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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.

Trapeziumbone-061615.jpg A new bone density treatment is showing promise in the fight against osteoporosis, according to researchers from the Translational Research Institute at Scripps Florida. Their study focused specifically on a protein called PPARG which impacts bone marrow stem cells. The researchers created a new compound to mimic the PPARG protein and introduced it to bone marrow stem cells.

Electronic-cigarettes-060915.jpg Many e-cigarette users believe that using the devices will help them quit smoking, according to a new French survey. The study, presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting in Chicago, finds that about 69 percent of e-cigarette users believe the devices can help a person quit tobacco smoking, compared with just 31 percent of the general population.

A man in Houston has had the first skull and scalp transplant ever. James Boysen, 55, who was diagnosed with a form of scalp cancer in 2006, received the scalp and skull from a donor after his own skull and scalp were damaged from chemotherapy and radiation. The 15-hour-surgery covered a hole 10 inches by 10 inches that had been left on the top of his head.

Contactlens-060215.jpg Using contact lenses may increase the risk of foreign bacteria spreading within the eye, according to a new study from researchers at NYU's Langone School of Medicine. For the study the researchers collected swab samples from nine contact lens users and 11 non-users. They then analyzed the microbe content of all the samples.

legplaster-052715.jpg Those who suffer from subclinical hyperthyroidism may be at an increased risk for fractured hips and spines, according to a new study from researchers at Bern University in Switzerland. For the study the researchers reviewed health records of 70,298 volunteers, 4,092 (5.8 percent) of whom had subclinical hypothyroidism and 2,219 (3.2 percent) had subclinical hyperthyroidism.

Marijuana-052214.jpg Habitual marijuana use may cause early puberty and stunt growth amongst teenage boys, according to a new study from researchers at the Agriculture University Rawalpindi in Pakistan. For the study the researchers collected health data from 220 non-smoking and 217 cannabis-addicted boys. They found elevated levels of puberty hormones like testosterone and luteinising hormone among the smokers.

Depressed-052215.jpg Men with sleep apnea may be at a greater risk for depression than those without the condition, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia. For the study the researchers examined health records from 860 men between the ages of 35 to 83 with an average age of 60. Over the course of the five-year study the researchers tested each of the men for depression.

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