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A brain wave test may be able to detect signs of autism in children and adolescents, according to research conducted at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The study, published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, found that the brains of kids with severe autism respond differently to certain audio-visual stimuli than the brains of those kids without autism.

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. 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. 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

Wild Berry Extract May Increase Effectiveness Of Pancreatic Cancer Drug

The extract of a wild berry native to North America may strengthen the effectiveness of a chemotherapy drug commonly used to treat pancreatic cancer, according to a new study. Research, published online in the Journal of Clinical Pathology, suggests that adding nutraceuticals to chemotherapy cycles may improve the effectiveness of conventional drugs, particularly in hard to treat cancers.

FDA Approves New AstraZeneca/Nektar Constipation Drug

The FDA has issued its approval on a new constipation drug from Nektrar Pharma and AstraZeneca. The new drug, called Movantik (naloxegol), is aimed at reducing the constipation associated with opioid pain killers without reducing the central pain killing effects. It is the first drug in its class approved by the FDA and is likely to hit the market two to three years before any competing drugs.

Eating More Fruit Cuts Heart Disease Risk, Study Says

Eating fruit every day lowers the risk of getting heart and stroke problems by up to 40 percent, a new study suggests. The study, published in the European Heart Journal, found that the more fruit people ate, the more their risk of getting cardiovascular disease declined, and their blood pressure was lowered. Findings are based on a study of 451,682 people enrolled in a health study in China.

Anxiety And Sleep Drugs Are Linked To Alzheimer's In Older People

Drugs used to treat insomnia and anxiety - benzodiazepines, commonly sold under the brand names Xanax, Valium, Ativan and Klonopin - have been linked to Alzheimer's disease in the elderly. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, surveyed data on 1,796 elderly people diagnosed with Alzheimer's and 7,184 without.
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