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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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School shootings less likely in states with background checks on gun purchases

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 06:00:00 PST

...And in those with higher spends on mental health services and public education.

US public largely unaware that cigarette smoke much more harmful than additives

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 06:00:00 PST

And they mistakenly believe that filters trap toxic chemicals.The US public is largely unaware that the chemicals produced by a burning cigarette are much more harmful than the manufacturer's...

Vehicle crash risk nearly doubles with just 1-2 hours less sleep

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:00:00 PST

Drivers who get 1-2 hours less than the recommended 7 hours of sleep may almost double their risk of a vehicle crash, a new report finds.

Geophagy: "soil-eating" as an addictive behaviour

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 02:00:00 PST

Between 30 and 80% of people in Africa, especially women, regularly eat clayey soil - this habit is known as geophagy. They consume between 100 and 400 g per day.

Moderate drinking may cause irregular heartbeat

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 02:00:00 PST

Although some research suggests that light to moderate drinking is good for the heart, a new study shows it may lead to a form of arrhythmia.

STIs: The perils of pubic preening investigated

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

Breaking research asks whether the amount and frequency of pubic grooming increases our susceptibility to sexually transmitted infections.

Is smoking ever safe? Study investigates

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:00:00 PST

The harmful effects of smoking are well known, but a new study investigates the health risks associated with a lower level of tobacco use.

Brain thinks yo-yo dieting is a famine, causing weight gain

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:00:00 PST

A new study suggests yo-yo dieting tricks the brain into thinking the body is in a famine period, prompting the body to store more fat for future shortage.

Back pain may raise risk of mental health problems

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

In a new largest-of-its-type study, deep links are found between back pain and mental health in lower- and middle-income countries.

Community groups keep us mentally sharp as we age

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

Staying involved in civic groups throughout adult life could help stave off cognitive decline, according to a new, large-scale longitudinal study.

Daily aspirin could save lives of older Americans at risk of heart disease

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 07:00:00 PST

If more older Americans with higher heart risk took daily low-dose aspirin, more would live longer and fewer would have heart attacks, says study.

UNAIDS presents UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with leadership award for his commitment to the response to HIV

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 06:00:00 PST

UNAIDS has honoured the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, for his unfaltering commitment to ending the AIDS epidemic and for acting as a voice for the voiceless to ensure access to HIV...

Fatal opioid overdose could be prevented with new vaccine

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Scientists have created a vaccine that they say can stop opioid painkillers from reaching the brain, reducing the risk of death from opioid overdose.

Rural, poorer patients with pancreatic cancer fare worse

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

Older patients with pancreatic cancer, those in rural areas, and those from poorer socio-economic areasfare worse in terms of the quality of their care, according to research published in the...

CDC estimates preventable deaths from 5 leading causes

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 03:00:00 PST

Preventable cancer, stroke, and heart deaths down; preventable injury deaths up.

Highly drug-resistant infections rising among American children

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 07:00:00 PST

Researchers reveal rates of multidrug- and carbapenem-resistant P. aeruginosa are rising among U.S. children and call for aggressive prevention strategies.

Replacing professional nurses with nursing assistants linked to heightened death risk

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Odds rise by 21% for each substitution per 25 patients, large European study reveals.

High blood pressure: Global total almost doubles in 4 decades

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 07:00:00 PST

The number of people with high blood pressure nearly doubled between 1975-2015, with developing countries seeing the largest rise, a new report reveals.

Pesticide exposures can cause changes in oral microbiome

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 05:00:00 PST

Pesticide exposure in farmworkers from agricultural communities is associated with changes in the oral microbiome. This is the first study to demonstrate such a correlation in humans.

How should you introduce peanuts to your child?

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Food allergies can be serious and even life-threatening. Introducing peanuts into your child's diet is nerve-wracking. New guidelines offer assistance.

Human health risks from hydroelectric projects

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

In a new study, Harvard University researchers find over 90 percent of potential new Canadian hydroelectric projects are likely to increase concentrations of the neurotoxin methylmercury in food...

First cases of Candida auris reported in United States

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

Drug-resistant fungal infection can spread in healthcare settings.Thirteen cases of Candida auris (C.

CHEST experts issue advice for investigating occupational and environmental causes of chronic cough

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Although the understanding of cough triggered by occupational and environmental causes has improved, experts say there is still a gap between current guidelines and clinical practice.

Not eating enough in hospital: Risk factors are the same all over the world

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 07:00:00 PST

Inadequate food intake and malnourishment in sick people is an area of concern for health policy and Public Health and one which impacts upon the social economics of countries with both high and...

Patient safety benefits when hospitals provide feedback to staff who report errors

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Voluntary reporting by hospital staff of errors and patient safety events are a key source of information for improving patient care. A St.