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highcholesterol-052114.jpg Even slightly elevated levels of cholesterol in middle age could have a negative impact on heart health later in life, according to a new study from researchers at the Duke Clinical Research Institute in Durham, North Carolina. For the study the researchers examined health records from 1,478 adults who had not developed heart disease by the age of 55.

weight-012815.jpg Rapid weight loss or weight gain may lead to increased risk of bone fractures for older women, according to a new study from researchers at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus in the United Kingdom. For the study the researchers collected data from 120,000 post-menopausal women between the ages of 50 and 79 as part of the Women's Health Observational Study and Clinical Trials.

workfrmhome-012815.jpg A new study has found that working from home is good for the health and productivity of both employers and employees. Researchers at Stanford University examined a group of 255 employees at a large Chinese travel agency, half of whom worked from home for nine months and half of whom were office-based. They found that those who worked from home were 13 percent more productive.

bottledrink-012815.jpg A new study has found that girls who drink a lot of sugary soft drinks often start their periods younger than girls who consume fewer sugary drinks. Researchers tracked a group of 5,583 girls aged 9 to 14 between 1996 and 2001, noting their intake of sugary drinks. They found that the girls who drank more sugary drinks (over 1.5 servings per day) got their periods 2.7 months earlier.

Everyone knows that diet and exercise are essential to keeping a healthy body. Sometimes, though, dangerous obesity requires cultural or medical intervention. Here are 3 other recent events that are helping the fight against obesity.

Medicines-122314.jpg Prostate cancer is one of the most dreaded forms of the disease - a major problem in men's health and in the medical community generally. Recent study results released by Medivation Inc. (MDVN) and Astellas Pharma showed that a mid-stage trial of an experimental drug showed some progress. Here a few advancements (and one step back) in the battle to alleviate prostate cancer.

pneumonia-012215.jpg Older adults who suffer a bout of pneumonia could be at an increased risk for heart disease for years to come, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Pittsburgh. For the study the researchers examined health records from 6,000 people aged 65 and up who took part in the Cardiovascular Health Study and another 16,000 between 45 and 65.

Girlsittinginchair-012215.jpg Sitting for long portions of each day could lead to increased risk for a variety of health problems including cancer, heart disease, diabetes and early death, according to researchers from the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. For the study the researchers examined 41 adult Canadians and found that the amount of time they spend sitting was directly linked with increased health risks.

emotion-012215.jpg The emotions associated with some memories may have an impact on their recall, according to a new study from researchers at New York University. For the study the researchers tested 119 volunteers by showing them a series of photos including animals and tools. The test subjects were connected to an electrode on one wrist and received a shock with some of the images.

coffee-022113.jpg Those who drink four or more cups of coffee a day could be at a decreased risk for developing skin cancer, according to a new study from researchers in the U.K. For the study the researchers examined health records from just under 500,000 adults in the U.S. They found those who reported drinking four or more cups of coffee daily were twenty percent less likely on average to develop melanoma.

A recent study has linked poor sleeping habits during youth to other problems down the line, like drinking and drug dependency. That's just one of the many problems that can be caused by a lack of adequate shut-eye.

woman-laptop-012015.jpg Some women who carry the common stomach bacteria known as H. pylori may be at a decreased risk for multiple sclerosis, according to researchers at the Western Australian Neuroscience Research Institute (WANRI). For the study the researchers reviewed data from the Perth Demyelinating Disease Database. This data specifically looked at the presence of H. pylori in women diagnosed with MS.

Sleepproblems-012015.jpg Those who have poor sleeping habits during adolescence may be more likely to develop drinking and drug problems later in life, according to a new study from researchers at Idaho State University. For the study the researchers examined reported sleep habits, drug use and alcohol consumption in a nationwide survey carried out between 1994 and 2002.

asthma1-071411.jpg Asthma may not be more common in the inner city as once thought, according to a new study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For the study the researchers examined health records collected from 23,065 kids as part of the National Health Interview Survey. The researchers found that reported asthma attacks were not more common in the inner city.

pizzaslice-012015.jpg Pizza has been targeted as a main culprit in the childhood obesity epidemic by a team of researchers at the Illinois Prevention Research Center. For the study the researchers reviewed dietary health records collected from children between the ages of 2 and 19 between 2003 and 2010. They found that about 30 percent of the children and teens in the study reported eating pizza on a daily basis.

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