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workfrmhome-012815.jpg A new study has found that working from home is good for the health and productivity of both employers and employees. Researchers at Stanford University examined a group of 255 employees at a large Chinese travel agency, half of whom worked from home for nine months and half of whom were office-based. They found that those who worked from home were 13 percent more productive.

Medicines-122314.jpg Prostate cancer is one of the most dreaded forms of the disease - a major problem in men's health and in the medical community generally. Recent study results released by Medivation Inc. (MDVN) and Astellas Pharma showed that a mid-stage trial of an experimental drug showed some progress. Here a few advancements (and one step back) in the battle to alleviate prostate cancer.

Girlsittinginchair-012215.jpg Sitting for long portions of each day could lead to increased risk for a variety of health problems including cancer, heart disease, diabetes and early death, according to researchers from the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. For the study the researchers examined 41 adult Canadians and found that the amount of time they spend sitting was directly linked with increased health risks.

Sleepproblems-012015.jpg Those who have poor sleeping habits during adolescence may be more likely to develop drinking and drug problems later in life, according to a new study from researchers at Idaho State University. For the study the researchers examined reported sleep habits, drug use and alcohol consumption in a nationwide survey carried out between 1994 and 2002.

asthma1-071411.jpg A new study shows that asthma and sleep apnea may be connected in adults, with people with asthma facing an almost 40 percent higher risk of developing sleep apnea than those who did not have asthma. The study, run by the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort, followed 550 men and women, with over 15 percent of these participants reporting that they had asthma.

Diabetes-011315.jpg A new study reveals that many seniors with diabetes are being over-treated by their physicians. Researchers examined nearly 1,300 diabetes patients aged 65 and older, with the patients suffering from varying degrees of diabetes and chronic health problems. They found that two-thirds of the patients in poor health were placed on strict dietary and medication control.

img2-011215.jpg One type of oral HPV (human papillomavirus) infection, HPV16, seems to last a year or longer in men over the age of 45 than it does in younger men, according to new research. The study, released online in Cancer Prevention Research, analyzed four years of samples from more than 1,600 men. The samples were collected every six months.

image3-030514.jpg Vapor from electronic cigarettes may increase young people's risk of respiratory infections, whether or not it contains nicotine, a new study shows. For the study, published in a the journal PLOS One, researchers obtained respiratory system tissue from children aged 8 to 10 who had passed away and donated their organs to medical science.

texting-010515.jpg New research shows that texting while driving may be more problematic for middle-aged drivers than it is for younger drivers. For the study, published in the January issue of Accident Analysis and Prevention, researchers ran 50 men and women through a series of computerized road tests. Seven study participants described their texting ability as limited.

hearing-012213.jpg Adults with HIV appear to have worse hearing than those who do not have the virus, a new study has found. In the study, researchers tested the low and high frequency hearing capacity of 262 men (117 of them HIV-positive) and 134 women (105 of them HIV positive). They found that the subjects with HIV had worse hearing than those who did not have the virus.

health-diabetes-122414.jpg Asian Americans have a higher risk for type two diabetes at a lower body weight than other groups do, a new study has found. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has recommended lowering the body mass index (BMI) at which Asian Americans should be screened for diabetes, noting that they are at risk for diabetes at a BMI of 23 or higher (as opposed to the standard risk number of 25 or higher).

Smartphone-122414.jpg A new study shows that using a smartphone makes permanent changes in the human brain. Researchers at the University of Fribourg used EEGs (electroencephalography) to examine brain activity in people who used smartphones and compared them to the activity of people that used standard cell phones. They found that people who used smartphones had a greater brain signal in a part of the brain cortex.

ebook-122414.jpg Doctors are warning that e-book readers can have a negative impact on sleep specifically and health generally. Researchers at Harvard Medical School examined the sleep cycles of people who used light-emitting e-readers and compared them to those of people who read books before going to sleep. They found that those using the light-emitting e-readers had more difficulty in falling asleep.

img1-022414.jpg The Food and Drug Administration has lifted its decades-long ban on gay and bisexual blood donors, allowing them to donate blood under special new regulations. The policy allows gay and bisexual men to donate blood if they have abstained from gay sex for one year, a policy that is currently in use in countries including Great Britain, Japan and Australia.

DR-OZ-122314.jpg TV health authority, Dr. Oz, gives out baseless or just wrong advice half the time, according to a study done by the British Medical Journal. The research team, based at the University of Alberta, said that more skepticism is necessary, given Oz's popularity. "Recommendations made on medical talk shows often lack adequate information on specific benefits or the magnitude of the effects . . ."

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