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eatingdisorder-091514.jpg Some autoimmune diseases have been linked to the development of eating disorders, according to research conducted at the University of Helsinki. The study, published in the journal PLoS One, surveyed data on 2,000 Finnish patients suffering from anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorders. The team found that roughly nine percent of patients suffering from eating disorders.

drugpoison-091514.jpg Just a few popular medications are responsible for sending a large number of kids to the hospital for accidental poisonings, according to research conducted by the CDC. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that each year from 2007 to 2011 roughly 9,500 kids were hospitalized from accidental ingestion of prescription medications.

velo-071114.jpg Those who walk, cycle or commute to work self-report higher levels of well-being than those who drive, according to research conducted at UEA's Norwich Medical School. The study, published in the journal Preventative Medicine, surveyed data on nearly 18,000 British commuters. "One surprising finding was that commuters reported feeling better when travelling by public transport . . ."

antibiotics-052114.jpg Kids are inaccurately prescribed antibiotics for ear and throat infections at an alarming rate, according to research conducted at the University of Washington and Seattle Children's Hospital. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, surveyed studies published from 2000-2011 on prescriptions for children 18 and younger.

img1-042414.jpg A new study suggests that there may be a connection between memory loss and a rare blood type in later life. The study, published in Neurology, found that AB blood group people, about 4 percent of the population, are more likely to face memory loss problems when compared to those with other blood types or groups.

AlzheimerAssociation-040611.jpg A new study suggests that older adults who regularly use sedatives for anxiety or insomnia may have a heightened risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. The drugs in question are benzodiazepines, sedatives that include lorazepam (Ativan), diazepam (Valium) and alprazolam (Xanax). The study, published online in journal BMJ, examined the histories of nearly 1,800 older adults with Alzheimer's.

Fatshaming-091114.jpg Fat shaming, or the harassing of overweight people, can actually make the obesity problem worse, a new study has found. Researchers at University College London asked 3,000 people if they had ever faced discrimination on the basis of their weight. Of those respondents, 5 percent said they had experienced discrimination, less respect, poor service at retail outlets.

genes-091114.jpg Scientists have discovered a gene that may lead to a longer life by delaying aging. Researchers at UCLA have found a way to activate a gene (called AMPK) in fruit flies. By activating the gene, they found a way for the cells of the fruit flies to flush out cellular debris that has been linked to age-related diseases, extending the life of the fruit flies by almost a third.

diaebtes-091014.jpg Prediabetes increases the risk of cancer by 15 percent, according to research conducted at the First People's Hospital of Shunde, China. The meta-analysis, published in the journal Diabetologia, looked at 16 studies, surveying nearly 900,000 people. The team found the greatest link in cancers that occur in the liver, stomach, pancreas, breast and endometrium.

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.

Vitamins-050812_12Sep12.jpg Low doses of fish oil may help reduce the number of seizures experienced by those with epilepsy that no longer respond to drugs, according to research conducted at the University of California. The study, published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, surveyed 24 people with epilepsy that could not be treated with traditional drugs.

Autism-042412_04Jun12.jpg Parents who engage in therapeutic play with children exhibiting early signs of autism may reverse the trends, according to research conducted at UC Davis. The study, published in the journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, tested a play program on seven kids aged 6 to 15 months. The team found that using a therapeutic play program helped six of the seven kids normalize their learning.

kidney-012513.jpg Thyroid and kidney cancer rates are on the rise in U.S. kids, according to research conducted by the CDC. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that from 2001-2009 there were about 120,000 new cancer diagnoses among infants and children aged 1-19. One particular type of kidney cancer - renal carcinoma - saw an average increase of 5.4 percent per year over the past ten years.

MelanomaTreatment-070113.jpg The FDA has approved Keytruda, a drug manufactured by Merk & Co. Inc. to treat patients with advanced stages of melanoma. Keytruda was tested on 600 patients with advanced forms of melanoma with the majority showing significant improvement. "Keytruda is the sixth new melanoma treatment approved since 2011, a result of promising advances in melanoma research," says the FDA's Dr. Richard Pazdur.

asthma1-071411.jpg Men who smoke before becoming fathers may put their children at an increased risk of asthma, according to research conducted at the University of Bergen. The study, presented at the European Respiratory Society meeting in Munich, analyzed the smoking habits of 13,000 men and women, while looking for asthma incidence in their kids.