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img1-022414.jpg A simple blood test could predict the risk of suicide, according to a new study from researchers at Johns Hopkins Medical Center. For the study the researchers focused specifically on one particular gene variant known as SKA2. While examining the brains of deceased mental illness patients, the researchers discovered that those who had died of suicide have low levels of the SKA2 gene variant.

depression-090613.jpg Those who suffer from clinical depression may be more likely to develop Alzheimer's later in life, according to a new study from researchers at Rush University. For the study the researchers reviewed health records from 1,764 adults over the age of 77. Over the course of the study 680 participants died and post mortems were carried out on 582.

Sleeping-012213.jpg Those who suffer from lack of sleep may be more likely to have distorted or false memories, according to research conducted at the University of California-Irvine and Michigan State University. The study, published in the journal Psychological Science, surveyed data on 104 college students. The participants, split into two groups, were asked to look at pictures of a crime scene.

posttraumaticstress-062513.jpg American males who join the armed forces are more likely to have suffered some trauma as children compared to those American males who do not serve their country, according to research conducted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, surveyed data on over 60,000 men and women who were interviewed with the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

brain-101112.jpg Stroke incidence among seniors is down in the U.S., according to research conducted at Johns Hopkins University. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that seniors (aged 65 and over) has been on the decline for 20 years. The research team surveyed data on nearly 15,000 individuals.

AlzheimerAssociation-040611.jpg Lifestyle changes hold the key to reducing Alzheimer's risk, according to research conducted at Cambridge University. The study, presented Sunday at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Denmark, identified four key factors: eating healthy, exercising, managing obesity and staying mentally and socially engaged.

depression-090613.jpg Adults suffering from mental illness in the U.S. may face as high as 80 percent unemployment, according to a new study from the National Alliance on Mental illness. For the study the group reviewed both health and work records throughout the U.S. for the year of 2012. They found that just 17.8 percent of people who reported suffering from mental illness also held consistent work.

HealthAndFitness-070714.jpg Researchers at Intermountain Healthcare in Murray, Utah have developed a smartphone app to measure levels of the stress hormone cortisol. The test, which requires just an app and a tube to collect a saliva sample, was presented at the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society in Chicago.

meditate-121813.jpg A new study shows that twenty five minutes of daily meditation can help relieve mental stress. In a study on 66 healthy participants between the ages of 18 and 30, researchers found that people who meditated daily or used breathing and mindfulness exercises for three consecutive days were more likely to have lower stress levels and a higher tolerance for stressful situations.

hypodermicneedle-052812_10Jul12.jpg Vaccines against preventable diseases for children are safe, according to research conducted at Boston's Children's Hospital. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, analyzed data on 20,000 scientific titles and 67 papers on vaccine safety. The study found no link between the use of vaccines and autism in children, or between vaccines and childhood leukemia.

TV-041414.jpg Those who watch over three hours of TV per day may be more likely to die prematurely than those who watch less, according to research conducted at the University of Navarra. The study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, surveyed data on over 13,000 graduate Spanish students, who were tracked over a period of eight years.

Pollen-062314.jpg The FDA has issued an official warning against weight loss products made from potentially tainted bee pollen. In the state FDA reps say that some such products can create a mix of health risks including high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, bipolar disorder and others. Some of the products included on the FDA's warning list include Zi Xiu Tang, Ultimate Formula and Fat Zero.

Autism-042412_04Jun12.jpg Exposure to some common pesticides may increase the risk of autism, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California, Davis. For the study the researchers reviewed health records of 486 children with autism. They compared these records with roughly 200 children suffering with developmental delays and around 300 kids with no disabilities.