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How Crying May One Day Help You Avoid Blood Work

Every day, an estimated 6,800 new peer-reviewed academic articles are published. That’s a whole lot of science to wade through—but don’t fret. We’ll do the legwork for you, each and every morning. Here’s your daily dose of the latest discoveries from journals, research institutions, and news outlets from around the world.

Avoid the PrickPutting off lab work because the needle freaks you out? Scientists might have a potential solution in the works: Researchers from the University of Michigan are working on a device to measure nutritional deficiencies in tears. Currently, these are only detected with blood samples—which, of course, involve the dreaded needle.

Streamline Your Pill BoxYou may be able to reduce your daily pill load soon: Patients with diabetes improved their blood sugar control just as effectively when they added a weekly diabetes drug called omarigliptin to their daily metformin regimen as those who added the daily diabetes medication sitagliptin did, according to a new study in the journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism. This may provide a more convenient method to keep blood sugar levels in check.

Spice Up Your DietEating spicy foods may help you live longer: People who consumed hot red chili peppers were 13 percent less likely to die during a 19-year follow up, according to a new study out of the University of Vermont. Capsaicin—the pungent component in the peppers—may prevent obesity and modulate cardiac blood flow, the researchers say. If you do eat add some heat to your diet, here’s how to stop your butt from burning after eating spicy foods.

Understand the Unique Risks Of WarMore than 1,300 military men suffered injuries to their genitals or urinary tract in Iraq or Afghanistan from 2001 to 2013, according to research in the Journal of Urology. Most of these injuries involved the external genitals, including loss of one or both testicles. The vast majority of these men—94 percent—were under the age of 35, the New York Times reports. (Plus, PTSD can lead to sexual dysfunction, as we reported.)

Don’t Ignore the BluesDepression might be just as risky for your heart as high cholesterol levels and obesity are, new research out of the Technical University of Munich suggests. A depressive disorder was diagnosed in about 15 percent of guys who died from cardiovascular causes. According to the researchers, more work must be done to diagnose depression in patients at risk of heart disease.

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