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A new test may be able to help predict if some teens are at an increased risk for cardiovascular ailments, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Virginia School of Pediatrics and the West Virginia University's School of Public Health. The new test makes analyses the risk of metabolic syndrome, which include symptoms like increased blood pressure.

Breastfeeding-081015.jpg Hospitals in the U.S. are now providing greater support to breastfeeding mothers than ever before, according to a new study from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For the study the CDC reviewed data on the number of hospitals nationwide using the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding system, which is a global standard for breastfeeding support.

bloodbottles-081015.jpg A very sensitive new blood test may help rule out the risk of heart attacks, according to a new study from researchers at University of Edinburgh in Scotland. The test will be aimed at those seeking emergency room care for symptoms resembling heart attacks. The test can detect even slight levels of a protein called troponin.

depressed-081015.jpg Those who undergo weight loss surgery may be at a higher risk of suicide than those who use other weight loss treatments, according to a new study from researchers at the Sunnybrook Research Institute, Toronto. For the study the researchers reviewed the mental health records for over 8,000 Canadians that underwent bariatric surgery.

Teens who routinely keep a late bedtime may be more likely to gain weight later in life, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. For the study the researchers collected data from 3,300 teens. They found that for every extra hour that teens stayed up, their body mass index increased by an average of 2.1 points.

melancholy-061015.jpg This year's annual Mental Health Awareness Week has been set for October 4 through 10. The annual event was established by the U.S. Congress in 1990 to support the National Alliance on Mental Illness' (NAMI) efforts to increase awareness on mental illness. One of the NAMI's main objectives is to eradicate the stigma often attached to mental illness and those who seek treatment.

dishwash-061015.jpg Washing dishes after a meal could be an unexpected stress reliever, according to a new study from researchers at Florida State University. For the study researchers collected data from 51 college students, splitting them into two different groups. One of the groups was asked to approach the dish washing exercise using practices employed in the Buddhist tradition of mindfulness.

jogging-061015.jpg A new pill could help reduce the need for exercise in a healthy lifestyle, according to researchers at the School of Molecular Bioscience, University of Sydney. For the study the researchers examined nearly 1,000 molecular changes that occur in the body during exercise. With the data the researchers aim to determine which of those molecular changes are most critical for a healthy lifestyle.

asthma-inhaler-100215.jpg The presence of a certain gut bacteria could lead to a future asthma risk in babies, according to a new study. According to the study, published in Science Translational Medicine, babies with a high risk for asthma tend to have lower levels of four particular species of bacteria, Faecalibacterium, Lachnospira, Veillonella and Rothia (FLVR), in their stool samples at three months old.

Cigarette-smoking-100215.jpg The United Kingdom has officially banned smoking in cars with children. Under the new anti-second-hand-smoke measure, violators will face a fine. Drivers who are caught smoking in the presence of children in their vehicle will face a fine of $75. Drivers will also be ticketed if someone else in the car is caught smoking. The law would apply even if windows or the sunroof are open.

fastingandprayer-100215.jpg Medical literature has overstated the benefits of talk therapy for depression, in part because studies with poor results have rarely made it into journals, according to a new study. "This study shows that publication bias occurs in psychotherapy, mirroring what we've seen previously with antidepressants and other drugs," said co-author Erick Turner, associate professor of psychiatry and pharmacol

Marijuana-100215.jpg Driving under the influence of marijuana and other drugs is becoming nearly as dangerous as driving while intoxicated, according to a new report. According to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association, an advocacy group that promotes traffic safety, the percentage of drivers who tested positive for marijuana or illegal drugs rose from 12.4 percent in 2007 to 15.1 percent in 2013.

cheese-cubes-093015.jpg The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention has announced that a new listeria outbreak that has poisoned dozens of people in nine states appears to be linked to soft cheeses distributed by Karoun Dairies. Information from 23 of the patients shows that 19 (83 percent) of them ate soft cheese in the month before they became ill.

Retirement-093015.jpg A new study suggests that those who continue to work are happier than those who opt to retire. For the study, published in the September issue of Preventing Chronic Disease, a publication from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers used government survey data on more than 83,000 adults aged 65 or older from 1997 through 2011.

Mammography-093015.jpg A new study has found that breast cancer screening performed with computer-aided technology failed to find more tumors. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, examined mammograms from 323,973 women who underwent digital screening with or without the computerized assistance, which highlights potential problems for radiologists to review after an initial analysis.

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