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Prescriptions of opioids have dropped in the U.S. for the first time in twenty years, according to a new study from researchers at research group IMS Health. The firm finds that opioid prescriptions have dipped about 12 percent since 2014 and declines in prescriptions have occurred in 49 states since 2013. "The deaths are still - have still been rising."

Adults who were born as pre-term babies often have lower incomes and fewer sexual encounters, according to a new study from researchers at McMaster University in Ontario. For the study the researchers reviewed data collected on 189 adults born between 1977 and 1982. They found that by their mid-20's those born pre-term were making on-average $20,000 less per year than the term babies.

Those parents who chose to let their children "cry it out" during a meltdown are likely not hurting their kids, according to a new study from researchers at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. The method, referred to as "gradual extinction," proved no more harmful than other relatively gentler methods.

Only about five percent of all terminally ill patients understand their diagnoses, according to a new study from researchers at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Cornell University and Weill Cornell Medicine. For the study researchers collected survey data from 178 terminally ill patients about their understanding of their diagnosis following explanations from doctors.

depressed-052016.jpg Inducing a temporary fever in people who suffer from depression may ease the symptoms for up to six weeks, a new study suggests. The study, presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Biological Psychiatry and published online in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, evaluated more than 300 possible volunteers for depression, using a standard scoring system.

jogging-052016.jpg Exercising may reduce your risk of being diagnosed with 13 different types of cancer, according to a new study. For the study, published online in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers pooled data from 12 U.S. and European studies to create a database of 1.4 million adults, aged 19 to 98. They examined whether self-reported physical activity made a difference in risk of 26 cancers.

Genetically modified foods pose no health threat to humans a new study says. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine panel ruled that they could not find a link between consumption of genetically modified crops and rates of cancer, kidney disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, gastrointestinal diseases, celiac disease, food allergies or autism, the report stated.

The drug pregabalin, commonly used to treat pain, epilepsy, anxiety and other brain health disorders, may be associated with an increased risk of major birth defects, according to a new study. The study, published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, featured information collected in seven countries from 164 women who took pregabalin during a pregnancy.

The busier your daily schedule is, the healthier your brain may be, a new study suggests. The study, published in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, featured 330 healthy women and men between ages 50 and 89 from the Dallas Lifespan Brain Study, an assessment of cognition and brain health, structure, and function in healthy adults.

The first ever successful penis transplant has taken place in the United States. The man, 64-year-old Thomas Manning of Halifax, Massachusetts, received the transplant over the course of a 15-hour surgery between May 8 and 9 in Boston. Manning was forced to have his penis removed due to cancer and doctors say they are "cautiously optimistic" that the surgery was successful.

Jerapunyo-051316.jpg Those who meditate may experience some memory benefits, according to a new study from researchers at UCLA. For the study the researchers collected data from 25 older adults that have been found to have mild cognitive impairment. Each of the adults was assigned to either practice 12 weeks meditation practice or 12 weeks of memory exercises.

Pesticides-051316.jpg Those with increased exposure to pesticides may be at a higher risk for developing ALS, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Michigan. For the study the researchers collected data from 156 ALS patients and 128 people without the disease. They found that the pesticide cis-chlordane increased ALS risk nearly sixfold.

Tylenol-051316.jpg Those who routinely take Tylenol could have decreased levels of empathy for others, according to a new study from researchers at the National Institutes of Health. For the study 80 undergraduates read eight different scenarios. Half of the group had taken Tylenol while the others had not. "Pain might actually decrease empathy as well. So, there are other factors that need to be taken . . ."

Abortion-051316.jpg Global abortion rates have been decreasing in recent years, but only in developing nations, according to a new study from researchers at the Guttmacher Institute in New York. For the study the researchers examined world wide abortion rates between 1990 and 2014. They found that abortions rates in westernized nations dropped from 46 to 27 per 1,000 women.

Psychotherapy-050416.jpg Psychotherapy could be the best option for the treatment of chronic insomnia, according to a new study from researchers at the American College of Physicians. In a new report, the group suggested that the practice of cognitive behavioral therapy could be as effective but less risky than the prescription medication. "Sometimes we forget that sleep medications have the potential for serious . . ."

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