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Morning-After Pill Usage Increases In US

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Usage of the morning-after pill in the United States has increased over the last decade. A survey conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that roughly one in nine women has used emergency contraception. This is an increase from 4.2 percent to 11 percent since a national study was last performed… Read more »

Folic Acid May Decrease Autism Risk [Study]

Folic acid may decrease autism risk

Women who took folic acid supplements around the time of conception were less likely to give birth to a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a new study. Women who skipped folic acid supplements before conception were 2.1 times more likely to have a child later diagnosed with autistic disorder than women… Read more »

Woman Tormented With ‘Musical Hallucination’

Auditory Disorders, Hallucinating Noises, Musical Hallucination

Sixty-three-year-old Susan Root has suffered three years with a “musical hallucination,” an extremely rare condition. The song, “How Much is that Doggie in the Window,” performed by Patti Page has played in a seemingly constant, unending loop in her head. Root describes the sensation akin to having a radio you can’t turn off, the Daily… Read more »

Synthetic Marijuana Linked To Kidney Damage

Synthetic marijuana linked to kidney damage

Government researchers have found that synthetic marijuana can be linked to acute kidney injury (AKI). Between March and December 2012, 16 people in six states who smoked synthetic marijuana products such as “K2″ or “Spice” were hospitalized with kidney problems. All recovered, but five needed dialysis. All but one of the patients were male, and… Read more »

Relationship Anxiety Takes Toll On Health [Study]

Toll On Health

Relationship anxiety can take a negative toll on the immune system and overall health, making us more vulnerable to illness, according to an Ohio State University study. Research for this study focused specifically on attachment anxiety. Attachment anxiety can be present in both romantic and family associated relationships. Chronic stress can compromise immunity, and frustrating… Read more »

Happy Valentine’s Day: CDC Announces An ‘Ongoing, Severe Epidemic’ Of STDs

CDC STD

Researchers for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued two studies regarding sexually transmitted infections (STIs), each illuminating an “ongoing, severe, STD epidemic.” The studies highlight infection data related to eight of the most common communicable bacterial and viral STIs: human papillomavirus (HPV), hepatitis B, HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, and… Read more »

ADHD Symptoms Can Persist Despite Medication [Study]

chronic ADHD symptoms

Despite medical intervention, ADHD symptoms can persist in the majority of children afflicted with chronically moderate-to-severe symptoms, according to a treatment study. The Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry published study concluded children still demonstrated clinical indicators of the disruptive disorder years after being diagnosed and treated. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder… Read more »

Coca-Cola Addiction Death? Coke Denies Role In Young Woman’s Demise

coca-cola addiction death

A woman’s Coca-Cola addiction death a few years back has been cited as a possible datapoint in the relative safety of heavy soda consumption, but the soft drink maker has said it does not believe that its products pose a meaningful risk to healthy adults. The woman’s Coca-Cola addiction death occurred in New Zealand in… Read more »

An Inconsistent Potency Of Vitamin D Found In Supplements [Study]

Vitamin D

Research recently published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine suggests there is an inconsistency between what is in the vitamin D supplement bottle versus what is on the label. Over-the-counter (OTC) vitamin D supplements were tested, and researchers found each pill contained anywhere from 9 percent to 140 percent of… Read more »

Bird Flu: New Cases Discovered In China, Sparking Fears Of Outbreak

Bird Flu: New Cases Discovered In China, Sparking Fears Of OutbreakBird Flu: New Cases Discovered In China, Sparking Fears Of Outbreak

The bird flu has been discovered in two new cases in China in what has become the second outbreak in that country this year. The cases were discovered in Guiyang, located in Southwest China. There a 21-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man tested positive for the H1N1 bird flu virus over the weekend, the Global… Read more »

Genetically Modified Smallpox Vaccine Effective In Liver Cancer Research [Study]

Vaccine Treatment

A genetically modified smallpox vaccine has shown to be effective in the treatment of shrinking primary and, in some cases, eliminating secondary tumors in advanced-stage liver cancer patients, extending survivability, according to new research. Jennerex, Inc., also known as Jennerex Biotherapeutics, is a private clinical-stage biotherapeutics company whose research focuses on the development and commercialization… Read more »

Canker Sore Drug May Be Effective Weight Loss Solution [Study]

Mice Weight Loss

An off-patent drug used to treat canker sores has been found to cause significant weight loss in obese mice, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Michigan found that weight loss occurred without any change to the diet and exercise habits of the test subjects. The study surrounds the use of Amlexanox,… Read more »

Is The Secret To Beauty In Your Cat’s Litter Box?

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Are you tired of overpriced creams and scrubs that provide little to no results? Or are you a budget buyer when scouring the beauty isle for the cure-all of facial treatments? Are you a risk taker, willing to experiment with new fad regimens? If so, go to the pet department and get yourself a bag… Read more »

Trouble Sleeping? Your Diet May Be To Blame

A new study suggests that diet affects sleep.

You are what you eat. And you may sleep how you eat too. A new study suggests that diet affects sleep patterns. The study, conducted by the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, shows an association between what we eat and how we sleep. To make this connection, researchers examined the daily caloric intake… Read more »

Fake Cancer Drug: FDA Warns Against New Batch Of Fake Avastin

Fake Cancer Drug

The FDA has issued a warning against a fake cancer drug being distributed to medical practices in the United States. The Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it is alerting medical professionals about a counterfeit batch of Avastin currently circulating domestically. Avastin is typically used in the treatment of cancers affecting the colon, lung,… Read more »

A Neurologist Thinks He’s Found Where Evil Lives In The Minds Of Violent Offenders

Brain Scans Reveal Dark Mass Of Evil

German neurologist, Bremen scientist Dr. Gerhard Roth, believes he’s discovered where evil truly lives, as “dark patches” within the brain. The scientist has managed to classify evil in three groups after reviewing the minds of killers and rapists, essentially hardened criminals with extremely aggressive natures. He believes this “dark patch” is associated, and perhaps even… Read more »

Older Mothers And IVF Pushing Up Birth Defect Rate, Says Study

Older Mothers and IVF driving up birth defect rate says a new study

Growing numbers of older mothers and use of in vitro fertilization (IVF) has led to a significant increase in the number of babies born with birth defects since the 1980s, says a study. The study, which is based on data from a group of clinicians called the European Surveillance of Congenital Anomalies (EUROCAT), is published… Read more »

African-American Cancer Rates Dropping, According To A New Report

African-American Cancer Rates

A new report by the American Cancer Society finds that African-American cancer rates are dropping. The most significant decrease in deaths from cancer were seen in African-American males. The report, released today, estimates that close to 200,000 cancer deaths are attributed to the rate decrease. Research indicates that lower rates of lung cancer played a… Read more »

Genetic Patch ‘Stops Deafness’ In Baby Mice, Research Finds

Genetic patch stops deafness in mice who have Usher's syndrome

A genetic patch has been found to stop deafness in baby mice. The tiny patch can be used to prevent a form of deafness that runs in families, according to animal tests. The form of deafness is caused by Usher syndrome, a genetic abnormality that can cause problems with hearing, sight, and balance. The study,… Read more »