A panel of medical experts suggest that adults should be screened for depression by their primary care physician. The proposal will be open for public comment until August 24. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommend that adults be screened in doctors' offices if staff-assisted depression care is available.
A new study suggests that teens engaging in the use of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are more likely to try the real thing. The study, published online in the journal Pediatrics, included nearly 2,100 California high school students and found that one-quarter had ever "vaped" (tried e-cigarettes). Ten percent of the teens were currently using e-cigarettes.
A study conducted by Israeli scientists indicates that a compound in the plant helps heal bone fractures. The new study, published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, found that broken bones healed faster and stronger when the patient received the non-psychoactive compound cannabidiol, or CBD. Researchers administered CBD to a group of rats with mid-femoral fractures.
A new study has found that too much sitting could increase the risk of cancer in women. Women in the study, reported in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, who sat more than six hours a day were at a higher risk of developing breast cancer, ovarian cancer and the blood cancer multiple myeloma compared with women who sat less than three hours a day.
A new form of non-invasive pre-natal testing could indicate increased risk for maternal cancers, according to a new study from researchers at the Mother Infant Research Institute at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. For the study the researchers reviewed the medical histories of eight mothers who underwent pre-natal testing and had irregular results.
Some people may react more severely to poison ivy than others, according to a new study from researchers at Pennsylvania State University at Hershey. The researchers collected data about the varying degrees of severity that arise from poison ivy rashes. They discovered that about one in every four people has no reaction at all to the rash, which occurs as a result of contacting urushiol oil.
Cord milking, or massaging the umbilical cord of infants delivered through C section, can increase the levels of red blood cells, improve blood pressure and also induce better blood flow a new study reveals. The study, published online in Pediatrics, shows that that cord milking is a better alternative over the standard practice of delayed clamping.
A new study says that the "Fasting Mimicking Diet," a five-day, once-a-month diet that mimics fasting, which was developed by scientists, is safe. Here's how the diet works - for 25 days out of the month, dieters can eat as they normally would. Then for day one of the diet, they would eat 1,090 calories: 10 percent protein, 56 percent fat and 34 percent carbohydrates.
Buying and consuming human breast milk from online sources - a fad among some fitness aficionados - could have adverse heath effects, according to experts writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. The experts say that raw and unpasteurized human breast milk exposes consumers to infectious diseases, including hepatitis, HIV and syphilis.
Underage drinking rates have dropped by as much as six percent in the last 11 years, according to a new study from researchers at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). For the study the researchers examined underage drinking rates for 67,500 teens aged 12 to 20. In their data review the agency found rates dropped from 28.8 percent.