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Prescriptions of opioids have dropped in the U.S. for the first time in twenty years, according to a new study from researchers at research group IMS Health. The firm finds that opioid prescriptions have dipped about 12 percent since 2014 and declines in prescriptions have occurred in 49 states since 2013. "The deaths are still - have still been rising."

Genetically modified foods pose no health threat to humans a new study says. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine panel ruled that they could not find a link between consumption of genetically modified crops and rates of cancer, kidney disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, gastrointestinal diseases, celiac disease, food allergies or autism, the report stated.

The busier your daily schedule is, the healthier your brain may be, a new study suggests. The study, published in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, featured 330 healthy women and men between ages 50 and 89 from the Dallas Lifespan Brain Study, an assessment of cognition and brain health, structure, and function in healthy adults.

The first ever successful penis transplant has taken place in the United States. The man, 64-year-old Thomas Manning of Halifax, Massachusetts, received the transplant over the course of a 15-hour surgery between May 8 and 9 in Boston. Manning was forced to have his penis removed due to cancer and doctors say they are "cautiously optimistic" that the surgery was successful.

Pesticides-051316.jpg Those with increased exposure to pesticides may be at a higher risk for developing ALS, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Michigan. For the study the researchers collected data from 156 ALS patients and 128 people without the disease. They found that the pesticide cis-chlordane increased ALS risk nearly sixfold.

Abortion-051316.jpg Global abortion rates have been decreasing in recent years, but only in developing nations, according to a new study from researchers at the Guttmacher Institute in New York. For the study the researchers examined world wide abortion rates between 1990 and 2014. They found that abortions rates in westernized nations dropped from 46 to 27 per 1,000 women.

Woman-in-WhiteShirt-042016.jpg The life expectancy for non-Hispanic white women has decreased slightly over the past few years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to new research, experts from the National Center for Health Statistics ran the numbers for the years 2013 and 2014 and found non-Hispanic white women have a slightly lower life expectancy, dropping 0.1 year.

DysonAirbladeTransparent-041916.jpg Dyson hand dryers may actually spread more germs than paper towels, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Westminster. For the study the researchers test the quantity of germs and bacteria on a variety of powered hand dryers and paper towels. They found that compared to paper towels the Airblade model Dyson hand dryer spread 1,300 times more germs than paper towels.

weddingring-041216.jpg Married cancer patients may have better survival rates than single cancer patients, according to a new study from researchers at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California. For the study the researchers reviewed health records for 800,000 Californians diagnosed with invasive cancer between 2000 and 2009. They followed this data through 2012.

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