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Trastuzumab-102114.jpg When added to chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment, Herceptin (trastuzaumab) has proven to improve survival rates, according to research conducted at he Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, surveyed data on over 4,000 women with breast cancer, one half got chemo, while the other half got chemo with one year of treatment with Herceptin.

Medicine-102114.jpg Drugs used to treat Parkinson's disease, known as dopamine receptor agonist drugs, may increase the incidence of compulsive behaviors, according to research conducted at George Washington University. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, reviewed ten years of records from the FDA. The research team looked at data on 2.7 million adverse drug events reported from 2003 to 2012.

trafficpollution-031014.jpg Pregnant women living in areas plagued by high pollution may be more likely to give birth to children with damaged lungs, according to research conducted at the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology in Barcelona. The study, published in the journal Thorax, surveyed data on 1,295 women at the beginning of their terms. The research team collected data on exposure to air pollution.

Beer-030512_21Aug12.jpg Those who make the transition from moderate drinkers to problem drinkers may have their DNA to thank, according to research conducted at the University of California-San Francisco. The animal study, published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, isolated a protein - brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) - and tracked its relation to alcohol use disorder (AUD).

ebola-102014.jpg U.S. health officials are tightening recommendations for health care workers handling ebola cases. The guidelines, which have not been released in full, are expected to include the requirement for full skin coverage suits to be worn by health workers. In addition, the guidelines will include provisions for stricter rules for removing equipment and disinfecting hands.

soda-102014.jpg Sugar speeds up the aging process as much as smoking, according to research conducted at the University of California at San Francisco. The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, surveyed data on over 5,300 healthy Americans from a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

vancomycin-102014.jpg Vancomycin, an older antibiotic, is still effective in treating Staphylococcus aureus (staph disease) blood infections, according to research conducted at the University of Nebraska. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, surveyed data on nearly 8,300 cases of staph.

VitaminD-010913.jpg Vitamin D supplements may help kids with eczema, according to research conducted at the Health Sciences University of Mongolia. The study, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, collected data on 107 Mongolian kids (aged 2-17) with atopic dermatitis (AD) that had flared up in cold weather.

sportsdrink-101514.jpg Athletes who consume sports drinks may be at a high risk of poor oral health, according to research conducted at the University College London. The study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, surveyed data on 39 published studies on the oral health of elite athletes. "Oral health could be an easy win for athletes, as the oral conditions that can affect performance . . ."

pregnant-090613.jpg Epidurals ought to be administered to laboring women when they ask for them, according to research conducted at Department of Women's Anaesthesia at the KK Women's and Children's Hospital in Singapore. The study, published in the Cochrane Review, surveyed data on 15,752 first time mothers, finding that injections given in the first stage of labor made for no additional birth complications.

diet-022513.jpg The Mediterranean diet, rich in whole grains, fruits, beans, fish and olive oil, may help reverse metabolic syndrome, according to research conducted at the Hospital Universitari de Sant Joan de Reus, in Spain. The study, published in CMAJ, surveyed the effects of the Mediterranean diet on metabolic syndrome, which is characterized by a collection of risk factors for heart disease.

pickyeater-101514.jpg Eating disorders may start in elementary school, according to research conducted at the University of Montreal. The study, presented at a meeting of the Eating Disorders Association of Canada in Vancouver, surveyed data on 215 kids (ages 8-12) with eating problems. The research team found that over 15 percent made themselves vomit from time to time and 52 percent had been hospitalized.

familymeal-101414.jpg Enjoying calm and positive family meal times can help manage childrens' weight and prevent childhood obesity. Researchers examined recordings of the mealtimes of 120 families with children between the ages of 6 and 12, tracking the length of meals, the type of food served, and the way that family members related to each other during the meal.

depression-101414.jpg A new study has revealed that physical activity may not help teens cope with depression symptoms nor does it stop them from developing depression. Researchers at the University of Cambridge tracked the physical activity of 736 participants with an average age of 14.5 for three years. They found that there was no link between physical activity and a lower incidence of depression symptoms.

broccoli-082813.jpg A new study has found that a compound in broccoli sprouts may help improve the behavioral symptoms of autism. Researchers examined the effects of giving sulforaphane, a compound found in broccoli sprouts, to a group of 44 boys and men with autism between the ages of 13 and 27. Some received the compound and others a placebo.