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WHO: Ebola fight 'shifts to ending epidemic'
For the first time since June 2014, new Ebola cases in West Africa have fallen to below 100, prompting WHO to declare the fight now shifts from slowing to ending the epidemic. (Medical News Today)

UK firefighters face unacceptable risk
Greater oversight of fire and rescue services is needed to prevent death and injury to firefighters, according to a report by a University of Stirling academic on UK firefighter fatalities at fires... (Medical News Today)

Urban sprawl promotes worm exchange across species
New research has shed light on the complex exchange of parasitic worms between wildlife, rats and humans. (Medical News Today)

Earlier menopause linked to everyday chemical exposures
Women whose bodies have high levels of chemicals found in plastics, personal-care products, common household items and the environment experience menopause two to four years earlier than women with... (Medical News Today)

Man trumps dog: Earlier assumption about BPA exposure confirmed
New human study shows oral exposure does not create risk for high BPA exposure. (Medical News Today)

Hygiene practices affect contact lens case contamination, reports Optometry and Vision Science
Washing hands with soap, letting case dry are among steps to reduce contaminationContact lens wearers who don't follow certain hygiene habits have increased bacterial contamination of their... (Medical News Today)

Liberals 'live longer' than conservatives and moderates
Study finds that political beliefs could be a predictor of time of death, although affiliation to a political party may not carry the same risk. (Medical News Today)

Low influenza vaccination rates among nursing home employees put residents at risk, study finds
Influenza is associated with as many as 7,300 deaths annually in nursing home residents, but the vaccination rate for nursing home staff is only 54 percent, according to a study in the American... (Medical News Today)

Up to 2 per cent of Germany's population is dependent on hypnotics
Every year, the statutory health insurance companies cover bills for some 230 million daily doses of benzodiazepines. (Medical News Today)

Majority of homeless adults with mental illness have high rates of cognitive deficits
Study adds to understanding about why people may have difficulty accessing or keeping housingNearly three-quarters of homeless adults with mental illness in Canada show evidence of cognitive... (Medical News Today)

More than half of ICU patients on ventilators have the ability to communicate
Results suggest more patients could participate in their own careA new study reveals that more than half of patients in intensive care units (ICU) using ventilators to help them breathe could... (Medical News Today)

Mold in the home: how big a health problem is it?
Mold can cause a lot of damage in the home, spreading across walls and eating away at wood and fabric. But what effect does it have on the body? (Medical News Today)

Cancer specialist proposes ten point plan to cut 10,000 unnecessary cancer deaths in the UK
One of Britain's leading Consultant Oncologists claims that a staggering 10,000 deaths per year are caused by the NHS's failure to treat cancer patients fast enough and he has drawn up a ten point... (Medical News Today)

Negative patient-doctor communication could worsen symptoms
Doctors who unintentionally communicate to patients that they don't believe or understand them could actually make symptoms worse, a new study suggests. (Medical News Today)

Death rates from lung cancer will overtake those for breast cancer in 2015 among EU women
Death rates from lung cancer will exceed those for breast cancer for the first time among European women in 2015, according to the latest predictions published in the leading cancer journal Annals of... (Medical News Today)

Genetic safety switches could help curb potential bioterror risks
The potential threat of bioterrorism using man-made biological organisms could be reduced, thanks to a new method developed by scientists. (Medical News Today)

Violence intervention programs 'could save hospitals millions'
Researchers conducting a financial evaluation of hospital-based violence intervention programs have found that such programs could be a source of large long-term cost savings. (Medical News Today)

Ethnic minorities and deprived communities hardest hit by air pollution - UK study
A new study has found big differences in air pollution across communities in England, with deprived and ethnic minority areas the worst affected. (Medical News Today)

Patients dismissing 'trivial' symptoms could delay cancer diagnosis
People who dismiss their symptoms as trivial or worry about wasting the doctor's time may decide against going to their GP with red-flag cancer warning symptoms, according to a Cancer Research UK... (Medical News Today)

Should hospitals keep cardiac catheterization labs open on weekends?
Canadian study indicates that early intervention on weekdays and weekends in patients with non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndromes may be more cost-effective for both high-risk and low-risk... (Medical News Today)

Acute heart failure patients bounce back to ERs for complex reasons
A tool designed to assess what interferes with acute heart failure patients' ability to care for themselves after hospital discharge holds promise for improving patient outcomes and reducing... (Medical News Today)

Interventions to reduce work-family conflict 'improve sleep'
A new study has shown that reducing conflict between work and family responsibilities led to an improvement in sleep duration and quality. (Medical News Today)

WSU researchers see effect of BPA and estradiol on sperm development
Mechanism offers explanation for declining sperm counts.Washington State University researchers have found a direct link between the plastics component bisphenol A, or BPA, and disrupted sperm... (Medical News Today)

Negative tweets 'may indicate a higher risk of heart disease'
People who post positive updates on social media platform Twitter may be at lower risk of heart disease than those who post negative tweets, according to new research. (Medical News Today)

Doctor-patient contact: Lower satisfaction levels among Russian-speaking migrants in Germany
There are currently 3 million immigrants from the former Soviet Union living in Germany. (Medical News Today)

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