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Health experts: perfect storm of diabetes and tuberculosis must be headed off
The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) and the World Diabetes Foundation have released a report calling for international action against a looming co-epidemic of... (Medical News Today)

Largest ever dataset of causes of death could change how we save lives
About two thirds of deaths worldwide are not recorded. A network of hundreds of health and population researchers hopes to change this with a new dataset of 110 000 deaths recorded over two decades... (Medical News Today)

Influential colleagues push doctors beyond comfort zone to try new therapies
Doctors are more likely to try a new therapy when they are persuaded to do so by an influential colleague, reports a new Northwestern University study whose findings on adopting innovations also have... (Medical News Today)

Just knowing about the true perils of texting and cell phone use while driving helps keep drivers' minds and eyes on the road
A simple intervention designed to raise awareness about the use of communication devices while driving reduced the incidence of distracted driving by 50 percent in hospital personnel, according to... (Medical News Today)

Approaching 2014 election, polls show deep partisan divide over Affordable Care Act
A comprehensive analysis of data from 27 public opinion polls conducted by 14 organizations, including a poll in September of those most likely to vote, shows an electorate polarized by political... (Medical News Today)

Will overpopulation lead to public health catastrophe?
Overpopulation is a beloved trope of dystopian fiction. But do the findings of a new study projecting that there will be up to 12.3 billion people by 2100 spell doom for humankind? (Medical News Today)

UK GPs and social workers join forces to avert the looming funding crisis in health and social care
GPs and social workers are ideally placed to work together to implement radical solutions to the funding crises facing both general practice and social work, according to a joint report by The... (Medical News Today)

Halloween doesn't need to be a frightening night with safety advice from Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Halloween is an exciting time for children to dress up and go trick-or-treating, but parents need to be aware that it can be one of the most dangerous nights of the year. (Medical News Today)

Study: Prompt isolation of symptomatic patients is key to eliminating Ebola
Isolating the sickest Ebola-infected individuals before they progress into their late phase of illness can effectively eliminate the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, according to a modeling study being... (Medical News Today)

Training officers about mental illness benefits prison's safety
Case Western Reserve University mental health researcher Joseph Galanek spent a cumulative nine months in an Oregon maximum-security prison to learn first-hand how the prison manages inmates with... (Medical News Today)

Neglect of culture in medicine is "single biggest barrier" to achieving better health
The systematic neglect of culture is the single biggest barrier to advancing the highest attainable standard of health worldwide, say the authors of a major new report on culture and health, led by... (Medical News Today)

Recovering an estimated 2 million pounds of unused medical supplies from US operating rooms to help developing countries
Recovering unused medical supplies from operating rooms (ORs) in the United States for donation to surgical centers developing countries can potentially alleviate a significant global burden of... (Medical News Today)

CDC issue interim guidance on Ebola monitoring
CDC's new guidance for people who have been in contact with Ebola patients would restrict the movement of those at high risk but not require them to undergo mandatory quarantine. (Medical News Today)

CDC awards $11 million for lead poisoning prevention
A hard-fought battle by a broad coalition of child advocates culminated this week with the announcement of $11 million in new funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for... (Medical News Today)

Which U.S. airports are breastfeeding friendly?
More than half of women with children less than a year old are working, and work travel can make breastfeeding a challenge. A study of 100 U.S. (Medical News Today)

The hidden truth about the health of homeless people
As many as 4 million Europeans and 3.5 million Americans experience homelessness every year, and the numbers are rising. (Medical News Today)

Hand blenders used for cooking can emit persistent chemicals - Swedish study
Eight out of twelve tested models of hand blenders are leaking chlorinated paraffins when used according to the suppliers' instructions. (Medical News Today)

Intense heat causes health problems among sugar cane workers
Hard work under hot sun causes health problems for sugar cane workers in Costa Rica, such as headache, nausea, and renal dysfunction. (Medical News Today)

Ebola virus: update on research in France
The Ebola epidemic is continuing to spread, particularly in West Africa. According to the latest report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) dated 17 October, 9,216 cases of Ebola have been... (Medical News Today)

Safety and protocol measures for humanitarian volunteers during the Ebola epidemic
Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness Journal has released a novel, informative article that speaks to volunteers within the Ebola epidemic. (Medical News Today)

US hospitals lack infection prevention personnel and resources to confront Ebola
Only 6 percent of U.S. hospitals are well-prepared to receive a patient with the Ebola virus, according to a survey of infection prevention experts at U.S. (Medical News Today)

Steadily rising increases in mitochondrial DNA mutations cause abrupt shifts in disease
New work by a pioneering scientist details how subtle changes in mitochondrial function may cause a broad range of common metabolic and degenerative diseases. (Medical News Today)

High levels of toxic molds identified in herbal medicines
Researchers from Pakistan found high levels of toxic molds in plants commonly used for herbal medicines, which could have serious implications for human health. (Medical News Today)

Could sun exposure help prevent obesity, diabetes?
Exposure to ultraviolet radiation slowed weight gain and diabetes in mice fed a high-fat diet, a new study finds. Researchers say this is down to a compound called nitric oxide. (Medical News Today)

New York City reports positive test for Ebola in volunteer international aid worker
A hospitalized medical aid worker who volunteered in Guinea, one of the three West African nations experiencing an Ebola epidemic, and since returned to the United States has tested positive for... (Medical News Today)

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