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weightgain-072814.jpg Tonsillectomies, commonly prescribed to relieve sleep apnea in kids, may trigger weight loss gain, according to research conducted at Stanford University. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, surveyed data on 815 children who underwent the surgery. On average, the kids' weight rose over 6 percent within 18 months of their surgery, while their BMI rose an average of 8 percent.

img4-072814.jpg Alcon's Simbrinza has been approved in the European Union to treat those living with glaucoma. The drug combines two approved therapies, Brinzolamide 10mg/mL and Brimonidine 2mg/mL, in one eye drop formula. Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the eye's optic nerve and can result in vision loss and blindness.

Sleeping-012213.jpg Those who suffer from lack of sleep may be more likely to have distorted or false memories, according to research conducted at the University of California-Irvine and Michigan State University. The study, published in the journal Psychological Science, surveyed data on 104 college students. The participants, split into two groups, were asked to look at pictures of a crime scene.

pongfistbump-072814.jpg Fist bumps are a more sanitary way to greet someone than handshakes, according to research conducted at the University of Wales. The study, published in the Journal of Infection Control, suggests that, during times of flu outbreaks, people should adopt the fist bump gesture to minimize contamination. "If there's a flu pandemic then handshaking might be something you want to think about . . ."

healthcare-072414.jpg Health care workers holding an associate's degree currently make up the majority in the U.S. and that number is expected to climb, according to research conducted at the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. The study notes that associate holding health care workers make up more than half of the health care workforce, a number that has risen 46 percent since 2000.

children-072414.jpg Children and adolescents who lose a parent may suffer higher mortality rates than those children and adolescents who are unaffected by parental death, according to research conducted at Aarhus University. The study, published in PLOS Medicine, found a 50 percent greater risk of mortality in kids (aged six months to 18 years) who lost a parent.

posttraumaticstress-062513.jpg American males who join the armed forces are more likely to have suffered some trauma as children compared to those American males who do not serve their country, according to research conducted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, surveyed data on over 60,000 men and women who were interviewed with the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

Acetaminophen-080513.jpg Acetaminophen may not help treat lower-back pain, according to research conducted at the University of Sydney. The study, published in the journal the Lancet, collected data on over 1,600 people diagnosed with acute back pain. Researchers gave one group a placebo pill and another group acetaminophen and found that the latter offered no substantial pain relief compared to the former.

confusedwomen-072314.jpg Some methods for hysterectomies may promote the spread of uterine cancer, according to a new study from researchers at the Columbia University Medical Center. For the study the researchers reviewed health records collected from over 500 hospitals including 232,882 hysterectomy patients. Some women undergo a specific form of hysterectomy called morecellation.

oldman-072314.jpg Increases in life expectancy amongst older Americans may be slowing down, according to a new study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. For the study the researchers reviewed health from 1.4 million Medicare recipients dating back to 2008. "Living with multiple chronic diseases such as diabetes, kidney disease and heart failure is now the norm . . ."

musculararm-072314.jpg Growth hormones may be increasingly more common for use amongst U.S. teens, according to a new study from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. According to the report, 11 percent of teens responded to a survey claiming that they had previously used human growth hormones as a performance enhancing drug. This is a sudden spike in reported usage from the last survey in 2012.

obesity-022412.jpg Many obese kids may not have an accurate understanding of their own weight, according to a new study from researchers at the National Center for Health Statistics. For the study the researchers reviewed survey data collected from 6,100 kids between 2005 and 2012 as part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

peaches-072214.jpg Trader Joe's supermarkets have recalled peaches amongst several other fruit items over concerns of possible listeria contamination. The company has also pulled nectarines, plums and pluots (a plum apricot combination) from their shelves. News of the recall comes following a statement for the Wawona Packing Company that they have confirmed the presence of listeria in their packing plant.

caffeinesynthetic-072214.jpg The FDA has issued an official warning of powdered caffeine supplements that are currently being sold on websites like eBay and Etsy. The powder is nearly 100 percent pure caffeine and one teaspoon is equivalent to roughly 25 cups of coffee. The warning comes following the death of a LaGrange, Ohio teen named Logan Stiner, who reportedly overdosed on the powder.

yogurt-072214.jpg Those who consume yogurt regularly may be at a decreased risk of developing high blood pressure, according to a new study from researchers at Griffith University in Australia. For the study the researchers reviewed records about probiotic consumption from nine different studies including 543 adults. "The small collection of studies we looked at suggest regular consumption of probiotics . . ."