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Those with abnormally large tongues may be at a higher risk for developing sleep apnea, according to research conducted at the University of Pennsylvania. The study published in the journal Sleep, collected data on 90 obese adults with sleep apnea and 31 obese adults without the disorder. Obese participants with sleep apnea had significantly greater tongue volumes.


injection-092214.jpg More schools have begun stocking allergic reaction shots following a rise in the number of states mandating their presence. According to Food Allergy Research & Education, just two states - New Hampshire and Rhode Island - have no current or pending legislation regarding stocking epinephrine in schools. "An anaphylactic reaction can progress rapidly and can be fatal," Dr. Scott Sicherer said.
marijuana-122012.jpg New statistics show that 1 in 10 Americans have gone to work while high on marijuana. A joint poll from and SurveyMonkey of 534 Americans found that about 9.7 percent of U.S. workers have gone to work after smoking weed. Some 81 percent of those bought the drug illegally, the poll found. Those people did not purchase the marijuana in Colorado or Washington. erectiledysfunction-091814.jpg The FDA has issued its approval to a new fast-acting erectile dysfunction drug from Vivus and Auxilium. The new drug is called Stendra (avanafil) and marks the first ED drug approved by the FDA that can be taken approximately 15 minutes before sexual activity. Wayne JG Hellstrom says it could provide a viable new option to ED patients. 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. More
urine-102413.jpg A new urine test could help detect the presence of HPV, according to a new study from researchers at the Women's Health Research Unit at the Blizard Institute of Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. For the study the researchers reviewed health records from 14 previous studies involving 1,443 women. exercise-091614.jpg Performing Kegel exercises could help treat bladder incontinence, according to a new study from researchers at the Mayo Clinic. The exercises including a series of movements designed to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles may provide a non-drug option for some patients. The American College of Physicians has included Kegel exercises in their guidelines as a treatment option for UI. Antidepressants-042312.jpg Contrary to the conclusions of previous studies, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a common form of anti-depressant, may not cause miscarriages in women, according to research conducted at Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark. The study, published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, surveyed 1,279,840 pregnancies from 1997 through 2010. More

Breastfeeding May Cut Risk For Aggressive Breast Cancer In Black Women

Black mothers who choose to not breastfeed may be at a higher risk of breast cancer than those who do, according to research conducted at Boston University's Slone Epidemiology Center. The study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, surveyed data on nearly 3,700 black breast cancer patients.

FDA Warns Doctors Of Danger From Fake Drugs

The FDA has warned doctors that there has been an increase in the number of wholesale distributors selling fake drugs on the rise. "While the U.S. health care supply chain is one of the most secure and sophisticated in the world, there is a growing network of rogue wholesale drug distributors selling potentially unsafe drugs in the U.S. market," says the FDA.

Fish Oil Has Little Effect On Irregular Heartbeat

Fish oil supplements may not help improve an irregular heartbeat, according to research conducted at the University of Montreal. The study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, compared 337 patients with atrial fibrillation - one group taking a fish oil supplement and the other taking a placebo.

Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs May Help After Certain Strokes

People taking cholesterol drugs, also known as statins, may be more likely to survive from a stroke than those who don't take the drugs, according to research conducted at Kaiser Permanente. The study, published in JAMA Neurology, surveyed data on 3,481 patients admitted to a Kaiser Permanente hospital over a ten year span.
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