Women who undergo IVF pregnancy are at no greater risk of contracting breast cancer, according to researchers at Center for Human Reproduction at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York. The study collected health records from 25,000 women and found no "significant increase in the long-term risk of breast cancer among women treated with these IVF regimens."
Genes that are tied to red hair may also be linked to a higher risk of developing skin cancer, a new study says. The study, published in Nature Communications, saw researchers examine tumor DNA sequences collected from more than 400 people. There were 42 percent more mutations linked to sun damage in the tumors of those carrying the red hair gene variant than in those without that DNA.
The number of women who smoke while pregnant may be significantly higher than researchers once thought, according to a new study. The study, published in the Journal of Perinatology, featured investigators reviewing the birth records of more than 700 women who gave birth at a single hospital in Ohio between 2014 and 2015.
Those who consume increased quantities of butter may be at no increased risk of developing heart disease, according to a new study from researchers at Tufts University. For the study the researchers collected data on nearly 700,000 adults ranging between 41 and 77 years of age. Those who consumed at least 14 grams, or one tablespoon of full fat butter had roughly a one percent increased risk.
There are risks associated with getting a tattoo, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. There are increasing reports of people developing infections from contaminated tattoo inks and having bad reactions to the inks, according to Dr. Linda Katz, director of the FDA's Office of Cosmetics and Colors.
The first ever Zika virus vaccine human trials will begin in the next few weeks, according to Inovio Pharmaceuticals, a company based in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania. The vaccine, named GLS-5700, will initially be tested in 40 healthy human volunteers. Inovio worked on the vaccine with GeneOne Life Science, based in Seoul, South Korea.
A new synthetic drug named U-47700 has been linked to over 50 deaths across the U.S. The drug, an opioid painkiller nearly eight times stronger than morphine, can be readily purchased online. Several states, including Georgia, Ohio and Wyoming have taken steps to prevent the purchase and sale of U-47700, with Kansas law enforcement agencies seeking an emergency ban.