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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.

officeworkers-070214.jpg Many office workers in the U.S. may struggle to have an accurate view of their own persona in the work place, according to a new study from researchers at Columbia University. For the study the researchers surveyed about 500 adults, all of whom work in offices in the U.S. The researchers paired young professionals in groups for a mock negotiation and then followed with a survey.

Women may be far more likely to seek treatment for mental health concerns than men, according to a new study from researchers at the St. Michael's Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Science. For the study the researchers reviewed health records of people who had already been diagnosed with common illnesses including diabetes, high blood pressure and asthma.

motherbaby-062614.jpg Women who become mothers in older age may live longer than those who birth earlier in life, according to research conducted at Boston University. The study, published in the journal Menopause, surveyed data on 462 women, 311 of whom had lived exceptionally long lives. Researchers found that the women who gave birth to their last child after the age of 33 were twice as likely to live longer.

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.

migraine-111412.jpg Migraines worsen for a few years before menopause and a few years after, according to research conducted at the University of Cinncinnati. The study, to be presented at the American Headache Society annual meeting, surveyed data on 3,600 women (aged 35 to 65), who responded to questionnaires. Researchers found that occurrences of migraine headaches increase sharply during the menopausal stages.

mosquito-062314.jpg The CDC has released a statement confirming that the all of the current cases of the mosquito borne Chikungunya have originated outside of the U.S. The virus creates a painful but seldom deadly illness that is already prevalent throughout Africa. As of the week of June 17, the CDC had confirmed 57 cases of the illness within the U.S.