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Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of families and communities through the promotion of healthy lifestyles, research for disease and injury prevention and detection and control of infectious diseases. Public health profess

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Tracking down the origin of mercury contamination in human hair

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Mercury is a potent neurotoxin present in our daily lives and our body can accumulate it over the years. Food consumption, such as fish and rice, is the most common source of mercury exposure.

Hookworm Infection: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Hookworm is an intestinal parasite that is the cause of millions of infections worldwide. Learn about the symptoms and treatment of these infections here.

City design, transport may reduce global burden of disease and injury

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:00:00 PDT

Researchers reveal how changes to city design and transport across the globe could reduce the burden of road accidents, CVD, and type 2 diabetes.

Curiosity about cigarettes, cigars falling among students

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:00:00 PDT

The percentage of U.S. students who have ever used or are curious about using cigarettes and cigars fell between 2012-2014, new study shows.

First analysis of 'Sustainable Development Goals' published

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

The Sustainable Development Goals provide solid targets by which to measure global improvement. The first analysis of the data yields surprising results.

'Obesity gene' does not hinder weight loss

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

The belief that so-called obesity genes can hinder weight loss is called into question by a new study review. Genetics may not be so vital after all.

Pokémon Go distracts drivers and pedestrians, causes accidents

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:00:00 PDT

Playing the popular augmented reality game Pokémon Go is a distraction for pedestrians and drivers, and may cause motor vehicle crashes, study shows.

Warning over infection that may be linked to piercing product, UK

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 03:00:00 PDT

PHE is strongly advising people to stop using the product and to seek medical help urgently if they are concerned they have an infection.

E-cigarette use tied to rise in quit smoking success

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 07:00:00 PDT

New research finds growth in rates of e-cigarette use in England is positively associated with success rate of attempts to quit smoking.

Children exposed to potentially toxic chemicals daily in household dust

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Toxic chemicals that are associated with cancer and developmental and reproductive health problems have been found widespread in household dust.

The '5-second rule' is disproved in new study

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 07:00:00 PDT

Should you pick up that piece of food that just fell on the floor? Belief in the 5-second rule would say yes, but researchers tell a different tale.

How reliable is the glycemic index?

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 08:00:00 PDT

The glycemic index may not be a reliable measure of the rise in blood sugar levels after eating, as it varies widely between people and times of eating.

Gluten-free diet gains popularity, despite no rise in celiac disease

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 08:00:00 PDT

There has been a rise in the number of Americans choosing to go gluten-free, even though the prevalence of celiac disease has remained steady, study finds.

Biobank storage time affects blood test results

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 07:00:00 PDT

The amount of time a blood sample used for medical research has been stored at a biobank may affect the test results as much as the blood sample provider's age.

Study validates Tgen-developed test for health care-acquired infections

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

A new study by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) details the design and validation of a low-cost, rapid and highly accurate screening tool - known as KlebSeq - for potentially...

WHO revise STD treatment guidelines as threat of antibiotic resistance escalates

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 07:00:00 PDT

Prompted by rapidly increasing resistance to antibiotics, the WHO have revised treatment guidelines for three STDs: gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia.

Food labels we look for and what they really mean

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Various agencies and organizations certify or approve foods, but what do their labels actually promise or guarantee? The Daily Meal investigate.

Improving food quality by studying the microbial composition of raw milk

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:00:00 PDT

Findings from a new study, reported in the journal mBio, may help food companies improve the quality of dairy products.

Potential lung disease-causing fungi found in wind instruments

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Wind instrument musicians are at an increased risk of a potential hazard dubbed 'bagpipe lung' that could lead to chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis.

Gut bacteria, antibiotics, and the rise of type 1 diabetes

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Antibiotics impact the type and number of bacteria found in a healthy gut. Could these changes be responsible for the mysterious rise of type 1 diabetes?

How safe are our tattoos and permanent makeup?

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Tattoos are becoming ever more popular. In the EU, the number of people with tattoos has increased from 5% in 2003 to 12% in 2016 (60 million people in the EU-28), with at least half of them having...

Trampoline park injuries "emerging public health concern," doctors warn

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

In 6 months 40 kids required medical treatment at one trauma centre alone.Indoor trampoline park injuries are an "emerging public health concern," warn doctors in the journal Injury Prevention.

Swap a soda for water to reduce weight gain

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 07:00:00 PDT

Swapping an 8-ounce sugary drink for water reduces calorie intake, obesity prevalence, and benefits overall health, say Virginia Tech researchers.

Drivers weigh more than cyclists, study finds

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

People who use cars as their primary form of transport may be putting their health at risk, after research reveals they weigh more than cyclists.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Have the long-term effects been exaggerated?

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Atomic bombs dropped on Japan killed around 200,000 people in 1945. A new analysis investigates the 60-year health impact on survivors and their offspring.