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Boys who smoke marijuana may be at increased risk of earlier puberty and stunted growth, according to new research. This may be down to stress responses triggered by the drug.
Medical News Today: Maternal obesity linked to reduced immunity in newborns that may last a lifetime
A new study finds infants born to obese mothers have weaker immune systems at the time of birth that persist throughout their lifetime, making them more prone to illness.
A study of nearly 48,000 men finds that those with a history of asthma were less likely to have a diagnosis of prostate cancer that had spread or to have died of the disease.
A new microchip that captures rare clusters of tumor cells migrating in the blood will aid investigation into the deadly process of metastasis, or cancer spread.
Every year in the US, a few dozen 5-11-year-olds die from suicide - a stable overall level, but with the rate rising among black elementary kids and falling among white children.
Medical News Today: Brain shrinkage, poorer memory found in retired NFL players with history of concussion
Retired NFL players with history of concussion with loss of consciousness may be at increased risk of brain shrinkage in the hippocampus - the brain region associated with memory.
A new study has identified a mutation in a gene called SEMA3E that is a cause of Kallmann syndrome - a disorder that stops or delayed puberty reduces sense of smell.
A study reveals more than half of probiotics on sale in the US contain traces of gluten, with some labeled gluten-free containing the protein at levels exceeding FDA standards.
Researchers have discovered that a new combination of two drugs could significantly improve the symptoms of patients with the most common form of cystic fibrosis.
A new infographic published by the CDC illustrates areas of the US where rates of death from certain conditions are higher than the national averages.
Medical News Today: Investing in hepatitis C drugs could save the economy billions, researchers suggest
New hepatitis C drugs may be more expensive but have have higher cure rates and fewer side effects, and could save the US and five European countries $3.2 billion a year.
A large population study spanning 10 years finds the lung disease emphysema progresses more slowly in people who take aspirin on 3 or more days a week.
A new study finds people who work shifts are more likely to experience sleep problems such as insomnia, which may increase their risk of obesity and diabetes.
A warning to all parents that send their kids to dance classes - a new study shows that nearly all youth dance classes supply limited amounts of activity.
Medical News Today: Peanut allergies common among children with asthma, but families often do not know
A new study finds that 53% of the families of children who tested positively for peanut sensitivity were not aware of their child's allergy.
Offers of cash to employees trying to give up smoking have been put to the scientific test to see if money makes a difference to quit rates compared with usual cessation programs.
Medical News Today: 'Surprisingly high' incidence of cardiovascular conditions among Olympic athletes
A study finds that 7.3% of athletes screened to compete in the Olympic games between 2002 and 2014 had significant undiagnosed cardiovascular abnormalities.
Donations between people infected with HIV could cut pressure on the US national organ donor list, suggests an assessment of the quality of deceased organs in Philadelphia.
Medical News Today: Alcohol use in first 3-4 weeks of pregnancy may lead to permanent brain changes in offspring
Drinking alcohol in the first 3-4 weeks of pregnancy - a time when many women are unaware they are pregnant - may alter gene functioning in the brains of offspring, research shows.
Economist Jim O'Neill unveils proposals to kick-start development of new antibiotics in an effort to combat drug resistance. The new plan may cost just $16 billion over 10 years.