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Fluzonevaccine-073015.jpg The use of less-than-perfect vaccines, or "leaky" vaccines, can lead to evolution of more deadly versions of a virus, researchers have confirmed. The findings, which appeared in the journal PLoS Biology, featured scientific experiments with the herpes virus such as the one that causes Marek's disease in poultry, show that some vaccines could allow more-virulent versions of a virus to survive.

A new study shows that men gain an average of nearly five pounds after having kids. The study, published in the American Journal of Men's Health, finds that new dads gain an average of about 4.4 pounds after having kids. The study kept track of weight changes among more than 10,000 men over 20 years. In comparison, the average man of the same height without kids actually lost 1.4 pounds.

Those in the funeral industry who frequently use formaldehyde in embalming fluid may be at an increased risk of developing ALS, according to a new study from researchers at the Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in Boston. The study focused specifically on male funeral directors.

PoisonIvy-070715.jpg 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.

Having weight loss surgery may be more effective in reducing type 2 Diabetes symptoms than lifestyle changes, according to a new study from researchers at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. For the study the researchers collected data from 61 type 2 diabetes patients between the ages of 25 and 55. Each of the study participants was assigned one of three treatments.

The FDA has offered their approval to a new blood test designed specifically to detect herpes. The new test uses a blood sample collected via a finger prick and was developed by the Silicon Valley-based firm Theranos. The approval is a key step for the drug, which will also benefit from a new law passed in some states allowing for direct-to-consumer tests using finger pricks.

stearic-062515.jpg The consumption of trans fats, most commonly used in processed foods to improve taste, texture and durability, may work to weaken the memory of young men, according to a new study. The study, published online in the journal PLOS ONE, evaluated data from 1,018 men and women, ages 20 to 85, who were asked to complete a dietary survey and memory test involving word recall.

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