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Researchers report high burden of infections acquired in hospitals in Europe

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:00:00 PDT

More than 2.5 million cases of healthcare-associated infections are estimated to occur in the European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA) each year, according to a study published by...

England's national drugs policy is failing, warn experts

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

They say the situation has become a public health and primary care emergency.

New data from National Violent Death Reporting System shed light on law enforcement officer deaths, their use of lethal force

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 05:00:00 PDT

Violence-related deaths, including homicides and suicides, are an urgent public health problem, according to Alex E. Crosby, MD, MPH, James A.

Big data analysis is "next frontier" in identifying harmful drug interactions

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Coupling data mining of adverse event reports and electronic health records with targeted laboratory experiments, researchers found a way to identify and confirm previously unknown drug...

Receptionists could put people off seeing their GP

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 05:00:00 PDT

Forty per cent of people say that having to talk through their symptoms with doctors' receptionists could put them off going to their GP, according to an analysis of the Cancer Awareness Measure...

Parental absence increases chance of nicotine and alcohol use in children

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Parental absence is known to increase the risk of alcohol and tobacco use in adulthood. A new study finds that this behavior begins earlier than thought.

C. difficile risk 'raised by using same hospital bed as antibiotic-treated patient'

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 08:00:00 PDT

Researchers find that using the same hospital bed as a prior patient who received antibiotics may increase the risk of Clostridium difficile infection.

Study: Hospital rankings may rely on faulty data

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

The October 2016 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, features the article "Consumer Rankings and Health Care: Toward Validation and Transparency" by Bala Hota, MD...

Coca-Cola, PepsiCo funded almost 100 health organizations over 5 years

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

A new study reveals that at least 96 national health organizations received funding from soda giants Coca-Cola and PepsiCo between 2011-2015.

More than 10% of the US population has high concentrations of 10 or more persistent organic pollutants (POPs)

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 06:00:00 PDT

A study led by researchers at the IMIM (Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute) and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) has analysed the number of persistent organic pollutants (POPs)...

The state of the world's health: Global Burden Of Disease 2015

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

A vast amount of data has been analyzed as part of the Global Burden Of Disease 2015, providing importantl information on illness and disease worldwide.

Night shift work 'does not raise breast cancer risk,' study finds

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:00:00 PDT

Contrary to a review from the World Health Organization in 2007, a new study finds no link between night shift work and increased risk of breast cancer.

Glyphosate in Napa Valley groundwater is 3.3 times higher than what is allowed in European drinking water

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 05:00:00 PDT

In a joint partnership, Label GMOs Napa County and the Napa County Green Party did what the U.S.

Have humans reached the maximum lifespan?

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Although the average lifespan of humans has steadily increased over the last century, new research shows there may be a ceiling on maximum age.

Millions of children 'may not reach full potential' due to extreme poverty, stunting

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Many children around the world are not fulfilling their potential because of a lack of nurturing care in the early years. Experts call for more support.

Mediterranean diet linked to reduced risk of CVD

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Greater adherence to the Mediterranean diet could lower the risk of new-onset cardiovascular disease, as well as the risk of death from the condition.

Economic hardships pave the way to cognitive aging

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

The effect of poverty on cognitive aging is clearer than many believed. It also appears to begin earlier in life than previously thought, too.

Low cancer symptom awareness linked to lower chance of survival

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

In regions where cancer survival is poorer, people on average have lower awareness of cancer symptoms, according to findings published in the British Journal of Cancer.

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.