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FDA approval of Zohydro ER pain medication met with disapproval

Friday, February 28th, 2014

A new medication, Zohydro ER, is a pain reliever that is in the middle of controversy. Some people have raised concern about the medicine’s potential dangers. The medicine has been approved by the FDA for chronic pain treatment in some patients, but some consumer groups have called for reconsidering the FDA’s approval, citing potential addiction […]

Oophorectomy in BRCA mutation women reduces other cancer risks

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations in women are linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, and women with these mutations often undergo ovary removal surgeries (oophorectomy). A recent study indicates that these women had a lower risk of other kinds of cancer, like fallopian tube, peritoneum and ovarian cancer, as compared to those women who […]

Depression medicines have a bigger psychological side effect than expected

Monday, February 24th, 2014

A recent study reports that antidepressants may have more than a few common side effects, despite helping depression patients live better and happier lives. The study showed a majority of the participating patients report side effects such as aggression, emotional numbness and sexual difficulties. The study was done researchers led by Professor John Read, from […]

Possible link between obesity/hormonal birth control and multiple sclerosis

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Two recent studies have found possible links between hormonal birth control use and obesity with multiple sclerosis, an immune disorders with unclear causes. These two studies may shed new light into what causes multiple sclerosis. One study, which was led by Jorge Correale, MD, of the Raul Carrera Institute for Neurological Research in Buenos Aires, […]

Risky indoor tanning prevalent among teenagers

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

A recent study showed that high school students commonly undergo indoor tanning, a procedure with a risk factor for skin cancer, especially among younger users. This study also discovered a possible correlation between tanning and other high-risk behaviors like binge drinking. The study was led by Gery P. Guy Jr, PhD, MPH of the Division […]

Older fathers may increase the risk of ADHD and Autism in children

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

A recent study suggests that children with older fathers may have a greater risk of ADHD and autism, apart from bipolar disorder and other potential psychiatric conditions. These children also had a greater risk of dropping out from school. Brian M. D’Onofrio, PhD, from the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University in […]

Tooth extraction may increase surgery risks

Monday, February 17th, 2014

According to a recent study by the Mayo Clinic  in Minnesota, USA, tooth extractions done before cardiac surgery may increase the risk of serious adverse outcomes to the surgery. The researchers associated with this study found that around 8 percent of the 205 patients that participated reported serious adverse outcomes with a 30-day period after […]

Length of sleep linked to genetic risk of depression

Friday, February 14th, 2014

A recent study suggests that long or short sleep durations may be linked to an increased genetic risk of depression. The study was led by Nathaniel Watson from the University of Washington Medicine Sleep Center, Seattle. “As sleep duration moved away from the extremes and toward the ‘normal’ range, the effect of the non-shared environment […]

Salt intake in teens linked to heavier bodies and inflammation

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

A recent study showed that teens who had lots of sodium had a higher chance of developing more body fat and weighing more than those who consumed less salt. This link was found even after accounting for total calories and soda consumption. The study was led by Haidong Zhu, MD, PhD from the Georgia Prevention […]

Adult vaccination rates low in 2012

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

A recent US survey suggests that adult vaccination levels need to grow after overall rates were found to be low in 2012. Still, there were small increased noted in the number of human papillomavirus (HPV) and shingles vaccinations in the year. The study, which was based on a national phone survey, was led by Walter […]

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