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Depression a potential adverse effect of hormonal contraceptive use, study concludes

Depression a potential adverse effect of hormonal contraceptive use, study concludes

A latest study has discovered that women taking hormonal contraceptives like the pill are highly vulnerable to being diagnosed with depression, and have high chances of being prescribed antidepressants in comparison to their peers.

Researchers said that teenagers are facing the highest risk as they have discovered that the chance of being prescribed antidepressants surged around 80% in girls in the age group 15 to 19 years, who are dependent on the pill. The risk was thrice in some using others kinds of hormonal contraceptive, like IUDs

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Milky Way is not spiral-shaped: Study

Milky Way is not spiral-shaped: Study

A research team has come up with the clearest map of the Milky Way. During the process of producing the map, the scientists have come to know that our solar system might be bigger than what was thought earlier.

Till now it is assumed that our galaxy is shaped like a disk, but there is no consensus on its exact structure. One thing on which scientists agree is that Milky Way has four major arms of star, gas and dust spiraling out from its center.

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Hyperelastic Bone considered as next breakthrough in reconstructive surgery

Hyperelastic Bone considered as next breakthrough in reconstructive surgery

Scientists from Northwestern University have developed a highly elastic artificial bone known as the ‘hyperelastic bone’, which is considered to be a breakthrough in reconstructive surgery. The hyperelastic bone’ is yet to be tested in humans and early experiments on animals have turned out to be successful.

The hyperelastic bone has different uses, including it can be implanted under the skin or used to replace lost bone. The bone is made up of a naturally occurring mineral known as hydroxyapatite, a form of calcium found in bone.

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Risk of miscarriage significantly lessens in pregnant women experiencing vomiting and nausea: Study

Risk of miscarriage significantly lessens in pregnant women experiencing vomiting and nausea: Study

Experiencing nausea and vomiting during pregnancy has been linked reduced chances of miscarriage, unveils a new study. The findings should especially be comforting for women having a history of miscarriage, as these symptoms are positively linked with higher chances of success.

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Nine in ten American teenagers do not follow minimum 60 minutes of recommended daily physical activity

Nine in ten American teenagers do not follow minimum 60 minutes of recommended daily physical activity

Despite the fact that the US has been facing obesity epidemic, not many efforts have been seen on the part of American teenagers to maintain their physical fitness. A new study has found that majority of American teenagers continue to lead their life in a sedentary manner.

Study highlights ways to lessen cholesterol levels other than statins

Study highlights ways to lessen cholesterol levels other than statins

Statins work great when it comes to lowering cholesterol levels and reducing the risk of heart events. They are considered to be a safe option, but a new study has found that there are other ways as well to lessen the levels of cholesterol, including change in diet, surgery to shorten parts of the intestines and taking different drugs.

A research paper published in JAMA has unveiled that researchers have scanned 49 trials that involved nine different ways to lower cholesterol levels in over 300,000 people.

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Cranial ornamentation linked with dinosaurs’ gigantic size

Cranial ornamentation linked with dinosaurs’ gigantic size

Dinosaurs, including Tyrannosaurus, Allosaurus, and Giganotosaurus all were having ornamented skulls. A new research has unveiled that these cranial ornaments were not only fashion statements, but they also had a role to play in the overall size of these predators.

Study’s lead researcher Terry Gates, a paleontologist at North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science noticed a strange pattern. He saw that many of the larger theropods were having bony cranial ornamentation, but it was missing among the smaller theropods.

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New details on formation and structure of Pluto’s Sputnik Planum

New revelations have been made with regard to the formation and structure of Sputnik Planum, Pluto’s frozen heart.The research paper published in the journal Nature has suggested that the deep basin became filled with deposits of nitrogen that turned into condensed form due to Pluto’s atmosphere and resulted into the nitrogen ice glacier covering the area.

With the help of data from the New Horizons, the researchers have come to know that atmospheric pressure at the basin of Sputnik Planum is higher than on the surface and terrain surrounding the surface.

Nausea and vomiting lessen miscarriage risk: Study

Nausea and vomiting lessen miscarriage risk: Study

Nausea and vomiting make first three months of pregnancy awful, but a new study has found them to be a sign of reduced risk of miscarriage. The JAMA Internal Medicine-published research paper is the strongest evidence till date that nausea and vomiting in pregnant women is associated with lower risk of miscarriage, good news especially for those women who have earlier experienced the loss.

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Mercury continues to be tectonically active, suggests NASA’s MESSENGER probe data

Mercury continues to be tectonically active, suggests NASA’s MESSENGER probe data

Data gathered from NASA’s MESSENGER probe has unveiled that Mercury is still tectonically active similar to earth. The latest finding has challenged the previous beliefs that Mercury has now been inactive.

The probe was able to gather this vital information during its last 18 months. At that time MESSENGER was orbiting at a lower altitude hence collecting much more detailed high-resolution images than it has received earlier.

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