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Aug2017-072717.jpg We are well into the second half of 2017. Now, let's take a look at the biotech stocks awaiting word from the FDA in August.

untreatable-gonorrhea-071017.jpg There is a growing concern among the medical experts on the spread of antibiotic resistant and untreatable gonorrhea.

A new controversial "three-parent baby" treatment may be available on the United Kingdoms National Health Service plan by next spring. The Daily Mail reports that "An independent panel of experts has cleared away remaining safety hurdles to recommend "cautious adoption" of mitochondrial replacement therapy (MRT) for devastating inherited diseases."

tomato-112116.jpg Women who engage in yo-yo dieting may face a greater risk of heart disease, such as coronary heart disease and sudden cardiac death, according to a new study. The study, presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2016, featured 158,063 postmenopausal women split into four categories: stable weight, steady gain, maintained weight loss, and weight cycling.

President Obama has proposed a new rule that prevents the defunding of Planned Parenthood in some states for political reasons. The proposition would prevent states from withholding Title X federal family planning money from constituents for any reasons other than their provider's "ability to deliver services to program beneficiaries in an effective manner."

The likelihood of individuals contracting the flu may be directly linked with the year of their birth, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Arizona. For the study the researchers examined the exposure to certain strains of the flu virus during a child's early life. "But as far as the data tell us, there is something kind of magical about the first time . . ."

Vacutainer-blood-bottles-102616.jpg A new Canadian study finds that when it comes to blood transfusions, fresher blood is not any better than older blood. Nancy Heddle is a professor emeritus of medicine at McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario. Heddle cites, "Our study provides strong evidence that transfusion of fresh blood does not improve patient outcomes, and this should reassure clinicians that fresher is not better."

Preoxygenation-102616.jpg Preliminary research published in Health Daily News concludes that laughing gas (nitrous oxide) may not ease childbirth pain as much as once thought. The research finds that the majority of women who request laughing gas also ask for an epidural as well. Many countries, including the United States, often administer the laughing gas to mothers in labor to ease their pain.

alcohol-glass-102616.jpg Women in the U.S. are reportedly catching up to men in terms of alcohol consumption, according to researchers at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Center at the University of New South Wales in Australia. The researchers found that men born between the years 1891 and 1910 drank as much as three times as women, but those born between 1991 and 2000 drank only 1.2 times more than women.

mammogram-101416.jpg A new study is now questioning the validity of mammograms. However, cancer radiologist specialists cite that one study is unlikely to change standard guidelines. The Health Daily News reports, "Screening is much more likely to find insignificant breast tumors than it is to catch potentially life-threatening cancer in its early stages, a new study claims."

WeightGain-Women-092816.jpg Even a slight weight gain can hurt employment chances of a job seeker, especially women, according to a new study from the journal Plos One. In the study, it was found that people are less likely to select overweight women in a customer-facing job than an overweight man.

duster-091516.jpg As much as 45 toxic chemicals can be found in everyday common house dust, according to a new study. The new study, which saw researchers analyze all studies that have sampled indoor environments in the United States since 2000, found that the chemicals found in dust samples came from a range of things typically found inside your home, including vinyl products, such as flooring and cosmetics.

peperwork-090816.jpg Doctors spend nearly half of their time attending to paperwork, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Washington Medicine. For the study the researchers polled 57 doctors in various practices about what consumes most of their time on a daily basis. "I think we need to make things better because patients notice that doctors are spending more time with the computer . . ."

MorningSunRays-082616.jpg Viral infections are potentially more dangerous when contracted in the morning hours, according to a new study from researchers in the U.K. And while the timing of catching a virus may not seem like a significant factor, it could make a serious difference, researchers say. "It's a big difference. The virus needs all the apparatus available at the right time . . ."

PregnantWoman-082616.jpg Women who take acetaminophen during pregnancy are more likely to have a hyperactive child, according to a new study. The study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, found that more than half the mothers (4,415 women or 53 percent) reported using acetaminophen at 18 weeks of pregnancy, while fewer than half (3,381 women or 42 percent) reported using it at 32 weeks.

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