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sadgirl-010715.jpg A new survey shows that nearly four out of ten children and teens in the United States have been exposed to violence within the last year. The new report, released in JAMA Pediatrics, relied on phone interviews conducted by researchers using The National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV). Information was obtained from 4,000 children, ages 0 to 17.

sugarydrinks-070115.jpg Sugary drinks cause 184,000 deaths worldwide annually, including 25,000 deaths in the United States, according to a new study. The numbers imply that sugary drinks can cause as many deaths annually as the flu. For the study, which is based on a complex statistical analysis of country-specific dietary habits and causes of death in more than 50 countries.

NewbornBaby-010715.jpg Cord milking, or massaging the umbilical cord of infants delivered through C section, can increase the levels of red blood cells, improve blood pressure and also induce better blood flow a new study reveals. The study, published online in Pediatrics, shows that that cord milking is a better alternative over the standard practice of delayed clamping.

IsraelDefenseForces-070115.jpg The effects of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, may increase chances of heart attack and stroke in women, according to a new study. Researchers looked at nearly 55,000 women in the Nurses' Health Study II, a long-term study of young women that began in 1989. In 2008, the researchers asked the women to fill out surveys about traumatic events they had experienced in the last 20 years.

bottledwater-010715.jpg As it turns out, drinking too much water could pose serious health risks, according to a new study. The study, published in the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine, states that you should only drink water when you're thirsty to avoid exercise-associated hyponatremia (EAH), which occurs when a person drinks too much water when exercising.

Researchers of a new study have found that children with good verbal working memories are better at lying. The study, published in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychiatry, saw researchers test verbal working memories of 137 children between the ages of six and seven by asking them a series of trivia questions written on a card and told them that the answers to the questions were on the back.

stearic-062515.jpg The consumption of trans fats, most commonly used in processed foods to improve taste, texture and durability, may work to weaken the memory of young men, according to a new study. The study, published online in the journal PLOS ONE, evaluated data from 1,018 men and women, ages 20 to 85, who were asked to complete a dietary survey and memory test involving word recall.

EmpltyPlate-062515.jpg A new study says that the "Fasting Mimicking Diet," a five-day, once-a-month diet that mimics fasting, which was developed by scientists, is safe. Here's how the diet works - for 25 days out of the month, dieters can eat as they normally would. Then for day one of the diet, they would eat 1,090 calories: 10 percent protein, 56 percent fat and 34 percent carbohydrates.

fatty-062515.jpg A new health study has found that a surprising amount of Americans are more obese rather than just overweight. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, used data from 2007 to 2012 from a group of 15,208 people 25 years of age and older and found that an estimate of 67.6 million Americans over the age of 25 were obese in 2012, while only 65.2 million Americans were overweight.

BloodPressure-062515.jpg Medication commonly used to treat blood pressure could actually help to cure addiction, according to a new study. According to the study, published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, the treatment could help ward off relapses by erasing memories in the subconscious that trigger addiction. The experimental drug has already been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

milk-062315.jpg Buying and consuming human breast milk from online sources - a fad among some fitness aficionados - could have adverse heath effects, according to experts writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. The experts say that raw and unpasteurized human breast milk exposes consumers to infectious diseases, including hepatitis, HIV and syphilis.

brain-062315.jpg Weaker working memory can increase the risk of both early sexual activity and unprotected sexual involvement during adolescence, according to research conducted at the University of Oregon. The study, published in the journal Child Development, found that teens with weaker working memory - the brain system that helps make decisions - are more prone to risky behaviors.

Babycrying-062315.jpg The birthrate in the U.S. is on the rise again, according to data compiled by the CDC. The government agency reports that for every 1,000 women of childbearing age, there were 62.9 births, up from 62.5 last year, marking the first year since 2007 that the rate has increased since 2007. "The decline of the birthrate over the past few years can be attributed to the recession," Carl Haub said.

football-062315.jpg High school football players are at double the risk for migraine headaches than their non-football playing brethren, according to two studies conducted at Norton Healthcare's Sports Concussion Program in Louisville and the Florida Center for Headache and Sports Neurology. Seifert suggested that a new approach needs to be taken with at risk student athletes.

beer-061615.jpg Underage drinking rates have dropped by as much as six percent in the last 11 years, according to a new study from researchers at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). For the study the researchers examined underage drinking rates for 67,500 teens aged 12 to 20. In their data review the agency found rates dropped from 28.8 percent.

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