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Bilicam-082814.jpg BiliCam, a new smartphone app, allows users to detect jaundice in newborn babies by simply snapping a picture. The disorder, often difficult to detect in newborns, is caused by insufficient elimination of the chemical bilirubin in the baby's system. Babies who do not sufficiently expel the chemical can often appear yellow; however, the discoloration isn't always apparent to the naked eye.

suicideprevention-082914.jpg September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month during which we are urged to remember that "silence hurts us all." The campaign encourages everyone to fight the stigma of mental illness by reaching out to those who may need help and by sharing one's own experiences with mental health disorders. Many localities are scheduling walks, fundraisers or other activities to raise awareness.

tomato-082814.jpg A diet rich in tomatoes may reduce the likelihood of contracting prostate cancer, according to research conducted at the Universities of Bristol, Cambridge and Oxford. The study, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, found that men who eat more than ten portions of tomatoes each week have an 18 percent lower risk of developing the disease.

marijuana-122012.jpg Couples who smoke pot together are less likely to experience domestic violence, according to research conducted at the University at Buffalo. The study, published in the journal of Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, surveyed 634 couples through the first nine years of marriage. Roughly 22 percent of women and 28 percent of men reported using pot.

Tiredstudent-082714.jpg Many schools across the U.S. are considering the efficacy of later starting times for junior high and high school populations, according to research conducted at the University of Minnesota and funded by the CDC. The study surveyed data on over 9,000 high school students in five Wyoming school districts.

Foodallergies-082714.jpg The bacteria Clostridia, found in the gut, may help prevent common food allergies, according to research conducted at University of Chicago. The animal study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, exposed two groups of mice to allergens from peanuts. One group was raised in sterile conditions so that they had no microbes inside them.

breakfast-081413.jpg Eating breakfast - long called the day's most important meal - may not be all it's cracked up to be, according to research conducted at the University of Bath. The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, surveyed data on 33 men and women of healthy weight. One group ate a 700 calorie breakfast, while the second skipped it.

The World Health Organization [WHO] has called for a ban on the indoor use of electronic cigarettes. The health agency also suggested a ban on the advertising of e-cigs to minors, as well as further regulation of the industry. According to the WHO, e-cig vapor may increase background air levels of nicotine and other toxins.

cigarette-080113.jpg People who use reduced-nicotine cigarettes don't necessarily smoke more to make up for the lower levels of nicotine, according to a new study. The month-long study, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, included a total of 72 adult smokers, aged 18 to 65, who smoked regular cigarettes with nicotine emission levels of 1.2 milligrams (mg) each for one week.

img4-802514.jpg Those who do not get regular eye exams as they get older have an increased risk of death, according to a new report. In the new study, published in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology, scientists looked at data from the Salisbury Eye Evaluation, which tracked the vision and health of people ages 65 to 84 living in Salisbury, Maryland, from 1993 through 2003.

pregnant-090613.jpg Pregnant women are being advised to avoid eating tuna due to concerns about mercury exposure, according to a new review of seafood safety by Consumer Reports. According to the report, which appears in the October issue of Consumer Reports magazine, adults who eat 24 ounces (1.5 pounds) or more of seafood per week should also avoid seafood with high mercury levels, including sushi made with tuna.

sunscreen-101613.jpg Fewer U.S. teenagers are using sunscreen, a new study has shown. The study, conducted by researchers at William Paterson University in New Jersey, published Thursday in the publication Preventing Chronic Disease, found that the percentage of high school students using sunscreen dropped from 67.7 percent in 2001 to 56.1 percent in 2011.

childcellphone-082114.jpg Children and unborn babies are at a higher risk of harm from microwave radiation [MWR] emitted by cellular phones than adults, according to research conducted at the Environmental Health Trust. The study, published in the Journal of Microscopy and Ultrastructure, surveyed data on cell phone exposure studies from 2009-2014.

sneeze-082114.jpg Colds and other minor infections may temporarily increase the risk of stroke in children, according to research conducted at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco. The study, published in the journal Neurology, surveyed data on 2.5 million kids, 102 of whom had an ischemic stroke without a major infection such as meningitis or sepsis.

sleep-082114.jpg Older people sleep less because they have lost brain cells that can prevent disrupted sleep. In the new study, conducted by a team of researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the University of Toronto, researchers examined 1,000 healthy brains at age 65 until death, tracking their sleep patterns.