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smoke-032615.jpg Those who live in areas with higher degrees of smog in the air could be more likely to suffer from anxiety, according to a new study from researchers at Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, Maryland. For the study the researchers examined health records from 70,000 women across the U.S. Women who lived in the most air-polluted urban centers in the country were more likely to suffer anxiety.

imge1-032415.jpg Many acne patients routinely fail to take prescribed medications for the condition, according to a new study from researchers at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. For the study the researchers examined the prescription usage of 143 acne patients. They found that 27 percent of the patients failed to obtain the medications that were prescribed as acne treatments.

img3-031815.jpg France's government is likely to back a bill that will ban super-skinny fashion models on its catwalks, joining countries including Spain and Israel who have already passed similar legislation. The bill would require any potential model to undergo regular weight checks and maintain a body mass index of at least 18 (in which a 5-foot-7 woman would have to weigh at least 121 pounds).

loneliness-031815.jpg Scientists have revealed that being lonely can lead to premature death and other health issues. For the study, researchers at Brigham Young University collected data from 70 different studies conducted between 1980 and 2014 on over three million subjects and considered age, socio-economic status, and health conditions.

Pink-Ribbon-021015.jpg Scientists are questioning the accuracy of breast biopsies in making correct diagnoses in cases of cancer or tissue abnormalities. In a new study, researchers examined the work of 115 pathologists and 240 breast biopsy specimens. They found that abnormal, precancerous cells were only identified half the time.

needle-030915.jpg Drug-poisoning deaths involving heroin almost quadrupled between 2000 and 2013 in the U.S., according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report states that the age-adjusted rate of deaths involving heroin increased from 0.7 deaths per 100,000 to 2.7 per 100,000 during this period, with the majority of this rise occurring after 2010.

sneeze-030915.jpg This year's flu season has been severe for older adults, with this age group experiencing the highest rate of hospitalizations in a decade, according to a new report. The new report, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that since last October, the rate of flu hospitalizations among U.S. adults ages 65 and over has been 258 hospitalizations per 100,000 people.

The rate of children born via in vitro fertilization, or IVF, is continuing to rise in the U.S., according to a new story from researchers at the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology. The society collects data on IVF attempts and births across the U.S. each year and found 2,000 more success births in 2013 than the preceding year.

migrane-030215.jpg A new migraine treatment that delivers painkillers via nasal spray is showing promise for migraine sufferers, according to a new study from researchers at the Albany Medical Center, in Albany, New York. The new treatment sends a dose of the anesthetic lidocaine (Xylocaine) directly to the nerves at the rear of the nasal cavity.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and researchers in the field say it's a vital tool for raising awareness about the condition. The risk of colorectal cancers increases significantly for those over the age 50 and for African-Americans over the age of 45. "Colon cancer affects both men and women from all ethnicities."

Researchers have found that reversible methods of birth control are gaining popularity among women. A report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics shows that the use of intrauterine devices (IUDs) and hormonal implants has become more and more popular over the last decade.

Women younger than the age of 55 are more likely to die from a heart attack, nearly twice as likely as men, because they are more likely to ignore tell-tale signs, according to a new study. For the study, published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, researchers surveyed women ages 30 to 55 who were hospitalized for heart attack.

milk-022415.jpg The water used to mix baby formula plays the biggest role in whether formula-fed babies are exposed to increased levels of arsenic, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, measured arsenic levels in the tap water of 874 New Hampshire families whose drinking water came from private, unregulated wells.

The transmission rate for HIV could be cut by as much as 90 percent in the U.S., according to a new report from the CDC. The new report, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, says that transmission rate would drop drastically with a greater focus on diagnosis. "If all the people with HIV who either don't know they have the virus . . ."

sleeping-022015.jpg A lack of sleep might increase your chance for diabetes, according to a new study. The study, published online in the journal Diabetologia, says that a lack of sleep can lead to increased levels of substances called free fatty acids in the blood. These substances interfere with the ability of the hormone insulin to regulate blood sugar levels.

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