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bcpill-031014.jpg A majority of Americans support mandatory birth control coverage as part of Obamacare, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Michigan. In the study the researchers found that 69 percent of all the respondents were in favor of such coverage. "In this study, women, blacks, and Hispanics were more likely to support coverage of birth control medications than were men . . ."

obesity-022412.jpg A new study has revealed that pregnant women who are obese during their pregnancy have an increased risk of having a stillborn baby. The new study, based at Drexel University, examined data from 2.8 million single-child deliveries between 2003 and 2011, taking into account women who were of normal weight, overweight and obese.

Money-042314.jpg There are thousands of types of bacteria living on paper money, according to research conducted at New York University. The study identified 3,000 types of bacteria on dollar bills from a Manhattan bank. Most of the bacteria matched microbes found on skin while others matched those found in mouths and even some found in vaginas.

migraine-111412.jpg Two new drugs - ALD403 and LY2951742 - may offer hope for those who suffer from migraines, according to research conducted at the University of California and Kings College London. The studies, presented at the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting, calls the drugs' approach "preventative": "We've identified a new preventive treatment for migraines . . ."

Kids with irritable bowel syndrome [IBS] may be at a greater risk for celiac disease, according to research conducted at the University of Bari. The study, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, assessed 782 children diagnosed with abdominal pain related disorders. Out of all the kids assessed, 270 had IBS, 201 had indigestion and 311 had functional abdominal pain.

VitaminD-010913.jpg Mothers with low levels of vitamin D may have kids at high risk for cavities later in life, according to research conducted at the University of Manitoba. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, measured levels of vitamin D in 207 pregnant women and then examined the teeth of 135 of their children when they were an average of 16 months old.

Autism-042412_04Jun12.jpg There is no link between induced labor and autism, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists [ACOG]. The report was intended to shoot down the claims of studies suggesting that existing guidelines on when and how labor should be induced or accelerated are false. In the opinion of the ACOG, limiting labor inductions could have negative effects on the health of women.

pinkribbon-121411_05Jun12.jpg False-positive mammograms do not deter women from getting screened in the future, according to research conducted at Dartmouth University. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, noted increased anxiety among those who get false positives but does not lead to antipathy toward the procedure. "Our study showed that anxiety from false-positive mammograms was temporary . . ."

tasteandsmell-042114.jpg Those who undergo the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery may experience changes in the senses of smell and taste, according to research conducted at the Leicester Royal Infirmary. The study, published in the journal Obesity Surgery, included 103 patients who had their stomachs made smaller and intestines shortened. The team had the participants fill out a questionnaire.

Chronicpain-102513.jpg Unusually low pain tolerance may actually be linked with a specific gene variant, according to a new study from researchers at independent firm Proove Biosciences. For the study researchers examined 2,700 chronic pain patients, looking specifically at a handful of genes. They focused on the genes COMT, DRD2, DRD1 and OPRK1, which have previously been associated with chronice pain.

confusedman-021313.jpg Chronic inflammation may increase the risk of prostate cancer, according to research conducted at Johns Hopkins University. The study, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, surveyed data on 400 men who had biopsies taken along with inflammation levels. The team found that of the men found to have prostate cancer, 86% had signs of high inflammation.

Ragweed-Allergies-042114.jpg Ragwitek, a once-a-day tablet, has been approved by the FDA to treat allergies to ragweed in adults aged 18 to 65. The drug contains an extract from short ragweed pollen to treat short ragweed pollen induced allergic rhinitis (hay fever), with or without conjunctivitis (eye inflammation). "The approval of Ragwitek offers millions of adults living with ragweed pollen allergies . . ."

Free drug samples may be costly in the long run, according to a new study from researchers at Stanford. For the study the researchers worked with a team of dermatologists to see how free samples impact their prescribing practices. In 2010 they found that 18 percent of all prescriptions from the dermatologist group included a free sample of some drug.

child-091813.jpg The effects of childhood bullying may persist into adult years, according to research conducted at King's College London. The study, published by Beat Bullying, surveyed data collected on 7,771 kids whose parents detailed exposure to bullying. Bullying happened to roughly 28% of the children surveyed and had a negative physical and cognitive effect on that percentage of kids.

diabetes-041614.jpg The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's have approved a once-weekly injectable diabetes drug, Tanzeum. The FDA described Tanzeum (albiglutide) as a "glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist, a hormone that helps normalize patients' blood sugar levels. Tanzeum "can be used alone or added to existing treatment regimens to control blood sugar levels in the overall management of diabetes."