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soccer-093014.jpg Afterschool exercise programs for elementary school children may help increase thinking ability and fitness, according to research conducted at the University of Illinois. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, collected data on 221 kids (aged 7-9), who participated in a nine-month afterschool exercise program called FITKids.

iud-093014.jpg The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that intrauterine devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants are the preferred methods of birth control for teenage girls. The new recommendations, published in the journal Pediatrics, notes that these methods should be the first offered to girls who choose not to remain celibate.

badmedicine-093014.jpg The FDA has warned doctors that there has been an increase in the number of wholesale distributors selling fake drugs on the rise. "While the U.S. health care supply chain is one of the most secure and sophisticated in the world, there is a growing network of rogue wholesale drug distributors selling potentially unsafe drugs in the U.S. market," says the FDA.

cholestroldrug-092417.jpg People taking cholesterol drugs, also known as statins, may be more likely to survive from a stroke than those who don't take the drugs, according to research conducted at Kaiser Permanente. The study, published in JAMA Neurology, surveyed data on 3,481 patients admitted to a Kaiser Permanente hospital over a ten year span.

heartattack-092414.jpg Eighty percent of heart attacks in men are preventable by changes in lifestyle, according to research conducted at the Karolinska Institute. The study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, surveyed data on over 20,000 Swedish men aged 45-79, who were tracked from 1997 to 2009. The team isolated five aspects of a healthy lifestyle.

asthma1-071411.jpg Fear of job loss may increase the risk factor of developing asthma, according to research conducted at the Germany's Düsseldorf University Hospital.

Autism-042412_04Jun12.jpg A brain wave test may be able to detect signs of autism in children and adolescents, according to research conducted at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The study, published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, found that the brains of kids with severe autism respond differently to certain audio-visual stimuli than the brains of those kids without autism.

injection-092214.jpg More schools have begun stocking allergic reaction shots following a rise in the number of states mandating their presence. According to Food Allergy Research & Education, just two states - New Hampshire and Rhode Island - have no current or pending legislation regarding stocking epinephrine in schools. "An anaphylactic reaction can progress rapidly and can be fatal," Dr. Scott Sicherer said.

MandM-092214.jpg Mars Inc. has announced a nationwide recall on its 3.4 oz. theater-sized M&Ms box. Certain boxes advertised as milk chocolate candy may contain the brand's Peanut Butter M&Ms instead. In a statement, Mars noted that the mislabeling may pose a threat to some. "People who have allergies to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if their theater box . . ."

AlzheimerAssociation-040611.jpg Drugs used to treat insomnia and anxiety - benzodiazepines, commonly sold under the brand names Xanax, Valium, Ativan and Klonopin - have been linked to Alzheimer's disease in the elderly. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, surveyed data on 1,796 elderly people diagnosed with Alzheimer's and 7,184 without.

chokeberry-091914.jpg The extract of a wild berry native to North America may strengthen the effectiveness of a chemotherapy drug commonly used to treat pancreatic cancer, according to a new study. Research, published online in the Journal of Clinical Pathology, suggests that adding nutraceuticals to chemotherapy cycles may improve the effectiveness of conventional drugs, particularly in hard to treat cancers.

img1-091914.jpg Imaging technology can show how symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) manifest in the brain, according to a new study. The study, published online in JAMA Psychiatry, identifies a specific opioid receptor in the brain linked to emotion that is also associated with a specific group of PTSD symptoms, including listlessness and emotional detachment.

flushot-091914.jpg CDC officials are urging people to get their flu shots. Lyn Finelli, CDC's chief of influenza surveillance and outbreak response in the Influenza Division, says the normal way of thinking is that flu isn't really that serious because people don't know 20,000 people died last year from influenza. She adds that flu victims usually don't know for a while they are sick.

marijuana-122012.jpg New statistics show that 1 in 10 Americans have gone to work while high on marijuana. A joint poll from Mashable.com and SurveyMonkey of 534 Americans found that about 9.7 percent of U.S. workers have gone to work after smoking weed. Some 81 percent of those bought the drug illegally, the poll found. Those people did not purchase the marijuana in Colorado or Washington.

erectiledysfunction-091814.jpg The FDA has issued its approval to a new fast-acting erectile dysfunction drug from Vivus and Auxilium. The new drug is called Stendra (avanafil) and marks the first ED drug approved by the FDA that can be taken approximately 15 minutes before sexual activity. Wayne JG Hellstrom says it could provide a viable new option to ED patients.