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A majority of Americans support mandatory birth control coverage as part of Obamacare, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Michigan. In the study the researchers found that 69 percent of all the respondents were in favor of such coverage. "In this study, women, blacks, and Hispanics were more likely to support coverage of birth control medications than were men . . ."
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Money-042314.jpg There are thousands of types of bacteria living on paper money, according to research conducted at New York University. The study identified 3,000 types of bacteria on dollar bills from a Manhattan bank. Most of the bacteria matched microbes found on skin while others matched those found in mouths and even some found in vaginas. migraine-111412.jpg Two new drugs - ALD403 and LY2951742 - may offer hope for those who suffer from migraines, according to research conducted at the University of California and Kings College London. The studies, presented at the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting, calls the drugs' approach "preventative": "We've identified a new preventive treatment for migraines . . ." Chronicpain-102513.jpg Unusually low pain tolerance may actually be linked with a specific gene variant, according to a new study from researchers at independent firm Proove Biosciences. For the study researchers examined 2,700 chronic pain patients, looking specifically at a handful of genes. They focused on the genes COMT, DRD2, DRD1 and OPRK1, which have previously been associated with chronice pain. More
AlzheimerAssociation-040611.jpg Women are nearly twice as susceptible to Alzheimer's disease in their 60's, according to new statistics from the Alzheimer's Association. A new study, published in the Annals of Neurology, found that a specific gene variant called ApoE4 substantially increases a woman's risk for Alzheimer's disease. Researchers analyzed the records of over 8,000 people who had been monitored over time. ventilator-022014.jpg Sleep apnea may be linked to poor bone health, according to a new study which shows that people who suffer from the sleep disorder may be at an increased risk of developing osteoporosis. The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, shows that people with sleep apnea were 2.7 times more likely to be diagnosed with osteoporosis, especially women and older people. image3-030514.jpg U.S. Democratic lawmakers have accused manufacturers of e-cigarettes of targeting youths at music festivals. The accusations come following the release of a report, "Gateway to Addiction," a survey of e-cigarette marketing submitted to Congress by several dems. Surveying nine e-cig makers, the study found that six had sponsored or provided free samples at 348 events in the last two years. More
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False-Positive Mammograms Don't Deter Women From Future Screening, Study Says



False-positive mammograms do not deter women from getting screened in the future, according to research conducted at Dartmouth University. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, noted increased anxiety among those who get false positives but does not lead to antipathy toward the procedure. "Our study showed that anxiety from false-positive mammograms was temporary . . ."
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Ragwitek Approved To Treat Ragweed Allergies



Ragwitek, a once-a-day tablet, has been approved by the FDA to treat allergies to ragweed in adults aged 18 to 65. The drug contains an extract from short ragweed pollen to treat short ragweed pollen induced allergic rhinitis (hay fever), with or without conjunctivitis (eye inflammation). "The approval of Ragwitek offers millions of adults living with ragweed pollen allergies . . ."
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Eating Beans Lowers Risk Of Heart Disease



Those who eat beans may be at a lesser risk of heart disease than those who do not, according to research conducted at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. The study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, noted that beans, peas or lentils can significantly reduce "bad cholesterol" and therefore the risk of cardiovascular disease.
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Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy Linked To Autism In Boys



Women who use SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy are more likely to have children afflicted with autism, according to research conducted at Johns Hopkins University. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that boys with autism were three times as likely to have been exposed to SSRIs in the womb.
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