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Many freshman female students have experienced at least some type of rape, according to a new study. The study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, looked at 483 women who were a representative sample of the freshman class and who volunteered to partake in the study. The women filled out questionnaires when they arrived on campus and at the end of their fall semester.

Marijuana-052214.jpg Habitual marijuana use may cause early puberty and stunt growth amongst teenage boys, according to a new study from researchers at the Agriculture University Rawalpindi in Pakistan. For the study the researchers collected health data from 220 non-smoking and 217 cannabis-addicted boys. They found elevated levels of puberty hormones like testosterone and luteinising hormone among the smokers.

Pregnantwoman-052215.jpg Pregnant women should limit the use of paracetamol, as long-term use of the painkiller could affect the reproductive health of their sons, a new study suggests. For the study, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, scientists engineered a system to mimic the conditions of human pregnancy as closely as possible.

Depressed-052215.jpg Men with sleep apnea may be at a greater risk for depression than those without the condition, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia. For the study the researchers examined health records from 860 men between the ages of 35 to 83 with an average age of 60. Over the course of the five-year study the researchers tested each of the men for depression.

Pinkribbon-052215.jpg Breast density may not necessarily indicate greater risk of developing breast cancer, according to a new study from researchers at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. For the study the researchers examined health records from 365,426 women aged 40 to 74 years who had 831,455 total digital mammograms.

Apple-052115.jpg Should you let your kids drink apple juice and eat applesauce on a regular basis? Kids love it, but often parents worry the sugar will lead to problems with obesity and overall nutrition.

texting-100714.jpg Looking hot today? It might not matter. If the person you are trying to attract has a low sex drive, it may be difficult to grab their attention, no matter how much you primp or preen.

Insomniacs may have a lower tolerance for pain than people who do not consider themselves insomniacs. Researchers at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Bergen examined over 10,000 adults who reported their sleep levels and perceived insomnia. The subjects then underwent a standard pain sensitivity test in which they had to hold their hand in cold water for a set amount of time.

Celiacdisease-051415.jpg Celiac disease may cause significant damage to the human nervous system, according to a new study from researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. For the study the researchers looked at more than 28,000 people with the disease and another 139,000 without. They found that compared to the control group, those with Celiac disorder were far more likely to suffer from nerve damage.

Autismribbon-051415.jpg A new study has collected data on the possible reasons why boys are diagnosed with autism more frequently than girls. In the study, the researchers from UC Davis suggest that girls with autism have a far different brain anatomy than girls without the condition and this variation is much wider than in boys on either side of the spectrum.

Blutspende-051415.jpg The FDA has reportedly confirmed plans to lift their ban on blood donation from gay male donors. The FDA had previously banned blood donation from gay men to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS, but now says that this risk is not a concern. "No transmissions of HIV, hepatitis B virus, or hepatitis C virus have been documented through U.S.-licensed plasma derived products in the past two decades."

pinkribbon-051415.jpg MRI technology may help predict breast cancer risk for some women, according to a new study from researchers at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and assistant professor at the University of Washington. For the study the researchers examined links between breast density and background parenchymal enhancement (BPE) and cancer risk.

BloodDonation-051315.jpg Following through on a change in policy originally announced last December, the Food and Drug Administration released draft guidance Tuesday that lifts the lifetime ban on blood donations by gay men.

Couples-051215.jpg Increased sexual activity may not lead to greater overall happiness, according to a new study from researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. For the study the researchers collected data from 128 married heterosexual couples between the ages of 35 and 65. Despite the thought that more sex leads to greater happiness, those who had the most sex reported a decrease in happiness.

Chocolate-051215.jpg Dark chocolate may help increase lifespan and overall alertness, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Arizona. For the study the researchers enlisted the help of 122 students, giving them either dark chocolate to eat or a placebo. They then tested all of the subjects using an electroencephalography (EEG) machine.

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