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confusedman-021313.jpg Erectile dysfunction [ED] can be reversed by lifestyle changes, according to research conducted at the University of Adelaide. The study, published in the Journal of Sexual Health, says that drugs are not always needed if men can eat better, lose weight, cut alcohol intake and improve their sleeping schedules. Researchers followed 810 men over a five year period.

marijuana-122012.jpg Marijuana smoking amongst teens has not increased significantly since the increasing legalization of the drug, according to a new study from researchers at Brown University's Alpert Medical School. For the study the researchers reviewed data collected from high school kids in states where marijuana has been legalized.

image3-030514.jpg The FDA will propose new regulations for the e-cigarette industry. The rules will not ban advertising unless the products make health related claims, nor will they ban the use of candy-like flavors, which some say target young people. The rules will require manufacturers to report ingredients to the FDA in order to obtain approval. They also ban free samples and most vending machine sales.

Wine-030912_22Aug12.jpg Drinking less than a glass of wine per day may help kidney function, according to research conducted at the University of Colorado. The study, presented at the recent National Kidney Foundation meeting, surveyed data from 6,000 people, 1,000 of whom had kidney disease. "Those [with healthy kidneys] who drank less than one glass of wine a day had a 37 percent lower risk of having chronic . . ."

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.