Health Watch Report: November 4, 2015

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America’s prescription drug use is on the rise. A study in the journal of the American Medical Association finds that in 2012, 59% of the population was using prescription drugs. That’s an increase of 8% since 1999. The most commonly used drug was the cholesterol medication Simvastatin.
A new drug could bring hope to couples struggling with infertility. A study in London finds the hormone Kisspeptin appears to be safer and more effective for harvesting eggs during in vitro fertilization.Researchers say using the new hormone in place of conventional drugs may prevent life threatening side effects.
For women who do become pregnant, there’s a warning about the importance of physical activity. Researchers at the University of Warwick say too much sitting may be linked to depression in expectant mothers, as well as greater weight gain. That can increase the risk of gestational diabetes.

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