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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."

AlzheimerAssociation-040611.jpg Women are nearly twice as susceptible to Alzheimer's disease in their 60's, according to new statistics from the Alzheimer's Association. A new study, published in the Annals of Neurology, found that a specific gene variant called ApoE4 substantially increases a woman's risk for Alzheimer's disease. Researchers analyzed the records of over 8,000 people who had been monitored over time.

ventilator-022014.jpg Sleep apnea may be linked to poor bone health, according to a new study which shows that people who suffer from the sleep disorder may be at an increased risk of developing osteoporosis. The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, shows that people with sleep apnea were 2.7 times more likely to be diagnosed with osteoporosis, especially women and older people.

Drowning deaths have decreased in the United States according to the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A new study conducted by the NCHS and published in the CDC's April edition of the NCHS Data Brief looked at the years 1999 through 2010. In all, more than 46,000 people died from unintentional drowning during that time.

couples-041514.jpg Low blood sugar levels may lead to anger against spouses, according to research conducted at Ohio State University. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, surveyed data collected on 107 married couples over a period of 21 days. The participants were asked to fill out questionnaires designed to gauge their level of spouse irritation.

Child-Dog-041514.jpg Autistic kids may benefit by having a dog, according to research conducted at the University of Missouri. The study, published in the Journal of Pediatric Nursing, found that dog ownership was linked to responsibility and commitment, two traits that help autistic children cope with their condition. Researchers surveyed data on 70 families with autistic kids.

freshfruitsvegetables-030514.jpg Teen girls who eat more fruits and vegetables may be at a decreased risk for benign breast disease (BBD), which, while not harmful in itself, does increase the risk of breast cancer later in life. The study, conducted at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and published in the journal Pediatrics, surveyed 6,600 girls, 122 of whom were diagnosed with BBD.

salt-021213.jpg The U.K. sponsored a nationwide salt reduction campaign that turned out beneficial to those who partook, according to research conducted by the Action on Salt working group. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, surveyed data on over 31,500 people participating in the Health Survey for England between 2003 to 2011.

TV-041414.jpg Kids that watch too much television may be at risk of losing sleep, according to research conducted at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children and the Harvard School of Public Health. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, surveyed data collected on over 1,800 children (aged six months to eight years), finding a correlation between increased TV viewing and reduced sleep time.

image3-030514.jpg U.S. Democratic lawmakers have accused manufacturers of e-cigarettes of targeting youths at music festivals. The accusations come following the release of a report, "Gateway to Addiction," a survey of e-cigarette marketing submitted to Congress by several dems. Surveying nine e-cig makers, the study found that six had sponsored or provided free samples at 348 events in the last two years.

Antidepressants-042312.jpg Women who use SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy are more likely to have children afflicted with autism, according to research conducted at Johns Hopkins University. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that boys with autism were three times as likely to have been exposed to SSRIs in the womb.

depression-090613.jpg Those who become dads young are at a greater risk of depression than those who wait until they're older, according to research conducted at Northwestern University. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that first time fathers (average age 25) were 68% more likely to struggle with the disorder.

Foodpoisoning-041114.jpg Americans who eat out at restaurants are twice as likely to get food poisoning compared to those who eat at home according to a new study. The study, conducted by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), analyzed 10,408 food poisoning outbreaks based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The data included cases from 2002 through 2011.

sleeping-041114.jpg A new app has been developed that claims to be able to cut down on jet lag. The app, called Entrain, created by University of Michigan graduate student Olivia Walch and professor of mathematics and computational medicine Danny Forger, illustrates when to stay in bright or low light and when to be in dark light throughout their trip, based on mathematical equations NASA uses.

antidepressants-041114.jpg New research suggests that women taking antidepressants are more successful at breastfeeding if they continue taking the medication. The research, which was presented at the 18th Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference in Perth, shows that the amount of antidepressants making its way into the child's system is so low that it is more beneficial for both mother and baby.