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Yoga-030514.jpg Those who practice yoga may be at a decreased risk of heart disease, according to a new study from researchers at Erasmus University Medical Centre in Rotterdam. For the study the researchers examined records from 37 trials including 2,768 adults across Europe. They found that those who practiced yoga regularly were on average 2.75kg lighter than those who did not.

tanning-053014.jpg The use of tanning beds may be linked with thousands of emergency room visits across the country each year, according to a new study from researchers in the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control's Epidemiology and Applied Research Branch at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A new report from the CDC suggests that last year as many as 3,324 adults visited ERs nationwide.

marijuana-122012.jpg Teen marijuana use may be decreasing nationwide as more states legalize the drug for both medical and recreational use, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Michigan and the National Institutes on Drug Abuse. For the study the researchers took a poll of 40,000 8th-graders, 10th-graders and 12th-graders.

img1-022414.jpg The FDA has issued approval on a new blood test that can help predict heart disease risk. The new test, called PLAC Test for Lp-PLA2, has been approved for use in both men and women who have no previous history of heart disease. The new test uses blood analysis to look for Lp-PLA2 (lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2), an enzyme that is indicative of pulmonary inflammation.

depression-121614.jpg Antisocial behavior may be genetic, but some forms may also be triggered by environment, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Montreal and Uppsala University in Sweden. For the study, the researchers examined three different gene variants--MAOA, BDNF, and 5-HTTLPR. They found variants in each of the genes from kids that came from abusive environments.

Laughinggas-121614.jpg Nitrous Oxide, more popularly known as laughing gas, could be used to treat depression, according to research conducted at Washington University. The study, published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, tested the hypothesis on 20 people whose depression had not responded to more traditional treatments. Fourteen of 20 saw mild to significant mood improvements.

breastcancerribbon-120814.jpg Eating a low fat diet and losing as little as six pounds could significantly improve the chances of surviving breast cancer, according to a new study from researchers at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. For the study the researchers followed 2,400 women ages 48 to 79 who were diagnosed with breast cancer between 1994 and 2001.

goutattack-121214.jpg Acute gout attacks are twice as likely to happen at night and in the early morning, according to research conducted at Harvard Medical School. The study, published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology, included 700 sufferers of gout over a period of one year. During the time, the team recorded 1,500 attacks: 700 occurred between midnight and 7:59 AM.

supebugs-121214.jpg Infections that are resistant to anti-bacterial drugs will cause 10 million new deaths every year by 2050, warns a report from the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance [AMR]. The study, commissioned by the U.K. government, estimates that the deaths would claim 2-3.5 percent of GDP worldwide. "The research was commissioned to understand the economic cost of AMR . . ."

obesity-022412.jpg Chronic lack of sleep and sleep-related breathing problems increase the risk of a child becoming obese by the age of 15, according to research conducted at Yeshiva University. The study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, surveyed data on 2,000 kids obtained by questioning their parents on their sleep habits over a period of 6.75 years.

breastcancerribbon-120814.jpg A new breast cancer treatment that combines ovarian suppression and an anti-estrogen drug may prove to be a useful recurrence prevention regime for breast cancer, according to research conducted at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Victoria, Australia. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, compared different treatments in a population of 3,000 women.

dentalsurgery-121014.jpg Women are more likely to suffer complications during dental surgery than during an abortion, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, studied 54,911 abortions performed between 2009 and 2010 through Medi-Cal, California's health insurance for low-income residents.

obesity-022412.jpg New findings from the annual America's Health Rankings show that obesity and inactivity are on the rise in the U.S. The ranking examines each state's obesity and smoking prevalence, diabetes, child poverty index, and death rates due to causes including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and drug use, among other factors. The study found that the obesity rate in the U.S. increased.

pregnant-090613.jpg The number of strokes suffered by women who are pregnant is increasing, according to a new study. The new study, published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, documented a 61.5 percent increase from the mid-1990s to 2010-11. The study analyzed administrative data from nearly 82 million hospitalizations of pregnant women, and found about 31,000 hospitalizations for stroke over 17 years.

breastcancerribbon-120814.jpg Many early-stage breast cancer patients don't get the recommended short course of radiation after surgery, a new study finds. The study, published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association, saw researchers examine claims data from private health plans covering early-stage breast cancer radiation treatments from 2008 through 2013.