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childlessness and mortality rates

A large study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health found that childless couples who had been treated for infertility, and in particular women, were more likely to have shorter lifespans. read more

air pollution and autism

A study in Archives of General Psychiatry suggested exposure to traffic-related air pollution, particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide during pregnancy and during the first year of a child’s life appears to be associated with an increased risk of autism. read more

physical weakness and premature death

A cohort study of one million participants, published in the BMJ, found low muscle strength in adolescence was strongly associated with a greater risk of early death from several major causes. read more

GM maize and tumours in rats

A toxicology study in Food and Chemical Toxicology into the health impact of a GM tolerant maize crop and the herbicide Roundup suggested lab rats developed mammary tumours and were more likely to die prematurely. read more

acupuncture for chronic pain

Archives of Internal Medicine published a meta-review of 29 randomized controlled trials, suggesting that acupuncture may be better than no acupuncture or sham acupuncture for the treatment of some chronic pain. read more

marijuana and testicular cancer

A study published in found a link between recreational marijuana use and an increased risk of developing subtypes of testicular cancer that tend to carry a somewhat worse prognosis. read more

fetal growth and physical work while pregnant

Occupational and Environmental Medicine published a study which was purported to suggest that standing for long periods during pregnancy may curb the growth of the developing fetus, based on the fetal growth rates of 4680 mums. read more

dental x-rays and risk of meningioma

A study published in Cancer suggested that people who had received frequent dental x-rays in the past had an increased risk of meningioma, a type of brain tumour. read more

PFCs and antibodies

A paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that exposure to perflourinated compounds (PFCs) was associated with a reduced immune response to vaccinations in children. read more

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