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STUDY: Domestic Violence During Pregnancy Doubles The Risk Of Preterm Birth

Women who experience any form of domestic violence during pregnancy are twice as likely to give birth to a premature baby or a baby with low birth weight, according to a new meta-analysis that adds to the evidence linking intimate partner violence to a range of adverse health consequences. Researchers from the University of Iowa … Continue reading

Study Links Maternal Obesity, Diabetes To Increased Autism Risk In Kids

While diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder have increased in recent years, the factors behind this rise remain relatively mysterious and even controversial. However, a growing line of research suggests that many of the risk factors for the condition emerge long before birth. Now, a major study from Johns Hopkins University has found that maternal obesity … Continue reading

How Poverty Makes Children’s Brains More Susceptible To Depression

Stark and rising socioeconomic inequalities plague many countries, including the United States, and politicians, economists, and—fortunately—scientists, are debating its causes and solutions. But the effects of inequality’s may go beyond simple access to opportunity: a new study finds that socioeconomic disadvantage can actually induce permanent changes in brain connectivity that put poor children at higher … Continue reading

What To Know About The French Clinical Trial That Left One Person Brain-Dead, Five Others Hospitalized

One person is in a coma and five others are in critical condition after a drug trial in France went terribly wrong, the country’s health ministry announced Friday. In a statement, French Health Minister Marisol Touraine reported that a “serious accident” occurred during a Phase 1 clinical trial of an oral drug meant to treat certain … Continue reading

Reading Self-Help Books Can Leave You Feeling Worse, Study Shows

Turning to self-help books for guidance might seem like a good idea when you’re feeling down about life. But a new study new suggests it probably won’t make you feel a whole lot better — and it could even leave you feeling worse. The research, conducted by a team of psychologists at the University of … Continue reading

The FDA Just Made It Easier To Prevent Heroin Overdose Deaths

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that it had approved a nasal-spray version of naloxone, a drug that can reverse the effects of a heroin overdose. The new version will make it easier to administer and less intimidating than the previously approved injectable form. Sold under the brand name Narcan, the drug has been … Continue reading

Virginia Just Became The First State To End Chronic Veteran Homelessness

Last week, Virginia became the first state in the country to end chronic veteran homelessness, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced in a press release. The milestone declaration means that every veteran in the state has housing, except for those were offered shelter but declined, according to the federal government’s definition. By streamlining resources and having the … Continue reading

Scientists Break Through Blood-Brain Barrier To Treat Cancer Patient, Making Medical History

For the first time, doctors have broken through the blood-brain barrier in order to treat a brain disease non-invasively, marking an exciting new frontier in medicine. Dr. Todd Mainprize, a neurosurgeon in the Hurvitz Brain Sciences Program at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, along with a team of other neuroscientists, pioneered the revolutionary … Continue reading

Cutting Sugar Can Dramatically Improve Children’s Health In Just Days

Cutting most of the sugar from a child’s diet can rapidly and dramatically improve health, even without reducing calorie consumption or losing weight, a new study suggests. Researchers put a group of 43 obese kids and teens on a nine-day diet that severely restricted sugar intake, but replaced added sugars with starchy foods to maintain … Continue reading

Recent Campus Shootings In Texas And Arizona Exemplify The Dangers Of ‘Campus Carry’ Laws

Just days after the October shooting that left 10 dead, including the gunman, and nine injured at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, two more students were killed and four others left injured in two separate shooting incidents on college campuses in Texas and Arizona. The circumstances of the shootings differ: While the Oregon shooter went … Continue reading

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