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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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Good news for cyclists: You might live longer

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Commuting to work on a bicycle reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and death from all causes. Forget the bus, and get back in the saddle.

Researchers find strong link between fast-food ads and consumption among pre-schoolers

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Pre-school age children who are exposed to child-targeted fast-food advertising on television are considerably more likely to consume fast-food products, according to a recent Dartmouth-led study...

Some strategies to limit sugary drinks may backfire

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

In response to policy efforts aimed at limiting individuals' intake of sugary drinks, businesses could enact various strategies that would allow them to comply with the limits while preserving...

Magnesium may prevent bone fractures

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 09:00:00 PDT

A new study investigates the link between low levels of serum magnesium and the risk of bone fractures in a large-scale, long-term study.

Being either overweight or underweight may increase risk of migraines

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new meta-analysis finds a link between body mass index and migraine risk. Weighing either too much or too little may increase the risk of migraines.

CDC assisting investigation of animal material found in packaged salad

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are working with the Florida Department of Health and the U.S.

Potassium as important as sodium for healthy blood pressure

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

High sodium intake is known to impact blood pressure. A recent review demonstrates that potassium intake may also be important in reducing hypertension.

Living in an area with high air pollution may impact women's breast density

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A study of nearly 280,000 women in the United States has found that living in areas with a high level of fine particles from air pollution may increase a woman's chance of having dense breasts - a...

Call to phase out lead bullets at shooting ranges

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Lead released when people fire weapons at shooting ranges creates such a health risk that lead bullets should be phased out, according to new research.

Study reveals amount of premature deaths linked to international trade

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new study involving the University of East Anglia (UEA) has revealed for the first time the global scale of premature deaths related to air pollution from international trade.

Maple syrup extract boosts antibiotics, may ward off 'superbugs'

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new study shows that a phenolic rich extract from maple syrup dramatically enhances antibiotic action against infection-causing bacteria.

Cancer mortality rates continue to drop, according to national report

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The latest Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer from the Department of Health and Human Services finds cancer death rates are declining.

Reverse zoonosis: Can you make your pet sick?

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:00:00 PDT

It is well known that animals can, sometimes, pass diseases to humans. However, it is a lesser known fact that humans can also infect animals.

Occupational exposure to magnetic fields increases risk of ALS

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new study finds that high exposure to extremely low-frequency magnetic fields through work significantly increases the risk of dying from ALS.

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.