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A diet rich in tomatoes may reduce the likelihood of contracting prostate cancer, according to research conducted at the Universities of Bristol, Cambridge and Oxford. The study, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, found that men who eat more than ten portions of tomatoes each week have an 18 percent lower risk of developing the disease.
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Bilicam-082814.jpg BiliCam, a new smartphone app, allows users to detect jaundice in newborn babies by simply snapping a picture. The disorder, often difficult to detect in newborns, is caused by insufficient elimination of the chemical bilirubin in the baby's system. Babies who do not sufficiently expel the chemical can often appear yellow; however, the discoloration isn't always apparent to the naked eye.
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marijuana-122012.jpg Couples who smoke pot together are less likely to experience domestic violence, according to research conducted at the University at Buffalo. The study, published in the journal of Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, surveyed 634 couples through the first nine years of marriage. Roughly 22 percent of women and 28 percent of men reported using pot. img4-802514.jpg Those who do not get regular eye exams as they get older have an increased risk of death, according to a new report. In the new study, published in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology, scientists looked at data from the Salisbury Eye Evaluation, which tracked the vision and health of people ages 65 to 84 living in Salisbury, Maryland, from 1993 through 2003. tatookit-081214.jpg The FDA has issued a recall on some home tattoo kits, claiming that they could cause harmful infections. The kits included in the recall are those marketed by White and Blue Lion, Inc. Both companies issued recalls on these products in July, but now the FDA is also requesting that customers return these products to the manufacturers immediately. More
schoolgirl-082114.jpg American teens are giving birth at the lowest rate since 1940 because of contraception use and abstinence, according to research conducted by the CDC. The government agency found that 277,749 babies were born to mothers under the age of 20 in 2013, the lowest number since data began being collected. hypodermicneedle-052812_10Jul12.jpg A new study suggests that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine can protect people for at least eight years. In this study, published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers recruited 1,781 boys and girls between the ages of nine and 15 who were not sexually active. The participants were randomly assigned to the vaccine or the placebo group. hospitalbeds-081214.jpg One in six lupus patients are likely to wind up back in the hospital within one month of their initial visit, according to a new study from researchers at the Division of Rheumatology at the University of California-San Francisco. For the study the researchers reviewed health records of 31,903 Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients aged 18 and up between the years of 2008 and 2009. More

WHO Urges Ban Of E-Cigarettes Indoors



The World Health Organization [WHO] has called for a ban on the indoor use of electronic cigarettes. The health agency also suggested a ban on the advertising of e-cigs to minors, as well as further regulation of the industry. According to the WHO, e-cig vapor may increase background air levels of nicotine and other toxins.
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New Drug May Help Grow Hair Back In Alopecia Patients



A drug that is commonly used to treat bone marrow cancer may help to restore hair in patients with an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss, a new study has found. The study, published online August 17 in the journal Nature Medicine, found that the drug ruxolitinib (brand name: Jakafi) helped to restore hair growth in a small number of patients with alopecia areata.
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High-Intensity Workouts Safe For Heart Transplant Patients



New research shows that high intensity workouts are safe for heart transplant patients. The study, released online in the American Journal of Transplantation, included 16 stable heart transplant patients who'd had their new heart for more than a year, who continued their recommended moderate workouts while others did high-intensity exercise.
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September Is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month



September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month during which we are urged to remember that "silence hurts us all." The campaign encourages everyone to fight the stigma of mental illness by reaching out to those who may need help and by sharing one's own experiences with mental health disorders. Many localities are scheduling walks, fundraisers or other activities to raise awareness.
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