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hypodermicneedle-052812_10Jul12.jpg A new study suggests that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine can protect people for at least eight years. In this study, published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers recruited 1,781 boys and girls between the ages of nine and 15 who were not sexually active. The participants were randomly assigned to the vaccine or the placebo group.

tatookit-081214.jpg The FDA has issued a recall on some home tattoo kits, claiming that they could cause harmful infections. The kits included in the recall are those marketed by White and Blue Lion, Inc. Both companies issued recalls on these products in July, but now the FDA is also requesting that customers return these products to the manufacturers immediately.

hospitalbeds-081214.jpg One in six lupus patients are likely to wind up back in the hospital within one month of their initial visit, according to a new study from researchers at the Division of Rheumatology at the University of California-San Francisco. For the study the researchers reviewed health records of 31,903 Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients aged 18 and up between the years of 2008 and 2009.

handwashing-081114.jpg Antibacterial compounds present in soaps and other household products may have a negative impact on the unborn children of pregnant women, according to a study presented at the recent American Chemical Society meeting. The FDA is reviewing the safety of the compound triclosan, which appeared in every woman of 184 tested in the recent study.

pinkribbon-121411_05Jun12.jpg Mammograms may be beneficial for women over 75, according to research conducted at the University of Washington. The study, published in the journal Radiology, found that patients whose breast cancer was discovered by mammography were more likely to be in the earlier stages of cancer than those cases in which cancer is detected by patients or physicians.

bcpill-031014.jpg Birth control pills that contain high levels of estrogen may increase the risk of breast cancer in women under 50, according to research conducted at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. The study, published in the journal Cancer Research, surveyed two groups of women (aged 22-49): one diagnosed with breast cancer, and the other healthy.

jnj-073114.jpg Johnson and Johnson has reportedly pulled a controversial device from the market that has been used in hysterectomy procedures. The device, called a morecellator, is used in a form of hysterectomy that has recently been linked to an increased risk of uterine cancers. The device is used to cut up growths within the uterus into smaller sections.

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.

pongfistbump-072814.jpg Fist bumps are a more sanitary way to greet someone than handshakes, according to research conducted at the University of Wales. The study, published in the Journal of Infection Control, suggests that, during times of flu outbreaks, people should adopt the fist bump gesture to minimize contamination. "If there's a flu pandemic then handshaking might be something you want to think about . . ."

healthcare-072414.jpg Health care workers holding an associate's degree currently make up the majority in the U.S. and that number is expected to climb, according to research conducted at the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. The study notes that associate holding health care workers make up more than half of the health care workforce, a number that has risen 46 percent since 2000.

confusedwomen-072314.jpg Some methods for hysterectomies may promote the spread of uterine cancer, according to a new study from researchers at the Columbia University Medical Center. For the study the researchers reviewed health records collected from over 500 hospitals including 232,882 hysterectomy patients. Some women undergo a specific form of hysterectomy called morecellation.

oldman-072314.jpg Increases in life expectancy amongst older Americans may be slowing down, according to a new study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. For the study the researchers reviewed health from 1.4 million Medicare recipients dating back to 2008. "Living with multiple chronic diseases such as diabetes, kidney disease and heart failure is now the norm . . ."

cigarette-070811.jpg Gays and lesbians are more likely to face health risks from poor health choices like smoking and binge drinking, according to research conducted at the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics. The study surveyed data on nearly 35,00 adults in the National Health Interview Survey. "Nearly 60% of bisexual and gay male youths in 1 study were currently using substances . . ."

Stressedwoman-071414.jpg Stress can slow women's metabolism leading to weight gain, according to research conducted at Ohio State University. The study, published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, assessed data on 58 women (average age 53), who were questioned on stress levels and fed an identical diet.

kidney-012513.jpg Increases in climate temperature may lead to an increase in kidney stones, according to a new study from researchers at the Kidney Stone Center as well as the Hospital's Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness (CPCE) within the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). For the study the researchers linked weather patterns with fluctuations in kidney stone diagnoses between 2005 and 2011.