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chokeberry-091914.jpg The extract of a wild berry native to North America may strengthen the effectiveness of a chemotherapy drug commonly used to treat pancreatic cancer, according to a new study. Research, published online in the Journal of Clinical Pathology, suggests that adding nutraceuticals to chemotherapy cycles may improve the effectiveness of conventional drugs, particularly in hard to treat cancers.

img1-091914.jpg Imaging technology can show how symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) manifest in the brain, according to a new study. The study, published online in JAMA Psychiatry, identifies a specific opioid receptor in the brain linked to emotion that is also associated with a specific group of PTSD symptoms, including listlessness and emotional detachment.

flushot-091914.jpg CDC officials are urging people to get their flu shots. Lyn Finelli, CDC's chief of influenza surveillance and outbreak response in the Influenza Division, says the normal way of thinking is that flu isn't really that serious because people don't know 20,000 people died last year from influenza. She adds that flu victims usually don't know for a while they are sick.

marijuana-122012.jpg New statistics show that 1 in 10 Americans have gone to work while high on marijuana. A joint poll from and SurveyMonkey of 534 Americans found that about 9.7 percent of U.S. workers have gone to work after smoking weed. Some 81 percent of those bought the drug illegally, the poll found. Those people did not purchase the marijuana in Colorado or Washington.

erectiledysfunction-091814.jpg The FDA has issued its approval to a new fast-acting erectile dysfunction drug from Vivus and Auxilium. The new drug is called Stendra (avanafil) and marks the first ED drug approved by the FDA that can be taken approximately 15 minutes before sexual activity. Wayne JG Hellstrom says it could provide a viable new option to ED patients.

migraine-111412.jpg Those who experience frequent migraines in middle age may be more likely to develop Parkinson's later in life, according to a new study from researchers at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland. For the study the researchers examined health records from 5,600 Icelandic adults between the ages of 33 and 65 over the course of 25 years.

artificialsweetner-091914.jpg Routine use of artificial sweeteners may be linked with increased diabetes risk, according to a new study from researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. For the study the researchers conducted experiments on the gut microbes found in both humans and mice. They examined the effects of artificial sweeteners including aspartame, sucralose and saccharine.

health-091714.jpg Consuming increased levels of high-fat dairy may help ward off diabetes risk, according to a new study from researchers at Lund University Diabetes Center in Sweden. For the study the researchers reviewed health records of 26,930 patients. They found that those who reported consuming at least one ounce or more of cream a day were 15 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

img1-022414.jpg A new blood test could help detect depression in some adults, according to a new study from researchers at Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. For the study the researchers administered the blood tests to 64 volunteers with follow-up diagnoses occurring after 18 weeks. "The longer this delay is, the harder it is on the patient, their family and environment."

urine-102413.jpg A new urine test could help detect the presence of HPV, according to a new study from researchers at the Women's Health Research Unit at the Blizard Institute of Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. For the study the researchers reviewed health records from 14 previous studies involving 1,443 women.

asthma1-071411.jpg Some common household plastics could increase the risk of asthma for kids, according to a new study from researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. For the study the researchers collected data from a group of 300 pregnant women. The study focused specifically on exposure to chemical binders called phthalates.

FDA-091614.jpg The FDA has issued its approval on a new constipation drug from Nektrar Pharma and AstraZeneca. The new drug, called Movantik (naloxegol), is aimed at reducing the constipation associated with opioid pain killers without reducing the central pain killing effects. It is the first drug in its class approved by the FDA and is likely to hit the market two to three years before any competing drugs.

ECG-091614.jpg The routine use of electrocardiograms, or ECGs, is not recommended for young athletes, according to a new guideline released by American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. The devices are often used to evaluate the potential risk for sudden cardiac arrest. Use of an ECG to help detect possible heart attack risk has proven ineffective to this point.

exercise-091614.jpg Performing Kegel exercises could help treat bladder incontinence, according to a new study from researchers at the Mayo Clinic. The exercises including a series of movements designed to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles may provide a non-drug option for some patients. The American College of Physicians has included Kegel exercises in their guidelines as a treatment option for UI.

brain-051713.jpg Schizophrenia may actually be a collection of up to eight different diseases, not just one as previously thought, according to researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. For the study the researchers analyzed DNA from over 4,000 different schizophrenia patients, taking note of any genetic modifications.