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img1-121914.jpg Twenty-six, five of which have died, have been hospitalized due to poisoning brought on by caramel apples, according to the CDC. The government agency has cautioned Americans to not eat any pre-packaged, commercially produced caramel apples, including those with toppings like nuts or sprinkles. A total of 28 people have become sick with listeria in ten states.

SmogNY-121814.jpg Exposure to smog during pregnancy has been linked to a higher risk of autism in children, a new study suggests. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health tracked 1,800 women who gave birth between 1990 and 2002, charting their exposure to air pollution during pregnancy. The study's results are published in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal.

marijuana-122012.jpg Teen marijuana use may be decreasing nationwide as more states legalize the drug for both medical and recreational use, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Michigan and the National Institutes on Drug Abuse. For the study the researchers took a poll of 40,000 8th-graders, 10th-graders and 12th-graders.

Laughinggas-121614.jpg Nitrous Oxide, more popularly known as laughing gas, could be used to treat depression, according to research conducted at Washington University. The study, published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, tested the hypothesis on 20 people whose depression had not responded to more traditional treatments. Fourteen of 20 saw mild to significant mood improvements.

supebugs-121214.jpg Infections that are resistant to anti-bacterial drugs will cause 10 million new deaths every year by 2050, warns a report from the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance [AMR]. The study, commissioned by the U.K. government, estimates that the deaths would claim 2-3.5 percent of GDP worldwide. "The research was commissioned to understand the economic cost of AMR . . ."

pregnant-090613.jpg The number of strokes suffered by women who are pregnant is increasing, according to a new study. The new study, published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, documented a 61.5 percent increase from the mid-1990s to 2010-11. The study analyzed administrative data from nearly 82 million hospitalizations of pregnant women, and found about 31,000 hospitalizations for stroke over 17 years.

bpa-120914.jpg Drinking beverages from cans lined with the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) could be linked with increased blood pressure, according to a new study from researchers at the Environmental Health Center at Seoul National University College of Medicine in Korea. For the study the researchers examined 60 men and women, aged 60 and up, by having them drink soy milk from BPA-lined cans.

breastcancerribbon-120814.jpg A new study finds that many elderly breast cancer patients are subjected to unnecessary radiation treatments. Researchers at Duke University examined rates of whole-breast radiation therapy in older patients both before and after oncology guidelines recommending less radiation in older patients in certain situations were released.

hypodermicneedle-052812_10Jul12.jpg It's too late to make a new vaccine for the current flu season, according to the CDC. The CDC says that that one part of this year's flu vaccine is not fully protective against the predominant flu virus, known as influenza A (H3N2). The virus has mutated since last year's shot was made. "Though reduced, this cross-protection might reduce the likelihood of severe outcomes . . ."

Racewalking-110613.jpg People who exercise following weight loss surgery may enjoy health benefits such as a decreased risk of diabetes and improved heart health, according to a new study. For the new study, published online in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, researchers divided 128 adults, mostly women, who had recently undergone roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery into two groups.

baby-021214.jpg Those who are circumcised are at a lower risk for sexually-transmitted diseases, penile cancer and urinary tract infections, according to the CDC. The government agency has recommended that health insurers should pay for the operation, based on the evidence. "Our role is to provide accurate information so people can make informed decisions," said Dr. Jonathan Mermin.

obesity-022412.jpg Obesity has been linked to 500,000 new cancer cases worldwide each year, according to research conducted at the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The study, published in the journal Lancet Oncology, found that the greatest number of obesity-related cancers occurred in North America (110,000) and Europe (66,000).

counselingstudent-112414.jpg Those who have attempted suicide in the past may be less likely to make another attempt if they undergo short-term psycho-social counseling, according to a new study from researchers at John Hopkins University. For the study the researchers examined the health records of 65,000 Danish citizens who had attempted suicide between January 1, 1992 and December 31, 2010.

obesity-022412.jpg Thirty percent of the world's population is overweight, a number that could expand to 50 percent by 2030, according to a report by the McKinsey Global Institute. The obesity epidemic comes at a high price, add researchers, who estimate it costs the world $2 trillion annually. "Obesity is a major global economic problem caused by a multitude of factors," reads the report.

crib-mattress-112014.jpg So-called smart baby monitors are not an effective means of prevention against sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), according to an editorial published in the British Medical Journal. David King, who wrote the editorial, says that the new wave of monitoring equipment is old ideas repackaged. "To older paediatricians this may sound familiar."