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A Widely-Used Painkiller May Reduce Male Fertility.

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In a new study involving 31 men, researchers found that those who took 1,200 mg of ibuprofen each day for 14 days experienced a short-term drop in their testosterone levels, which has been associated with lower fertility.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, January 2018

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Asthma in America Costs Billions.

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Based on an analysis of medical expenses and costs associated with work and school absences and deaths between 2008 and 2013, federal health officials say that the economic cost of asthma in the United States is almost $82 billion per year. However, the actual cost of asthma is most likely underestimated because the study did not include individuals with untreated asthma. Lead author Dr. Tursynbek Nurmagambetov writes, “Cost studies can influence health policy decisions and help decision makers understand the ...

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Common Drug May Lead to Reduced Fertility of Offspring.

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Paracetamol, also known as acetaminophen, is commonly taken by pregnant women to help relieve pain, but a new study suggests that this medication may lead to reduced fertility among female offspring. Investigators found that rodents given paracetamol during pregnancy, at doses equivalent to what pregnant woman usually take for pain relief, produced female offspring with fewer eggs. Lead investigator Dr. David Kristensen writes, “Although this may not be a severe impairment to fertility, it is still of real concern since ...

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Obesity May Increase Risk for Rosacea.

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Rosacea is estimated to affect 16 million Americans and is characterized by redness, bumps, and pimples on the face, as well as skin thickening and eye irritation. Researchers reviewed data on nearly 90,000 women in the United States and found a 48% greater likelihood of rosacea among those with a BMI of 35 and greater compared with women of normal weight. Study author Dr. Wen-Qing Li writes, “Our study holds general public health significance, [adding] rosacea to the list of ...

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Traffic Pollution Poses Health Risks to Unborn Babies.

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Air pollution caused by road traffic is having a detrimental impact on the health of unborn babies in London. In a new study, researchers found a link between increases in fine particulate matter from road traffic and a 2-6% increased risk of low birth weight and a 1-3% increased risk of being small for gestational age. The researchers note their findings are most likely applicable to other cities with similar pollution and they call for environmental health policies to improve ...

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