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States can lower risk of measles outbreak by strengthening exemption policies

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:00:00 PDT

States with weaker non-medical exemption policies for vaccinations can reduce the likelihood of a measles outbreak 140 to 190 percent by strengthening them, a new study from the University of...

The global tobacco control treaty has reduced smoking rates in its first decade, but more work is needed

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Despite worldwide progress since the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC) came into effect in 2005, not all key demand-reduction measures have been fully implemented at the same...

Swimming lessons may be life-saver for children with autism

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new study looking at injury mortality in people with autism finds that accidental deaths are common and that swimming lessons could save lives.

Energy drinks mask alcohol's effects, increase injury risk

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

People who mix highly caffeinated energy drinks with their alcoholic beverages may be at increased risk for injury, according to a review in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

Happiness declining in U.S. due to 'social crisis'

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Today is the International Day of Happiness. A new report, however, finds that happiness levels in America are falling, largely due to a 'social crisis.'

Better sleep can make us feel like a million bucks

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

New research examines the impact of improving sleep quality and finds the effects comparable with a lottery win of a quarter of a million dollars.

Empathy from the sick may be critical to halting disease outbreaks

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A little empathy can go a long way toward ending infectious disease outbreaks.

58 million Americans are exposed to loud, frequent noises, including firearms, at work and home

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Loud noise exposure is a common environmental hazard in the United States that can lead to hearing loss and other conditions such as sleep disturbance, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Common screening tests unsuitable for predicting preterm births

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 08:00:00 PDT

A new study investigates the predictive accuracy of two common tests for preterm birth: ultrasound examination of the cervix and fetal fibronectin levels.

Flame retardant chemicals may affect social behavior in young children

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Some chemicals added to furniture, electronics and numerous other goods to prevent fires may have unintended developmental consequences for young children, according to a pilot study released today.

Poor diet to blame for almost half of CVD deaths

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 09:00:00 PDT

A poor diet - especially one low in nuts and vegetables - accounts for more than 415,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease in the U.S., new study finds.

Weight gain on the rise, but fewer adults attempting weight loss

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Despite an increase in overweight and obesity over the past 3 decades, new research finds that fewer adults are attempting to lose weight.

Research challenges idea that birth weight is a good proxy for population health

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Despite dramatic improvements in human health, babies' average birth-weights have not increased over the last 150 years reveals new research from the London School of Economics and Political...

New study reveals air pollution can alter the effectiveness of antibiotics and increases the potential of disease

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A landmark study mapping a poorly understood and highly controversial class of genes, known as long non-coding RNAs, has found evidence of evolutionary selection and links with major diseases...

Social media users more likely to feel isolated, study finds

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The time spent online and the frequency of social media use have been shown to drastically increase the risk of feeling socially isolated.

Contaminated hospital floors may help to spread infection

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Because they are not frequently touched surfaces, hospital floors are often excluded from efforts to improve disinfection. New research now questions this.

WHO prioritize 12 treatment-resistant bacteria for drug development

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 07:00:00 PDT

For the first time, in a bid to guide drug development, the WHO publish a list of 12 priority pathogens that pose the greatest threat to human health.

Study reports multidrug resistant bacteria found in hospital sinks

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Many recent reports have found multidrug resistant bacteria living in hospital sink drainpipes, putting them in close proximity to vulnerable patients.

Periodontitis may be an early sign of type 2 diabetes

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

New research suggests people with severe gum disease - also known as periodontitis - may have undiagnosed diabetes and prediabetes.

Life expectancy set to rise in industrialized countries

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Scientists predict that life expectancy is likely to continue rising in developed nations, potentially exceeding 90 years for women in South Korea by 2030.

Majority of opioid medications not safely stored in homes with children, survey finds

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Nearly 70 percent of prescription opioid medications kept in homes with children are not stored safely, a new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health finds.

Trump's policies set to damage health and science, warns The BMJ

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The BMJ warns that Trump's administration "is acting in ways that will suppress research and limit communication on scientific topics that it deems politically inconvenient.

Lou Gehrig's disease: Mercury in fish, seafood could be risk factor

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The risk factors for Lou Gehrig's disease are poorly understood. Breaking research shows that mercury consumed through seafood and fish might play a part.

Gay marriage legalization linked to drop in teenage suicide attempts

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:00:00 PDT

According to a new analysis, the fact that same-sex marriage has become legal across the United States has reduced suicide attempts among teens.

Nostalgia could help smokers quit, study finds

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers suggest that evoking treasured memories through nostalgic public service announcements could be an effective quit-smoking strategy.