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In a new study, researchers have found a possible genetic link between low vitamin D levels and multiple sclerosis. The study, published in PLoS Medicine, shows individuals carrying certain genetic traits that predispose them to having lower vitamin D also have a higher risk of multiple sclerosis. Researchers used data from a study of nearly 34,000 people that looked for genetic markers.

water-bottle-083115.jpg Scientists claim that drinking a pint of water before eating a meal can increase weight loss, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal Obesity, showed that obese adults who consumed 500ml of water half an hour before eating main meals saw them report an average loss of 9.48lbs over a 12-week period.

Brain-083115.jpg A new study has found that people with dementia tended to lose awareness of memory problems two to three years before the condition developed. A study, published in the journal Neurology, tracked the progress of more than 2,000 older individuals with an average age of 76 who were free of dementia at the start of the study.

BloodBottles-083115.jpg Blood testing could possibly aid in the detection of a relapse in cancer survivors, according to a new study. In the new study, researchers followed 55 women from England who had been diagnosed with an early stage form of breast cancer, then had been treated through surgery as well as chemotherapy. Researchers monitored ctDNA in the blood tests of the women following surgery.

Bigmachamburger-082715.jpg A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that one out of every five children in the United States is obese. The report shows that 17.5 percent of children and adolescents ages 3 to 19 are now obese, which highly differs from the obesity rate in the late 1970s, which was 5.6 percent.

Marijuana-082715.jpg While marijuana doesn't necessarily shrink your brain cells, it does change them, according to a pair of new studies. The studies were both published in the Journal of the American Medical Association's JAMA Psychiatry. In the first study, researchers used magnetic resonance imaging to compare the brains of marijuana users to non-users.

waistsize-082615.jpg A new study says that those who enlist the help of their primary care physician while attempting to lose weight actually drop more pounds than those who don't. The study, published in scientific journal Patient Education and Counseling, reviewed data from more than 300 obese patients who had participated in a federally-funded weight loss clinical trial.

Aspirinemacroshot-082615.jpg A steady regimen of low-dose aspirin, or baby aspirin, may lower the risk of developing colon cancer, according to a new study. The study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that men and women who took low-dose (75 to 150 milligrams) aspirin for five years or more saw their risk of colon cancer drop by 27 percent.

Autismawarenessribbon-082615.jpg People with autism might be more creative problem solvers and divergent thinkers, according to a new study. The British study, published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, involved the analysis of data from 312 people who took part in a series of tests on creativity. Researchers of the study found that those who had autistic traits offered fewer responses to problems.

Lowbackpain-082615.jpg Injections intended to treat lower back pain may only work temporarily, according to a new study. The study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, involved the review of 30 studies involving radiculopathy and eight trials involving spinal stenosis and observed that within weeks of receiving epidural corticosteroid treatment, pain subsided and function was restored by a fractional amount.

Milchjogurt-082615.jpg Women who watch what they eat and stick to a healthy diet while pregnant can decrease the chances of their newborn developing heart problems, according to a new study. In the study, published in Archives of Diseases in Childhood Fetal & Neonatal Edition, 19,000 women in the U.S. were asked about their diet in the year leading up to pregnancy.

songsharing-082515.jpg One-third of young Americans, ages 18-29, say that they are not completely heterosexual, according to new research. The research, conducted by YouGov, asked participants to place themselves on the Kinsey Scale, which plots individuals on a range of sexual dispositions from exclusively heterosexual at 0 through to exclusively homosexual at 6.

jogging-082515.jpg Single people can be just as happy as those in relationships, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, analyzed over 4,000 New Zealand adults who were surveyed twice, one year apart. One-fifth were single at both time points, and the rest were married, living with someone, or dating.

Ecigarettes-082514.jpg The use of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, has been found to be 95 percent less harmful to the health of smokers than tradition cigarettes in a new study. The study, commissioned by Public Health England and conducted by academic experts, states that this is due to the lack of harmful, cancer-causing chemicals in e-cigarettes that are found in their traditional counterparts.

Gaycouple-082515.jpg Couples who split care of their children enjoy better sex lives, according to a new study. The study of 487 families, presented at a meeting of the American Sociological Association, showed that parents who split childcare duties evenly reported greater satisfaction, both sexually and emotionally. The conclusions were drawn from a study called the 2006 Marital and Relationship Study.

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