told People.com Thursday.
  • S.C. girl, 10, dies of amoebic infection   UPI / 12:54PM
    MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C., July 15 (UPI) -- A 10-year-old South Carolina girl died after contracting a rare amoebic infection while swimming in a lake, her father said.
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital ranked U.S. best   UPI / 2:24AM
    NEW YORK, July 15 (UPI) -- For the 20th year in a row, Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore is ranked at the top of the U.S. News Media Group's best hospitals rankings.
  • Interferon may help stop asthma   UPI / 1:24AM
    DALLAS, July 15 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers suggest the protein interferon may help block immune cells known to cause asthma.
  • Malaria medicine cited in illnesses, death   UPI / 12:54AM
    CHENGDU, China, July 15 (UPI) -- Medicines taken to prevent malaria is being blamed by local officials for sickening 104 people and killing one child in southwestern China.
  • Wednesday, July 14

  • Low vitamin D levels linked to cognition   UPI / 11:44PM
    EXETER, England, July 14 (UPI) -- Low levels of vitamin D in the elderly may be linked to cognitive decline, researchers in Britain suggest.
  • Prostate cancer, less bone loss linked   UPI / 10:34PM
    BALTIMORE, July 14 (UPI) -- Men with high-risk prostate cancer appear to have lower bone mineral content loss, U.S. researchers found.
  • Common drugs may be linked to cognition   UPI / 9:14PM
    INDIANAPOLIS, July 14 (UPI) -- A common group of drugs widely sold over-the-counter and by prescription have been linked to losses in cognition in African-Americans, U.S. researchers say.
  • Former VP Cheney has heart pump implanted   UPI / 9:05PM
    WASHINGTON, July 14 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney said Wednesday he had a heart booster pump implanted in his chest last week.
  • Gigantism threatens Las Vegas woman's life   UPI / 8:54PM
    LAS VEGAS, July 14 (UPI) -- A Las Vegas woman afflicted with gigantism says she doesn't know how she will get to California for an operation aimed at halting her growth.
  • FDA panel says keep Avandia on the market   UPI / 7:14PM
    GAITHERSBURG, Md., July 14 (UPI) -- U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisers voted Wednesday to keep the diabetes drug Avandia on the market, but perhaps with restrictions and new warnings.
  • New Nebraska abortion law blocked   UPI / 6:14PM
    LINCOLN, Neb., July 14 (UPI) -- A federal judge blocked the state of Nebraska Wednesday from making doctors perform extensive screening of women before allowing them abortions, officials say.
  • Congressman: VA whistle-blower was fired   UPI / 4:14PM
    ST. LOUIS, July 14 (UPI) -- Congressional representatives say a whistle-blower at a St. Louis Veterans Affairs hospital was fired, while employees who put patients at risk remain there.
  • Cowell says Cole is 'on the mend'   UPI / 12:05PM
    LONDON, July 14 (UPI) -- Simon Cowell says his fellow British television personality Cheryl Cole is recovering well after being diagnosed last week with malaria.
  • Five percent in Key West exposed to dengue   UPI / 2:14AM
    ATLANTA, July 14 (UPI) -- U.S. health officials say an estimated 5 percent of the population of Key West, Fla., showed evidence of recent exposure to dengue virus in 2009.
  • FDA may approve obesity drug Qnexa   UPI / 1:54AM
    WASHINGTON, July 14 (UPI) -- Review documents released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration indicate the obesity drug Qnexa may be approved, but there are side-effect concerns.
  • Surgery, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease link   UPI / 1:14AM
    MADRID, July 14 (UPI) -- An epidemiologist in Spain has raised the possibility that Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease may manifest itself in people years after they have had surgery.
  • Tart cherry juice may reduce insomnia   UPI / 12:54AM
    SAN ANTONIO, July 14 (UPI) -- Drinking tart cherry juice daily may help fight insomnia because it contains melatonin, which moderates the body's sleep-wake cycle, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • Helping your kids through your cancer   UPI / 12:14AM
    CLEVELAND, July 13 (UPI) -- A U.S. cancer center expert offers a parent with cancer help in discussing the disease with young children.
  • Women: Higher coronary artery disease risk   UPI / 12:05AM
    HAMILTON, Ontario, July 13 (UPI) -- A Canadian researcher warns women with angina are at higher risk than men with angina of coronary artery disease.
  • Tuesday, July 13

  • FDA advisers disagree on Avandia   UPI / 11:24PM
    NEW YORK, July 13 (UPI) -- U.S. government scientific advisers disagreed Tuesday on whether the diabetes drug Avandia should be removed from the market, officials said.
  • Asthma: Common complication of pregnancy   UPI / 11:14PM
    ADELAIDE, Australia, July 13 (UPI) -- An Australian researcher says 55 percent of women with asthma will have at least one acute asthma attack during pregnancy.
  • Star Jones dancing after heart surgery   UPI / 11:05PM
    NEW YORK, July 13 (UPI) -- TV personality Star Jones was spotted dancing at a Manhattan restaurant just a few months after heart surgery, sources told the New York Post.
  • Networks to air Stand Up to Cancer show   UPI / 10:24PM
    LOS ANGELES, July 13 (UPI) -- The Sept. 10 Stand Up to Cancer fundraising event will air live and commercial-free from Los Angeles on the Fox network, organizers said Tuesday.
  • Five percent cough into a tissue or elbow   UPI / 9:54PM
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand, July 13 (UPI) -- Less than 5 percent cover their cough or sneeze with their elbow -- the approach advocated by health officials -- at least in New Zealand, researchers say.
  • Drug-related ER visits involve suicide   UPI / 7:34PM
    WASHINGTON, July 13 (UPI) -- Almost 10 percent of drug-related U.S. emergency room visits involved teen suicide attempts -- 72 percent by female teens, U.S. health officials say.
  • 'Mahjong' gene key player in cell battles   UPI / 6:05PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., July 13 (UPI) -- British and U.S. scientists say they've found a gene playing a key role when normal and cancerous cells compete, and have named it the "Mahjong" gene.
  • Transplantable artificial lung studied   UPI / 5:14PM
    BOSTON, July 13 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers are developing an artificial lung that could be used in transplant surgeries to treat lung disease, observers say.
  • Obama announces national HIV/AIDS plan   UPI / 4:44PM
    WASHINGTON, July 13 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama has announced a National HIV/AIDS Strategy, calling for a commitment to a "sustained effort" to end the HIV epidemic, the White House said.
  • Alternate scan for strokes recommended   UPI / 2:44PM
    ST. PAUL, Minn., July 13 (UPI) -- CT scans, the current scanning technology used in the diagnosis and treatment of strokes, should be replaced by a different scanning method, neurologists say.
  • U2 reschedules N. America concert dates   UPI / 2:44PM
    LOS ANGELES, July 13 (UPI) -- U2 360 concerts recently canceled in North America because of lead singer Bono's emergency back surgery have been rescheduled, Live Nation said Tuesday.
  • Canada pioneers new heart treatment   UPI / 2:24PM
    TORONTO, July 13 (UPI) -- Doctors at a Toronto hospital are the first in North America to use a breakthrough technology to treat patients with irregular heartbeats, observers say.
  • Medicare rates may affect hospice stays   UPI / 2:05AM
    PROVIDENCE, R.I., July 13 (UPI) -- The amount of time for an average Medicare-certified hospice stay in a nursing home has doubled in the last 10 years, U.S. researchers found.
  • Future heatwaves forecast, to hurt health   UPI / 12:14AM
    STANFORD, Calif., July 12 (UPI) -- Future heat waves may threaten U.S. health through heat-related mortality and morbidity, more infectious diseases and malnutrition, U.S. researchers say.
  • Monday, July 12

  • Better teamwork when doctors discuss cases   UPI / 11:44PM
    BOSTON, July 12 (UPI) -- A program giving physicians the opportunity to discuss complex psychosocial factors in their medical cases resulted in better teamwork, U.S. researchers say.
  • Jails are top mental health institutions   UPI / 8:54PM
    LOS ANGELES, July 12 (UPI) -- New York's Riker's Island, Chicago's Cook County Jail and the Los Angeles County Jail are the largest mental health institutions in the nation, a study found.
  • Vitamin E may decrease Alzheimer's risk   UPI / 7:34PM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden, July 12 (UPI) -- High levels of several vitamin E components in the blood has been linked to a decreased risk for Alzheimer's disease, Swedish and Italian researchers say.
  • Fish oil may reduce risk of breast cancer   UPI / 7:24PM
    SEATTLE, July 12 (UPI) -- Fish body oils may help prevent breast cancer, researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle suggest.
  • Allergist: How to rid a home of mold   UPI / 5:54PM
    AUSTIN, Texas, July 12 (UPI) -- Lots of rain and lots of summer humidity can increase exposure to allergenic mold spores -- an important trigger of allergies, a U.S. allergist says.
  • Virus worries farmed salmon industry   UPI / 4:54PM
    NEW YORK, July 12 (UPI) -- The farmed salmon industry is threatened by a virus often fatal to the fish, U.S. researchers say, and they fear it could spread to populations of wild salmon.
  • YMCA of USA drops 'MCA' to become 'the Y'   UPI / 3:14PM
    WASHINGTON, July 12 (UPI) -- The YMCA of the USA dropped "MCA" from its name Monday, making the iconic Chicago-based, non-profit organization simply "the Y," the organization said.
  • B3 may combat fungal infection   UPI / 2:24AM
    MONTREAL, July 12 (UPI) -- Canadian researchers say vitamin B3 may be effective in fighting fungal infections.
  • Bigger, nicer, home may help shrink tumors   UPI / 2:14AM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 12 (UPI) -- Having a bigger, nicer, more interesting home and more friends is linked to shrinking tumors in mice, U.S. researchers found.
  • Enzyme may help spot diabetes sooner   UPI / 1:44AM
    BALTIMORE, July 12 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they are on the trail of a faster, easier test to detect pre-diabetes -- long before symptoms occur and in time to reverse the disease.
  • Saturday, July 10

  • First PSA may help predict prostate cancer   UPI / 11:54PM
    DURHAM, N.C., July 10 (UPI) -- Men with an initial prostate-specific antigen of 10 or higher were 11 times more likely to die of prostate cancer, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • Scientists: Soy reduces menopause symptoms   UPI / 8:44PM
    TOKYO, July 10 (UPI) -- Soy sauce could reduce menopause symptoms such as hot flashes, sleeplessness and bone loss, Japanese scientists say.
  • Researchers: Jasmine has calming effect   UPI / 4:44PM
    BOCHUM, Germany, July 10 (UPI) -- Researchers in Germany have discovered that the scent of jasmine calms mice as much as tranquilizers or sleeping pills and without the side effects.
  • Obama announces PTSD claims reform   UPI / 6:14AM
    WASHINGTON, July 10 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said Saturday the federal government will make it easier for military veterans to get treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Mental health issues, 1 in 5 preschoolers   UPI / 2:14AM
    BOSTON, July 10 (UPI) -- More than 20 percent of U.S. kindergartners and first-graders demonstrate mental health issues, researchers found.
  • HPV may boost skin cancer risk   UPI / 1:14AM
    HANOVER, N.H., July 10 (UPI) -- Human papillomaviruses may be linked to an increased risk of developing some skin cancers, U.S. researchers said.
  • Wrist fracture a major setback for most   UPI / 12:34AM
    CHICAGO, July 10 (UPI) -- A wrist fracture may not sound like a major injury but it can have a major effect on functional decline in the elderly.
  • Therapist competence key for some   UPI / 12:05AM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 9 (UPI) -- Therapist competence is the key to effective cognitive therapy for some patients, U.S. researchers said.
  • Friday, July 9

  • The ongoing global impact of Framingham   UPI / 11:34PM
    PHILADELPHIA, July 9 (UPI) -- The U.S. Framingham Heart Study, begun in 1948 to study cardiovascular disease, also changed epidemiology and biostatistics, U.S. researchers say.
  • Blood thinners may help some bed-ridden   UPI / 11:14PM
    ST. LOUIS, July 9 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher suggests some bedridden patients may benefit from anti-clotting drug therapy.
  • Many Canadians with arthritis lack care   UPI / 11:05PM
    TORONTO, July 9 (UPI) -- Canadian researchers say many in Ontario with rheumatoid arthritis are not getting specialty care.
  • Woman had 104 cats in her home   UPI / 10:05PM
    WITTMANN, Ariz., July 9 (UPI) -- Suburban Phoenix authorities said they expected to charge an 80-year-old woman with felony animal-abuse charges after they found 104 diseased cats in her home.
  • British Columbia drops generic drug prices   UPI / 5:14PM
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, July 9 (UPI) -- The British Columbia government announced Friday it will reduce generic drug prices by cutting rebates manufacturers pay to pharmacies, industry officials said.
  • Teen moms more likely to have preterm baby   UPI / 5:05PM
    CORK, Ireland, July 9 (UPI) -- Teen mothers are at higher risk for a preterm birth and a child with low birth weight, especially if it is her second child, researchers in Ireland say.
  • Stimulating life may slow cancer growth   UPI / 1:14PM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 9 (UPI) -- Living a life of physical, mental and social stimulation may curb cancer growth, Ohio State University cancer researchers said.
  • British healthcare system reorganizes   UPI / 12:44PM
    LONDON, July 9 (UPI) -- British doctors will be solely responsible for front-line patient care under a new-look plan for Britain's national healthcare system, health officials said.
  • Stemming advanced prostate cancer growth   UPI / 2:14AM
    CHAPEL HILL, N.C., July 9 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say their findings may open the door for new treatments for advanced prostate cancer.
  • Alzheimer's patients have muted emotions   UPI / 1:54AM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., July 9 (UPI) -- Alzheimer's patients may have a decreased ability to experience emotions compared to healthy peers, U.S. researchers said.
  • Trainers: Exercise safely in the heat   UPI / 12:24AM
    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., July 9 (UPI) -- U.S. athletic trainers advise people exercising in summer heat that a darker urine color is a quick indicator of dehydration.
  • Thursday, July 8

  • 1 in 4 Calif. children never see dentist   UPI / 5:54PM
    LOS ANGELES, July 8 (UPI) -- Some 25 percent of California children have never seen a dentist, while 1.6 million U.S. children miss school days due to dental issues, researchers said.
  • WHO, Nigeria fight lead-poisoning outbreak   UPI / 5:54PM
    ABUJA, Nigeria, July 8 (UPI) -- A U.N. health agency is helping Nigerian officials contain a lead-poisoning outbreak from processing lead-rich ore in gold mining, the United Nations said.
  • Scientists: 2 antibodies block HIV strains   UPI / 5:14PM
    BETHESDA, Md., July 8 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists said Thursday they discovered two potent human antibodies that can stop more than 90 percent of known HIV strains from infecting humans.
  • Vitamin D: Key to gut functioning   UPI / 4:44PM
    ROCHESTER, N.Y., July 8 (UPI) -- The vitamin D receptor is a key player in how "gut flora" maintain the digestive system, U.S. researchers said.
  • Murder rap in 'ThunderCats' writer's death   UPI / 4:24PM
    ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla., July 8 (UPI) -- The roommate of "ThunderCats" cartoon series writer Stephen Perry was charged with first-degree murder in Perry's death, Florida police said.
  • Research light shines on hidden brain lobe   UPI / 4:05PM
    PHOENIX, July 8 (UPI) -- A scientist at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix says he wants to shed light on a lobe of the brain long hidden from researchers' view.
  • CDC: Polio in Nigeria down due to vaccine   UPI / 3:44PM
    ATLANTA, July 8 (UPI) -- The rate of polio in Nigeria has declined this year, due to increased pressure for more vaccinations, U.S. health officials reported.
  • Saunders treated for breast cancer   UPI / 3:44PM
    LONDON, July 8 (UPI) -- British comic actress and writer Jennifer Saunders is in remission after an eight-month battle with breast cancer, the BBC said Thursday.
  • 20 percent of U.S. high-schoolers smoke   UPI / 3:35PM
    ATLANTA, July 8 (UPI) -- Despite declines in U.S. teen smoking in the late 1990s, teen smoking declines stalled from 2003 to 2009, federal health officials found.
  • Rush U. center, doctors named in lawsuit   UPI / 3:35PM
    CHICAGO, July 8 (UPI) -- Doctors at a Chicago teaching hospital's orthopedic unit routinely had residents perform surgeries, violating U.S. Medicare billing rules, a lawsuit alleges.
  • 'Tan tax' hits industry when it's down   UPI / 12:24PM
    WASHINGTON, July 8 (UPI) -- The new federal tax on indoor tanning, a part of the U.S. healthcare reform law, has hit the business at a low point, the owner of Solar Planet said.
  • Many simply don't understand grammar   UPI / 1:34AM
    NEWCASTLE, England, July 8 (UPI) -- A number of native English speakers are unable to understand basic sentences such as, "The soldier was hit by the sailor," British researchers say.
  • Marijuana pain relief without side effects   UPI / 12:44AM
    HOUSTON, July 8 (UPI) -- A marijuana component could provide pain relief, minus marijuana's other effects, U.S. researchers say.
  • Pollution may not up pre-eclampsia risk   UPI / 12:24AM
    SEATTLE, July 8 (UPI) -- Exposure to air pollution during pregnancy does not appear to increase the risk of preterm delivery or pre-eclampsia, a U.S. researcher says.
  • Wednesday, July 7

  • Water boosts alertness, aids weight loss   UPI / 10:24PM
    NASHVILLE, July 7 (UPI) -- Water can help keep a person alert for late-night work, prevent fainting after giving blood and promote weight loss, U.S. researchers say.
  • Child abuse tied to later mental disorders   UPI / 5:24PM
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand, July 7 (UPI) -- Abuse or neglect in childhood is associated with mental disorders as young adults, researchers in New Zealand suggest.
  • Lawmakers want Lockerbie release probe   UPI / 5:24PM
    WASHINGTON, July 7 (UPI) -- U.S. senators from New York and New Jersey say they want a full investigation of the release of the Lockerbie bomber.
  • Rudeness at work = mistakes at work   UPI / 5:04PM
    ABERDEEN, Scotland, July 7 (UPI) -- Having the boss or co-worker be rude, or even witnessing the rudeness of other workers, results in more workplace mistakes, Scottish researchers say.
  • Anxiety linked to stroke, heart attack   UPI / 2:14AM
    TILBURG, Netherlands, July 7 (UPI) -- Heart patients with anxiety disorders may have a higher risk of stroke, heart attack, heart failure and death, Dutch researchers said.
  • Antioxidants boost artery elasticity   UPI / 1:14AM
    HOLON, Israel, July 7 (UPI) -- Vitamin C, vitamin E, co-enzyme Q10 and selenium supplement had beneficial effects for those with cardiovascular risk factors, researchers in Israel said.
  • Depression may increase dementia risk   UPI / 12:34AM
    BOSTON, July 7 (UPI) -- Those who suffer from depression may have nearly double the risk of developing dementia later in life, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • Squirrel with plague shuts down campground   UPI / 12:34AM
    LOS ANGELES, July 7 (UPI) -- A campground in a national forest north of Los Angeles will be closed at least a week after a squirrel caught there tested positive for plague, officials said.
  • Tuesday, July 6

  • Antibiotic therapy may up potassium levels   UPI / 9:04PM
    LONDON, Ontario, July 6 (UPI) -- An antibiotic combination often used to treat urinary tract infections may raise potassium levels, Canadian researchers caution.
  • Long Beach, Calif., considers pot tax   UPI / 8:34PM
    LONG BEACH, Calif., July 6 (UPI) -- Lawmakers in Long Beach, Calif., say they're weighing a measure that would allow voters to decide whether to levy a 5 percent tax on medical marijuana.
  • Broadway actress, 11, seeks marrow match   UPI / 8:05PM
    NEW YORK, July 6 (UPI) -- An 11-year-old cast member of the Broadway production of "Disney's The Lion King" is battling Leukemia and looking for a bone marrow donor.
  • STD rates higher in older men using Viagra   UPI / 7:24PM
    BOSTON, July 6 (UPI) -- In a study of men age 40 and older, U.S. researchers found those who used erectile dysfunction drugs have a higher rate of sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Retrieval method makes cancer study easier   UPI / 5:54PM
    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., July 6 (UPI) -- A new retrieval method makes studying cancer proteins easier, a researcher at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., said.
  • Jailed consultant wants to visit his mom   UPI / 12:24PM
    DETROIT, July 6 (UPI) -- A Michigan political consultant awaiting sentencing for bribery and extortion wants permission to visit his elderly mother on her deathbed, his attorney says.
  • Women live longer, more likely disabled   UPI / 1:34AM
    BARCELONA, Spain, July 6 (UPI) -- Women may live longer than men but they are more likely to spend the extra years in disability, researchers in Spain said.
  • Air pollution along highways boosts asthma   UPI / 12:05AM
    LOS ANGELES, July 5 (UPI) -- Brief exposure to ultrafine pollution particles near a Los Angeles freeway can boost the allergic inflammation that makes asthma worse, U.S. researchers found.
  • Childhood X-rays: 'Less is best'   UPI / 12:05AM
    NEW YORK, July 5 (UPI) -- A U.S. radiologist advises "less is best" when it comes to X-rays in children.
  • Monday, July 5

  • Acupuncture may help exercise tolerance   UPI / 9:24PM
    HEIDELBERG, Germany, July 5 (UPI) -- German cardiologists suggest acupuncture improves exercise tolerance in heart failure patients.
  • Stroke complications reduce lifespan   UPI / 8:44PM
    GIMHAE, South Korea, July 5 (UPI) -- Stroke complications may deprive patients of two years of healthy life, researchers in South Korea estimate.
  • High blood pressure higher in blacks, poor   UPI / 8:04PM
    ROCKVILLE, Md., July 5 (UPI) -- U.S. health officials report higher blood pressure hospitalization rates for African-Americans and Hispanics than for whites.
  • Hypertension may be linked to fructose   UPI / 7:24PM
    DENVER, July 5 (UPI) -- People who eat a diet high in fructose may be at increased risk of high blood pressure, U.S. researchers said.
  • Poll: Most voters favor healthcare repeal   UPI / 5:14PM
    ASBURY PARK, N.J., July 5 (UPI) -- Six in 10 U.S. voters favor repeal of the just-passed federal healthcare reform but a much smaller proportion believe that will happen, a survey indicates.
  • Movie date can be dinner date for bedbugs   UPI / 12:54PM
    NEW YORK, July 5 (UPI) -- Moviegoers in New York could be snuggling up with bedbugs, bug experts say.
  • MS depression may be rooted in biology   UPI / 2:54AM
    LOS ANGELES, July 5 (UPI) -- Depression in multiple sclerosis patients may be biological rather than a psychological reaction to the burdens of being ill, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • Transient kidney failure not so bad   UPI / 1:14AM
    CINCINNATI, July 5 (UPI) -- Heart patient kidney failure -- if transient -- may not be as harmful as once thought, U.S. researchers say.
  • Sunday, July 4

  • Kenyan PM Odinga released from hospital   UPI / 10:04AM
    NAIROBI, Kenya, July 4 (UPI) -- Prime Minister Raila Odinga of Kenya was discharged Sunday from Nairobi Hospital after undergoing surgery to relieve pressure outside his brain.
  • Saturday, July 3

  • Oil tanker explosion kills 230 in Congo   UPI / 11:24AM
    BUKAVU, Democratic Republic of Congo, July 3 (UPI) -- At least 230 people died in a blast sparked by a cigarette near an overturned oil tanker truck in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, officials said Saturday.
  • Dogs, horses help U.S. Army fight PTSD   UPI / 2:04AM
    WASHINGTON, July 3 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army is employing not only man's best friend but horses as well to help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, an Army officer says.
  • Anti-aging supplement may help fertility   UPI / 1:14AM
    TEL AVIV, Israel, July 3 (UPI) -- The vitamin supplement DHEA, used to stave off aging, may help women trying to have a baby, researchers in Israel said.
  • Friday, July 2

  • Tanning tax goes into effect   UPI / 7:24PM
    COCOA BEACH, Fla., July 2 (UPI) -- A 10 percent tax on tanning salon services has taken effect, with Florida salon owners saying they are angry over both the idea and the timing of it.
  • Genetic markers can predict longevity   UPI / 6:35PM
    BOSTON, July 2 (UPI) -- Genes can accurately predict how long a person will live, and they may provide clues to treat or prevent age-related diseases, a U.S. study says.
  • Modifield blood cells could resist HIV   UPI / 3:14PM
    LOS ANGELES, July 2 (UPI) -- Primitive blood cells could be modified to be resistant to HIV and transplanted into patients to control HIV infection, a study suggests.
  • High bacteria found at 14 Iowa beaches   UPI / 1:05PM
    DES MOINES, Iowa, July 2 (UPI) -- High fecal bacteria levels led environmental officials in Iowa to post warnings at 14 state park beaches, officials said.
  • Many worldwide lack surgical access   UPI / 2:14AM
    BOSTON, July 2 (UPI) -- The poorest one-third of the world's population account for only 4 percent of all the world's surgeries completed in one year, U.S. researchers found.
  • Babies born after IVM may be bigger   UPI / 1:14AM
    NOTTINGHAM, England, July 2 (UPI) -- Babies born after in vitro maturation may be more likely to be larger than normal, researchers in Britain said.
  • Thursday, July 1

  • CDC advises surveillance for West Nile   UPI / 11:54PM
    ATLANTA, July 1 (UPI) -- West Nile virus continues to produce serious and sometimes fatal illness, especially for those age 70 and older, U.S. health officials said.
  • Woman ill after sex with vaccinated man   UPI / 10:54PM
    ATLANTA, July 1 (UPI) -- A woman who had sex with a member of the U.S. military vaccinated against smallpox subsequently contracted a related virus, health officials say.
  • Cochlear implants may improve   UPI / 9:14PM
    AUGUSTA, Ga., July 1 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists are testing an upgraded version of the cochlear implant -- a device that provides a sense of sound to the deaf or severely hard of hearing.
  • Qigong, Tai Chi may help health   UPI / 9:14PM
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., July 1 (UPI) -- A U.S. review indicates Tai Chi and Qigong bring significant health benefits among older adults, researchers say.
  • 40M doses of H1N1 vaccine to be destroyed   UPI / 5:54PM
    WASHINGTON, July 1 (UPI) -- Some 40 doses of the H1N1 flu vaccine that expired Wednesday are set to be crushed and incinerated, U.S. health officials said Thursday.
  • U.K. counts swine flu toll, costs   UPI / 2:54PM
    LONDON, July 1 (UPI) -- Britain's 2009 swine flu outbreak killed 457 people and cost $1.8 billion, and the country cannot be complacent about possible future outbreaks, a report says.
  • Group proposes dementia bill of rights   UPI / 2:04AM
    SACRAMENTO, July 1 (UPI) -- U.S. advocates for Alzheimer's or dementia care have come up with 12 rules they say can increase the quality of daily life for the afflicted and the caregivers.
  • Pain Foundation releases back pain guide   UPI / 1:54AM
    BALTIMORE, July 1 (UPI) -- Increased travel, sports and gardening in summer can increase back pain but a guide helps those in pain find relief, a U.S. non-profit group says.
  • Prenatal secondhand smoke lasts lifetime   UPI / 12:05AM
    PITTSBURGH, June 30 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say children of non-smoking women exposed to secondhand smoke during pregnancy have genetic mutations that can affect their health permanently.
  • Inactive white women most apt to be obese   UPI / 12:05AM
    NASHVILLE, June 30 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher says sedentary white women are more apt than sedentary African-American women to become obese.
  • Wednesday, June 30

  • Colo. calls for meningitis vaccinations   UPI / 11:14PM
    DENVER, June 30 (UPI) -- Colorado health officials are calling for more vaccinations following an outbreak of meningococcal disease that has killed three people and infected two others.
  • Florida to use helicopter in mosquito war   UPI / 10:34PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., June 30 (UPI) -- Officials say they will dispatch a Huey helicopter to conduct aerial spraying in their battle against mosquitoes in Palm Beach County, Fla.
  • Deadline nears for tainted blood payout   UPI / 10:14PM
    OTTAWA, June 30 (UPI) -- As a deadline approached Wednesday for Canadians who received tainted blood to apply for compensation, lawyers said they were concerned funding is running out.
  • Doctors call for federal tobacco strategy   UPI / 9:34PM
    WASHINGTON, June 30 (UPI) -- The American College of Physicians is calling for a comprehensive U.S. strategy to control tobacco use, rather than the current piecemeal state action.
  • Sources: Woods queried in Galea probe   UPI / 8:44PM
    NEW YORK, June 30 (UPI) -- Authorities probing a doctor accused of providing performance-enhancing drugs have interviewed U.S. golfer Tiger Woods, The New York Times reported Wednesday.
  • Walmart sued for medical-marijuana firing   UPI / 7:14PM
    DETROIT, June 30 (UPI) -- A Michigan man who legally uses medical marijuana is suing Walmart for firing him after he tested positive in a drug test, records show.
  • States prohibiting teen indoor tanning   UPI / 5:24PM
    SCHAUMBURG, Ill., June 30 (UPI) -- Indoor tanning is associated with a 75 percent increase in the risk of melanoma, yet nearly 30 million Americans do it every year, doctors say.
  • 'Depressed' mice could help human patients   UPI / 1:44PM
    COLLEGE PARK, Pa., June 30 (UPI) -- A strain of mice sharing characteristics with human patients suffering drug-resistant forms of depression could offer treatment clues, researchers say.
  • Vets warned about virus exposure   UPI / 8:04AM
    ST. LOUIS, June 30 (UPI) -- Hundreds of veterans may have been exposed to viruses when they had dental work performed at a St. Louis facility, the Department of Veterans Affairs said.
  • What makes a headache dangerous   UPI / 1:54AM
    DALLAS, June 30 (UPI) -- Intensity is not necessarily a sign of how serious headache pain is but there are red flags to watch out for, a U.S. neurologist says.
  • Why beetroot juice lowers blood pressure   UPI / 1:24AM
    LONDON, June 30 (UPI) -- Nitrate content appears to be the reason why beetroot juice lowers blood pressure, researchers in Britain said.
  • Tuesday, June 29

  • Some ACL repair surgeries fail   UPI / 11:54PM
    ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 29 (UPI) -- About 400,000 Americans have surgery for an anterior cruciate ligament injury each year, but about 8 percent of the operations fail, U.S. researchers say.
  • Hormonal therapy often not completed   UPI / 7:24PM
    NEW YORK, June 29 (UPI) -- About half of U.S. breast cancer patients prescribed hormone therapy actually finished the full course of treatment, U.S. researchers found.
  • Stress avoidance may up cravings   UPI / 7:14PM
    UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., June 29 (UPI) -- Recovering addicts, who avoid stress rather than deal with it may face more cravings, U.S. researchers found.
  • Psychotropic drugs linked to birth defects   UPI / 7:05PM
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark, June 29 (UPI) -- Psychotropic drugs -- used to treat psychiatric conditions -- may be linked to birth defects, Danish researchers warn.
  • Substance may block cancer cell growth   UPI / 4:54PM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 29 (UPI) -- A substance produced when eating broccoli and Brussels sprouts may block the growth of cancer cells, U.S. researchers say.
  • Surgeon found guilty of killing patients   UPI / 9:34AM
    BRISBANE, Australia, June 29 (UPI) -- A jury in Australia convicted a surgeon accused of killing three of his patients and seriously injuring a fourth, prosecutors say.
  • Omega 3 may help men with type 1 diabetes   UPI / 2:14AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., June 29 (UPI) -- Women with type 1 diabetes do not appear to have heart disease risk reduced by eating foods high in omega-3 fatty acids but men do, U.S. researchers said.
  • Vitamin D, linked to cognition in elderly   UPI / 1:54AM
    BOSTON, June 29 (UPI) -- Sufficient vitamin D levels may help maintain cognitive function -- being able to manage and use available information -- in the elderly, U.S. researchers say.
  • New formula for women's peak heart rate   UPI / 12:05AM
    CHICAGO, June 28 (UPI) -- Women have a new way to calculate peak heart rates during exercise, which is easier to attain but harder to calculate, U.S. researchers said.
  • Monday, June 28

  • Midwest bat caves closing due to fungus   UPI / 10:04PM
    LOUISVILLE, Ky., June 28 (UPI) -- Bat caves in the U.S. Midwest are being closed to stop the spread of a fungus that has already killed almost a million East Coast bats, authorities say.
  • Dark chocolate can lower blood pressure   UPI / 9:05PM
    ADELAIDE, Australia, June 28 (UPI) -- Dark chocolate can make modest reductions in blood pressure for those who have high blood pressure, researchers in Australia found.
  • Getting estrogen benefits without risk   UPI / 9:05PM
    DALLAS, June 28 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say studies in mice may help them learn how to extract estrogen's benefits without incurring the risk of cancer.
  • Calif. NAACP backs legal pot measure   UPI / 9:05PM
    LOS ANGELES, June 28 (UPI) -- NAACP leaders in California said Monday they support a state referendum on the November ballot to legalize marijuana.
  • Doctors: Bengals' Henry had brain damage   UPI / 8:54PM
    MORGANTOWN, W.Va., June 28 (UPI) -- Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chris Henry had a form of degenerative brain damage at the time of his death in December, doctors said Monday.
  • Diabetes drug may increase heart risk   UPI / 8:24PM
    SILVER SPRING, Md., June 28 (UPI) -- A U.S. study of more than 227,000 patients found those prescribed the diabetes drug Avandia had a higher risk of heart trouble and death, researchers said.
  • Scientists identify 'memory' molecule   UPI / 5:05PM
    LEICESTER, England, June 28 (UPI) -- Researchers in Britain say they've discovered a molecular key to how the human brain learns, and how it records and saves memories.
  • Bees may help fight deadly infections   UPI / 4:34PM
    GLASGOW, Scotland, June 28 (UPI) -- Scientists looking for new treatments to fight a deadly drug-resistant infection say they may have found a new ally -- bees.
  • Vietnam defoliant tied to thyroid disease   UPI / 3:34PM
    BUFFALO, N.Y., June 28 (UPI) -- The use of the defoliant Agent Orange during the Vietnam War has been linked to the Graves' disease, a thyroid disorder, in Vietnam veterans, a study says.
  • Study: New drugs may come from deep ocean   UPI / 3:14PM
    ORLANDA, Fla., June 28 (UPI) -- A drug to treat malaria, one of the world's deadliest diseases, could come from sponges, sea worms and other undersea creatures, a scientist says.
  • Sunday, June 27

  • Cheney improving, may be released Monday   UPI / 3:44PM
    WASHINGTON, June 27 (UPI) -- Former Vice President Dick Cheney's daughter said Sunday her father is recovering and should be released from a Washington hospital within a day.
  • Saturday, June 26

  • Surgeons enter brain through eyelid   UPI / 11:24PM
    BALTIMORE, June 26 (UPI) -- Doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore have pioneered a technique that can spare some patients invasive brain surgery.
  • Diabetic runs cross country -- literally   UPI / 6:05PM
    NEW YORK, June 26 (UPI) -- A 64-year-old New York man has completed a run across the United States aimed at raising awareness of diabetes.
  • Paltrow says she has vitamin D deficiency   UPI / 5:24PM
    LONDON, June 26 (UPI) -- Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow, who lives in London, has told her fans she has been diagnosed with dangerously low levels of vitamin D.
  • Gulf tar balls, dispersants a worry   UPI / 1:34AM
    KINGSTON, R.I., June 26 (UPI) -- A Rhode Island biomedical scientist said he is worried about the health effects of the Gulf of Mexico tar balls and oil dispersants.
  • Iron overload, eye disease may be linked   UPI / 12:14AM
    AUGUSTA, Ga., June 25 (UPI) -- Hemochromatosis, which results in iron overload, may be linked to the wet form of macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness, U.S. researchers say.
  • Friday, June 25

  • 90 percent of Americans eat too much salt   UPI / 11:44PM
    ATLANTA, June 25 (UPI) -- U.S. adults consume more than twice the current recommended sodium limit for most Americans, federal health officials said.
  • Alcohol, some drugs bad for breastfeeding   UPI / 11:14PM
    BARCELONA, Spain, June 25 (UPI) -- Doctors in Spain caution breast milk may transmit some drugs and medicines to infants.
  • Pre-emptive prostate pain prevention works   UPI / 11:05PM
    PHILADELPHIA, June 25 (UPI) -- Providing pre-emptive pain relief to prostatectomy -- removal of prostate -- patients, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • German court decides right-to-die case   UPI / 11:05PM
    KARLSRUHE, Germany, June 25 (UPI) -- Germany's highest court ruled Friday it's legal to cut off life support to a dying person who has given consent.
  • Cheney hospitalized with illness   UPI / 10:35PM
    WASHINGTON, June 25 (UPI) -- Former Vice President Dick Cheney has been admitted to a Washington hospital after becoming ill Friday, his staff said.
  • Mold in home worsens asthma in some   UPI / 10:24PM
    BOSTON, June 25 (UPI) -- Mold in the home raises risks of severe attacks for some asthma patients, a U.S. researcher suggests.
  • Arthritis: Treat early, aggressively   UPI / 8:44PM
    TAMPERE, Finland, June 25 (UPI) -- Treating rheumatoid arthritis early and aggressively pays off, even in the long run, a researcher in Finland recommends.
  • Red wine could slow eye disease   UPI / 2:54PM
    ST. LOUIS, June 25 (UPI) -- A substance found in red wine and other sources could protect blood vessels in the eyes from being damaged by aging, a new study suggests.
  • Russia requiring 'Smoking kills' warning   UPI / 1:54PM
    MOSCOW, June 25 (UPI) -- The warning "Smoking kills" will appear on the front of all packs of cigarettes sold in Russia as part of a new anti-smoking campaign, the government said.
  • Using foods to prevent cancer a trend   UPI / 2:05AM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 25 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists, who have tried for years to develop drugs to reduce the risk of cancer with limited success, are turning to plant substances, researchers said.
  • High fructose, trans-fats up liver disease   UPI / 2:05AM
    CINCINNATI, June 25 (UPI) -- A diet high in fructose, sucrose and trans-fats increases obesity risk as well as fatty liver disease with scar tissue, U.S. researchers warn.
  • Thursday, June 24

  • Exercise may trump creatine for patients   UPI / 11:54PM
    LEUVEN, Belgium, June 24 (UPI) -- Exercise alone trumps exercise and creatine supplements for cardiac patients, researchers in Belgium found.
  • Cyclist raising money for cancer is killed   UPI / 11:44PM
    ALBUQUERQUE, June 24 (UPI) -- John Anczarski, a 19-year-old cycling across the United States to raise money for breast cancer, died after being struck by a car, hospital officials said.
  • Scott Hamilton OK after brain surgery   UPI / 10:44PM
    BOSTON, June 24 (UPI) -- U.S. figure skater and former Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton is doing well after brain surgery to remove a benign tumor, a spokesman said Thursday.
  • Migraine carries stigma   UPI / 10:14PM
    LOS ANGELES, June 24 (UPI) -- The stigma of migraine is significant, and worse for chronic sufferers, U.S. researchers say.
  • 9/11 settlement now up to claimants   UPI / 9:34PM
    NEW YORK, June 24 (UPI) -- About 10,000 people who say their health was damaged at the World Trade Center site in New York must now decide on a $712.5 million settlement, a judge said.
  • Doctor, nurses charged in hep C outbreak   UPI / 9:34PM
    LAS VEGAS, June 24 (UPI) -- A nurse-anesthetist has pleaded innocent in Nevada to charges involving a hepatitis C outbreak linked to an endoscopy clinic.
  • Migraine, child abuse, heart disease link   UPI / 9:24PM
    LOS ANGELES, June 24 (UPI) -- Migraine sufferers abused as children may be at higher risk of cardiovascular disease, U.S. researchers say.
  • Pesticide, prostate cancer link   UPI / 8:34PM
    LIEGE, Belgium, June 24 (UPI) -- A team of researchers in Belgium, France and the French West Indies have linked a pesticide and increased prostate cancer risk.
  • Wine may hold Alzheimer's clues   UPI / 7:54PM
    TROY, N.Y., June 24 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers suggest the way in which a compound in red wine neutralizes toxic proteins may help explain Alzheimer's disease.
  • Cynthia Nixon to appear on 'Big C'   UPI / 7:54PM
    NEW YORK, June 24 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Cynthia Nixon has signed on as a guest star for four episodes of the new dark comedy series "The Big C," Showtime said.
  • FDA warns maker of autism supplement   UPI / 5:44PM
    LOUISVILLE, Ky., June 24 (UPI) -- Federal regulators have warned a Kentucky researcher that a product he is marketing as a dietary supplement that can help against autism could be dangerous.
  • New cell delivery system created   UPI / 5:24PM
    EVANSTON, Ill., June 24 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they have developed a new method of effectively delivering stem cells, proteins and large molecules to damaged tissues.
  • Inexpensive camera diagnoses cancer   UPI / 4:54PM
    HOUSTON, June 24 (UPI) -- U.S. cancer scientists said they've modified an inexpensive off-the-shelf digital camera so it can distinguish cancerous cells from healthy ones.
  • Mothers of autistic children pay at work   UPI / 4:05PM
    VANCOUVER, Wash., June 24 (UPI) -- Mothers of children with autism often work fewer hours, refuse promotions or leave work altogether, creating financial hardship, U.S. researchers found.
  • Study: Folate may aid spinal cord healing   UPI / 10:14AM
    MADISON, Wis., June 24 (UPI) -- A U.S. National Institutes of Health-funded laboratory study suggests the B vitamin folate can promote healing in damaged rat spinal cord tissue.
  • Economy may affect arthritis treatment   UPI / 8:34AM
    JYVASKYLA, Finland, June 24 (UPI) -- Researchers from Finland and other countries say a country's economy may predict the arthritis therapy patients receive.
  • Nose and throat bacteria are different   UPI / 8:14AM
    BOSTON, June 24 (UPI) -- Despite their proximity, the nose and throat have distinct differences in bacterial populations, U.S. researchers found.
  • Wednesday, June 23

  • Soldiers with migraine may sleep poorly   UPI / 11:24PM
    TACOMA, Wash., June 23 (UPI) -- The many soldiers who suffer with migraine may also be poor sleepers, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • Cellphone towers not linked to cancer   UPI / 11:14PM
    LONDON, June 23 (UPI) -- British researchers say living near a cellphone base station does increase a woman's likelihood of having a child with cancer.
  • Filtering may make transfusions safer   UPI / 10:54PM
    ROCHESTER, N.Y., June 23 (UPI) -- Those getting a blood transfusion may suffer fewer heart/lung complications when donor blood is filtered, U.S. researchers say.
  • Rubella may have shifted abortion views   UPI / 10:24PM
    URBANA-CHAMPAIGN, Ill., June 23 (UPI) -- Ten years before 1973's Roe vs. Wade decision, German measles played a major part in shifting public attitudes toward abortion laws, a new book contends.
  • Tests help predict falls in Parkinson's   UPI / 9:34PM
    BRISBANE, Australia, June 23 (UPI) -- Tests may help predict who with Parkinson's disease may be more likely to fall, an Australian researcher says.
  • 5 dead in Calif. whooping cough outbreak   UPI / 6:05PM
    SACRAMENTO, June 23 (UPI) -- California health officials say five infants have died of whooping cough this year in what may be the state's worst epidemic in 50 years.
  • Researchers sequence the human body louse   UPI / 4:34PM
    CHAMPAIGN, Ill., June 23 (UPI) -- U.S.- and Swiss-led scientists say their sequencing and analysis of the human body louse genome is a major step toward controlling the disease-vector insect.
  • Gregg Allman undergoes liver transplant   UPI / 4:14PM
    LOS ANGELES, June 23 (UPI) -- Musician Gregg Allman underwent a successful liver transplant at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., Wednesday, his Web site said.
  • Non-surgical way to treat brain cavernoma?   UPI / 3:44PM
    HEIDELBERG, Germany, June 23 (UPI) -- German scientists say they might have found a non-surgical way of treating benign vascular malformations in the brain known as cavernomas.
  • Poll: One in 20 fear sex heart attacks   UPI / 3:44PM
    LONDON, June 23 (UPI) -- A British survey suggests one in 20 people worry about having a heart attack during enthusiastic sex.
  • New kidney-failure therapy is proposed   UPI / 2:44PM
    INDIANAPOLIS, June 23 (UPI) -- U.S. medical scientists say they've determined a protein involved in the kidney's embryonic development might play a future role in treating kidney failure.
  • Study identifies disease protein   UPI / 2:14PM
    PITTSBURGH, June 23 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they have discovered a protein found in the nucleus of cells helps regulate the body's immune system, playing a key role in many diseases.
  • Vancouver's baby beluga dies   UPI / 10:05AM
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 23 (UPI) -- Canada's Vancouver Aquarium is mourning the loss of its one-year-old baby beluga whale, Nala, officials say.
  • Remission of rheumatoid arthritis sought   UPI / 2:14AM
    ROME, June 23 (UPI) -- Rheumatoid arthritis remission provides superior outcomes across socioeconomic categories such as productivity and quality of life, researchers in Austria say.
  • Seeking a genetic link to aortic aneurysm   UPI / 1:44AM
    LEICESTER, England, June 23 (UPI) -- A British researcher suggests there may be a Y chromosome link to fatal aortic aneurysm in men.
  • Progesterone may ease hot flashes   UPI / 1:14AM
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 23 (UPI) -- Oral, micronized progesterone may help ease hot flashes in postmenopausal women, Canadian researchers say.
  • Erectile dysfunction precedes heart attack   UPI / 12:44AM
    BEIJING, June 23 (UPI) -- Seventy-six percent of men hospitalized for a heart attack had erectile dysfunction six months prior to the heart attack, researchers in Malaysia found.
  • Single men clueless about hypertension   UPI / 12:24AM
    BEIJING, June 23 (UPI) -- Young, single men worldwide know the least about high blood pressure and are less likely to receive treatment, researchers in Canada found.
  • Obama hosts White House LGBT reception   UPI / 12:24AM
    WASHINGTON, June 23 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama hosted a reception at the White House Tuesday to honor Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month.
  • Tuesday, June 22

  • Suppressed anger while drunk ups violence   UPI / 7:34PM
    OSLO, Norway, June 22 (UPI) -- Those who suppress anger have an increased risk of violence when drunk, researchers in Norway and Sweden found.
  • New lung cancer drug promising   UPI / 6:35PM
    SAN DIEGO, June 22 (UPI) -- U.S. medical investigators say a drug under development by Pfizer Inc. is showing promising results in reducing lung cancer tumors during clinical trials.
  • Fatal hepatitis E reported in Texas   UPI / 3:05PM
    SAN ANTONIO, June 22 (UPI) -- Two cases of hepatitis E, thought rare in the United States, have been reported in Texas and blamed for one death, health officials say.
  • New version of anti-coagulant created   UPI / 2:54PM
    ST. LOUIS, June 22 (UPI) -- U.S. molecular biologists say they've found a way to utilize the enzyme thrombin's anti-coagulant properties, opening the door to new blood clot medications.
  • Study sheds light on tumor metastasis   UPI / 1:35PM
    BALTIMORE, June 22 (UPI) -- Johns Hopkins University scientists say they've used a laser beam to activate a protein that causes a cluster of fruit fly cells to act in unison.
  • New York hikes tobacco taxes   UPI / 9:14AM
    NEW YORK, June 22 (UPI) -- New York's Legislature has approved an emergency budget measure giving the state the highest cigarette tax in the nation, lawmakers say.
  • New strategy blocks pro-cancer protein   UPI / 8:14AM
    BOSTON, June 22 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they've developed a way to disable a common protein that often thwarts chemotherapy treatment involving several major forms of cancer.
  • How salt may increase hypertension risk   UPI / 12:44AM
    AUGUSTA, Ga., June 22 (UPI) -- Inflammation from excess fat causes the body to retain more sodium and, as a result, more fluid causing higher blood pressure, U.S. researchers said.
  • Overheating a multiple sclerosis threat   UPI / 12:24AM
    DALLAS, June 22 (UPI) -- Summer heat can cause the recurrence of MS symptoms for people with multiple sclerosis, a U.S. neurologist warns.
  • Monday, June 21

  • Ancestors determine 'tanability'   UPI / 11:54PM
    UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., June 21 (UPI) -- Pale people who never tan and those who bronze deeply can thank their ancestors, two U.S. anthropologists suggest.
  • Awake sedation may shorten hospital stay   UPI / 11:44PM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 21 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers suggest awake sedation -- anesthetization followed by restoration to consciousness -- could reduce brain tumor surgery recovery time.
  • Partner also grieves arthritis diagnosis   UPI / 10:54PM
    ROME, June 21 (UPI) -- British researchers suggest offering support to the partners of newly-diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis patients.
  • Vitamin D deficiency, rheumatism linked   UPI / 10:14PM
    ROME, June 21 (UPI) -- British and Italian researchers, working independently, found the majority of patients with rheumatic conditions are deficient in vitamin D.
  • PTSD recovery may be linked to serotonin   UPI / 10:14PM
    WESTMEAD, Australia, June 21 (UPI) -- Researchers in Australia say people may inherit a factor related to serotonin that may affect recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Army shortens war zone deployments   UPI / 8:44PM
    WASHINGTON, June 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army says it wants to reduce combat zone deployments from 12 to nine months and increase dwell time to three years.
  • Watchful waiting may be best prostate plan   UPI / 8:05PM
    UMEA, Sweden, June 21 (UPI) -- "Watchful waiting," or active surveillance, may be the best treatment option for men with low-risk prostate cancer, Swedish researchers said.
  • Doctor with HIV jailed for sex with 2 men   UPI / 7:05PM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden, June 21 (UPI) -- A male doctor was jailed in Stockholm, Sweden, for having unprotected sex with two other men despite knowing he was HIV positive, court documents show.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis depresses sex   UPI / 6:54PM
    ROME, June 21 (UPI) -- People with rheumatic conditions say the condition affects their emotional relationships and sex lives, researchers in France found.
  • Cancer drug removed from U.S. market   UPI / 3:54PM
    WASHINGTON, June 21 (UPI) -- Pfizer Inc. announced Monday it is withdrawing its cancer drug Mylotarg for use by U.S. patients with acute myeloid leukemia -- a bone marrow cancer.
  • Another malaria infection pathway found   UPI / 3:14PM
    HERSHEY, Pa., June 21 (UPI) -- U.S.-led scientists say their discovery of another red cell molecule used by the malaria parasite moves science closer to an effective malaria vaccine.
  • NIH seeks to improve transfusion safety   UPI / 2:05PM
    BETHESDA, Md., June 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. National Institutes of Health says it is funding a research project to determine if storage time affects the safety of red blood cell transfusions.
  • FDA issues 'Magic Power Coffee' warning   UPI / 1:54PM
    WASHINGTON, June 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning Monday about consuming a dietary supplement sold as "Magic Power Coffee."
  • FDA warns of fraudulent 'Generic Tamiflu'   UPI / 1:14PM
    WASHINGTON, June 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers about a possibly harmful product sold on the Internet as "Generic Tamiflu,"
  • Chris Klein heads to Utah rehab   UPI / 12:24PM
    LOS ANGELES, June 21 (UPI) -- Chris Klein's publicist says the actor is seeking treatment for alcohol addiction at Utah's Cirque Lodge after his second DUI arrest.
  • More doctors refusing Medicare patients   UPI / 11:24AM
    WASHINGTON, June 21 (UPI) -- The number of U.S. doctors refusing new Medicare patients has increased to record levels as low government payment rates force them out, statistics show.
  • Tasigna OK'd for early myeloid leukemia   UPI / 10:34AM
    WASHINGTON, June 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it has approved the drug Tasigna for treatment of a rare blood cancer when it is first diagnosed.
  • Some Benadryl Tylenol products recalled   UPI / 9:05AM
    WASHINGTON, June 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said McNeil Consumer Healthcare has expanded a Jan. 15 recall to include certain Benadryl and Tylenol products.
  • Sunday, June 20

  • Document: BP understated leak estimate   UPI / 10:54PM
    WASHINGTON, June 20 (UPI) -- BP understated publicly how much oil it believed could be leaking from its Gulf of Mexico well under a "worst-case scenario," an internal document shows.
  • Pastor walks 60 miles for parishioner   UPI / 5:14PM
    HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., June 20 (UPI) -- A Huntington Beach, Calif., pastor says his walking 60 miles in five-mile increments around his church was in dedication to a parishioner with eye cancer.
  • Emanuel takes aim at Barton, GOP   UPI / 3:54PM
    WASHINGTON, June 20 (UPI) -- White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said Sunday Texas Republican Rep. Joe Barton's apology to BP typifies the GOP view that BP is the "aggrieved party."
  • Saturday, June 19

  • Study: Coffee, tea cut heart disease risk   UPI / 6:54PM
    UTRECHT, Netherlands, June 19 (UPI) -- A large study in the Netherlands found moderate consumption of coffee or tea cuts the risk of heart disease significantly, researchers say.
  • Cyclist Kirchen in coma after heart attack   UPI / 3:54PM
    LIESTAL, Switzerland, June 19 (UPI) -- Cyclist Kim Kirchen of Luxembourg was in a medically induced coma Saturday, hours after suffering a heart attack while riding in the Tour of Switzerland.
  • Walgreens, CVS settle dispute   UPI / 3:24PM
    WOONSOCKET, R.I., June 19 (UPI) -- Walgreen Co. and CVS Caremark Corp. said they settled a dispute that could have prevented patients from filling prescriptions at Walgreens stores.
  • AstraZeneca Settles Suit for $103 Million   UPI / 1:14PM
    BOSTON, June 19 (UPI) -- U.K. drug giant AstraZeneca said it has agreed to pay $103 million to settle claims it overcharged for some wholesale medicines in the United States.
  • GOP strikes back after Obama criticism   UPI / 10:14AM
    WASHINGTON, June 19 (UPI) -- U.S. Republican leaders fired back Saturday after President Barack Obama blamed them for holding up key legislation, including unemployment and energy measures.
  • Tea drinkers may up arthritis risk   UPI / 2:04AM
    ROME, June 19 (UPI) -- Women who drink tea may increase their risk of rheumatoid arthritis, U.S. researchers say.
  • CVS/pharmacy offers free health screenings   UPI / 1:24AM
    WASHINGTON, June 19 (UPI) -- CVS/pharmacy is offering free health screenings in some locations in the Philadelphia, Delaware, New Jersey, Atlanta and Washington areas officials said.
  • Apartment dwellers exposed to tobacco   UPI / 12:34AM
    BOSTON, June 19 (UPI) -- Non-smokers who live in U.S. public housing are exposed to toxins from tobacco smoke and smoking should be banned in such housing, two U.S. researchers say.
  • Friday, June 18

  • Most mothers have postpartum symptoms   UPI / 11:24PM
    LEIPZIG, Germany, June 18 (UPI) -- As many as 70 percent of all mothers experience symptoms of postpartum depression but most recover quickly, German and Canadian researchers say.
  • Iraq struggles with rampant mental illness   UPI / 10:54PM
    BAGHDAD, June 18 (UPI) -- The need for treatment of rampant mental illness in Iraq far outstrips resources in the war-ravaged country, health officials say.
  • Study: Pancreas 'clock' controls insulin   UPI / 7:54PM
    CHICAGO, June 18 (UPI) -- Researchers say they've discovered the human pancreas has its own internal clock, and diabetes can result when the clock malfunctions.
  • 9/11 survivors irked by U.S. gulf response   UPI / 7:34PM
    NEW YORK, June 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. government's response to the gulf oil disaster has hit a raw nerve with victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack who say the country failed them.
  • FDA fines Red Cross for mishandling blood   UPI / 6:44PM
    WASHINGTON, June 18 (UPI) -- The American Red Cross failed to meet blood safety standards, and was slipshod in its collection and manufacture of blood products, federal authorities say.
  • Calcium linked to higher blood pressure   UPI / 6:34PM
    ROME, June 18 (UPI) -- A study of postmenopausal Italian women found those with low levels of calcium were more at risk for osteoporosis and high blood pressure, researchers said.
  • Scientists say cell enzyme is cancer clue   UPI / 5:05PM
    RICHMOND, Va., June 18 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they've discovered how enzymes can control growth in melanoma cells, a result that could lead to more effective cancer treatment drugs.
  • British computerized records review mixed   UPI / 1:34AM
    LONDON, June 18 (UPI) -- A three-year study of computerized health records in Britain found better patient care but not as many cost savings as expected, researchers say.
  • Painkiller may kill cancer cells   UPI / 1:05AM
    LA JOLLA, Calif., June 18 (UPI) -- A painkiller may be capable of causing cancer cells to kill themselves, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • Nurse practitioners detect breast cancer   UPI / 12:44AM
    LLANTRISANT, Wales, June 18 (UPI) -- Specially trained nurse practitioners and surgeons were found to detect breast abnormalities at similar rates, researchers in Wales reported.
  • Progress against genetic infant killer   UPI / 12:04AM
    SALT LAKE CITY, June 17 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers report progress fighting spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic killer of infants and toddlers.
  • Thursday, June 17

  • Sweetness: A hormonal phenomenon   UPI / 11:34PM
    BALTIMORE, June 17 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher has linked sensitivity to sweetness to the hormone glucagon.
  • Slow progress on fetal alcohol syndrome   UPI / 11:14PM
    WASHINGTON, June 17 (UPI) -- There has been little progress in preventing or treating fetal alcohol syndrome, four U.S. medical students say.
  • Doctors key to asthma drug compliance   UPI / 11:05PM
    DETROIT, June 17 (UPI) -- Doctors can make the difference in whether asthma patients take their medication, a U.S. researcher said.
  • Lung cancer survival improving   UPI / 10:44PM
    KITAKYUSHU, Japan, June 17 (UPI) -- A Japanese researcher said survival rates for non-small cell lung cancer have improved remarkably.
  • Canadian report: Kids' surgeries delayed   UPI / 10:14PM
    OTTAWA, June 17 (UPI) -- More than 17,000 Canadian children waited longer to have surgery last year than doctors recommended, a consortium of Canadian medical specialty societies said.
  • Probiotics cuts intensive care infection   UPI / 7:14PM
    OMAHA, June 17 (UPI) -- Ventilator-associated pneumonia in critically ill patients in hospitals was cut in half after probiotics were given to the patients, U.S. researchers say.
  • Sitter sentenced for giving wine to infant   UPI / 6:54PM
    CARROLLTON, Ga., June 17 (UPI) -- A babysitter was sentenced to eight years in prison for feeding an infant wine, shooting the baby's alcohol level to four times the legal limit for an adult.
  • Pack medical travel assistance on vacation   UPI / 12:24AM
    SALEM, N.H., June 17 (UPI) -- A provider of medical, security and travel assistance reminds U.S. adults planning vacations to remember to pack emergency medical assistance.
  • Wednesday, June 16

  • H1N1 flu vaccine protects against 1918 flu   UPI / 11:35PM
    NEW YORK, June 16 (UPI) -- Last year's H1N1 pandemic flu vaccine protects against 1918 influenza virus in mice, U.S. researchers found.
  • Michaels to host 5K for cancer charities   UPI / 10:14PM
    ANAHEIM, Calif., June 16 (UPI) -- Reality television personality Jillian Michaels has agreed to serve as host of a 5K run benefiting U.S. cancer charities, organizers said.
  • Boy allegedly stabs a 13-year-old mother   UPI / 9:34PM
    NATIONAL CITY, Calif., June 16 (UPI) -- Police in National City, Calif., allege a 13-year-old mother was stabbed in the neck by her 14-year-old boyfriend, the father of her child.
  • Why Mediterranean diet is good for heart   UPI / 9:34PM
    BLOOMINGTON, Ind., June 16 (UPI) -- Even those at-risk for heart disease benefit from the low-fat Mediterranean-style diet that features fish, nuts, olive oil and produce, U.S. researchers found.
  • Smokers' lungs being used in transplants   UPI / 7:44PM
    NEW YORK, June 16 (UPI) -- There is outrage in England because a lung-transplant patient received donor organs from longtime smokers but doctors say that happens frequently.
  • Woman pleads guilty to cancer hoax   UPI / 7:14PM
    TOWSON, Md., June 16 (UPI) -- A Baltimore-area woman was jailed immediately after she admitted she falsely claimed to have terminal cancer to get money.
  • Kidney surgery blood flow studied   UPI / 5:44PM
    ROCHESTER, Minn., June 16 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists at the Mayo and Cleveland clinics say they've found blood flow interruption during kidney cancer surgery can lead to chronic kidney disease.
  • AIDS gene therapy may help cancer, HIV   UPI / 5:34PM
    DUARTE, Calif., June 16 (UPI) -- U.S. medical researchers say they have demonstrated the first successful gene therapy in patients with AIDS-related lymphoma.
  • Transcatheter valves implanted in patients   UPI / 5:14PM
    HAMBURG, Germany, June 16 (UPI) -- German surgeons say they have been successful in using transcatheter valve-in-valve implantation in elderly high-risk patients.
  • Study: Botox affects emotions   UPI / 5:05PM
    NEW YORK, June 16 (UPI) -- U.S. psychology professors say they've discovered people who have undergone Botox treatments might experience weaker emotions.
  • Experimental Marburg vaccine shows promise   UPI / 2:14PM
    BETHESDA, Md., June 16 (UPI) -- U.S. medical investigators say an experimental vaccine for Marburg hemorrhagic fever continues to show promise in animal tests as an emergency treatment.
  • Autism rate higher in vitro fertilization   UPI / 1:05AM
    TEL AVIV, Israel, June 16 (UPI) -- A researcher in Israel reports a strong statistical link between in vitro fertilization and mild to moderate cases of autism.
  • Heart pumps help those with heart failure   UPI / 12:44AM
    GOTHENBURG, Sweden, June 16 (UPI) -- Some people with heart failure can be helped by mechanical heart pumps, a researcher in Sweden said.
  • Tuesday, June 15

  • Molecule results in more stress for women   UPI / 11:34PM
    PHILADELPHIA, June 15 (UPI) -- A protein that binds stress signals more effectively in females may result in women having a higher sensitivity to stress, U.S. researchers said.
  • Poor neighborhoods linked to obesity   UPI / 8:54PM
    SEATTLE, June 15 (UPI) -- Children are more likely to be obese if they live in disadvantaged neighborhoods, U.S. researchers say.
  • Clotting drug may save 100K lives a year   UPI / 8:14PM
    LONDON, June 15 (UPI) -- A trial shows injured patients with severe bleeding given tranexamic acid, a clotting drug, do not appear to have adverse effects, a British researcher says.
  • Gene therapy used in retinitis pigmentosa   UPI / 5:44PM
    OKLAHOMA CITY, June 15 (UPI) -- U.S. medical investigators say they have developed a gene therapy technique that can prevent and possibly cure blindness caused by retinitis pigmentosa.
  • Federal agency: ban Chicago HIV doctor   UPI / 5:14PM
    CHICAGO, June 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it seeks to disqualify a Chicago HIV doctor from further research after he allegedly gave false data in a drug trial.
  • Rapid genetic sequencing technique created   UPI / 4:54PM
    MONTREAL, June 15 (UPI) -- Canadian scientists say they've created a powerful and reliable sequencing method that can identify any genetic disease in record time.
  • Apple juice may help Alzheimer's patients   UPI / 4:54PM
    LOWELL, Mass., June 15 (UPI) -- Apple juice may help behavior, but not cognition, in Alzheimer's patients, U.S. researchers said.
  • Medical schools' social mission varies   UPI / 4:44PM
    WASHINGTON, June 15 (UPI) -- U.S. medical schools vary widely in how many primary care physicians they graduate and work in underserved areas, researchers say.
  • EPA denies bedbug pesticide request   UPI / 2:44PM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 15 (UPI) -- An infestation of bedbugs has descended on Ohio, but the state will not be allowed to use a desired pesticide for fear of children's health, authorities said.
  • Woman shot shoulder; doctors left sprain   UPI / 2:44PM
    NILES, Mich., June 15 (UPI) -- A Michigan woman who shot herself in a bid to obtain treatment for a shoulder sprain said doctors still did not treat that earlier injury.
  • FDA urges accurate vitamin D infant dosing   UPI / 1:24PM
    WASHINGTON, June 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting parents that some liquid vitamin D supplements are sold with droppers that give excessive dosing to infants.
  • Cosmetic risks may not be spelled out   UPI / 1:34AM
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, June 15 (UPI) -- Proper information on complication risk and failure rate may not always be disclosed when it comes to cosmetic surgery, Dutch and other researchers say.
  • Survival disparities based on insurance   UPI / 12:34AM
    ATLANTA, June 15 (UPI) -- Medicaid and uninsured rectal cancer patients are twice as likely to die within five years compared with privately insured patients, U.S. researchers say.
  • Insurance patients more likely to live   UPI / 12:24AM
    BUFFALO, N.Y., June 15 (UPI) -- Uninsured patients treated for gunshot wounds or auto accident injuries are more likely to die than those privately insured, U.S. researchers found.
  • Study: Anxiety affects attention   UPI / 12:05AM
    GRANADA, Spain, June 14 (UPI) -- Anxiety may affect the way in which some people focus their attention on what is happening around them, researchers in Spain said.
  • Monday, June 14

  • Heart transplant recipient in U.S. Open   UPI / 11:05PM
    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif., June 14 (UPI) -- Double heart transplant recipient Erik Compton says he will be among those teeing off Thursday at the U.S. Open in Pebble Beach, Calif.
  • Future smell test proposed for Parkinson's   UPI / 10:24PM
    GOTHENBURG, Sweden, June 14 (UPI) -- German, British, and Swiss researchers have proposed using the sense of smell to help diagnosis early Parkinson's disease.
  • AMA: Many medical claims processed inaccurately   AP / 5:34PM
    CHICAGO -- One in five medical claims are processed inaccurately by the nation's largest health insurers, slowing payments to doctors and causing confusion for consumers, the American Medical Association said Monday.
  • Psychological therapy aids bowel disease   UPI / 3:14PM
    ATHENS, Ga., June 14 (UPI) -- U.S. psychologists say cognitive-behavioral therapy can reduce physical symptoms and improve coping strategies involved with inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Coleman died from fall, renal failure   UPI / 3:05PM
    SALT LAKE CITY, June 14 (UPI) -- Gary Coleman's death certificate lists the cause of the former U.S. child star's death as a fall, with chronic renal failure as a contributing factor.
  • Military not following 'brain test' order   UPI / 2:34PM
    WASHINGTON, June 14 (UPI) -- The Pentagon isn't following a congressional directive to test U.S. troops before and after combat service to uncover possible brain injuries, records show.
  • Drug trial shows promise in ovarian cancer   UPI / 1:44PM
    INDIANAPOLIS, June 14 (UPI) -- U.S. cancer investigators say they've found combining two drugs -- decitabine and carboplatin -- appears to help women who have late-stage ovarian cancer.
  • Some hypertension drugs raise cancer risks   UPI / 7:44AM
    CLEVELAND, June 14 (UPI) -- U.S. medical investigators say they've found patients taking blood pressure drugs know as angiotensin receptor blockers may face an increased risk of cancer.
  • Sunday, June 13

  • Canada orders recall of pre-cooked meats   UPI / 4:44PM
    OTTAWA, June 13 (UPI) -- Pre-cooked meat products sold nationwide in Canada have been ordered recalled over fears of possible listeria contamination, authorities said.
  • Saturday, June 12

  • Scientists: Few cures yet from genome   UPI / 4:54PM
    NEW YORK, June 12 (UPI) -- Researchers have discovered most genetic diseases are too complex for the Human Genome Project to produce treatments quickly, U.S. scientists say.
  • Japan PM calls cattle disease 'crisis'   UPI / 3:44PM
    MIYAZAKI, Japan, June 12 (UPI) -- A foot-and-mouth disease outbreak on the island of Kyushu is a "national crisis," Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Saturday during a visit to the area.
  • Protein found key to insulin secretion   UPI / 1:04AM
    LA JOLLA, Calif., June 10 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they have found a specific protein that is key to insulin secretion may play an important role in the onset of type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
  • Lower cholesterol increases lifespan   UPI / 12:14AM
    MINNEAPOLIS, June 11 (UPI) -- People with decreased low-density lipoprotein, the "bad," cholesterol can count on an increased life expectancy, U.S. researchers said.
  • Friday, June 11

  • Mothers' childhood troubles affect infants   UPI / 11:24PM
    NEW ORLEANS, June 11 (UPI) -- Hardships endured by women when they were children have been linked to an increased risk of a negative pregnancy outcome, U.S. researchers say.
  • Drug helps Alzheimer's patients drive   UPI / 8:54PM
    PROVIDENCE, R.I., June 11 (UPI) -- A common Alzheimer's drug may bring improved driving skills in those with mild Alzheimer's disease, U.S. researchers found.
  • To lose belly fat, treat depression   UPI / 7:14PM
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala., June 11 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers, noting a link between depression and belly fat, suggest addressing abdominal fat in treating depression.
  • Diabetes ups cancer risk in women, not men   UPI / 6:04PM
    TEL AVIV, Israel, June 11 (UPI) -- Type 2 diabetes appears to reduce the risk of prostate cancer in men, but appears to increase the risk of some cancers in women, researchers in Israel said.
  • Study links hypertension, bipolar disorder   UPI / 5:05PM
    EAST LANSING, Mich., June 11 (UPI) -- A U.S. psychiatrist says he's discovered nearly half of patients hospitalized with bipolar disorder might also suffer from hypertension.
  • New stroke therapy called 'miraculous'   UPI / 4:14PM
    CALGARY, Alberta, June 11 (UPI) -- Canadian scientists say they've developed a "miraculous" new procedure that can break down blood clots for more than just three hours following a stroke.
  • Man, dogs walk U.S. for canine cancer   UPI / 4:04PM
    BOSTON, June 11 (UPI) -- A Boston man who took his two dogs on a cross-country walk to raise awareness of canine cancer says the journey is nearly complete.
  • New therapy found for erectile dysfunction   UPI / 2:54PM
    CHICAGO, June 11 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they've discovered a therapy that might be able to preserve erectile function following prostate cancer surgery.
  • FDA studies potential Benicar risks   UPI / 1:04PM
    WASHINGTON, June 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday it is investigating data that suggest the blood pressure drug Benicar might cause cardiovascular problems.
  • Digger Phelps has cancer surgery   UPI / 10:54AM
    SEATTLE, June 9 (UPI) -- Digger Phelps, the former highly successful Notre Dame basketball coach and television basketball analyst, is recovering from prostate cancer surgery.
  • Study: Prostate cancer drug slows growth   UPI / 9:24AM
    BALTIMORE, June 11 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say a multi-center drug trial has shown the blood vessel-blocking drug tasquinimod is effective in slowing the progression of prostate cancer.
  • Cetuximab less effective in simple tumors   UPI / 8:34AM
    ROCHESTER, Minn., June 11 (UPI) -- A U.S. clinical trial has found a drug of benefit to metastatic colon cancer patients fails to help patients with less advanced Stage III tumors.
  • Uninsured more likely to die in hospital   UPI / 2:24AM
    BOSTON, June 11 (UPI) -- An analysis of U.S. hospital discharges found those who were uninsured had a 52 percent higher risk than others of dying in the hospital, researchers said.
  • Pecans: Handful a day keeps aging at bay   UPI / 1:04AM
    LOWELL, Mass., June 11 (UPI) -- Eating pecans daily may delay age-related muscle nerve degeneration, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • Why coffee may help prevent diabetes   UPI / 12:54AM
    NAGOYA, Japan, June 11 (UPI) -- The caffeine in coffee may be the compound that makes coffee help prevent diabetes, researchers in Japan found.
  • Thursday, June 10

  • Community effort lowers stroke rate   UPI / 11:34PM
    QUEBEC CITY, June 10 (UPI) -- Community-based programs to lower blood pressure successfully reduced cardiovascular disease in Canada, researchers say.
  • Hoof-and-mouth disease spreads in Japan   UPI / 10:34PM
    MIYAKONOJO, Japan, June 10 (UPI) -- Highly contagious foot-and-mouth disease is now in Japan's largest beef and pork producing city, threatening the nation's livestock industry, officials said.
  • Encouraging drop seen in heart attack rate   UPI / 8:14PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, June 10 (UPI) -- Efforts to help people lower their risk of heart disease have resulted in a drop in the number of serious heart attacks over a 10-year-period, a study shows.
  • Tongue measure helps sleep apnea appliance   UPI / 7:44PM
    BOSTON, June 10 (UPI) -- Measuring the tongue might help dentists supply an oral appliance that successfully treats sleep apnea, U.S. researchers found.
  • CDC: Overdoses reported at LA raves   UPI / 5:54PM
    ATLANTA, June 10 (UPI) -- There have been reports of Ecstasy and other drug overdoses at Los Angeles raves, and it warrants prevention strategies, federal health officials said.
  • New entry effective in deep brain surgery   UPI / 5:44PM
    BALTIMORE, June 10 (UPI) -- U.S. surgeons say they've developed a safe, effective and less invasive entry method to use in skull and deep brain surgical procedures.
  • Non-IV meds effective in stopping seizures   UPI / 5:14PM
    CINCINNATI, June 10 (UPI) -- University of Cincinnati researchers say they've determined the best means of halting a seizure is by administering the least direct medication.
  • Genetic markers linked to prostate cancer   UPI / 4:54PM
    ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 10 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they've identified specific genetic markers linked to prostate cancer that might allow the cancer to be predicted in younger men.
  • Alzheimer's gene has role in cell survival   UPI / 3:44PM
    BALTIMORE, June 10 (UPI) -- A U.S.-led international study has found a gene linked with Alzheimer's disease may also play a role in cell survival by helping neurons clear toxic proteins.
  • Judge calls WTC settlement good deal   UPI / 3:34PM
    NEW YORK, June 10 (UPI) -- A judge in New York gave preliminary approval Thursday to a settlement that would pay as much as $712.5 million for injuries at the World Trade Center site.
  • New steps in spread of malaria identified   UPI / 2:44PM
    BETHESDA, Md., June 10 (UPI) -- U.S. National Institutes of Health scientists say they've identified two previously unknown steps in the spread of the malaria parasite in the bloodstream.
  • Protein found key to insulin secretion   UPI / 2:24PM
    LA JOLLA, Calif., June 10 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they have discovered a specific protein is key to insulin secretion and can cause the onset of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
  • FDA panel to review dental amalgam risks   UPI / 1:14PM
    WASHINGTON, June 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday it will hold an advisory panel meeting to discuss safety issues involving the use of dental amalgam.
  • New lymphoma and leukemia therapy proposed   UPI / 9:24AM
    LA JOLLA, Calif., June 10 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they've found a new way to kill certain cancer cells -- a therapy that might lead to more effective treatments for lymphoma and leukemia.
  • Slaying suspect treated for suicide try   UPI / 8:24AM
    LONDON, June 10 (UPI) -- The man British authorities accuse of killing three prostitutes has been treated by prison medical personnel after an apparent suicide attempt, officials said.
  • Several berries may help prevent cancer   UPI / 2:14AM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 10 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers, in a study of rodents, found black raspberries -- as well as red raspberries, blueberries and strawberries -- and inhibit esophageal cancer.
  • Delaying prostate surgery OK   UPI / 2:14AM
    BALTIMORE, June 10 (UPI) -- Men who have low-risk prostate cancer and opt for "watchful waiting" but later have surgery do not have worse outcomes, U.S. researchers found.
  • Chronic insomnia link to higher death risk   UPI / 1:44AM
    SAN ANTONIO, June 10 (UPI) -- People who suffer from chronic insomnia may have a higher risk than others of dying, U.S. researchers found.
  • Some nurses react better with little sleep   UPI / 1:14AM
    SAN ANTONIO, June 10 (UPI) -- Some nurses are better than others at remaining alert during successive 12-hour shifts, U.S. researchers found.
  • Wednesday, June 9

  • Healthier diet may delay Alzheimer's   UPI / 11:54PM
    PHILADELPHIA, June 9 (UPI) -- Mice with early to moderate Alzheimer's disease had the disease delayed and even reversed with a healthier diet, U.S. researchers said.
  • Short people have higher heart risk   UPI / 6:14PM
    TAMPERE, Finland, June 9 (UPI) -- A systematic review of more than 50 studies found short people are at greater risk of developing heart disease, researchers in Finland said.
  • Major discovery made in prostate cancer   UPI / 5:14PM
    PARIS, June 9 (UPI) -- A French-led international team of scientists says it has discovered how polyphenols in red wine and green tea inhibit prostate cancer growth.
  • Digger Phelps has cancer surgery   UPI / 4:44PM
    SEATTLE, June 9 (UPI) -- Digger Phelps, the former highly successful Notre Dame basketball coach and television basketball analyst, is recovering from prostate cancer surgery.
  • Researchers find more autism genetic links   UPI / 4:24PM
    TORONTO, June 9 (UPI) -- Autism may be caused by rare changes in a person's genome that are not inherited and are unique to each case, a study suggests.
  • Mosquito control affected by budget cuts   UPI / 3:44PM
    WASHINGTON, June 9 (UPI) -- Local governments across the United States have cut mosquito-control programs because of budget problems, local officials say.
  • It's never too late to help prevent cancer   UPI / 3:44PM
    HOUSTON, June 9 (UPI) -- It is never too late to adopt a healthy lifestyle, a U.S. cancer expert advises.
  • Protein may help repair MS brain damage   UPI / 2:24PM
    ST. LOUIS, June 9 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they've found a protein that helps build the brain in infants might help in restoring brain damage caused by neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Study to look at disease spread on planes   UPI / 2:14PM
    AUBURN, Ala., June 9 (UPI) -- Researchers at an Alabama university have received federal funding for a study of whether diseases spread in airline cabins.
  • Women often ignored in research trials   UPI / 1:34PM
    CHICAGO, June 9 (UPI) -- Medical researchers say U.S. women remain vastly underrepresented in biomedical research compared with men.
  • Updated HIV therapy guidelines endorsed   UPI / 12:24PM
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 9 (UPI) -- Canadian scientists say they've determined adherence to updated HIV therapy guidelines would result in increased benefits for patients and society in general.
  • Some defibrillator battery packs recalled   UPI / 9:44AM
    WASHINGTON, June 9 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the recall of battery packs used in some automated external defibrillators manufactured by Defibtech LLC.
  • Government to try healthcare initiatives   UPI / 8:24AM
    NEW YORK, June 9 (UPI) -- It's essential to change the way U.S. healthcare is funded to reward high-quality, efficient care, officials of a New York non-profit group say.
  • One-tenth of U.S. Iraq vets may have PTSD   UPI / 1:54AM
    SILVER SPRING, Md., June 9 (UPI) -- Between 8.5 percent and 14 percent of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq report either post-traumatic stress disorder or depression, researchers found.
  • Fish, farm exposure reduce allergy risk   UPI / 1:24AM
    LONDON, June 9 (UPI) -- Eating fish at a young age and living on or near a farm could immunize infants from allergies later in life, researchers in Germany and Sweden found.
  • HPV-positive tumor has better prognosis   UPI / 12:14AM
    CHICAGO, June 9 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher says a test for throat cancer tumors may help predict survival times.
  • Tuesday, June 8

  • Early soda drinking tied to unhealthy diet   UPI / 11:05PM
    UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., June 8 (UPI) -- In a study of girls, U.S. researchers found the earlier the girls started drinking soda, the more likely they would be deficient in essential nutrients.
  • Girl hit by baseball has surgery   UPI / 9:34PM
    LOS ANGELES, June 8 (UPI) -- A 3-year-old girl hit by a baseball while watching batting practice at Dodger Stadium had surgery Tuesday and was expected to recover, her doctor said.
  • Atty. sentenced in Rwanda, denied genocide   UPI / 7:34PM
    KIGALI, Rwanda, June 8 (UPI) -- An American lawyer, charged with denying and trivializing Zimbabwe genocide, was sentenced Monday to 30 days detention, court records showed.
  • Expert: NASA should lead oil spill cleanup   UPI / 4:44PM
    NEW PALTZ, N.Y., June 8 (UPI) -- NASA should take charge of the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill containment and cleanup, a public health expert said.
  • Study: Children of lesbians may do better   UPI / 4:34PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, June 8 (UPI) -- Children of lesbian-mother families demonstrate healthy psychological adjustment; in fact, they score higher than their peers, U.S. researchers say.
  • Panel to consider new 'morning-after pill'   UPI / 1:14PM
    WASHINGTON, June 8 (UPI) -- A "morning-after pill" that reportedly is effective for five days after sex is being considered for approval in the United States, officials said.
  • Study: Combo melanoma therapy ineffective   UPI / 1:05PM
    PITTSBURGH, June 8 (UPI) -- A U.S. study suggests a combination of two chemotherapies and a previously approved treatment for kidney and liver cancers is not effective against melanoma.
  • Hundreds of marijuana outlets to close   UPI / 10:05AM
    LOS ANGELES, June 8 (UPI) -- More than 400 medical marijuana outlets in Los Angeles are expected to close because of a new law that bans them from being near schools and parks, police said.
  • Substance abuse program treats families   UPI / 2:04AM
    TUCSON, June 8 (UPI) -- An Arizona foundation says it has received a grant for $1 million to build a substance abuse recovery program for parents and children.
  • How to tell if a mole could be skin cancer   UPI / 1:44AM
    DALLAS, June 8 (UPI) -- The ABCDE's of skin cancer is an alphabetical reminder of what to look for to lower concern for moles, a U.S. dermapathologist says.
  • Denzel Washington announces scholarships   UPI / 1:14AM
    NEW YORK, June 8 (UPI) -- The Pauletta and Denzel Washington Family Gifted Scholars Program announced it has awarded summer support for U.S. university students.
  • Monday, June 7

  • Dentists screen for child sleep disorder   UPI / 11:44PM
    SAN ANTONIO, June 7 (UPI) -- Canadian researchers suggest dentists screen children for sleep-disordered breathing.
  • Sexsomnia: Some initiate sex while asleep   UPI / 9:14PM
    TORONTO, June 7 (UPI) -- About 1-in-12 people with sleep disorders report they had initiated or engaged in sex with their partner while asleep, Canadian researchers said.
  • Lost paperwork delays needed surgeries   UPI / 6:35PM
    SYDNEY, June 7 (UPI) -- Hundreds of Australian patients needing surgery have been excluded from hospital waiting lists as overworked staff failed to file paperwork, officials said.
  • Researchers develop new leukemia therapy   UPI / 3:54PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., June 7 (UPI) -- U.S. oncologists say they've developed a therapy that targets not only leukemia cells, but also the blood vessels that supply the cancer cells with nutrients.
  • Flies aid human metabolic disease studies   UPI / 12:24PM
    ATLANTA, June 7 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they've discovered commonalities between flies and humans that make flies a valuable new model for the metabolic disease galactosemia.
  • Study suggests new anxiety treatment   UPI / 12:14PM
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, June 7 (UPI) -- Puerto Rican scientists say they've found a method that induces a memory of safety in the brains of lab rats, suggesting a new therapy for anxiety disorders.
  • 54-year-old gives birth to twins   UPI / 11:14AM
    BICESTER, England, June 7 (UPI) -- A 54-year-old British woman, who spent $4,300 for fertility treatment in the Czech Republic, said she gave birth to twins.
  • New way created to study cancer stem cells   UPI / 10:34AM
    PITTSBURGH, June 7 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they've found a way of preventing isolated cancer stem cells from differentiating into other types of tumor-forming cells.
  • NIH halts sickle cell anemia stroke study   UPI / 9:54AM
    BETHESDA, Md., June 7 (UPI) -- The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has stopped a trial involving recurrent stroke risk in children suffering sickle cell anemia and iron overload.
  • Seizure drug may help kids' liver disease   UPI / 9:05AM
    PITTSBURGH, June 7 (UPI) -- U.S. medical investigators say they've discovered a drug long used to treat seizures might help reverse or prevent antitrypsin deficiency in children.
  • Public smoking bans effective for youth   UPI / 2:05AM
    BOSTON, June 7 (UPI) -- Children and teens who live in counties banning smoking in public places have much lower levels of a secondhand smoke biomarker, U.S. researchers found.
  • Tweens and teens need sun protection   UPI / 1:54AM
    NEW YORK, June 7 (UPI) -- Two New York dermatologists stress tween and teen girls need to protect themselves against sun damage in the summer.
  • Only some ER keyboards really germy   UPI / 1:34AM
    PHOENIX, June 7 (UPI) -- Some hospital emergency room keyboards were more likely than others to be contaminated with bacteria, U.S. researchers say.
  • Heart deaths in Australia peak in winter   UPI / 1:24AM
    BRISBANE, Australia, June 7 (UPI) -- The rate of heart attacks in Australia rises in the winter because many people don't know how to bundle up from the cold, a researcher says.
  • Sunday, June 6

  • Post-IVF abortions on rise in Britain   UPI / 3:54PM
    LONDON, June 6 (UPI) -- Many women in Britain having pricey in-vitro procedures are changing their minds about being mothers and seeking government-funded abortions, authorities say.
  • Success with ovarian cancer drug   UPI / 3:54PM
    CHICAGO, June 6 (UPI) -- Long-term use of Avastin, a drug used to treat lung, colorectal and breast cancers, appears to help women with advanced ovarian tumors, a new study shows.
  • Saturday, June 5

  • Hundreds of LA pot dispensaries must close   UPI / 4:54PM
    LOS ANGELES, June 5 (UPI) -- More than 400 medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles must close by Monday under a new city ordinance that withstood a legal challenge.
  • Selenium found ineffective against cancer   UPI / 4:05PM
    HOUSTON, June 5 (UPI) -- In a reversal of previous research, a study shows selenium taken as a supplement does not reduce the risk of developing lung cancer, researchers say.
  • One radiation dose urged in breast cancer   UPI / 1:34PM
    CHICAGO, June 5 (UPI) -- Targeting one dose of radiation on the area where a breast tumor was removed is as effective as radiating the entire breast for weeks, U.S. scientists said.
  • Britain warns of more Norovirus   UPI / 1:54AM
    LONDON, June 5 (UPI) -- Officials of the Public Health Agency in London report there has been an increased level of norovirus, better known as the stomach flu.
  • Friday, June 4

  • Report: Fast-food linked to asthma   UPI / 10:14PM
    ULM, Germany, June 4 (UPI) -- Fast-food has been linked to higher rates of asthma while healthier foods are associated with lower risk of asthma, German researchers report.
  • Need for those with HIV to stop smoking   UPI / 10:14PM
    ST. LOUIS, June 4 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher says there is a need for cessation programs to help smokers who have human immunodeficiency virus.
  • WHO defends handling of H1N1 pandemic   UPI / 8:54PM
    GENEVA, Switzerland, June 4 (UPI) -- World Health Organization officials Friday rejected claims in Britain they exaggerated the H1N1 flu threat and were unduly swayed by pharmaceutical interests.
  • Judge: Los Angeles can close pot shops   UPI / 5:14PM
    LOS ANGELES, June 4 (UPI) -- A Los Angeles judge has rejected an attempt by lawyers for medical marijuana patients to block a city ordinance regulating dispensaries, observers report.
  • Travelers to Caribbean need precautions   UPI / 1:35PM
    ATLANTA, June 3 (UPI) -- U.S. vacationers, missionaries and groups providing humanitarian services traveling to the Caribbean need pre-travel medical advice, health officials say.
  • Parkinson's drug may affect vision   UPI / 1:24PM
    SEOUL, June 3 (UPI) -- Researchers in South Korea say long-time use of the drug amantadine for Parkinson's may affect vision.
  • Dental X-rays increase risk of cancer   UPI / 12:24PM
    BRIGHTON, England, June 4 (UPI) -- A study of 313 cancer patients found the chances of developing thyroid cancer rose with repeated exposure to dental X-rays, British scientists said.
  • Patch safer than pill in hormone therapy   UPI / 12:24PM
    LONDON, June 4 (UPI) -- Hormone replacement therapy may be safer when given in low-dose patches, a study in the British Medical Journal said.
  • First MS pill under consideration   UPI / 10:44AM
    WASHINGTON, June 4 (UPI) -- A drug by Novartis could become the first pill sold on the U.S. market for the treatment of multiple sclerosis, authorities said.
  • Cardiac survival may depend on locale   UPI / 9:54AM
    ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 4 (UPI) -- The most important factor involved in surviving a heart attack may be the neighborhood in which it occurs, a U.S. researcher suggests.
  • Wikipedia cancer information accurate   UPI / 9:35AM
    CHICAGO, June 4 (UPI) -- People who seek information on cancer on the Wikipedia Web site can rest assured it is accurate, if a bit hard to understand, U.S. researchers said.
  • Thursday, June 3

  • No benefit to matching hearts by race   UPI / 11:34PM
    BALTIMORE, June 3 (UPI) -- A donor heart matched for the race of the transplant recipient has no advantage for survival, U.S. researchers found.
  • Swedish Princess Lilian has Alzheimer's   UPI / 10:05PM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden, June 3 (UPI) -- Sweden's 95-year-old Princess Lilian has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, the Royal Court confirmed.
  • 'Olive-oil' diet tasty, has staying power   UPI / 7:54PM
    PROVIDENCE, R.I., June 3 (UPI) -- A diet using olive oil produces greater weight loss in breast cancer survivors compared with a more traditional low-fat diet, U.S. researchers say.
  • $150,000 Alzheimer's study grant awarded   UPI / 5:05PM
    HOUSTON, June 3 (UPI) -- Two universities in Texas announced the receipt of an Alzheimer's research grant designed to find ways to reverse the disease's effects.
  • Gene therapy created for heart failure   UPI / 4:34PM
    NEW YORK, June 3 (UPI) -- Mount Sinai School of Medicine scientists in New York say they've developed a gene therapy that's safe and effective in reversing advanced heart failure.
  • Ga. boy attacked with bleach balloon   UPI / 2:24PM
    LILBURN, Ga., June 3 (UPI) -- A 14-year-old Georgia boy said his sight has returned after four high school students allegedly attacked him last week with a bleach-filled balloon.
  • Vt. to allow monkeys as service animals   UPI / 11:14AM
    WILLISTON, Vt., June 3 (UPI) -- A Vermont woman with multiple sclerosis said she is looking forward to receiving a service monkey under a new law she helped bring about.
  • Study: DBS helps Parkinson's patients   UPI / 10:14AM
    BETHESDA, Md., June 3 (UPI) -- U.S. medical investigators say deep brain stimulation at two different targets produces similar motor improvements in Parkinson's disease patients.
  • Medical marijuana boom a boon for illegal, sometimes dangerous, cultivation   AP / 9:34AM
    Jun. 3--OAKLAND -- Buckingham Boulevard residents are hypervigilant about watching out for their neighborhood, quick to report anything suspicious. But a police detective's early morning knock at one neighbor's front door was the first clue that something illegal was happening inside the house across the street. The detective said there would be a raid, and suggested the neighbor might want to leave in case there was gunfire. When the man drove back up the canyon a few hours later, police were still hauling out marijuana plants, bags of buds, money and growing equipment from two expensive, hillside homes that had housed an extensive indoor pot farm.
  • Poker players say they use drugs, coffee   UPI / 2:04AM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 3 (UPI) -- Eighty percent of poker players worldwide report using drugs and other substances to enhance their poker playing, U.S. researchers found.
  • Quit smoking post-surgery, help healing   UPI / 1:14AM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden, June 3 (UPI) -- Patients who avoid tobacco for six weeks after surgery for a fracture have fewer post-operative complications, researchers in Sweden found.
  • Beware the new doctors of July   UPI / 12:05AM
    SAN DIEGO, June 2 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers link a July spike in hospital death rates to the yearly influx of new medical residents.
  • Robot effective in reversing vasectomy   UPI / 12:05AM
    CHICAGO, June 2 (UPI) -- Robot-assisted vasectomy reversal is superior to traditional surgery and may reduce couples' wait times for conceiving naturally, a U.S. surgeon says.
  • Avoid cardiac event during summer exercise   UPI / 12:05AM
    NEW YORK, June 2 (UPI) -- Hot weather exercise can lead to dehydration, exhaustion and even a cardiac event, a U.S. physician cautions.
  • Wednesday, June 2

  • Calif. pesticide plan stirs controversy   UPI / 11:54PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, June 2 (UPI) -- California may use a commercial pesticide so toxic chemists refuse to handle it, despite protests by 49 scientists and five Nobel laureates, officials say.
  • More deaths if no prostate cancer therapy   UPI / 9:05PM
    DETROIT, June 2 (UPI) -- Prostate cancer patients who refuse treatment don't do as well as those who choose radiation treatment, U.S. researchers found.
  • Exercise advised for cancer patients   UPI / 7:54PM
    CHICAGO, June 2 (UPI) -- Some U.S. physicians say cancer exercise rehabilitation programs should be as common as cardiac rehabilitation programs.
  • ADHD children more likely to be poor   UPI / 7:44PM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden, June 2 (UPI) -- Poor, less educated mothers were more likely to have children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, Swedish researchers say.
  • Worldwide cancer deaths to double by 2030   UPI / 5:54PM
    LYON, France, June 2 (UPI) -- Cancer diagnoses and deaths are estimated to double in the next two decades, officials at the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France, say.
  • Study seeks earlier Alzheimer's diagnosis   UPI / 4:54PM
    BETHESDA, Md., June 2 (UPI) -- The U.S. National Institutes of Health is funding a $24 million study that seeks to identify brain changes that might signal future Alzheimer's disease.
  • New way to fight malaria proposed   UPI / 4:44PM
    MELBOURNE, June 2 (UPI) -- Australian and British scientists say they have discovered molecules similar to that found in the blood-thinning drug heparin can stop malaria infections.
  • Non-invasive colon tests may be coming   UPI / 4:34PM
    LONDON, June 2 (UPI) -- British researchers say molecular imaging may allow colon polyp detection without the sedatives and laxatives of colonoscopies.
  • New enzyme detection technology developed   UPI / 3:54PM
    ATLANTA, June 2 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they've developed a method that reliably identifies an enzyme involved in osteoporosis, arthritis, atherosclerosis and cancer metastasis.
  • New, more sensitive, PSA test developed   UPI / 12:44PM
    CHICAGO, June 2 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they have developed an ultra-sensitive nanoparticle PSA test that can accurately predict a return of prostate cancer after surgery.
  • Stem cells made into tumor killers   UPI / 12:24PM
    YOKOHAMA, Japan, June 2 (UPI) -- Japanese scientists say they have created a way to produce natural killer T cells, known for suppressing tumor growth, by using pluripotent stem cells.
  • FDA OKs new osteoporosis treatment   UPI / 9:05AM
    WASHINGTON, June 2 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it's approved an injectable therapy for postmenopausal women with osteoporosis who are at high risk for fractures.
  • Antidepressant linked to cataracts   UPI / 2:34AM
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 2 (UPI) -- Seniors who take a type of antidepressants may have increased risk of developing cataracts, a researcher in Canada suggests.
  • Depression therapy, drugs similar results   UPI / 1:44AM
    YONKERS, N.Y., June 2 (UPI) -- A U.S. survey by Consumer Reports indicates people with depression report similar results from talk therapy and medication.
  • Trained parents help autistic children   UPI / 1:14AM
    CHICAGO, June 2 (UPI) -- Autistic children whose parents received special training showed significant improvement in verbal and social functioning, U.S. researchers said.
  • Tuesday, June 1

  • Jennie Garth promotes Web heart makeover   UPI / 11:54PM
    DALLAS, June 1 (UPI) -- Hollywood's Jennie Garth is the spokeswoman for the American Heart Association's free online 12-week heart health makeover -- Go Red BetterU.
  • U.S. cigarettes highest in carcinogens   UPI / 11:54PM
    ATLANTA, June 1 (UPI) -- Some U.S. cigarette brands expose people to higher amounts of cancer-causing tobacco-specific nitrosamines than some foreign cigarettes, officials said.
  • Child weight loss reduces diabetes risk   UPI / 9:34PM
    BETHESDA, Md., June 1 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers found overweight girls who lose weight before adulthood reduced their risk of diabetes.
  • Dad sentenced for child's methadone death   UPI / 6:05PM
    CALGARY, Alberta, June 1 (UPI) -- A Canadian father was sentenced Tuesday to 2 1/2 years in prison for the methadone overdose death of his 16-month-old daughter, court records showed.
  • New thyroid cancer therapy: Longer life   UPI / 4:14PM
    ROCHESTER, Minn., June 1 (UPI) -- U.S. cancer scientists say they've discovered aggressive treatment of anaplastic thyroid cancer can dramatically increase survival rates.
  • Link found between ED and coronary disease   UPI / 2:14PM
    NEW YORK, June 1 (UPI) -- U.S. medical scientists say they have discovered a link between erectile dysfunction and coronary artery calcification.
  • Study: Azithromycin equal to penicillin   UPI / 1:24PM
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala., June 1 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they've discovered the oral antibiotic azithromycin is as effective as penicillin injections in curing early-stage syphilis.
  • Accused killed was homeless, had cancer   UPI / 12:44PM
    APEX, N.C., June 1 (UPI) -- A man accused of killing his former girlfriend before killing himself in a Target store was homeless and sleeping in his truck, police in Apex, N.C. said.
  • Woman, 72, charged for pregnancy test   UPI / 12:06PM
    NEW YORK, June 1 (UPI) -- A New York woman, 72, says thieves used her identity to bill Medicare for nearly $50,000 in fraudulent charges, including a pregnancy test and tests for men.
  • New treatment found for abnormal heartbeat   UPI / 11:14AM
    DALLAS, June 1 (UPI) -- U.S. medical investigators say they've found a new treatment known as a visually guided balloon-laser catheter stops abnormal heartbeats in people and pigs.
  • Some PediaCare cold products recalled   UPI / 10:14AM
    WASHINGTON, June 1 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the voluntary recall of four PediaCare-brand children's cold products.
  • 'Midgets' producers honor Coleman   UPI / 9:14AM
    DALLAS, June 1 (UPI) -- The producers of Gary Coleman's last film "Midgets vs. Mascots" say they are collecting money in the late U.S. actor's honor for the National Kidney Foundation.
  • Breaks proposed for beheader   UPI / 9:04AM
    WINNIPEG, Manitoba, June 1 (UPI) -- A Canadian man who stabbed, beheaded and dismembered a passenger aboard a Greyhound bus in 2008 is ready for short breaks from his mental ward, a doctor says.
  • Study finds alternative to antibiotics   UPI / 8:54AM
    HAMILTON, Mont., June 1 (UPI) -- A U.S. National Institutes of Health-led study has created what's described as a possible future alternative to the use of antibiotics to prevent infection.
  • HIV women sue over forced sterilization   UPI / 8:05AM
    WINDHOEK, Namibia, June 1 (UPI) -- Three Namibian women are suing their country's health ministry for sterilizing them without their informed consent, their lawyers say.
  • Antidepressants, miscarriages linked   UPI / 12:44AM
    MONTREAL, June 1 (UPI) -- Canadian researchers say the risk of miscarriages is 68 percent higher in women who took antidepressants during pregnancy.
  • Monday, May 31

  • Caesarean rates not mothers' idea   UPI / 7:54PM
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 31 (UPI) -- Canadian researchers say the more than 26 percent increase in Caesarean section births is not due to maternal requests.
  • Cold sore virus, schizophrenia linked   UPI / 3:54PM
    BALTIMORE, May 31 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they linked exposure to the cold sore virus to shrinking of brain regions in patients with schizophrenia.
  • Dialysis patients cutting salt effective   UPI / 8:24AM
    INDIANAPOLIS, May 31 (UPI) -- Dialysis patients with high blood pressure may do well to cut salt and ditch drugs, a U.S. doctor suggests.
  • Some flu may not die, only hide   UPI / 1:04AM
    ANN ARBOR, Mich., May 31 (UPI) -- Some strains of influenza do not die at the end of winter, but move to South America, while some migrate further, U.S. genetic detectives said.
  • Sunday, May 30

  • Medical school in federal fraud probe   UPI / 4:54PM
    DALLAS, May 30 (UPI) -- The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas may have committed Medicare and Medicaid fraud, investigators say.
  • Saturday, May 29

  • Dangerous bacterium hits Phoenix area   UPI / 7:54PM
    PHOENIX, May 29 (UPI) -- A dangerous strain of antibiotic-resistant bacteria has been confirmed for the first time in Arizona this year, striking 10 patients in the Phoenix area.
  • Insulin maker cuts off supply to Greece   UPI / 6:44PM
    BAGSVAERD, Denmark, May 29 (UPI) -- Danish drug maker Novo Nordisk says it has cut off the supply of insulin to Greece over a government order that all medicine prices be slashed 25 percent.
  • Coleman's widow thanks fans for support   UPI / 3:05PM
    PROVO, Utah, May 29 (UPI) -- Shannon Price, U.S. actor Gary Coleman's widow, thanked fans for their support after her husband's death.
  • Ground Zero lawyers accept fee cut   UPI / 1:34PM
    NEW YORK, May 29 (UPI) -- Lawyers who reached a settlement for thousands of sickened Ground Zero workers bowed to pressure to reduce legal fees, saying they will give up $85 million.
  • Oakland medical marijuana workers vote to unionize   AP / 9:34AM
    May 29--Almost 100 workers in Oakland's medical marijuana industry have voted to be represented by organized labor, a first-of-its-kind event for an industry trying to build public support.
  • Indoor tanning ups skin cancer risk   UPI / 1:34AM
    MINNEAPOLIS, May 29 (UPI) -- In a study of 2,268 people in Minnesota, researchers said indoor tanning devices increased the risk of melanoma.
  • Friday, May 28

  • Hoarders rescued under piles of trash   UPI / 8:44PM
    CHICAGO, May 28 (UPI) -- Firefighters wearing hazardous-materials suits rescued a reclusive senior couple in Chicago trapped under a mound of trash and hoarded junk, authorities say.
  • Prenatal BPA or DES, breast cancer link   UPI / 6:34PM
    NEW HAVEN, Conn., May 28 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers have linked prenatal exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals such as bisphenol A to breast cancer in mice.
  • Positive CT scan: Appendectomy indicated   UPI / 6:05PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, May 28 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say surgery may be indicated for those with chronic or recurring appendicitis.
  • Male hormones vital to female fertility   UPI / 5:44PM
    ROCHESTER, N.Y., May 28 (UPI) -- A study in mice found male sex hormones might be key to optimal ovarian functioning, U.S. researchers said.
  • Touch may speed healing in older patients   UPI / 5:34PM
    EAST LANSING, Mich., May 28 (UPI) -- Osteopathic manipulative medicine -- increasing muscle motion -- was linked to faster healing of older pneumonia patients, U.S. researchers found.
  • 'Diff'rent Strokes' star Gary Coleman dies   UPI / 3:54PM
    SALT LAKE CITY, May 28 (UPI) -- Gary Coleman, known to American TV viewers as the precocious Arnold Jackson on "Diff'rent Strokes," died Friday of a brain hemorrhage, his publicist said.
  • Rocker Michaels set for Biloxi concert   UPI / 3:24PM
    BILOXI, Miss., May 28 (UPI) -- Poison frontman Bret Michaels had plans for another stage appearance -- scheduled Friday in Biloxi, Miss. -- this time with his doctor's knowledge.
  • Organicgirl baby spinach recalled   UPI / 12:24PM
    WASHINGTON, May 28 (UPI) -- Organicgirl, a California grower, says it has recalled 363 cases of baby spinach after one package tested positive for salmonella.
  • Badger cull reduced TB in cattle   UPI / 11:44AM
    EXETER, England, May 28 (UPI) -- A controlled culling of badgers reduced the incidence of tuberculosis in cattle by 37 percent, researchers in England said.
  • Brushing lowers risk of heart disease   UPI / 11:05AM
    LONDON, May 28 (UPI) -- Brushing your teeth twice a day can lower your risk of heart disease, British researchers said.
  • Report: T-cell vaccine could treat cancer   UPI / 10:14AM
    NORMAN, Okla., May 28 (UPI) -- Vaccines that activate T-cells in the immune system may someday be used to treat cancer, HIV and other viral diseases, scientists in Oklahoma said.
  • Local health depts. hard hit by recession   UPI / 12:34AM
    WASHINGTON, May 28 (UPI) -- From January 2008 to December 2009, local health departments lost 23,000 jobs, or 15 percent of the local health department workforce, U.S. researchers said.
  • Thursday, May 27

  • Breast cancer is being better detected   UPI / 9:05PM
    SEATTLE, May 27 (UPI) -- The ability of U.S. radiologists to identify breast cancer when present increased from 71 percent in 1996 to 84 percent in 2004, researchers found.
  • Lymphoma risk higher if father was older   UPI / 7:06PM
    DUARTE, Calif., May 27 (UPI) -- Children born to older men have a higher risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, U.S. researchers found.
  • Testing vaccine to reverse melanoma   UPI / 6:24PM
    NOTTINGHAM, England, May 27 (UPI) -- British researchers have begun testing a vaccine to reverse the deadly skin cancer known as melanoma.
  • Arrow-brand medicated oil warning issued   UPI / 5:34PM
    WASHINGTON, May 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning Thursday against the purchase or use of "Arrow Brand Medicated Oil & Embrocation."
  • Study may explain the cause of lymphoma   UPI / 4:54PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 27 (UPI) -- U.S. cancer scientists say they've discovered an interaction between a cell signaling system and a gene that might be the cause of B-cell lymphoma.
  • Vitamin D levels in calves studied   UPI / 4:14PM
    WASHINGTON, May 27 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they've created a model for manipulating vitamin D levels in calves to determine how much is needed for optimal growth and health.
  • Metro Washington fittest city, again   UPI / 3:14PM
    INDIANAPOLIS, May 27 (UPI) -- For the third time in a row, the Washington metropolitan area was placed atop the American Fitness Index by the American College of Sports Medicine.
  • Bret Michaels shows up at 'Idol' finale   UPI / 1:14PM
    HOLLYWOOD, May 27 (UPI) -- Hard-rocker Bret Michaels didn't bring a doctor's note when he showed up for the season finale of "American Idol" because he didn't tell the doc about the gig.
  • Heart attack sex decline if no instruction   UPI / 12:14AM
    CHICAGO, May 26 (UPI) -- Sexual activity declines in patients who don't discuss with their doctors when it's safe to resume sex after a heart attack, U.S. researchers said.
  • Wednesday, May 26

  • Ageism in Britain prevalent, study says   UPI / 11:54PM
    WARWICK, England, May 26 (UPI) -- Researchers say they found a continuing climate of ageism in Britain, depicting older adults as a burden on community services.
  • Doctors need to help recognize depression   UPI / 11:54PM
    ROCHESTER, N.Y., May 26 (UPI) -- Primary care physicians could improve the recognition and treatment of depression and reduce its stigma, U.S. researchers say.
  • Sugary drinks may up blood pressure   UPI / 8:34PM
    NEW ORLEANS, May 26 (UPI) -- Eliminating one serving of a sugary drink a day may lower blood pressure, researchers at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center suggest.
  • Case of typhoid confirmed in Florida   UPI / 6:24PM
    MIAMI, May 26 (UPI) -- Florida health officials have launched an investigation after a cook at a local chain restaurant tested positive for typhoid fever, authorities said.
  • Worm sickness from eating raw crayfish   UPI / 6:14PM
    ST. LOUIS, May 26 (UPI) -- Worms invading the brain, lungs and other organs have made six U.S. patients sick after they ate raw crayfish.
  • Study: Stents as good as carotid surgery   UPI / 5:14PM
    MAYWOOD, Ill., May 26 (UPI) -- U.S. and Canadian scientists say they've found the use of less invasive stents to open clogged carotid arteries works as well as traditional surgery.
  • Xenical, Alli labels warn of liver injury   UPI / 1:05PM
    WASHINGTON, May 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new label for Xenical and Alli to include information about rare, but possible, severe liver injury.
  • LA museum to show Hopper's art   UPI / 10:34AM
    NEW YORK, May 26 (UPI) -- The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles says it is planning an exhibition of photos and paintings by film star Dennis Hopper.
  • Owner whose chimp attacked a friend, dies   UPI / 8:34AM
    STAMFORD, Conn., May 26 (UPI) -- The Connecticut woman whose pet chimpanzee went berserk and nearly killed her friend in 2009 has died unexpectedly, her attorney says.
  • Bret Michaels to undergo heart surgery   UPI / 8:24AM
    LOS ANGELES, May 26 (UPI) -- U.S. rocker and reality TV star Bret Michaels says he plans to have heart surgery this fall after he takes care of some of his other health issues.
  • Folate may prevent alcohol-related defects   UPI / 12:14AM
    TAMPA, Fla., May 26 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say folate prevented alcohol-induced congenital heart defects in mice.
  • Tuesday, May 25

  • Pregnancy doubles HIV risk in men   UPI / 11:44PM
    PITTSBURGH, May 25 (UPI) -- Researchers in Africa found men doubled their risk of HIV if their partner is pregnant and infected with human immunodeficiency virus.
  • More accurate allergy test sought   UPI / 11:05PM
    BOSTON, May 25 (UPI) -- A U.S. chemical engineer says he is developing a more accurate test for allergic reactions.
  • Lawyer: Runaway Muslim girl has cancer   UPI / 8:24PM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 25 (UPI) -- A Muslim girl who ran away from her parents to join a Christian couple she met on the Internet is suffering from cancer, her Florida lawyer says.
  • Spike in miscarriages after Sept. 11, 2001   UPI / 6:44PM
    IRVINE, Calif., May 25 (UPI) -- The U.S. miscarriage rate increased by 3 percent for males following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, researchers found.
  • Bone marrow: Major role in viral response   UPI / 5:24PM
    NEW YORK, May 25 (UPI) -- U.S. medical investigators say they have discovered how bone marrow plays a critical role in enhancing a person's immune response to viruses.
  • FDA: Fracture risk with stomach acid drugs   UPI / 4:44PM
    WASHINGTON, May 25 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning Tuesday about a possible increased risk of fractures when using stomach acid inhibitors.
  • Bret: Fan support led to 'Apprentice' win   UPI / 4:04PM
    NEW YORK, May 25 (UPI) -- Rocker Bret Michaels is crediting his fans' support for his win on "The Celebrity Apprentice" in New York this week.
  • Silica particles may improve drug delivery   UPI / 3:44PM
    RICHLAND, Wash., May 25 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they've found packaging anti-cancer drugs in chemically modified silica particles hikes the drugs' ability to fight skin cancer in mice.
  • Record number of NYers try to quit smoking   UPI / 2:54PM
    NEW YORK, May 25 (UPI) -- During a 16-day period this year, the New York City health department enrolled more than 40,000 smokers for free nicotine patches and gum, officials said.
  • Numerous diabetes drugs in development   UPI / 1:34PM
    CHARLESTON, W.Va., May 25 (UPI) -- U.S. pharmaceutical companies released a report Tuesday showing a record 235 medicines to treat diabetes in development.
  • Rep: Monjack was to have heart surgery   UPI / 1:14PM
    LOS ANGELES, May 25 (UPI) -- Simon Monjack, a British screenwriter who died in Los Angeles Sunday at the age of 40, was scheduled to have bypass surgery this fall, a publicist said.
  • Bono discharged from Munich hospital   UPI / 12:24PM
    DUBLIN, Ireland, May 25 (UPI) -- Irish rocker Bono has been discharged from Munich's Ludwig Maximilians-University Hospital after undergoing emergency back surgery.
  • New treatment for Pompe disease approved   UPI / 12:24PM
    WASHINGTON, May 25 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced approval Tuesday of a new treatment for some patients with late-onset (non-infantile) Pompe disease.
  • Acrobat accused of spreading HIV   UPI / 10:14AM
    SYDNEY, May 25 (UPI) -- Police in Australia say a circus acrobat accused of spreading HIV has given authorities the names of 12 women with whom he had unprotected sex.
  • NYC public healthcare cuts $300 million   UPI / 2:04AM
    NEW YORK, May 25 (UPI) -- New York's public healthcare system restructuring and cost containment plan will generate $300 million in savings and efficiencies, officials say.
  • Survey: Tanning myths live on   UPI / 1:14AM
    DURHAM, N.C., May 25 (UPI) -- A U.S. survey indicates some common tanning myths, including one that some kinds of ultraviolet rays are acceptable, may be hard to eradicate.
  • Study: Work health programs are effective   UPI / 12:14AM
    WASHINGTON, May 24 (UPI) -- Experts at a U.S. health group say a corporate health education program can reduce medical claims -- reducing healthcare costs.
  • Monday, May 24

  • Pregnancy food insecurity, weight gain   UPI / 11:05PM
    URBANA, Ill., May 24 (UPI) -- Food insecurity -- inability to buy enough food -- increases the risk of weight gain complications during pregnancy, U.S. researchers says.
  • Estrogen drugs: Better surgical outcomes   UPI / 10:54PM
    ST. LOUIS, May 24 (UPI) -- Estrogen-lowering drugs improve surgical outcomes in breast cancer patients, U.S. researchers said.
  • Diabetes lowers prostate cancer risk   UPI / 9:34PM
    HEIDELBERG, Germany, May 24 (UPI) -- German, Swedish and U.S. researchers said they found a lower rate of prostate cancer among people with diabetes.
  • Reducing niacin may prevent obesity   UPI / 8:04PM
    DALIAN, China, May 24 (UPI) -- Researchers in China suggest reducing the niacin added to many fortified foods may help prevent obesity.
  • Wildlife experts worried for bighorn sheep   UPI / 7:14PM
    DENVER, May 24 (UPI) -- Long-term survival of Colorado's bighorn sheep is being threatened by non-native mountain goats, construction and disease, authorities say.
  • New way to study complex diseases created   UPI / 3:24PM
    STANFORD, Calif., May 24 (UPI) -- Scientists say a method of analyzing environmental factors developed by Stanford University might lead to new information about complex diseases.
  • Ebola vaccine found better than thought   UPI / 2:34PM
    BETHESDA, Md., May 24 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say an experimental Ebola vaccine protects monkeys against not only the two most lethal Ebola virus species, but also a new Ebola virus.
  • FDA OKs H1N1 influenza virus test   UPI / 1:14PM
    WASHINGTON, May 24 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced approval Monday of the Simplexa Influenza A H1N1 (2009) virus test.
  • Scientists identify a new cancer gene   UPI / 12:44PM
    LONDON, May 24 (UPI) -- British and U.S. scientists say they've identified a new cancer gene that could lead to more effective treatments for pediatric glioma.
  • Ailing Bret Michaels wins 'Apprentice'   UPI / 9:54AM
    NEW YORK, May 24 (UPI) -- Ailing rocker Bret Michaels was declared the winner on Sunday night's finale of "The Celebrity Apprentice" in New York.
  • Significant drop in child death rate   UPI / 2:34AM
    SEATTLE, May 24 (UPI) -- The number of deaths in children age 5 and under worldwide dropped from 12 million in 1990 to 7.7 million in 2010, U.S. researchers said.
  • U.S. panel to consider 'Viagra for women'   UPI / 1:24AM
    WASHINGTON, May 24 (UPI) -- A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel will consider whether to approve a drug that its manufacturer says increases women's sexual desire.
  • Pharmacists most trusted for research   UPI / 1:14AM
    WASHINGTON, May 24 (UPI) -- Pharmacists are the most trusted source for medical research information, followed by patients groups and the U.S. government, a survey indicates.
  • Sunday, May 23

  • Officials: Snake anti-venin running out   UPI / 4:34PM
    TAMPA, Fla., May 23 (UPI) -- The only U.S. manufacturer of anti-venin for coral snake bites has stopped making it and existing stocks will expire in October, officials say.
  • Poll shows divide over Canada abortion law   UPI / 12:05AM
    OTTAWA, May 22 (UPI) -- Nearly half of Canadians want to leave national abortion policy alone, but a third say they would like to see the debate reopened, a poll indicated.
  • Saturday, May 22

  • 30,000 brave rains to fight breast cancer   UPI / 9:34PM
    DETROIT, May 22 (UPI) -- About 30,000 people, many clad in pink, walked and ran in rainy downtown Detroit Saturday to raise money to fight breast cancer, organizers said.
  • Friday, May 21

  • How to avoid gout-triggering foods   UPI / 11:54PM
    PITTSBURGH, May 21 (UPI) -- Experts at a U.S. health education group advise changing diet to avoid foods that may trigger gout.
  • Caregivers may be more forthcoming   UPI / 11:44PM
    CHICAGO, May 21 (UPI) -- Caregivers of patients with brain tumors may be more forthcoming to the doctor than the patients, a U.S. researcher says.
  • Individual cancer diet, exercise helpful   UPI / 10:54PM
    DETROIT, May 21 (UPI) -- Patients who have breast and prostate cancer who exercise report a better quality of life and being less fatigued, U.S. researchers said.
  • Falls linked to medication non-adherence   UPI / 10:54PM
    BOSTON, May 21 (UPI) -- Falls are one of the poor health outcomes in the elderly associated with not taking medications as followed, U.S. researchers said.
  • Dense breast increases cancer risk   UPI / 9:04PM
    ROCHESTER, N.Y., May 21 (UPI) -- Seventy-four percent of U.S. women say they have had a mammogram, while 66 percent say they get mammograms on a regular basis, a survey indicates.
  • Boomers taking anti-anxiety drugs too long   UPI / 8:14PM
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 21 (UPI) -- Despite warnings against long-term use, the use of risky anti-anxiety drugs may be spreading to baby boomers, Canadian researchers warn.
  • Protein spurs prostate cancer spread   UPI / 7:54PM
    PHILADELPHIA, May 21 (UPI) -- A prostate cancer cell protein -- Stat5 -- might be key to the cancer's spread, U.S. researchers said.
  • Autism diet did not improve behavior   UPI / 6:44PM
    ROCHESTER, N.Y., May 21 (UPI) -- A diet free of gluten and casein did not change behavior in children with autism, U.S. researchers said.
  • Bono has emergency back surgery   UPI / 2:04PM
    MUNICH, Germany, May 21 (UPI) -- Irish rocker Bono has undergone emergency back surgery for an injury he sustained during tour preparation training, his band U2's Web site said Friday.
  • Bret may still appear on 'Apprentice'   UPI / 1:05PM
    NEW YORK, May 21 (UPI) -- Bret Michaels' publicist says the rocker intends to appear on Sunday's "The Celebrity Apprentice" finale in New York, despite his recent health scares.
  • Yoga improves sleep for cancer survivors   UPI / 12:14PM
    ROCHESTER, N.Y., May 21 (UPI) -- Cancer survivors who tried four weeks of gentle yoga improved the quality of their sleep and were not as tired during the day, researchers in New York said.
  • Sextuplets born in English hospital   UPI / 11:05AM
    OXFORD, England, May 21 (UPI) -- The first sextuplets born in England in more than a decade were delivered 14 weeks early at a hospital in Oxford, officials said.
  • Study compares radiation, Tamoxifen   UPI / 10:34AM
    BOSTON, May 21 (UPI) -- Some older women with early-stage breast cancer could safely decline radiation therapy after a lumpectomy, researchers in Boston said.
  • Nine California hospitals fined for errors   UPI / 10:14AM
    LOS ANGELES, May 21 (UPI) -- Nine California hospitals have been fined by the state for medical errors that included removing a healthy kidney and giving a baby morphine, officials said.
  • Heavy drinking linked to pancreatic cancer   UPI / 2:04AM
    DALLAS, May 21 (UPI) -- The more alcohol a man consumes, the higher his risk of pancreatic cancer, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • Thursday, May 20

  • Erectile dysfunction, heart disease linked   UPI / 10:24PM
    LONDON, May 20 (UPI) -- Men with erectile dysfunction should be checked for early signs of coronary artery disease, a British researcher and international team warn.
  • Depression ups risk for kidney patients   UPI / 9:44PM
    DALLAS, May 20 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say complications may be more likely in kidney disease patients diagnosed with depression than among other kidney patients.
  • Ginger may ease muscle pain   UPI / 8:24PM
    ATHENS, Ga., May 20 (UPI) -- Daily consumption of ginger root may help reduce muscle pain caused by exercise, U.S. researchers found.
  • Did end of smallpox vaccinations hike HIV?   UPI / 5:44PM
    FAIRFAX, Va., May 20 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists suggest the end of widespread small pox vaccinations toward the end of the 20th century might have resulted in the rapid spread of HIV.
  • New prostate cancer target proposed   UPI / 5:44PM
    ANN ARBOR, Mich., May 20 (UPI) -- A University of Michigan study suggests prostate cancer treatments that target the hormone androgen and its receptor might be going after the wrong target.
  • Belly-fat linked to later dementia risk   UPI / 4:24PM
    BOSTON, May 20 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers have linked increased abdominal fat at middle-age with greater dementia risk later.
  • Isle of Man bees to aid Britain   UPI / 2:54PM
    DOUGLAS, Isle of Man, May 14 (UPI) -- The Isle of Man is sending 12 healthy queen bees to England to see if they can rejuvenate a bee population decimated by colony collapse, officials said.
  • Cancer hits anti-chemo family again   UPI / 2:34PM
    SLEEPY EYE, Minn., May 20 (UPI) -- A Minnesota family that last year fought court-mandated chemotherapy for their teenage son has been hit by cancer again, this time the father, they say.
  • Aerobics can be better than walking   UPI / 8:34AM
    EDMONTON, Alberta, May 20 (UPI) -- An aerobics program that gets the heart pumping beats a walking program, but walkers may stick with their activity longer, Canadian researchers say.
  • Saris used to filter water prevent disease   UPI / 1:54AM
    COLLEGE PARK, Md., May 20 (UPI) -- Women in Bangladesh who wear saris are literally wearing the answer to better health for themselves and their families, U.S. researchers said.
  • Identical gene for antibiotic resistance   UPI / 12:05AM
    HONG KONG, May 19 (UPI) -- Researchers in Hong Kong have identified an identical gene in both humans and animals for antibiotic resistance.
  • Wednesday, May 19

  • Cochlear implants help young more than old   UPI / 8:44PM
    MILWAUKEE, May 19 (UPI) -- Cochlear implants benefit older adults with hearing loss, but they help younger patients more, U.S. researchers said.
  • Hearing loss may be linked to Viagra   UPI / 8:44PM
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala., May 19 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers found an association between hearing loss and use of Viagra, the erectile dysfunction medication.
  • Progress made toward universal flu vaccine   UPI / 7:44PM
    NEW YORK, May 19 (UPI) -- U.S. medical investigators say they have taken what might be the next step toward development of a universal influenza vaccine.
  • Study: Air pollution affects heart health   UPI / 5:44PM
    HERSHEY, Pa., May 19 (UPI) -- Air pollution increases stress on the heart and increases the risk of heart disease, U.S. researchers said.
  • Why many quit taking prescribed medication   UPI / 3:05PM
    CHICAGO, May 19 (UPI) -- Ninety percent of patients prescribed medication for overactive bladder quit, U.S. researchers found.
  • Behavioral therapy helps Tourette syndrome   UPI / 9:54AM
    SAN ANTONIO, May 19 (UPI) -- A U.S. National Institutes of Health-funded study shows behavioral therapy is effective in treating children with Tourette syndrome and related tic disorders.
  • Switching medications may help depressed   UPI / 2:04AM
    DALLAS, May 19 (UPI) -- One-third of teenagers with treatment-resistant depression -- depressed for more than two years -- were helped with medication changes, U.S. researchers say.
  • Older people happier with plastic surgery   UPI / 2:04AM
    PALO ALTO, Calif., May 19 (UPI) -- Older patients and those treated for depression may be more likely than others to be satisfied with the results of plastic surgery, U.S. researchers said.
  • Women fear wrinkles more than skin cancer   UPI / 1:14AM
    CHICAGO, May 19 (UPI) -- Women who use indoor tanning may not be worried about the risk of skin cancer but they are worried about getting wrinkles, U.S. researchers said.
  • Meyers heading back to rehab   UPI / 12:24AM
    LOS ANGELES, May 19 (UPI) -- Jonathan Rhys Meyers' publicist has confirmed the Irish actor is again seeking treatment for his addiction to alcohol.
  • Tuesday, May 18

  • If uninsured and in ICU, higher death risk   UPI / 10:04PM
    NEW ORLEANS, May 18 (UPI) -- Adults without health insurance who were admitted to Pennsylvania hospital intensive care units had a 21 percent increased risk of death, researchers said.
  • Cancer transplant suit goes to trial   UPI / 9:54PM
    NEW YORK, May 18 (UPI) -- Doctors would have saved a man's life if they had removed his transplanted kidney when they learned the donor had cancer, a lawyer told a New York jury Tuesday.
  • Drugstore chains delay launch of DNA tests   UPI / 9:44PM
    CHICAGO, May 18 (UPI) -- The drugstore chain CVS is joining Walgreens in delaying the sale of home genetic testing kits because of a U.S. investigation of the manufacturer.
  • Woman says she was fired for cancer   UPI / 9:35PM
    CHICAGO, May 18 (UPI) -- A Chicago-area woman says she was fired by a community college because she has cancer.
  • Study: Nuts fight heart disease   UPI / 8:44PM
    LOMA LINDA, Calif., May 18 (UPI) -- Eating tree nuts helps lower blood lipid levels and may help heart health, a U.S. researcher says.
  • Google Flu Trends not as accurate as CDC   UPI / 6:44PM
    NEW ORLEANS, May 18 (UPI) -- Google Flu Trends influenza surveillance is cheap and timely but should be interpreted with caution, U.S. researchers said.
  • Beau Biden released from hospital   UPI / 5:54PM
    WILMINGTON, Del., May 18 (UPI) -- Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden, was released from a Delaware hospital Tuesday where he was recovering from a stroke.
  • Male, female fat cells different in mice   UPI / 5:24PM
    DALLAS, May 18 (UPI) -- Genes dictate if fat is stored on belly or hips -- in particular, gender genes, U.S. researchers said.
  • Processed meats linked to heart disease   UPI / 3:24PM
    BOSTON, May 18 (UPI) -- Processed meats -- bacon, hot dogs or processed deli meats -- are linked to more than a 40 percent higher risk of heart disease, U.S. researchers found.
  • Markers found for type of breast cancer   UPI / 2:04PM
    BETHESDA, Md., May 18 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they have found markers on cells linked to an aggressive but less common form of breast cancer called estrogen receptor-negative cancer.
  • NIH studies female incontinence surgeries   UPI / 1:24PM
    BETHESDA, Md., May 18 (UPI) -- A U.S. study has determined two common operations for stress urinary incontinence are equally effective in helping women achieve similar levels of dryness.
  • Study may lead to new CF therapies   UPI / 12:34PM
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala., May 18 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they've discovered additional evidence that increases in protease activity might be central to the pathogenesis of cystic fibrosis.
  • Some drugs stop hypertensive kidney damage   UPI / 12:14PM
    AUGUSTA, Ga., May 18 (UPI) -- U.S. medical investigators say anti-inflammatory drugs appear to help block the rapid kidney destruction that can be caused by hypertension.
  • Method found to stop E. coli in cattle   UPI / 11:14AM
    DALLAS, May 18 (UPI) -- U.S. microbiologists say they have identified a process that might be able to help prevent outbreaks of a food-borne illness caused by E. coli in cattle.
  • Statins may lower risk of blood clots   UPI / 1:44AM
    MANSFIELD, Conn., May 18 (UPI) -- A U.S. review of studies found people at risk for blood clots may be helped by use of statin -- a cholesterol lowering drug, researchers say.
  • High-fat meals not advised for asthmatics   UPI / 1:14AM
    NEW ORLEANS, May 18 (UPI) -- Increased airway inflammation occurs hours after a high-fat meal in people with asthma, researchers in Australia found.
  • Air pollution linked to blood pressure   UPI / 12:44AM
    DUISBURG-ESSEN, Germany, May 18 (UPI) -- People who live in cities where particulate air pollution is high may have an increased risk of high blood pressure, German researchers say.
  • Parents to doctors: Send e-mail   UPI / 12:44AM
    ANN ARBOR, Mich., May 18 (UPI) -- Fifty percent of U.S. parents say they welcome e-communications with their child's doctor, a U.S. survey indicates.
  • Monday, May 17

  • Vitamin E may help stave off COPD risk   UPI / 11:44PM
    NEW ORLEANS, May 17 (UPI) -- Women age 45 and older may help decrease their risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease if they take vitamin E long-term, U.S. researchers say.
  • Caffeine may slow Alzheimer's disease   UPI / 9:14PM
    LISBON, Portugal, May 17 (UPI) -- Caffeine may slow Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, researchers in Portugal said.
  • Cellphone, brain tumor study inconclusive   UPI / 8:44PM
    MONTREAL, May 17 (UPI) -- The findings of an international study investigating a possible link between cellphone use and brain tumors were inconclusive, a researcher in Canada says.
  • Sickle cell disease may affect the brain   UPI / 5:34PM
    BETHESDA, Md., May 17 (UPI) -- A multicenter U.S. study suggests sickle cell disease might affect the brain functions of adults who have few or mild complications of the blood disorder.
  • Study IDs how T-Cells block HIV   UPI / 4:34PM
    DURHAM, N.C., May 17 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they have discovered a new role for a host protein, providing more insight into how T cells work to control HIV and other infections.
  • Tanning salon visits may cause wrinkles   UPI / 4:14PM
    CHICAGO, May 17 (UPI) -- A U.S. study suggests the best way to discourage college-age women from using tanning salons is to remind them the treatments can cause wrinkled skin.
  • High oxygen levels help preterm survival   UPI / 12:54PM
    BETHESDA, Md., May 17 (UPI) -- National Institutes of Health-supported studies suggest higher oxygen levels help improve preterm survival and provide information about how to deliver it.
  • Kidney removal studied in kidney cancer   UPI / 12:34PM
    CLEVELAND, May 17 (UPI) -- A Cleveland Clinic study suggests the removal of cancerous kidneys does not prolong the lives of patients 75 years or older.
  • Study: Handwashing prevents disease spread   UPI / 11:44AM
    STANFORD, Calif., May 17 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists report new evidence supporting the idea that handwashing can prevent the spread of water-borne disease.
  • FDA OK's resumed rotavirus vaccinations   UPI / 8:44AM
    WASHINGTON, May 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it has revised its recommendations for rotavirus vaccines, calling for the medication's resumed use.
  • Sunday, May 16

  • Army's use of controversial drug eyed   UPI / 5:14PM
    BALTIMORE, Ohio, May 16 (UPI) -- Investigators are examining the U.S. Army's use of a controversial and possibly dangerous drug to treat wounded troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, officials say.
  • Ronnie James Dio battling stomach cancer   UPI / 12:44PM
    HOUSTON, May 16 (UPI) -- The wife of heavy metal rocker Ronnie James Dio says her husband is "not doing good" in a Houston hospital where he is battling stomach cancer.
  • Saturday, May 15

  • Sniffing anesthetic may replace injection   UPI / 12:24AM
    ST. PAUL, Minn., May 15 (UPI) -- A sniff may replace an injection when getting a local anesthetic in the dentist's chair, U.S. researchers say.
  • Bret Michaels is heading back to work   UPI / 12:24AM
    LOS ANGELES, May 15 (UPI) -- U.S. rocker Bret Michaels, who suffered a subarachnoid brain hemorrhage April 22, plans to resume performing this month at Hard Rock Live in Biloxi, Miss.
  • Friday, May 14

  • Arthritis drug tested to prevent polyps   UPI / 11:44PM
    CHICAGO, May 14 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers are testing if the drug Celebrex, or celecoxib, can help prevent the growth of precancerous polyps that can form in children.
  • Testing data helps treat esophageal cancer   UPI / 10:14PM
    NOTTINGHAM, England, May 14 (UPI) -- The epidemic of esophageal and upper stomach cancer may be due to alcohol, smoking and obesity, researchers in Britain said.
  • Special cheese may fight disease   UPI / 5:44PM
    TURKU, Finland, May 14 (UPI) -- A Finnish researcher suggests adding cheese with probiotic bacteria to the diets of elderly people to help them fight infection and disease.
  • New model for oral cancer/tobacco research   UPI / 5:05PM
    NEW YORK, May 14 (UPI) -- A carcinogen in tobacco smoke is being used in oral cancer research to provide a more relevant model to understand the disease, U.S. researchers say.
  • Mouse cells show promise as ear cells   UPI / 1:05PM
    PALO ALTO, Calif., May 14 (UPI) -- Specialized ear cells developed from mice show potential to improve hearing loss in humans, scientists in California said.
  • Dirty keyboards a health hazard   UPI / 11:44AM
    LONDON, May 14 (UPI) -- Computer keyboards can be breeding grounds for E. coli and other hazardous organisms, scientists in Britain said.
  • Isle of Mann bees to aid Britain   UPI / 11:34AM
    DOUGLAS, Isle of Man, May 14 (UPI) -- The Isle of Mann is sending 12 healthy queen bees to England to see if they can rejuvenate a bee population decimated by colony collapse, officials said.
  • Coffee, soda not linked to colon cancer   UPI / 1:05AM
    BOSTON, May 14 (UPI) -- Drinking large amounts of coffee or soda is not linked to a greater risk of colon cancer, U.S. researchers said.
  • Another use for erectile dysfunction drug   UPI / 1:05AM
    LOS ANGELES, May 14 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say drugs approved to treat erectile dysfunction may help treat brain tumors.
  • Thursday, May 13

  • CDC: Acute pesticide illness reported   UPI / 10:05PM
    ATLANTA, May 13 (UPI) -- From 2002 to 2007, four states reported 401 acute illnesses from anti-microbial pesticide exposures -- mainly to the eyes, health officials said.
  • CDC: Most reported polio in four countries   UPI / 9:54PM
    ATLANTA, May 13 (UPI) -- Afghanistan, India, Nigeria and Pakistan reported 78 percent of the some 1,600 cases of polio in 2009, U.S. health officials said.
  • Fla. psychiatrist suspended in boy's death   UPI / 6:24PM
    MIAMI, May 13 (UPI) -- Dr. Steven L. Kaplan, a South Florida psychiatrist, has had his license yanked by state officials following the overdose death of a boy he treated.
  • Romaine lettuce sickens people in 4 states   UPI / 5:54PM
    ATLANTA, May 13 (UPI) -- Thirty confirmed or probable cases of illness in four states have been tallied in an investigation of tainted romaine lettuce, U.S. health officials say.
  • Poll: Pain goes untreated in Canada   UPI / 5:05PM
    CALGARY, Alberta, May 13 (UPI) -- A Canadian advocacy group reporting on under-treated pain says its survey indicates 30 percent of Canadians suffer from pain at least a few times a week.
  • Yearly mega dose ups risk of falls   UPI / 4:34PM
    MELBOURNE, May 13 (UPI) -- Australian researchers have linked one yearly mega dose of vitamin D -- versus a placebo -- to higher risk of falls and fractures.
  • Winded? woozy? Get out of the water   UPI / 4:14PM
    BOSTON, May 13 (UPI) -- Cold water temperatures can put an extra strain on the heart and circulation, a U.S. doctor cautions.
  • Cargill settles E. coli suit   UPI / 4:14PM
    MINNEAPOLIS, May 13 (UPI) -- Agribusiness giant Cargill Inc. says it has agreed to cover the complete cost of care for a Minnesota woman paralyzed from eating contaminated beef.
  • WHO: Most world child deaths preventable   UPI / 4:05PM
    GENEVA, Switzerland, May 13 (UPI) -- Preventable diseases -- diarrhea, pneumonia and malaria -- cause two-thirds of child deaths worldwide, World Health Organization officials in Switzerland say.
  • New Tourette syndrome therapy considered   UPI / 3:14PM
    NEW HAVEN, Conn., May 13 (UPI) -- A U.S. study has identified a rare genetic mutation that researchers say suggests a potentially novel approach for treatment of tics and Tourette syndrome.
  • Mothers-to-be may need more vitamin D   UPI / 2:44PM
    BOSTON, May 13 (UPI) -- Researchers say seven out of every 10 U.S. women who are pregnant may need to get more vitamin D.
  • Hudson is named Almay spokeswoman   UPI / 2:44PM
    NEW YORK, May 13 (UPI) -- Almay has signed U.S. actress Kate Hudson as its newest global brand ambassador, Revlon Inc. announced Thursday.
  • Brain may use clot-busting drug naturally   UPI / 2:34PM
    ATLANTA, May 13 (UPI) -- A U.S. study of the clot-busting stroke drug tPA suggests it can act as a neuroprotectant and may be an adaptive response to blood flow reduction.
  • Walgreens halts sale of genetic test   UPI / 2:24PM
    WASHINGTON, May 13 (UPI) -- Walgreens says it won't sell the Pathway Genomics genetic test kit until the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves over-the-counter sales.
  • Hormone therapies linked to metastasis   UPI / 12:34AM
    COLUMBIA, Mo., May 13 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say animal models indicate hormone therapies may increase the chance of breast cancer metastasis.
  • Wednesday, May 12

  • Breastfeeding moms may not eat proper diet   UPI / 7:34PM
    GRANADA, Spain, May 12 (UPI) -- A study of breastfeeding mothers in Spain found 94 percent of mothers did not follow a proper diet, researchers said.
  • Redmond O'Neal leaving drug rehab facility   UPI / 6:05PM
    LOS ANGELES, May 12 (UPI) -- Redmond O'Neal has completed a program at a drug rehab facility in Los Angeles and is moving into a sober living environment, People.com said Wednesday.
  • Treating gum disease may lower blood sugar   UPI / 5:24PM
    EDINBURGH, Scotland, May 12 (UPI) -- A review of studies by researchers in Scotland, Britain and Canada finds treating gum disease may lower sugar levels in people with diabetes.
  • FDA: Do not swallow topical Benadryl   UPI / 1:14PM
    WASHINGTON, May 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers about swallowing Benadryl Extra Strength Itch Stopping Gel, a product designed for use on the skin.
  • Biofeedback helps women do Kegel exercises   UPI / 1:34AM
    NEW HAVEN, Conn., May 12 (UPI) -- For the one in three U.S. women who suffer the symptoms of weak pelvic muscles, a machine may make doing Kegel exercises easier, a women's foundation says.
  • Tuesday, May 11

  • Growth hormone not safe, effective for men   UPI / 10:54PM
    BOSTON, May 11 (UPI) -- A review of studies indicates that human growth hormone does not appear to be safe or effective for healthy men of any age, U.S. newsletter says.
  • Many with asthma not using drugs correctly   UPI / 10:04PM
    FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J., May 11 (UPI) -- Despite years of U.S. government warnings against asthma patients taking long-acting beta agonists alone, one-third of patients still do, researchers say.
  • CVS adds discounts for diabetes patients   UPI / 10:04PM
    WOONSOCKET, R.I., May 11 (UPI) -- U.S. drugstore chain CVS Caremark has expanded its customer loyalty card to provide extra benefits for diabetes patients, company officials said.
  • Genetic tests need genetic counselors   UPI / 8:54PM
    CHICAGO, May 11 (UPI) -- Personal genetic testing kits, which are available through retail pharmacies, still need a genetic counselor, a U.S. group of genetic counselors advises.
  • Flaxseed may help stem ovarian cancer   UPI / 7:05PM
    URBANA, Ill., May 11 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher says a flaxseed diet helped lessen the severity of ovarian cancer in hens.
  • Study: Lots of overtime can kill you   UPI / 5:34PM
    HELSINKI, Finland, May 11 (UPI) -- A study of British civil servants found overtime-induced work stress may contribute to a substantial proportion of cardiovascular disease, researchers said.
  • Technology ID's pathogens within 24 hours   UPI / 3:54PM
    LIV, Calif., May 11 (UPI) -- U.S. government scientists say they have developed technology that can identify bacteria, viruses and other organisms within 24 hours.
  • Walgreens to offer gene-testing kits   UPI / 2:14PM
    DEERFIELD, Ill., May 11 (UPI) -- The Walgreens drugstore chain and a U.S. company offering genetic testing have signed an agreement to sell the testing kits in stores.
  • E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce   UPI / 10:54AM
    WASHINGTON, May 11 (UPI) -- Federal and state health officials say they've linked an E. coli outbreak in Michigan, Ohio and New York to romaine lettuce distributed by Freshway Foods Inc.
  • Shelter to euthanize 350 animals   UPI / 9:54AM
    NEWMARKET, Ontario, May 11 (UPI) -- Nearly 350 dogs, cats and other animals were to be euthanized at a York Region shelter because of a severe outbreak of ringworm, Canadian authorities said.
  • Myeloid leukemia linked to alcohol   UPI / 12:34AM
    MINNEAPOLIS, May 11 (UPI) -- Drinking alcohol during pregnancy could increase the risk of acute myeloid leukemia, French researchers found.
  • Monday, May 10

  • Hair of dog helps, but ups dependency   UPI / 11:54PM
    SOUTHAMPTON, England, May 10 (UPI) -- A study in worms found withdrawal symptoms of alcohol could be relieved by small doses of alcohol, but it increased dependency, British researchers said.
  • Highways, rail increase kid asthma risk   UPI / 10:34PM
    ROCHESTER, Minn., May 10 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers suggest car and rail pollutants raise a child's risk have of developing asthma.
  • Gestational diabetes: The risk go on   UPI / 9:24PM
    BETHESDA, Md., May 10 (UPI) -- U.S. health experts remind women with gestational diabetes they need to remain vigilant after a baby is born.
  • Dementia sufferer's spouse at higher risk   UPI / 6:14PM
    LOGAN, Utah, May 10 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say the spouses of dementia sufferers may be at higher risk of also developing dementia.
  • Machines more accurate in dispensing drugs   UPI / 5:34PM
    BOSTON, May 10 (UPI) -- Machines that use bar-code technology are more accurate than humans in dispensing medications in hospitals, U.S. researchers said.
  • Trauma changes genes linked to PTSD   UPI / 5:34PM
    NEW YORK, May 10 (UPI) -- Post-traumatic stress disorder causes changes in immune system genes and may compromise immunity, putting people at risk of disease, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • Cancer costs nearly double in 18 years   UPI / 5:14PM
    ATLANTA, May 10 (UPI) -- The cost of treating cancer has nearly doubled in the past 18 years from more than $24 billion to some $48 billion, U.S. researchers found.
  • Swayze's widow: We both wanted kids   UPI / 4:14PM
    LOS ANGELES, May 10 (UPI) -- Lisa Niemi admits she wishes she and her late husband, Hollywood actor Patrick Swayze, had had children together.
  • Therapy suggested for rare brain infection   UPI / 1:05PM
    CALGARY, Alberta, May 10 (UPI) -- A team of Canadian medical researchers says it has found a possible new therapy for Cryptococcus disease -- a rare but serious brain infection.
  • Barbara Walters set for heart surgery   UPI / 1:05PM
    NEW YORK, May 10 (UPI) -- Barbara Walters announced on Monday's edition of "The View" in New York she plans to undergo heart surgery later this week.
  • Calif. asbestos award under scrutiny .   UPI / 12:14PM
    LOS ANGELES, May 10 (UPI) -- A court likely will reverse a $200 million punitive damage award given to a Los Angeles County woman in an asbestos case, a legal expert said.
  • Amphibian genome is sequenced   UPI / 8:44AM
    HOUSTON, May 10 (UPI) -- A U.S.-led team of international scientists says it has completed the first comprehensive sequencing of an amphibian genome.
  • Sunday, May 9

  • Braden remembers mom with perfect game   UPI / 7:14PM
    OAKLAND, Calif., May 9 (UPI) -- Oakland Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden said his perfect game came on a Mother's Day when he was remembering the death of his own mother.
  • Saturday, May 8

  • Growth removed from Spanish king's lung   UPI / 1:54PM
    BARCELONA, Spain, May 8 (UPI) -- Doctors in Barcelona Saturday removed a non-cancerous growth from the right lung of Spain's King Juan Carlos, officials said.
  • Japan to decide on hepatitis B settlement   UPI / 12:24PM
    TOKYO, May 8 (UPI) -- A battle between the Japanese government and litigants who say were infected with hepatitis B by vaccinations may be heading to resolution, officials say.
  • Nausea may be flu, not morning sickness   UPI / 1:14AM
    DALLAS, May 8 (UPI) -- U.S. doctors warn nausea and vomiting, especially after the first trimester, may be signs of flu.
  • Friday, May 7

  • Rapid weight loss best way to keep it off   UPI / 11:34PM
    GAINESVILLE, Fla., May 7 (UPI) -- The best way to keep weight off long term is to lose it quickly, not gradually, in the initial stages of obesity treatment, U.S. researchers said.
  • Stomach cancer on rise in young whites   UPI / 8:44PM
    BETHESDA, Md., May 7 (UPI) -- The rate of cancer of the lower stomach has decreased overall in U.S. adults but has increased in whites ages 25-39, researchers found.
  • Lawyer suggests $1B in hepatitis case   UPI / 7:54PM
    HENDERSON, Nev., May 7 (UPI) -- An attorney representing a Nevada man with hepatitis C is seeking more than $1 billion from two companies accused of failing to prevent the state's outbreak.
  • Body MRI may detect breast cancer spread   UPI / 6:14PM
    SAN DIEGO, May 7 (UPI) -- Whole body magnetic resonance imaging may detect the spread of breast cancer to the bones.
  • Dark chocolate may guard against stroke   UPI / 5:44PM
    BALTIMORE, May 7 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say dark chocolate may help guard against brain injury after a stroke.
  • Doctor: Panel overstated cancer risks   UPI / 1:34PM
    WASHINGTON, May 7 (UPI) -- A government report on chemicals in the environment may divert attention from larger cancer causes such as smoking, The American Cancer Society said.
  • Woman says denture cream was damaging   UPI / 12:34PM
    BUTLER, Pa., May 7 (UPI) -- Zinc levels in Super Poligrip led to a nerve disorder in a Butler, Pa., woman, a lawsuit filed against the maker of the denture cream alleges.
  • Freshway lettuce recalled in 23 states   UPI / 10:24AM
    WASHINGTON, May 7 (UPI) -- Freshway Foods is recalling products with romaine lettuce linked to an outbreak of 19 cases of E. coli in Michigan, Ohio and New York, authorities said.
  • Extra coating aids bacterial spores   UPI / 9:54AM
    NEW YORK, May 7 (UPI) -- Bacterial spores that cause botulism, tetanus and anthrax may have an extra coating of protection that help them survive, scientists in New York said.
  • Pandemic fear clogs hospital ERs   UPI / 1:44AM
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 7 (UPI) -- Public fear can unnecessarily clog and strain hospital emergency rooms making a bad situation worse, U.S. researchers said.
  • Unlicensed cosmetic procedures dangerous   UPI / 1:44AM
    NEW YORK, May 7 (UPI) -- Unlicensed, non-medical providers for cosmetic surgery or body enhancement procedures can cause disfigurement and death, New York City health officials warn.
  • FDA approves Bayer oral contraceptive   UPI / 1:04AM
    TORRANCE, Calif., May 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Natazia tablets that contain estrogen and progestin, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals said.
  • Thursday, May 6

  • 45 percent of poor moms may be depressed   UPI / 11:24PM
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 6 (UPI) -- About 45 percent of mothers who live in poverty screened positive for depressive symptoms, of which 6 percent had severe symptoms, U.S. researchers say.
  • Osteoporosis group to honor Leachman   UPI / 10:05PM
    WASHINGTON, May 6 (UPI) -- The National Osteoporosis Foundation says it plans to honor Academy Award-winning actress Cloris Leachman at an upcoming ceremony in Washington.
  • Teens at risk for acetaminophen overdose   UPI / 8:05PM
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 6 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say 85 percent of teens may risk overdosing on acetaminophen, or Tylenol, because of ignorance.
  • Exercise early, stronger bones later   UPI / 7:34PM
    GOTHENBURG, Sweden, May 6 (UPI) -- Swedish researchers say those who exercise when young may be rewarded with stronger bones when old.
  • CDC: Most U.S. teen deaths preventable   UPI / 6:24PM
    ATLANTA, May 6 (UPI) -- More than 16,000 U.S. teens ages 12-19 died each year from 1999 to 2006 -- most preventable, federal health officials said Thursday.
  • Liver patients may have cognitive problems   UPI / 5:54PM
    CHICAGO, May 6 (UPI) -- A U.S. study suggests more than half of all liver patients experience neurocognitive impairments that are more severe than in early-stage Alzheimer's disease.
  • Stem cells may aid Parkinson's patients   UPI / 4:54PM
    NEW HAVEN, Conn., May 6 (UPI) -- A U.S. study suggests endometrial stem cells might be able to take over the function of the non-working brain cells of Parkinson's disease patients.
  • FDA OKs combination oral contraceptive   UPI / 4:34PM
    WASHINGTON, May 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced approval Thursday of Natazia, a combination hormonal tablet for use as an oral contraceptive.
  • Nigeria's Yar'Adua buried   UPI / 3:54PM
    KATSINA, Nigeria, May 6 (UPI) -- Nigeria Thursday buried its late president, Umaru Yar'Adua, in Katsina, 10 weeks after he had been treated for heart problems in Saudi Arabia.
  • Study: UVA light doesn't cause melanoma   UPI / 3:24PM
    HOUSTON, May 6 (UPI) -- A University of Texas study has contradicted previous research by finding early life exposure to ultraviolet-A light does not cause melanoma in a fish model.
  • Jonathan sworn in as Nigeria's president   UPI / 8:05AM
    ABUJA, Nigeria, May 6 (UPI) -- Nigeria's acting President Goodluck Jonathan was sworn in Thursday as the country's leader following the death of President Umaru Yar'Adua.
  • Wednesday, May 5

  • CDC: Older kids more at H1N1 risk   UPI / 10:54PM
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 5 (UPI) -- Older children, especially those with underlying medical conditions, are more at risk of H1N1 influenza than seasonal flu, U.S. researchers said.
  • Prenatal smoking linked to mental illness   UPI / 7:05PM
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 5 (UPI) -- A pregnant woman who smokes may raise her child's risk of developing a psychiatric disorder, Finnish researchers say.
  • Purple periwinkle may dampen inflammation   UPI / 5:34PM
    ROCHESTER, N.Y., May 5 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say a plant extract may battle inflammatory diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
  • FDA OKs dog-cat diabetes drug limited use   UPI / 5:24PM
    WASHINGTON, May 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it will allow the limited use of the diabetes drug Vetsulin for dogs or cats in critical need of the medication.
  • Genetic link found between both ALS types   UPI / 3:54PM
    CHICAGO, May 5 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they've found a genetic link between sporadic and familial forms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
  • Stem cells captured for regenerative use   UPI / 3:24PM
    BOSTON, May 5 (UPI) -- A U.S. chemical engineer has been awarded a $1.9 million federal grant to develop techniques for cultivating stem cells for use in damaged tissue replacement.
  • Study: High crime area may worsen asthma   UPI / 2:54PM
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 5 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher says living in a high-crime neighborhood may worsen children's asthma.
  • New battlefield wound treatment developed   UPI / 2:44PM
    BOSTON, May 5 (UPI) -- A U.S.-funded research project is using light-activated technology to treat battlefield injuries in place of conventional sutures, staples and glues.
  • New genes linked to osteoporosis   UPI / 1:04PM
    MONTREAL, May 5 (UPI) -- An international team of scientists, including some from Canada, has linked 20 genes with osteoporosis, including 13 never before associated with the disease.
  • Common skin cancers decreasing in Alberta   UPI / 8:44AM
    EDMONTON, Alberta, May 4 (UPI) -- Strong skin cancer awareness campaigns begun more than 20 years ago are contributing to the stabilization of skin cancer rates in Canada, researchers said.
  • Sleep, behavior problems linked in autism   UPI / 8:34AM
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 5 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers linked sleep problems in children with autism spectrum disorders and behavioral problems.
  • Supplements may increase cancer risk   UPI / 2:14AM
    LOS ANGELES, May 5 (UPI) -- High doses of antioxidant supplements such as vitamins C and E -- not foods -- may actually increase cancer risk, U.S. researchers said.
  • Broccoli compound limits breast cancer   UPI / 1:24AM
    ANN ARBOR, Mich., May 5 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers suggest a compound found in broccoli targets the cells that fuel tumor growth.
  • Darwin worried about marrying cousin   UPI / 1:14AM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 5 (UPI) -- Charles Darwin was right to worry that his children may suffer because of intermarriage between his family and his wife's, U.S. and Spanish researchers said.
  • Teen girls abuse drugs more than boys   UPI / 12:24AM
    BETHESDA, Md., May 5 (UPI) -- Men tend to abuse medications more than women, but for females ages 12-17 there is a higher rate of girls abusing medications, U.S. researchers say.
  • Autocratic bosses increase health costs   UPI / 12:14AM
    MADRID, May 5 (UPI) -- Top-down management -- an autocratic boss who does not listen to employees -- increases healthcare costs, researchers in Spain said.
  • Tuesday, May 4

  • Treating some infants for retinopathy   UPI / 10:05PM
    NEW YORK, May 4 (UPI) -- U.S. doctors suggest some premature infants may benefit from early treatment of their retinopathy of prematurity.
  • Corey Haim died of natural causes   UPI / 9:14PM
    LOS ANGELES, May 4 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles County Department of Coroner said Tuesday former child star Corey Haim died from natural causes with drugs playing no direct role in his death.
  • U.S. Latinos: Highest rates of eye disease   UPI / 8:14PM
    LOS ANGELES, May 4 (UPI) -- Latinos living in the United States are developing vision loss at higher rates than non-Hispanic whites, researchers said.
  • Deliberations continue in hepatitis C suit   UPI / 7:44PM
    LAS VEGAS, May 4 (UPI) -- Jurors deliberated for a second day Tuesday in the Nevada trial of a lawsuit by a man who blames pharmaceutical companies for his infection with hepatitis C.
  • FDA requires printed warnings for Vivitrol   UPI / 5:24PM
    WASHINGTON, May 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it is going to require a printed medication guide be given to patients using Vivitrol injectable suspension.
  • Bret Michaels released from hospital   UPI / 5:05PM
    PHOENIX, May 4 (UPI) -- Rocker and reality TV personality Bret Michaels has been discharged from an Arizona hospital and is expected to make a full recovery, his doctor said.
  • Brain stimulation may help depression   UPI / 4:04PM
    CHARLESTON, S.C., May 4 (UPI) -- A U.S. study suggests repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy can produce significant antidepressant effects in some people.
  • Transgenic mice mimic Parkinson's disease   UPI / 2:44PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, May 4 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they've created the first transgenic mouse to display early signs of Parkinson's disease using the genetic mutation's human form.
  • Study: Algal mutant may reduce cholesterol   UPI / 2:44PM
    BEER-SHEVA, Israel, May 4 (UPI) -- Israeli scientists say they've isolated a microalgal strain that produces large amounts of a polyunsaturated fatty acid that may cut blood cholesterol levels.
  • Some steroid meds may help tissue repair   UPI / 12:34PM
    DURHAM, N.C., May 4 (UPI) -- Duke University medical researchers say they've found some commonly used steroid medications might aid in tissue-repairing regenerative therapy.
  • Computer addicted teen put in state care   UPI / 10:34AM
    OLOFSTROM, Sweden, May 4 (UPI) -- A Swedish teenager who missed school for three years because of his computer addiction has been placed in state custody, officials said.
  • FDA orders some infusion pumps recalled   UPI / 8:24AM
    WASHINGTON, May 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it has ordered the Baxter Healthcare Corp. to recall and destroy all of its Colleague Volumetric Infusion Pumps.
  • Monday, May 3

  • GI problems common in children with autism   UPI / 11:24PM
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 3 (UPI) -- Gastrointestinal symptoms occur in almost 50 percent of children with autism spectrum disorders, U.S. researchers found.
  • Olive oil may stave off ulcerative colitis   UPI / 9:14PM
    NORWICH, England, May 3 (UPI) -- British researchers suggest eating a couple of tablespoons of olive oil daily may help prevent ulcerative colitis.
  • Drug charges against volunteers stayed   UPI / 6:24PM
    TORONTO, May 3 (UPI) -- Trafficking charges against volunteer workers at a Toronto medical marijuana club have been stayed, although its owner still faces charges, authorities said.
  • Former OF Roberts battling lymphoma   UPI / 6:24PM
    BOSTON, May 3 (UPI) -- Former major league outfielder Dave Roberts revealed Monday he is battling Hodgkin's lymphoma but expects to recover.
  • Judge upholds city marijuana bans   UPI / 4:54PM
    COSTA MESA, Calif., May 3 (UPI) -- A U.S. judge has ruled two California cities can ban medical marijuana dispensaries, despite a challenge by the disabled.
  • Nanoscience may help cancer researchers   UPI / 2:24PM
    BETHESDA, Md., May 3 (UPI) -- Scientists say a U.S. government project is making progress in finding ways to use nanotechnology to improve diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer.
  • Study: MicroRNA involved in lung fibrosis   UPI / 1:44PM
    PITTSBURGH, May 3 (UPI) -- U.S. medical investigators say they've determined MicroRNAs appear to play a significant role in the development of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
  • Prostate cancer drugs under safety review   UPI / 12:44PM
    WASHINGTON, May 3 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Monday it is reviewing the safety of several commonly used prostate cancer drugs.
  • Report: Croatia institutionalizes disabled   UPI / 12:44PM
    NEW YORK, May 3 (UPI) -- At least 7,000 mentally disabled Croatians remain in institutions despite the nation's commitment to a treaty on disability rights, a human rights group said.
  • U.S. children sell lemonade for charity   UPI / 12:14PM
    AUSTIN, Texas, May 3 (UPI) -- Thousands of children in Texas and other states were selling lemonade for a day to raise money for charitable projects.
  • Chlamydia-induced arthritis therapy found   UPI / 11:35AM
    TAMPA, Fla., May 3 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say a multicenter international clinical trial's findings suggest a combination of antibiotics effectively treats Chlamydia-induced arthritis.
  • Some HIV mortality rates are decreasing   UPI / 10:34AM
    BRISTOL, England, May 3 (UPI) -- A British-led group of scientists says it has discovered anti-retroviral therapy is dramatically reducing rates of HIV mortality in high-income countries.
  • Higher healthcare costs for abused women   UPI / 1:44AM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 3 (UPI) -- Women who have suffered domestic violence have significantly higher healthcare costs, even after abuse stops, U.S. researchers found.
  • Sunday, May 2

  • Taylor Swift is the newest Covergirl face   UPI / 2:14PM
    HUNT VALLEY, Md., May 2 (UPI) -- Country music superstar Taylor Swift has become the latest celebrity to endorse a line of Covergirl cosmetics, the firm has announced.
  • Saturday, May 1

  • McNeil recalls kids' cold medication   UPI / 5:34PM
    WASHINGTON, May 1 (UPI) -- McNeil Consumer Healthcare has announced a recall of several popular over-the-counter remedies formulated for children and infants.
  • Friday, April 30

  • Flu drugs appear safe for pregnant women   UPI / 11:24PM
    DALLAS, April 30 (UPI) -- A study of pregnant women found the three anti-viral drugs used to treat influenza appear safe for the women and their babies, U.S. researchers said.
  • Obesity increases fibromyalgia risk   UPI / 11:24PM
    TRONDHEIM, Norway, April 30 (UPI) -- Researchers in Norway say obesity increased the risk for fibromyalgia, but exercise decreased fibromyalgia risk.
  • Doctor: Bret has unbelievable fight in him   UPI / 9:24PM
    LOS ANGELES, April 30 (UPI) -- One of the doctors treating U.S. rocker and reality TV personality Bret Michaels at an Arizona hospital says he has an "unbelievable fight" in him.
  • Seasonal flu vaccine coverage up for kids   UPI / 5:44PM
    ATLANTA, April 30 (UPI) -- There were large increases in seasonal flu coverage for U.S. children and a moderate increase for adults ages 18-49 for 2009-10, health officials said.
  • Dentist unhappy Simpsons not brushing   UPI / 3:24PM
    NEW YORK, April 30 (UPI) -- Jessica Simpson's dentist, Dr. Bill Dorfman, says he is "blown away" by the U.S. singer and actress's public admission she doesn't brush her teeth every day.
  • Genome tests offer crystal ball to future   UPI / 2:14PM
    PALO ALTO, Calif., April 30 (UPI) -- A genome report soon will cost no more than $1,000, enabling more people to learn about the health risks encoded in their genes, U.S. researchers said.
  • Lack of sunlight increases MS risk   UPI / 12:14PM
    MELBOURNE, April 30 (UPI) -- Babies whose mothers don't get enough sunlight during the early part of pregnancy are more likely to develop multiple sclerosis, scientists in Australia said.
  • Sweden has better lung cancer survival   UPI / 6:24AM
    LONDON, April 30 (UPI) -- A person who has lung cancer in Norway or Sweden is much more likely to survive than a person in Britain, researchers found.
  • Teen may need heart transplant due to H1N1   UPI / 12:24AM
    ABILENE, Texas, April 30 (UPI) -- A bout of H1N1 flu six months ago may be the reason a Texas teen experienced heart failure and may need a transplant, his doctors say.
  • Thursday, April 29

  • Almost half U.S. adults have heart risk   UPI / 11:24PM
    ATLANTA, April 29 (UPI) -- Forty-five percent of U.S. adults have hypertension, hypercholesterolemia -- high blood cholesterol and triglycerides -- or diabetes, health officials said.
  • Exercise may slow osteoporosis   UPI / 10:05PM
    AUGUSTA, Ga., April 29 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say exercise helps to forestall osteoporosis in women.
  • In first, heart surgery performed by robot   UPI / 9:34PM
    GLENFIELD, England, April 29 (UPI) -- British cardiologists used a robotic arm to perform surgery to correct an irregular heartbeat while the surgeon was in another room, hospital officials said.
  • Diabetics: Ranibizumab for better vision   UPI / 9:34PM
    BALTIMORE, April 29 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say ranibizumab plus laser treatment may help patients with diabetic macular edema.
  • Tart cherries reduce inflammation in rats   UPI / 7:34PM
    ANAHEIM, Calif., April 29 (UPI) -- In a study involving rats, tart cherries appeared to reduce inflammation and lessen heart disease risk, U.S. researchers said.
  • Swedish doctors won't do circumcisions   UPI / 5:54PM
    GOTHENBURG, Sweden, April 29 (UPI) -- Doctors in western Sweden say they refuse to perform circumcisions, as they say they must perform other medical procedures that have greater priority.
  • Study: OCD in mice caused by a single gene   UPI / 4:34PM
    NEW YORK, April 29 (UPI) -- Weill Cornell Medical College researchers say they have determined a single gene is responsible for obsessive-compulsive disorder behaviors in mice.
  • Discovery on how breast cancer may spread   UPI / 4:24PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, April 29 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they have discovered how to predict if the most common form of breast cancer may later spread.
  • Baby's breath may help cure cancer   UPI / 4:14PM
    SOUTHHAMPTON, England, April 29 (UPI) -- Extract from the baby's breath flower may improve the efficiency of anti-leukemia drugs by up to 1 million times, a British doctor says.
  • FDA OKs advanced prostate cancer therapy   UPI / 3:14PM
    WASHINGTON, April 29 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced approval Thursday of a new therapy for certain men suffering advanced prostate cancer.
  • Study examines non-alcoholic liver disease   UPI / 2:24PM
    BETHESDA, Md., April 29 (UPI) -- U.S. medical researchers suggest a daily dose of a specific form of vitamin E can significantly improve a liver disease called non-alcoholic steatohepatitis.
  • Scientists study primate genomes   UPI / 9:34AM
    STATE COLLEGE, Pa., April 29 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say their research on sex chromosomes in primates might affect future studies of human genetic diseases.
  • China survey focuses on mental disorders   UPI / 7:44AM
    BEIJING, April 29 (UPI) -- More than 17 percent of adults in China suffer from mental disorders, a survey says.
  • Wednesday, April 28

  • Supplements linked to less kidney function   UPI / 11:24PM
    LONDON, Ontario, April 28 (UPI) -- Those with diabetic nephropathy, kidney disease caused by diabetes, who took high doses B vitamins had more kidney function decline, Canadian researchers say.
  • Grapes lessened metabolic syndrome in rats   UPI / 9:05PM
    ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 28 (UPI) -- Grapes seem to protect overweight rats from metabolic syndrome, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • Enzymes key to regulating blood pressure   UPI / 7:54PM
    ANAHEIM, Calif., April 28 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers found racial differences in enzymes key to regulating blood pressure.
  • Exercise good for the brain   UPI / 7:44PM
    PITTSBURGH, April 28 (UPI) -- A U.S. researcher says regular aerobic exercise may speed learning and help blood flow to the brain.
  • Smoking, fructose may worsen liver disease   UPI / 6:54PM
    BARCELONA, Spain, April 28 (UPI) -- Smoking and eating fructose can worsen non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • Bret Michaels suffers 'setback'   UPI / 5:54PM
    LOS ANGELES, April 28 (UPI) -- Test results indicate a setback in Bret Michaels' condition, a message posted on the U.S. rocker's Facebook page said.
  • No evidence Alzheimer's prevention works   UPI / 4:44PM
    BETHESDA, Md., April 28 (UPI) -- U.S. medical investigators said Wednesday there is no firm evidence any preventive measures for cognitive decline or Alzheimer's disease are effective.
  • Nanoparticles may aid in radiation therapy   UPI / 3:34PM
    NEW YORK, April 28 (UPI) -- U.S. medical investigators say it may be possible to use melanin-covered nanoparticles to protect bone marrow from the harmful effects of radiation therapy.
  • Health guru sues over Vitamin D overdose   UPI / 1:54PM
    NEW YORK, April 28 (UPI) -- Alternative-medicine advocate Gary Null has sued the New Jersey manufacturer of his Ultimate Power Meal, saying he almost died from a Vitamin D overdose.
  • Man sues brother for bone marrow   UPI / 11:14AM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., April 28 (UPI) -- A Florida man with leukemia will appeal a ruling his brother can't be forced to donate bone marrow or return the money he was paid for it, his lawyer says.
  • MIT honors rainwater system inventor   UPI / 10:24AM
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 28 (UPI) -- B.P. Agrawal of Sustainable Innovations Corp. Wednesday won the Lemelson-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Award for Sustainability.
  • Nine elderly die at Canadian facility   UPI / 9:44AM
    VICTORIA, British Columbia, April 28 (UPI) -- A respiratory illness outbreak caused the deaths of nine people at a long-term care facility in Canada, the Vancouver Island Health Authority says.
  • FDA OKs device for severe adult asthma   UPI / 8:44AM
    WASHINGTON, April 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first device that uses radiofrequency energy to treat severe and persistent asthma in adults.
  • Combo of unhealthy behaviors up death risk   UPI / 2:14AM
    OSLO, Norway, April 28 (UPI) -- Smoking, little physical activity, a poor diet and drinking alcohol in combination can increase one's risk of dying, researchers in Norway found.
  • Phosphate in soda may accelerate aging   UPI / 12:54AM
    BOSTON, April 28 (UPI) -- High levels of phosphates -- found in sodas and processed food -- may accelerate signs of aging, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • Osteoporosis: Kid disease with late onset   UPI / 12:24AM
    RALEIGH, N.C., April 28 (UPI) -- Prevention of osteoporosis, a disease that plagues the elderly, may begin in newborn or even neonatally, U.S. researchers say.
  • Tuesday, April 27

  • Diabetes linked to atrial fibrillation   UPI / 11:34PM
    SEATTLE, April 27 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers have linked diabetes to a 40 percent greater risk of atrial fibrillation -- irregular heart beat.
  • Methadone babies at risk of eye problems   UPI / 11:34PM
    GLASGOW, Scotland, April 27 (UPI) -- British researchers found vision problems in 95 percent of children born to mothers given methadone while pregnant.
  • Surgeon's advice: Focus on who, not how   UPI / 10:44PM
    DALLAS, April 27 (UPI) -- A U.S. surgeon advises patients considering prostate cancer surgery focus on the surgeon's experience rather than on the technique used for surgery.
  • More embryonic stem cell lines approved   UPI / 9:44PM
    BETHESDA, Md., April 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. National Institutes of Health said Tuesday 13 more lines of human embryonic stem cells have been made eligible for federal research funding.
  • Flyers' Laperriere to out for playoffs   UPI / 8:14PM
    PHILADELPHIA, April 27 (UPI) -- Philadelphia Flyers forward Ian Laperriere will probably miss the rest of the playoffs after being hit in the head with a puck, the team said Tuesday.
  • Brewers broadcaster Uecker to have surgery   UPI / 7:44PM
    MILWAUKEE, April 27 (UPI) -- Milwaukee Brewers' Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Uecker said Tuesday he will undergo heart surgery and miss 10-12 weeks of the season.
  • Immune cells predict neck cancer therapy   UPI / 6:24PM
    ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 27 (UPI) -- By studying the immune cells of patients with head and neck cancer, physicians can choose a more individualized treatment, U.S. researchers say.
  • Red wine may protect against stroke   UPI / 5:44PM
    BALTIMORE, April 27 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say red wine may help protect the brain from stroke damage.
  • Rep: Bret Michaels in stable condition   UPI / 5:24PM
    LOS ANGELES, April 27 (UPI) -- Bret Michaels' publicist says the U.S. rocker and reality television personality is in stable condition Tuesday after a brain hemorrhage last week.
  • Gordy, a Minn. zoo gorilla, dies at 23   UPI / 4:34PM
    MINNEAPOLIS, April 27 (UPI) -- A feisty gorilla named Gordy, one of three males at a Minnesota zoo, died suddenly, apparently of heart disease, zoo officials said.
  • Heart attack predictors evaluated   UPI / 4:14PM
    CHICAGO, April 27 (UPI) -- U.S. medical researchers determined a person's coronary artery calcium score, together with traditional risk factors, can better predict heart attacks.
  • New diabetic macular edema therapy found   UPI / 2:14PM
    BETHESDA, Md., April 27 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they've found a combination of eye injection and laser therapy has better outcomes than laser treatment alone for diabetic macular edema.
  • FDA issues external defibrillator warning   UPI / 1:44PM
    WASHINGTON, April 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning Tuesday that some external defibrillators used worldwide might malfunction.
  • Extreme preterm ups psych disorder risk   UPI / 1:44AM
    NOTTINGHAM, England, April 27 (UPI) -- Almost one-quarter of extremely preterm children -- less than 26 weeks of gestation -- had a psychiatric disorder at age 11, British researchers found.
  • CDC: Prepare emergency information   UPI / 1:04AM
    ATLANTA, April 27 (UPI) -- As tornado season goes on and hurricane season approaches U.S. health officials suggest collecting and preparing important information in case of emergency.
  • Plague outbreak a post-quake concern   UPI / 12:14AM
    BEIJING, April 26 (UPI) -- The threat of a marmot plague outbreak was added Tuesday to the list of huge reconstruction challenges in China's earthquake-hit region in Qinghai province.
  • Eggs possible with 'menopause' condition   UPI / 12:14AM
    BETHESDA, Md., April 27 (UPI) -- Women who have primary ovarian insufficiency -- an early menopause-like condition -- may still have immature eggs in their ovaries, U.S. researchers said.
  • Monday, April 26

  • Diabetes meter linked to video games   UPI / 11:14PM
    TARRYTOWN, N.Y., April 26 (UPI) -- A blood glucose monitoring system that connects to video game systems to help children manage diabetes is available in U.S. drug stores, its manufacturer said.
  • Lung cancer kills 70,000 U.S. women a year   UPI / 7:34PM
    BOSTON, April 26 (UPI) -- Non-smoking women appear to be two-to-three times more likely than non-smoking men to get lung cancer, U.S. researchers said.
  • Prostate cancer runs in families   UPI / 6:34PM
    HEIDELBERG, Germany, April 26 (UPI) -- A man who has direct relatives -- father and brothers -- with prostate cancer has a higher risk of getting prostate cancer too, researchers in Germany said.
  • More tests planned for ailing Bret   UPI / 3:24PM
    LOS ANGELES, April 26 (UPI) -- U.S. rocker and reality TV star Bret Michaels is expected to undergo more tests this week to locate the source of bleeding in his brain, his Web site said.
  • Sweden grants paralyzed woman right to die   UPI / 12:24PM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden, April 26 (UPI) -- A 32-year-old quadriplegic can be taken off a respirator and allowed to die as she has requested, Sweden's National Board of Health and Welfare said.
  • More states try to restrict abortions   UPI / 11:05AM
    WASHINGTON, April 26 (UPI) -- At least 22 U.S. state legislatures are seeking new ways to restrict abortions, including the expanded use of ultrasound, officials said.
  • FDA starts infusion pump safety project   UPI / 10:04AM
    WASHINGTON, April 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it is starting an initiative designed to address safety problems associated with external infusion pumps.
  • Want to lose weight? Quit smoking.   UPI / 2:05AM
    NAVARRA, Spain, April 26 (UPI) -- Not only does smoking not make people thinner, it is linked to weight gain, researchers in Spain said.
  • Sunday, April 25

  • Docs working on Michaels, still critical   UPI / 1:34PM
    LOS ANGELES, April 25 (UPI) -- Doctors treating rock star Bret Michaels at an undisclosed location are trying to find the source of bleeding in his brain, a post on his Web site said Sunday.
  • Bollywood star Bachchan has cirrhosis   UPI / 1:24PM
    MUMBAI, April 25 (UPI) -- Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan wrote on his blog that he has lost 25 percent of his liver to cirrhosis stemming from a tainted blood transfusion in 1982.
  • Saturday, April 24

  • Woman who severed baby's arms hospitalized   UPI / 6:24PM
    MCKINNEY, Texas, April 24 (UPI) -- A Texas woman who killed her baby daughter by cutting her arms off has been returned to a state mental hospital, authorities said.
  • Med students get hands dirty growing food   UPI / 2:05AM
    BUFFALO, N.Y., April 24 (UPI) -- University at Buffalo medical school students are planting a vegetable garden to improve their own diets and learn more about nutrition for their patients.
  • Framingham test may miss many at risk   UPI / 1:24AM
    NEW HAVEN, Conn., April 24 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers suggest the Framingham risk assessment tool may miss coronary disease -- especially in women.
  • Dementia caregiving stressful, isolating   UPI / 1:14AM
    UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., April 24 (UPI) -- Family members who care for a relative with dementia often experience stress that can lead to mental breakdowns and depression, U.S. researchers say.
  • Old swine flu vaccine may still protect   UPI / 12:04AM
    MEMPHIS, April 23 (UPI) -- New evidence indicates the 1976 swine flu vaccine may help protect against 2009 H1N1, U.S. researchers say.
  • Friday, April 23

  • Deadly airborne fungi may be on the move   UPI / 10:24PM
    DURHAM, N.C., April 23 (UPI) -- A strain of an airborne fungus that has caused several deaths in Oregon appears to be moving toward California, researchers said.
  • More women may be obese than thought   UPI / 9:05PM
    GALVESTON, Texas, April 23 (UPI) -- One-half of white women and more than two-thirds of Hispanic women in the United States may be obese by an international standard, researchers said.
  • City sues medical marijuana group   UPI / 8:44PM
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 23 (UPI) -- A California community is suing a medical marijuana collective for opening in defiance of a city ban on pot dispensaries, officials said.
  • Bret Michaels suffers brain hemorrhage   UPI / 6:44PM
    NEW YORK, April 23 (UPI) -- U.S. rocker and reality TV personality Bret Michaels is hospitalized in an intensive care unit after suffering a brain hemorrhage, a source told People.com.
  • First full face transplant performed   UPI / 1:14PM
    BARCELONA, Spain, April 23 (UPI) -- A man injured in a shooting accident has received what Spanish doctors say is the world's first full face transplant.
  • Poultry vaccine could lead to new viruses   UPI / 12:44PM
    UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., April 23 (UPI) -- Live vaccines that protect domestic poultry against Newcastle disease may be creating unpredictable wild virus strains, scientists in Pennsylvania said.
  • Doctors debate cancer screening   UPI / 10:04AM
    SAN FRANCISCO, April 23 (UPI) -- U.S. doctors are divided on whether some cancers are over-diagnosed and should be treated as slow-growing rather than being quickly eliminated.
  • Marital arts may help with osteoporosis   UPI / 2:05AM
    NIJMEGEN, Netherlands, April 23 (UPI) -- Martial arts may help those with osteoporosis fall more safely, researchers in the Netherlands suggest.
  • Canada spends $30 billion on medications   UPI / 1:54AM
    OTTAWA, April 23 (UPI) -- Total drug spending in Canada increased more than 5 percent in 2009 for a total of $30 billion, officials of a non-profit group calculated.
  • More than 16 percent have genital herpes   UPI / 12:14AM
    ATLANTA, April 23 (UPI) -- About 16.2 percent of people in the United States between the ages of 14-49 are infected with genital herpes, U.S. health officials estimate.
  • Thursday, April 22

  • A glass a day prevents urinary infection   UPI / 11:34PM
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark., April 22 (UPI) -- A U.S. research chemist suggests daily consumption of a large glass of cranberry juice can help prevent urinary tract infections.
  • Alcohol linked to aging, cancer risk   UPI / 11:05PM
    WASHINGTON, April 22 (UPI) -- Researchers in Italy say alcohol may be linked at the cellular level to aging and cancer.
  • Fiber/cancer linked to assessment method   UPI / 10:54PM
    CAMBRIDGE, England, April 22 (UPI) -- How study participants complete food diaries and food frequency questionnaires may impact cancer study results, British researchers suggest.
  • Haiti: Stop sending us food, healthcare   UPI / 10:24PM
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, April 22 (UPI) -- Haiti has asked for a halt in large-scale food assistance and free healthcare following the catastrophic 7-magnitude earthquake, relief workers say.
  • Fish oil supplements may not aid old brain   UPI / 7:34PM
    LONDON, April 22 (UPI) -- British researchers said fish oil supplements may not boost cognitive function in older people.
  • Green tea may help fight glaucoma   UPI / 7:24PM
    HONG KONG, April 22 (UPI) -- Researchers in China say studies in rats indicate substances in green tea may protect against eye diseases such as glaucoma.
  • Heart transplants may avoid some biopsies   UPI / 6:44PM
    CHICAGO, April 22 (UPI) -- A 602-patient trial demonstrated a non-invasive gene test may help those with heart transplants to avoid some biopsies, U.S. researchers said.
  • Genzyme says specialty drugs in low supply   UPI / 4:44PM
    ALLSTON, Mass., April 22 (UPI) -- U.S. drugmaker Genzyme Corp. said production disruptions put two specialty drugs at low inventory levels, and that it faced a regulatory fine of $175 million.
  • Molecular fight against viruses identified   UPI / 4:24PM
    DALLAS, April 22 (UPI) -- University of Texas scientists say they've identified the mechanism by which a protein initiates the body's immune response to viral attacks.
  • Ariz. State to return blood to Havasupai   UPI / 3:54PM
    PHOENIX, April 22 (UPI) -- Arizona State University has agreed to pay $700,000 to the Havasupai Indians and return blood samples the tribe says were misused.
  • Haircut leads to leukemia detection   UPI / 3:24PM
    KIRBY CROSS, England, April 22 (UPI) -- The parents of a British 2-year-old said they might not have caught his leukemia so early if it hadn't been for his Mohawk haircut.
  • Gene therapy cures dogs of color blindness   UPI / 2:54PM
    PHILADELPHIA, April 22 (UPI) -- University of Pennsylvania scientists say they have used gene therapy to restore retinal cone function and day vision in two canine models of color blindness.
  • Ultraviolet treatment for water suggested   UPI / 2:24PM
    TEL AVIV, Israel, April 22 (UPI) -- Most water treatment plants use chlorine to keep water free of bacteria but Israeli scientists say ultraviolet light might be a better method.
  • Review: Passenger ills not always reported   UPI / 1:34PM
    WASHINGTON, April 22 (UPI) -- Hundreds of people at U.S. airports show symptoms of potentially contagious conditions but few are reported to health officials, a review of data indicated.
  • NIH unveils new opioid drug abuse therapy   UPI / 1:34PM
    ALBUQUERQUE, April 22 (UPI) -- The National Institute on Drug Abuse says it has created a treatment program designed to help young adults who are addicted to opioid drugs.
  • Climate change and human health studied   UPI / 1:24PM
    BETHESDA, Md., April 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. National Institutes of Health says it has identified specific medical consequences of climate change that require further research.
  • Heart catheterization alternative proposed   UPI / 12:44PM
    PHILADELPHIA, April 22 (UPI) -- U.S. medical scientists say they've determined non-invasive coronary computed tomography angiography may be an alternative to cardiac catheterization.
  • Easy ways to reduce salt in the kitchen   UPI / 1:54AM
    BOSTON, April 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. government has decided against regulating salt, but chefs and public health researchers offer ways to reduce sodium in the kitchen
  • Study: Ob/gyns offering vaccines effective   UPI / 1:24AM
    DURHAM, N.C., April 22 (UPI) -- Obstetrician/gynecologist offices may be the ideal place for women to get caught up on vaccinations, U.S. researchers suggest.
  • Women risk HIV from unprotected anal sex   UPI / 12:44AM
    NEW YORK, April 22 (UPI) -- Women in New York are less likely than men to use condoms when having anal sex, putting them at risk of HIV infection, city health officials said.
  • Wednesday, April 21

  • Couples therapy helps consistently unhappy   UPI / 11:45PM
    LOS ANGELES, April 21 (UPI) -- Behavioral therapy can help even very distressed or consistently unhappy couples, U.S. researchers said.
  • Many depression drug side effects missed   UPI / 11:24PM
    PROVIDENCE, R.I., April 21 (UPI) -- Patients with depression have many more drug side effects than recorded in their medical records, U.S. researchers said.
  • Dry, cold weather link to prostate cancer   UPI / 10:54PM
    POCATELLO, Idaho, April 21 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers have linked cold, dry weather to increased incidence of prostate cancer.
  • Earlier cochlear implants beneficial   UPI / 10:34PM
    BALTIMORE, April 21 (UPI) -- Deaf children who get a cochlear implant at a younger age have steeper rates of speech improvement, U.S. researchers said.
  • Connecticut mayor donates a kidney   UPI / 6:44PM
    EAST HAVEN, Conn., April 21 (UPI) -- A Connecticut mayor said she found a desperate plea on Facebook and ended up donating a kidney to an acquaintance.
  • Breast density linked to cancer risk   UPI / 6:35PM
    WASHINGTON, April 21 (UPI) -- Women who had a decrease in breast density over several years were linked to a decreased risk of breast cancer, U.S. researchers said.
  • Early H1N1 treatment saved moms-to-be   UPI / 4:05PM
    ATLANTA, April 21 (UPI) -- Pregnant women were more at risk of H1N1 flu but if they sought swift treatment they had less risk of hospitalization and death, U.S. researchers found.
  • Boxed warning issued for propylthiouracil   UPI / 3:14PM
    WASHINGTON, April 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it has added a boxed warning to the label of the drug propylthiouracil, used to treat hyperthyroidism.
  • Fever in infected wild animals is variable   UPI / 2:54PM
    PRINCETON, N.J., April 21 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they are the first to show members of the same animal species respond differently with fever when fighting infection in the wild.
  • New therapies proposed for ciliopathies   UPI / 2:44PM
    SAN DIEGO, April 21 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they've identified a network of genes that initiate and manage cilia formation that might lead to new therapies for ciliopathies.
  • New therapy for advanced prostate cancer   UPI / 12:24PM
    NEW YORK, April 21 (UPI) -- U.S. cancer researchers say an experimental drug is providing effective targeted therapy in treating an aggressive form of advanced prostate cancer.
  • Abuse survivor finishes Florida walk   UPI / 10:54AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 21 (UPI) -- A woman who was sexually abused as a child by her nanny has completed a 500-mile walk across Florida in support of tougher laws to protect children.
  • Calif. can detect high-performing doctors   UPI / 2:04AM
    SAN FRANCISCO, April 21 (UPI) -- Healthcare consumers in California can look up online how physicians scored on evidence-based performance measures, researchers said.
  • Vitamin K may protect against lymphoma   UPI / 1:24AM
    ROCHESTER, Minn., April 21 (UPI) -- Vitamin K -- found in green leafy vegetables -- may protect against non-Hodgkin lymphoma, U.S. researchers said.
  • Added sugar can increase heart attack risk   UPI / 1:14AM
    ATLANTA, April 21 (UPI) -- Added sugars -- especially in processed foods and beverages -- may increase heart disease risk factors, U.S. researchers said.
  • Varicose veins often misunderstood   UPI / 1:14AM
    ATHERTON, Calif., April 21 (UPI) -- A U.S. interventional radiologist says those with varicose vein disease are often misdiagnosed.
  • Daycare: Not all sick kids need to go home   UPI / 12:05AM
    MILWAUKEE, April 20 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers suggest mildly ill children should be allowed to stay in daycare and need not be sent home.
  • Tuesday, April 20

  • Supplements may lower breast cancer risk   UPI / 10:44PM
    PONCE, Puerto Rico, April 20 (UPI) -- Supplements of vitamin D and calcium may help reduce breast cancer risk, U.S. researchers said.
  • Exercise machine helps avoid low-back pain   UPI / 7:14PM
    MONTREAL, April 20 (UPI) -- Most adults will suffer from low-back pain in their lifetime, but Canadian scientists say they could benefit from using an exercise machine.
  • Corpus Christi, Texas, fattest U.S. city   UPI / 6:54PM
    NEW YORK, April 20 (UPI) -- The magazine Men's Health, which calculated the top 100 "Fattest U.S. Cities," found four of the top 10 fattest cities are in Texas.
  • Fitness Census: Adults, kids, pets fatter   UPI / 6:14PM
    DALLAS, April 20 (UPI) -- To coincide with this year's U.S. Census, Gold's Gym and Health.com assessed the nation's fitness and found both people and pets are fatter than 10 years ago.
  • Tapeworm brain infections increasing   UPI / 5:54PM
    MAYWOOD, Ill., April 20 (UPI) -- A U.S. study suggests tapeworm brain infections that can cause epileptic seizures appear to be increasing in Mexico and bordering U.S. southwestern states.
  • New class of drug kills lymphoma cells   UPI / 4:54PM
    NEW YORK, April 20 (UPI) -- U.S. and Canadian scientists say they have created a class of drugs that target the protein BCL6, which causes the most common type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
  • New drug target found for Alzheimers   UPI / 4:04PM
    CHAMPAIGN, Ill., April 20 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they've identified a potential drug target for Alzheimer's disease -- a receptor embedded in the membrane of neurons and other cells.
  • FDA: Not ready to regulate salt content   UPI / 3:44PM
    WASHINGTON, April 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says while today's average salt intake is too high, it is not ready to regulate the amount of sodium contained in foods.
  • Study: Some may be addicted to tanning   UPI / 2:44PM
    NEW YORK, April 20 (UPI) -- A U.S. study involving 421 college students found about a third who use tanning beds may become addicted, researchers said.
  • FDA to look at use of home medical devices   UPI / 2:24PM
    WASHINGTON, April 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it's starting an initiative to ensure caregivers and patients safely use complex medical devices in their homes.
  • New leukemia treatment target suggested   UPI / 11:34AM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 20 (UPI) -- U.S. medical researchers say they have identified a group of molecules that keep acute leukemia cells alive and, therefore, might be a treatment target.
  • Possible nano treatment for acne created   UPI / 11:05AM
    SAN DIEGO, April 20 (UPI) -- A U.S. bioengineer says she has created a possible new acne treatment that uses nanotechnology to deliver the therapy directly to skin-dwelling bacteria.
  • Too late to test syringe that pricked boy   UPI / 10:24AM
    REDONDO BEACH, Calif., April 20 (UPI) -- An infectious disease specialist says it's too late to test a syringe with which a 6-year-old California boy pricked himself during an after school program.
  • Obesity gene linked to brain shrinkage   UPI / 1:54AM
    LOS ANGELES, April 20 (UPI) -- More than one-third of the U.S. population is at risk for diseases such as Alzheimer's due to a variant of the obesity gene, U.S. researchers said.
  • Blood test helps detect heart attack risk   UPI / 1:24AM
    PORTLAND, Ore., April 20 (UPI) -- A blood test may help identify those who are at risk of a heart attack but do no have elevated cholesterol levels, U.S. researchers said.
  • New hope for stroke survivors   UPI / 12:05AM
    PROVIDENCE, R.I., April 19 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say patients may be able to gain limb movement years after having a stroke.
  • Monday, April 19

  • Avoiding breast cancer false negatives   UPI / 11:54PM
    WASHINGTON, April 19 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers are looking for biomarkers that will allow routine breast biopsies to predict if cancer is likely to spread.
  • Health workers often stigmatize the obese   UPI / 10:34PM
    MANCHESTER, England, April 19 (UPI) -- Many healthcare professionals are guilty of fatism -- prejudice against the overweight, British and U.S. researchers say.
  • Calif. considers 'Living Donor' organ list   UPI / 6:54PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, April 19 (UPI) -- California lawmakers say they're considering a bill to create the nation's first Living Donor Registry of people willing to donate an organ while they're alive.
  • Bone drug helps reduce breast cancer risk   UPI / 6:05PM
    WASHINGTON, April 19 (UPI) -- A long-term study of almost 20,000 women indicates two drugs -- raloxifene and tamoxifen -- are effective in breast cancer cases, U.S. researchers said.
  • Marijuana expo featured on-site smoking   UPI / 4:34PM
    DALY CITY, Calif., April 19 (UPI) -- Organizers of the first U.S. cannabis trade show to allow on-site marijuana smoking in Daly City, Calif., said about 15,000 people participated in the event.
  • Proteins linked to ovarian cancer outcomes   UPI / 1:54PM
    BETHESDA, Md., April 19 (UPI) -- U.S. government scientists say they've found a link between the presence of certain proteins in ovarian cancer tissues and poor survival rates.
  • FDA takes action against animal drug lab   UPI / 12:14PM
    WASHINGTON, April 19 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is seeking a federal injunction against a Florida company because of production of unsafe animal drugs.
  • Mom was wrong about routine lifting   UPI / 2:14AM
    EDMONTON, Alberta, April 19 (UPI) -- Conventional wisdom that holds routine lifting may cause spinal disc degeneration and should be avoided, is mistaken, a Canadian scientist says.
  • Low vitamin D found in kids with asthma   UPI / 2:04AM
    DENVER, April 19 (UPI) -- Low levels of vitamin D have been linked to increased asthma symptoms and greater use of medication among children, U.S. researchers say.
  • Routine kidney test not cost-effective   UPI / 1:54AM
    HERSHEY, Pa., April 19 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers recommend discontinuing the use of a routine kidney test done by pediatricians for decades.
  • Blood tests may predict leukemia outcomes   UPI / 1:44AM
    MONTREAL, April 19 (UPI) -- Adding a complete blood count test may help predict leukemia treatment outcomes, U.S. researchers say.
  • Sunday, April 18

  • Report: Lejeune ignored water warnings   UPI / 9:44PM
    WASHINGTON, April 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. Marine Corps denies officials disregarded warnings about contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, N.C., for years.
  • Saturday, April 17

  • LBJ's daughter hospitalized at Mayo Clinic   UPI / 9:14PM
    ROCHESTER, Minn., April 17 (UPI) -- Luci Baines Johnson was transferred Friday from a hospital in Austin, Texas, to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to be tested for Guillain-Barre syndrome.
  • Breast milk ingredient may fight acne   UPI / 1:54PM
    SAN DIEGO, April 17 (UPI) -- An ingredient found in human breast milk and coconut oil shows promise as a cure for acne, researchers at the University of California say.
  • Volcanic dust landing in Britain   UPI / 11:34AM
    LONDON, April 17 (UPI) -- All air traffic in and out of the United Kingdom was still canceled Saturday as the ash cloud from a volcano in Iceland grows and spreads across Europe.
  • Fewer medical errors, fewer lawsuits   UPI / 2:14AM
    SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 17 (UPI) -- A California study showed that when the number of preventable medical errors declined, so did the number of malpractice lawsuits, researchers said.
  • RSV causes some 200,000 deaths in children   UPI / 1:54AM
    EDINBURGH, Scotland, April 17 (UPI) -- Respiratory syncytial virus, the single largest cause of lung infection in children, causes some 200,000 deaths each year, researchers in Scotland said.
  • Friday, April 16

  • Signs of asthma in a child   UPI / 11:34PM
    INDIANAPOLIS, April 16 (UPI) -- A U.S. pharmacy specialist in family health says the small airways of young children may mimic the symptoms of asthma wheezing.
  • British trans fat ban may cut 7,000 deaths   UPI / 11:14PM
    BOSTON, April 16 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers suggest that if Britain banned trans fats thousands of heart attacks could be prevented.
  • Chronically ill often miles from help   UPI / 9:14PM
    ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 16 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say some 40 percent of chronically ill adults live alone, often with children living 10 miles away, making caregiving a greater challenge.
  • Woman dies 2 days after tongue piercing   UPI / 7:05PM
    CARDIFF, Wales, April 16 (UPI) -- A woman in Wales who decided to mark her 34th birthday with a tongue piercing died of suspected blood poisoning, her family said.
  • Teen drinking may up breast illness risk   UPI / 7:05PM
    ST. LOUIS, April 16 (UPI) -- Young women who drink alcohol increase their risk of non-cancerous breast disease, a U.S. researcher says.
  • Applegate and LeNoble get engaged   UPI / 6:24PM
    LOS ANGELES, April 16 (UPI) -- Christina Applegate's publicist says the U.S. television actress is engaged to musician Martyn LeNoble.
  • Scientists to probe whale deaths   UPI / 5:54PM
    SEATTLE, April 16 (UPI) -- Scientists say they are planning a necropsy on a gray whale found beached near Seattle, the fifth of the species washed up on the U.S. West Coast in 10 days.
  • Trial drug vastly boosts hepatitis C cure   UPI / 10:34AM
    VIENNA, April 16 (UPI) -- Hepatitis C patients can be cured in 24 weeks when an experimental treatment is added to two established anti-viral drugs, researchers in Vienna said Friday.
  • Minorities have more sleep disturbances   UPI / 2:14AM
    PHOENIX, April 16 (UPI) -- Blacks and Hispanics experience more sleep disturbances than whites, affecting their quality of life, U.S. researchers found.
  • Thinner girls: Higher breast cancer risk   UPI / 1:54AM
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden, April 16 (UPI) -- Girls who are relatively thin at age 7 may be at higher risk of breast cancer later in life while a large-body size may be protective, Swedish researchers said.
  • Sexually active boys STD, HIV unaware   UPI / 1:14AM
    BALTIMORE, April 16 (UPI) -- Boys engaged in high-risk sexual behaviors get little counseling about HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, U.S. researchers said.
  • Statins may delay multiple sclerosis   UPI / 12:14AM
    SAN FRANCISCO, April 16 (UPI) -- A cholesterol-lowering drug given to multiple sclerosis patients in the early stages of the disease slowed its progress, U.S. researchers said.
  • Thursday, April 15

  • Anti-obesity effort should target moms   UPI / 11:34PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, April 15 (UPI) -- To be truly effective, first lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign should target pregnant women, infants and pre-schoolers, U.S. researchers say.
  • Breast cancer treatment varies globally   UPI / 10:54PM
    LEIDEN, Netherlands, April 15 (UPI) -- U.S., European and Japanese researchers say breast cancer care varies widely around the world.
  • Ginkgo may up seizure risk in epileptics   UPI / 8:34PM
    BONN, Germany, April 15 (UPI) -- Researchers in Germany suggest the popular herbal remedy Ginkgo biloba be restricted because patients with epilepsy may face an increased risk of seizures.
  • CDC: E.coli incidence down   UPI / 6:44PM
    ATLANTA, April 15 (UPI) -- Rates of illness associated with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) O157 declined in 2009, hitting the lowest level since 2004, U.S. health officials said.
  • Study: Autism may be amenable to treatment   <