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Younger, college-educated consumers more likely to use potentially unreliable online health-care information
The last time you experienced worrisome medical symptoms, did you look for advice online before consulting a health-care professional? If so, you're not alone. (Medical News Today)

China must act now to tackle timebomb of chronic diseases, warn experts
China must act now to tackle the growing challenges posed by injuries, mental illness, obesity, smoking, environmental pollution and other public health threats or face the huge toll of largely... (Medical News Today)

"Wasteful and inefficient" health-care delivery could derail China's ambition to achieve affordable and quality basic health care for all
China has done well in expanding the coverage of health insurance to 96% of the population since it launched nationwide health-care reforms in 2009, but poorly in reforming the "wasteful and... (Medical News Today)

Revamping the world's largest medical education system: mixed results of progress
Beginning in 1998, China launched sweeping reforms to the higher education system in which medical education was also substantively promoted to ensure that health professionals were trained more... (Medical News Today)

China: reshaping the global health landscape
In this paper, published as part of a Lancet themed issue on China, Professor Peilong Liu from Peking University Health Science Center, Beijing, China and colleagues discuss China's distinctive... (Medical News Today)

Respiratory infection controls being used for ebola patients are unnecessary and may contribute to public panic
Respiratory infection control measures - which have been adopted by most health agencies to deal with the Ebola epidemic in west Africa - are unnecessary, and may heighten panic and fear among the... (Medical News Today)

Soda tax is 'the best option' for reducing childhood obesity
A new study compares the impact three recommended federal policies will have on childhood obesity over 20 years. A 1ΒΆ tax on sugary drinks is the researchers' preferred option. (Medical News Today)

Infant immunization rates 'are stable or increasing,' say CDC
Data from the 2013 National Immunization Survey shows that the 'vast majority' of parents are following vaccination recommendations for their infant children. (Medical News Today)

Drive to eliminate institutional care for orphaned children not supported by evidence
The removal of institutions or group homes will not lead to better child well-being and could even worsen outcomes for some orphaned and separated children, according to new findings from a... (Medical News Today)

Some future Ebola outbreaks may be contained by potential therapy for the Sudan Ebola strain
Ebola is a rare, but deadly disease that exists as five strains, none of which have approved therapies. One of the most lethal strains is the Sudan ebolavirus (SUDV). (Medical News Today)

Leading scientists call for a stop to non-essential use of fluorochemicals
A number of leading international researchers, amongst others from the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, recommend that fluorochemicals are only used where they are absolutely... (Medical News Today)

Health and migration - what keeps people healthy and what makes them ill
Migration has a significant influence on the health sector, including in Austria. (Medical News Today)

Marching in unison makes men feel more formidable
In the aftermath of the Aug. 9 shooting of an 18-year-old African American man by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, much of the nation's attention has been focused on how law... (Medical News Today)

Young driver's gender affects crash type, injury severity
Gender is often related to what type of severe or fatal crash a young male or young female driver will be involved in, according to a Kansas State University study. (Medical News Today)

Insufficient stocks of sterile gloves, eyewear, in hospitals dealing with HIV, Ebola and other bloodborne infections
Health care workers in some of the world's poorest countries lack basic equipment to shield them from HIV and other bloodborne infections during surgical and other procedures, new research from the... (Medical News Today)

Recommendation by a physician could halve racial disparity in who gets a flu shot
Doctors should make a point of offering a flu vaccine to their patients. A simple reminder could considerably reduce the number of racial and ethnic minorities who currently do not vaccinate... (Medical News Today)

Correct removal of personal protective equipment is critical to shield health care workers from Ebola
Personal protective equipment is critical but not enough to shield health care workers from Ebola*Personal protective equipment designed to shield health care workers from contaminated body... (Medical News Today)

Salt consumption higher in low socioeconomic groups in the UK
The first study to assess social inequalities following a national salt reduction program in the UK reveals that people from lower socioeconomic groups consume more salt. (Medical News Today)

Ebola management lessons from 14th century Venice
Experts say Venice's response to the plague in the 14th century is an example of resilience management with valuable lessons for us on how to deal with today's threats, like Ebola. (Medical News Today)

Chinese researchers unmask toxic 'gutter oil' used in cooking
Using a spectroscopy technique employed by NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars to analyze rock samples, Chinese scientists find a way to identify toxic waste oil used in cooking. (Medical News Today)

During pregnancy, future parenting behavior can be predicted by 'play with doll'
Having expectant parents role-play interacting with an infant using a doll can help predict which couples may be headed for co-parenting conflicts when their baby arrives. (Medical News Today)

Fortifying condiments, seasonings for countries with widespread micronutrient deficiencies
Two University of Illinois scientists are contributing to World Health Organization (WHO) efforts to fortify condiments and seasonings for use in countries with widespread micronutrient deficiencies. (Medical News Today)

Challenges ahead in improving child health by increasing access to sanitation In India
A study published in this week's PLOS Medicine on large-scale rural sanitation programs in India highlights challenges in achieving sufficient access to latrines and reduction in open defecation to... (Medical News Today)

Wood smoke pollutants linked to cardiovascular disease
Black carbon air pollution in China, which exceeds health guidelines, has been linked to increased risks for cardiovascular disease in women from the Yunnan province. (Medical News Today)

Poll finds many in U.S. lack knowledge about Ebola and its transmission
Although the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) reports no known cases of Ebola transmission in the United States, a Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH)/SSRS poll released on August 21... (Medical News Today)

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