Dog Walking Could Be Key To Ensuring Activity In Later Life

By Newsroom America Staff at 5:10 pm Eastern

A new study has shown that regularly walking a dog boosts levels of physical activity in older people, especially during the winter.

Study Finds 90 Percent Of American Men Overfat

3:16 pm Eastern | U.S. News

Does your waist measure more than half your height? If so, you may be part of the global overfat pandemic.read more »

Reported Doubling In Child Mortality In Iraq Following UN Sanctions Untrue

1:13 pm Eastern | World

The reported almost doubling in child mortality in Iraq following the imposition of economic sanctions in 1990 was a 'remarkable fiction' cooked up by Saddam Hussein's government to stir up international condemnation and get the sanctions lifted, say experts.read more »

Existing-Home Sales Retreat 1.8 Percent In June

11:03 am Eastern | U.S. News

Existing-home sales slipped in June as low supply kept homes selling at a near record pace but ultimately ended up muting overall activity, according to the National Association of Realtors. Only the Midwest saw an increase in sales last month.read more »

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Australia's Offshore Refugee Processing Causes 'Extensive Suffering' And Must End

9:04 am Eastern | World

Four years on, Australia's offshore processing has left some 2,000 people languishing in unacceptable circumstances – causing physical and psychological harm, according to the United Nations refugee agency, which today called for an immediate end to the practice.read more »

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Rush Hour Pollution May Be More Dangerous Than You Think

24 Jul 17:00 | U.S. News

The first in-car measurements of exposure to pollutants that cause oxidative stress during rush hour commutes has turned up potentially alarming results.read more »

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Clues To A 'Ghost' Species Of Ancient Human

24 Jul 13:08 | World

In saliva, scientists have found hints that a "ghost" species of archaic humans may have contributed genetic material to ancestors of people living in Sub-Saharan Africa today.read more »

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Social Media: Simplifying Surveillance

24 Jul 11:15 | SciTech

The controversial Snap Map app enables Snapchat users to track their friends. This is the latest in a series of monitoring tools to be built on social media platforms. A new study assesses the benefits and risks associated with their use.read more »

Rising Violence In Jerusalem

24 Jul 09:02 | World

Expressing deep concern about the escalating tensions and violent clashes taking place in and around the Old City of Jerusalem, the United Nations and its diplomatic partners in the Middle East peace process have called on all to demonstrate maximum restraint and work towards de-escalating the situation.read more »

Hiring Risk Executives To Protect US Banks Backfired, Contributing To 2008 Crash

21 Jul 17:28 | Business

When America's major banks created executive positions to reduce exposure to financial risk more than a decade ago, their intent was similar to an employer who designates a fire warden to protect a workplace against smoke and flames. However, the unintended consequence was like giving the fire warden job to a pyromaniac.read more »

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Millennial Spending Habits Differ From Older Generations

21 Jul 15:24 | U.S. News

Millennials are spending their money differently than older generations on things like groceries, gas, restaurants and travel, according to a new Bankrate.com report. read more »

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Drought In North Korea Threatens Food Supply

21 Jul 13:21 | World

Amid the worst drought in nearly two decades in North Korea (DPRK), the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) is calling for emergency food assistance, as well as irrigation and farming equipment, to help farmers get through the lean season. read more »

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Hotel Searches Increase In Anticipation Of The Eclipse Of A Lifetime

21 Jul 11:17 | U.S. News

Hotels.com determined that due to the eclipse, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Idaho and Kentucky saw the largest increase in hotel searches when compared year over year.read more »

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Artifacts Suggest Humans Arrived In Australia Earlier Than Thought

21 Jul 09:08 | World

While it is accepted that humans appeared in Africa some 200,000 years ago, scientists in recent years have placed the approximate date of human settlement in Australia further and further back in time, as part of ongoing questions about the timing, the routes and the means of migration out of Africa.read more »

Why Some Women Are More Likely To Feel Depressed

20 Jul 17:23 | SciTech

It's no secret that the risk of depression increases for women when their hormones are fluctuating. Especially vulnerable times include the menopause transition and onset of postmenopause. There's also postpartum depression that can erupt shortly after childbirth. But why do some women feel blue while others seem to skate through these transitions?read more »

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Employees Waste More Than One Day a Week on Non-Work Activities

20 Jul 15:23 | Business

If you've ever felt like there's not enough time in the work week, your cell phone and list of errands may be to blame. Professionals surveyed said they squander an average of 56 minutes per day, or the equivalent of nearly five hours a week, using their mobile device for non-work activities in the office. read more »

High levels of antibiotic-resistance in Indian poultry farming raises concerns

20 Jul 13:20 | World

A new study from India raises questions about the dangers to human health of farming chicken with growth-promoting antibiotics--including some of the same drugs used in raising millions of chickens in the United States and worldwide.read more »

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Treated hydraulic fracturing wastewater may pollute area water sources for years

20 Jul 11:06 | U.S. News

Given Pennsylvania's abundant natural resources, it's no surprise that the Commonwealth has become a mecca for hydraulic fracturing. Researchers, however, have recently discovered that releasing millions of gallons of treated hydraulic fracturing wastewater each year into area surface waters may have longer-lasting effects than originally thought.read more »

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Report Finds More People Warned Against Tobacco Use, But Industry Interference Continues

20 Jul 09:14 | World

Despite measures protecting a majority of people from tobacco-related illness and death, the tobacco industry continues to hamper Government efforts to fully implement life and cost-saving interventions, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported. read more »

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Did Life Begin On Land Rather Than In The Sea?

19 Jul 17:11 | World

For three years, Tara Djokic, a Ph.D. student at the University of New South Wales Sydney, scoured the forbidding landscape of the Pilbara region of Western Australia looking for clues to how ancient microbes could have produced the abundant stromatolites that were discovered there in the 1970s.read more »

How Poverty May Affect Children's Behavior

19 Jul 14:08 | U.S. News

In a recent study of young children experiencing homelessness, high-quality parenting was associated with better peer relationships and protection from internalizing problems in the context of family adversity.read more »

Fear Of Arrest Stops Some Needed Calls To 911 After Opioid Overdose

19 Jul 11:23 | U.S. News

Fear of being arrested still undercuts an Indiana law that shields anyone who administers naloxone from criminal charges, according to a survey conducted by two researchers at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Naloxone is a lifesaving emergency antidote for opioid overdose.read more »

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The UN Actually Does Prevent War, According To Study

19 Jul 09:15 | World

The United Nations has been effective at suppressing conflict throughout its history, according to an analysis of more than 65 years of voting records conducted by Dartmouth College and The Ohio State University. read more »

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Individualistic Practices And Values Increasing Around The World: Study

18 Jul 17:21 | World

Individualism is thought to be on the rise in Western countries, but new research suggests that increasing individualism may actually be a global phenomenon. read more »

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'No Solid Evidence' For Biopesticide-Diarrhea Link

18 Jul 15:17 | World

A report commissioned by EU food regulators wrongly linked a highly effective biopesticide with diarrhoea in humans, an expert says.read more »

New Assessment Identifies Global Hotspots For Water Conflict

18 Jul 13:12 | World

More than 1,400 new dams or water diversion projects are planned or already under construction and many of them are on rivers flowing through multiple nations, fueling the potential for increased water conflict between some countries.read more »

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New Model Projects An Increase In Dust Storms In The US

18 Jul 11:08 | U.S. News

Could the storms that once engulfed the Great Plains in clouds of black dust in the 1930's once again wreak havoc in the U.S.? read more »

Civilians Continue To Bear The Brunt Of Afghanistan's 'Ugly War'

18 Jul 09:05 | World

Civilians lives – including those of women and children – continue to be lost at record high levels amid a worsening toll of suicide attacks, the United Nations mission in Afghanistan said.read more »

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The Last Survivors On Earth

17 Jul 17:04 | World

The world's most indestructible species, the tardigrade, an eight-legged micro-animal, also known as the water bear, will survive until the Sun dies, according to a new Oxford University collaboration.read more »

Firearm-Safety Class Rates In US Little Changed In 20 Years

17 Jul 15:19 | U.S. News

Only about three in five U.S. firearm owners have received any formal gun training, according to a new study from the University of Washington.read more »

UK Not Ready For Brexit's Impact On Food, Report Warns

17 Jul 13:04 | World

The UK is unprepared for the most complex ever change to its food system, which will be required before Brexit, according to a new briefing paper published by SPRU, the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex.read more »

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9/11 Survivors May Be At Increased Risk Of Heart And Lung Disease Years Later

17 Jul 11:11 | U.S. News

People who were exposed to the dust cloud or sustained physical injuries during the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre on September 11, 2001 may be at increased long-term risk of asthma, other respiratory diseases and heart attack, according to a study.read more »

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'Smart' Money Moving To 'Green' Financing, Says Report

17 Jul 09:09 | World

Even though investments towards sustainable development in developing countries have fallen short by nearly $2.5 trillion each year, emerging financial products and encouraging policies illustrate that both public and private sectors are serious about correcting that trend, a new report says.read more »

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