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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.

lowerbackpain-032614.jpg Weather is unlikely to make any impact on back pain, according to a new study from researchers at the George Institute for Global Health at the University of Sydney, Australia. The study refutes the long held myth that sudden changes in weather patterns and humidity may exacerbate chronic back pain. For the study the researchers surveyed 993 chronic back pain patients.

img1-070914.jpg First time mothers who had their infants visited by nurses were less likely to see the children die, according to research conducted at the University of Rochester. The study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, surveyed data on 1,138 mothers in the impoverished neighborhoods of Memphis, Tennessee. The women were divided into four treatment groups.

chip-070814.jpg A new birth control microchip may be ready to hit the U.S. marketplace as early as 2018, according to MicroCHIPS, an IT startup founded by researchers at MIT. The chip holds tiny reservoirs of the contraceptive drug levonorgestrel and releases an appropriate amount of the drug every day for up to 16 years.

Beer-030512_21Aug12.jpg A new test may be able to accurately predict which teens are at risk to become binge drinkers, according to research conducted at the University of Vermont. The study, published in the journal Nature, predicted with 70 percent accuracy results for a group of 2,400 European teenagers followed for a five-year period (from the age of 14 to 19).

Routine bimanual pelvic exams have been advised against by the American College of Physicians (ACP) Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee. The evidence review, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that the test is painful and unnecessary. "Routine pelvic examination has not been shown to benefit asymptomatic, average risk, non-pregnant women."

NursingHome-070214.jpg The older generation of baby boomers is facing a shortage of nursing home care. A new study by the National Institute on Aging shows that rates of heart disease, lung disease, diabetes and high blood pressure rose among older Americans between 1998 and 2008, with 41 percent of older adults having suffered from three or more chronic conditions and 51 percent having suffered from one or two.