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Marijuana-021915.jpg A marijuana extract may help reduce the frequency and strength of seizures in people with severe epilepsy, a new study has found. The study, which took place over twelve weeks at New York University's Langone Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, examined 137 people (aged toddler to adult) who had severe epilepsy.

crackingknuckles-041615.jpg New data may shed light on what actually happens in the hand when knuckles crack. For the study, a team of researchers from the University of Alberta used MRI technology to captures images of what may occur within the knuckle joints when cracked. According to the researchers, the cracking sound comes from the formation of gas-filled bubbles that develop as a result of the changing pressure.

babyFood-041615.jpg Beech-Nut has recalled a selection of their baby foods due to the potential threat of glass pieces breaking off in their jars. The recalls have been classified as "class I" by the FDA, meaning that there is a "reasonable possibility" of health risk with the products. The baby foods in question include "Stage 2 Beech-Nut CLASSICS sweet potato and chicken."

sleep-041715.jpg Heavy snoring and sleep apnea may be linked with earlier decline in memory and cognition, according to a new study from researchers at the NYU Langone Medical Center. For the study the researchers reviewed health records for over 2,000 patients between the ages of 50 and 90. The patients were classed as either free of any memory problems, having early forms of mild cognitive impairment (MCI).

Tylenol-040215.jpg Acetaminophen has long been used to control minor pains but it may also dull emotions, according to a new study from researchers at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. For the study the researchers enlisted 80 college students to take either a 1000mg dose of the drug or a placebo. Each of the study participants were then shown a series of photographs.

Gun-040915.jpg Anger management problems may play a great role in violent gun crimes than major mental illnesses, according to a new studio from researchers at the Harvard Medical School. For the study the researchers examined data collected from over 5,000 participants as part of the National Comorbidity Study Replication.

fishoil-040715.jpg Some fish oils could counteract the effects of chemotherapy, according to a new study from researchers in Holland. They found that oils from several fish including herring, mackerel and three other fish increased the levels of a potentially dangerous fatty acid in mice with cancer. They found specifically that those mice taking any of these fish oils had a spike in a fatty acid called 16:4(n-3).

cow-040715.jpg Parents who buy breast milk online may be purchasing milk contaminated with at least 10 percent cow's milk, according to a new study. For the study, published online in the journal Pediatrics, researchers bought 102 samples of advertised human milk online and tested the DNA in each one. They found that 10 samples contained at least 10 percent of cow's milk.

greentea-040715.jpg Drinking green tea is linked to a lower risk for dementia and mild declines in thinking and memory among older people, a new Japanese study shows. The study, presented by Knud Larsen, PhD, of Aarhus University, looked at the tea and coffee-drinking habits of people older than 60. They were grouped by how often they drank green tea: not at all, one to six days a week, or every day.

coffeecup-040715.jpg New research suggests that an increased risk of malignant melanoma may be linked to cheap vacation packages. According to the new study, released by Cancer Research UK, approximately 5,700 retirees in Great Britain are diagnosed malignant melanoma each year, compared to 600 in the mid-1970s. The study also shows that older men in Great Britain are around 10 times more likely to be diagnosed.

jogging-040715.jpg While its common knowledge that exercising leads to a better, healthier life, a new study shows that vigorous exercise can make you live longer. People who exercised vigorously up to 30 percent of the time had a 9 percent reduced risk of dying; those whose exercise was vigorous more than 30 percent of the time reduced their mortality risk by 13 percent.

Flaming-cocktails-040215.jpg New research shows that allowing children to taste alcohol could lead to problems with early drinking. Brown University researchers found that kids who tasted an alcoholic beverage before they started middle school were five times more likely to have a whole drink by ninth grade, compared with classmates who had not tasted alcohol. Young sippers were also four times as likely to binge drink.

MilitaryPolice-040215.jpg A new study shows that military suicide rates are not linked to deployment or being near a war zone, as had been previously thought. The study examined 3.9 million U.S. troops who had served in the armed forces during the first six years after the September 11, 2001 attacks. Researchers found similar rates of suicide regardless of deployment status.

PregnantWoman-040215.jpg A new review shows that taking iron supplements doesn't necessary improve health outcomes for pregnant mothers and their babies. The review, conducted by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), looked at data from 11 trials on pregnant women who took iron supplements.

singleApple-040215.jpg Contrary to the old saying, an apple day will not keep the doctor away, a new study shows. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, researched the eating habits of 8,399 Americans, separated into a group of 753 who ate at least one small apple every day. These apple eaters were generally healthier and better educated than the general populace.

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