Children born to mothers who suffer a bout of influenza during pregnancy may be at an increased risk of bipolar disorder, says a new study from researchers at Columbia University Medical Center.Lead researcher Prof Alan Brown and his team reviewed health records of babies born during the 1960s. Currently, about one in 100 people suffer from bipolar disorder.
The FDA has issued its proposal to boost consumer awareness of tanning bed use. Should the proposal be finalized the agency will reclassify sunlamp products, necessitating labeling with a warning against use by young persons. "Using indoor tanning beds can damage your skin and increase your risk of developing skin cancer," said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D.
Testing done on popular lipstick brands showed that 32 of them contain lead, cadmium, chromium, aluminum and other metals at levels which may be toxic to users, according to a study from University of California-Berkeley's School of Public Health. "Just finding these metals isn't the issue. It's the levels that matter," says co-author Katharine Hammond, professor of environmental health.
It has been recorded that 80% of Americans are not meeting the physical recommendations made by the federal government, according to a new report from the CDC published in the journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The government's Physical Activity Guidelines suggests 2.5 hours of walking or 1.25 hours of jogging per week.
Breast implants may be harmful to women who have previously survived breast cancer, says a new study from researchers in Canada. For the study, a researcher from the Quebec University Hospital reviewed data from 12 separate studies conducted since 1993. They found that 26 percent of women with breast cancer were diagnosed in later stages of cancer than women without.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force for HIV and AIDS has issued an official recommendation that everyone between the ages of 15 and 65 be tested for the deadly diseases. The task force, which was created in 2005, issued their official recommendation on Monday. "HIV is a critical public health problem, and there are still 50,000 new infections per year," said Owens.
The FDA has announced plans to review the effects of caffeine added consumer goods on teens and adolescents. Products that include added caffeine, such as Wrigley's newly released Alert Gum, is currently classified by the FDA as "generally recognized as safe" or GRAS, but could soon change. Specifically the FDA says that they will examine the new forms of caffeine delivery being employed.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a new set of guidelines for women and babies undergoing homebirth. According to NBCNews.com, the new guidelines specifically focus on care within the first hours of birth. Under the new guidelines, children who are born smaller or larger than expected should immediately be tested for high or low blood sugar.
A lift to the upper arm is the fastest growing trend in plastic surgery says a new report from researchers at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). For the study, the society reviewed data collected by plastic surgeons across the country over the last decade. They found that upper arm lift procedures have increased by a shocking 4,378% over the last ten years, as reported by surgeons.
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has suspended a clinical trial on an HIV vaccine called HVTN 505. The clinical trial involved 2,500 participants and early data showed that those who received the vaccine were slightly more likely to contract HIV than those who had a placebo. The NIAID confirmed the news in an official statement.
Young women who have surgery quickly after a breast cancer diagnosis have the best chances for survival, according to a new study from researchers at Children's Hospital of Orange County in Orange, California. For the study the researchers reviewed health records from 8,860 breast cancer patients in California between 1997 and 2006.
Women who take the epilepsy drug valproate (Depacon) during pregnancy may increase the risk of childhood autism in their children, a population-based study showed. In utero exposure to the drug was associated with elevated risks of both autism and autism spectrum disorder, Jakob Christensen, PhD, of Denmark's Aarhus University Hospital, and colleagues found.
Young adults who binge drink may be at an increased risk for heart disease later in life, says a new study from researchers at the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at The Ohio State University Medical Center. For the study researchers collected health data from 38 college students. Seventeen considered themselves binge drinkers while 19 were non-binge drinkers.
Some Americans are breathing dirtier air than they were a decade ago, says a new study from researchers at the American Lung Association. For the study the ALA researchers studied the levels of pollution in air in 1,000 U.S. cities between 2009 and 2011. Of the 25 most polluted cities half were found to have improved in the last ten years while the other have fell backwards.
Playing the video game Tetris has been put forth as a treatment for sufferers of amblyopia, a vision impairment more well known as lazy eye, according to a study published in the journal Current Biology. Researchers studied 18 adults with lazy eye. They put a pair of goggles on the participants, which allowed one eye to see the falling blocks in the game.