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Depressed-073015.jpg A panel of medical experts suggest that adults should be screened for depression by their primary care physician. The proposal will be open for public comment until August 24. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommend that adults be screened in doctors' offices if staff-assisted depression care is available.

Fluzonevaccine-073015.jpg The use of less-than-perfect vaccines, or "leaky" vaccines, can lead to evolution of more deadly versions of a virus, researchers have confirmed. The findings, which appeared in the journal PLoS Biology, featured scientific experiments with the herpes virus such as the one that causes Marek's disease in poultry, show that some vaccines could allow more-virulent versions of a virus to survive.

child-073015.jpg Young children who suffer from glue ear, a middle-ear problem that can affect hearing development, can be treated simply by blowing up a balloon through a nostril, a new study shows. Researchers studied 320 children aged four to 11 who had recent histories of otitis media with effusion, and confirmed fluid in one or both ears.

Sleepingbaby-072815.jpg According to a new study, many new mothers receive no advice from healthcare professionals at the hospital on how to place their infants for sleep, the best options for sleeping arrangements or breastfeeding. The study, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, showed about 20 percent of mothers got no advice from doctors on breastfeeding or how to position their baby.

Glucosetest-072815.jpg High blood sugar associated with prediabetes may increase the risk for Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests. The study, published online in JAMA Neurology, involved researchers conducting memory tests on 150 adults with no mental impairments, at average age of 61. The researchers also measured insulin resistance and had the participants undergo a PET brain scan.

Ecigarettes-072815.jpg A new study suggests that teens engaging in the use of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are more likely to try the real thing. The study, published online in the journal Pediatrics, included nearly 2,100 California high school students and found that one-quarter had ever "vaped" (tried e-cigarettes). Ten percent of the teens were currently using e-cigarettes.

A new study shows that men gain an average of nearly five pounds after having kids. The study, published in the American Journal of Men's Health, finds that new dads gain an average of about 4.4 pounds after having kids. The study kept track of weight changes among more than 10,000 men over 20 years. In comparison, the average man of the same height without kids actually lost 1.4 pounds.

NOVAMOXIN-072215.jpg Children treated with antibiotics have an increased risk of developing juvenile arthritis, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that children prescribed antibiotics increased their risk of juvenile arthritis by about twice as much as kids and teens the same age who were not treated with the drugs.

smilingbaby-072215.jpg A new study has found that birth order does not have an effect on personality or intelligence. The study, published in the Journal of Research in Personality, said to be the biggest birth order study ever to look at personality and intelligence, analyzed 377,000 high school students. It found first-borns enjoy a one-IQ point advantage over later-borns, which is statistically significant.

Marijuana-072215.jpg A study conducted by Israeli scientists indicates that a compound in the plant helps heal bone fractures. The new study, published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, found that broken bones healed faster and stronger when the patient received the non-psychoactive compound cannabidiol, or CBD. Researchers administered CBD to a group of rats with mid-femoral fractures.

BrainPic-072215.jpg A new series of studies suggests that women's brains may be more vulnerable to contracting Alzheimer's disease than men. The studies were presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Washington, D.C. Another study suggests that women's daily activities and cognitive abilities decline faster than men's after undergoing surgery with general anesthesia.

sittingwoman-071615.jpg A new study has found that too much sitting could increase the risk of cancer in women. Women in the study, reported in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, who sat more than six hours a day were at a higher risk of developing breast cancer, ovarian cancer and the blood cancer multiple myeloma compared with women who sat less than three hours a day.

Contrary to popular belief, a new study reveals that most women do not regret having an abortion. Researchers looked at 667 women who had abortions between 2008 and 2010 at 30 U.S. clinics. The participants answered questions about their experiences every six months for three years after the procedure.

The FDA has offered their approval on a new first-line treatment for metastatic lung cancer patients. The drug, called Iressa (gefitinib), is a kinase inhibitor that prevents the development of proteins that contribute to the creation of cancerous cells. The drug is specifically geared towards patients with a specific epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR).

Those in the funeral industry who frequently use formaldehyde in embalming fluid may be at an increased risk of developing ALS, according to a new study from researchers at the Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in Boston. The study focused specifically on male funeral directors.

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