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Study reports multidrug resistant bacteria found in hospital sinks

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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



Study associates proximity to oil and gas development and childhood leukemia

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 06:00:00 PST

Young Coloradans diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia are more likely to live in areas of high-density oil and gas development compared to young Coloradans diagnosed with other types of...



New analysis links 30,000 excess deaths in 2015 to cuts in health and social care, UK

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

Researchers exploring why there has been a substantial increase in mortality in England and Wales in 2015 conclude that failures in the health and social care system linked to disinvestment are...



Gluten-free diet may have 'unintended consequences' for health

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:00:00 PST

Researchers suggest individuals who follow a gluten-free diet may be at greater risk of exposure to arsenic and mercury, which may pose harm for health.



How to treat and prevent chigger bites

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 06:00:00 PST

In this article learn what chiggers are, how to prevent being bitten, and how to treat a bite. What are the signs and symptoms of a chigger bite?



Preventing hospital-related deaths due to medical errors - 'We can and must do better'

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

How many patients die in the hospital as a result of preventable medical errors?



Sugar, salt, and fat taxes could save billions in health care costs

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:00:00 PST

Australia could save AUD $3.4 billion (USD $2.3 billion) in healthcare costs over the remaining lifetimes of all Australians alive in 2010 by instituting a combination of taxes on unhealthy foods...



New clinical guideline issued for treating low back pain

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

The American College of Physicians have just issued their clinical practice guideline for the noninvasive treatment of nonradicular low back pain.



Snow shoveling may increase risk of heart attack in men

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 09:00:00 PST

New research finds associations between heavy, long-lasting snowfall and a raised risk of myocardial infarction in men. Snow shoveling may be the cause.



What are the effects of traumatic brain injury in children?

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

New research investigates the long-term effects of traumatic brain injury on children, as well as the importance of family in aiding recovery.



New study finds noise-related hearing loss not limited to work exposure

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

Unless your hearing is tested, it's really hard to know if it's damaged. That's the message of a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey that found about one in four U.S.



Lack of transportation limits healthy food access among Washington State residents

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

Having convenient or reasonable access to supermarkets is often associated with healthier diets and a lower risk for obesity among neighborhood residents.



High-risk breast cancer patients fail to receive genetic testing

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 08:00:00 PST

A new survey shows an insufficient number of high-risk breast cancer patients receive genetic testing and counseling, even though they want it.



Peroxide ingestion, promoted by alternative medicine, can be deadly

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 06:00:00 PST

High-concentration peroxide, sometimes promoted in alternative medicine circles for cleanses or as a so-called "natural cure," can lead to numerous life-threatening ailments and death itself...



Large increase in eye injuries linked to laundry detergent pods among young children

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

Between 2012 and 2015, the number of chemical burns to the eye associated with laundry detergent pods increased more than 30-fold among preschool-aged children in the U.S.



Majority of Americans think childhood vaccines are safe and necessary

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

A recent survey suggests that an overwhelming majority of American adults think the benefits of childhood vaccinations outweigh the risks.



'Synthetic marijuana' may cause serious harm to health

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 09:00:00 PST

A new review summarizes the adverse health effects linked to synthetic cannabinoids - drugs often marketed as a safe and a legal alternative to marijuana.



Existing reprocessing techniques prove insufficient for flexible endoscopes

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

Current techniques used to clean endoscopes for reuse are not consistently effective, according to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control, the official journal of the...