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Health News - Public Health

Study identifies risk factors for sexual assault, including age and alcohol consumption
Risk factors for sexual assault, including young age and alcohol consumption, must be addressed when considering preventative strategies, suggests a new study, published on 15 October in BJOG: An... (Medical News Today)

Ebola: CDC expands passenger notification
Based on additional information obtained during interviews of close contacts to the second healthcare worker from Texas Presbyterian Hospital who tested positive for Ebola, the Centers for Disease... (Medical News Today)

How widespread is natural Ebola immunity?
Some people in the West African Ebola epidemic seem to have natural immunity to the virus. Scientists say finding out more about them may help reduce spread of the disease. (Medical News Today)

Discarded cigarette ashes could go to good use - removing arsenic from water
Arsenic, a well-known poison, can be taken out of drinking water using sophisticated treatment methods. (Medical News Today)

Public Health in the 21st Century
Although disease outbreaks and epidemics drawing worldwide attention emphasize the importance and acute need for public health professionals, the world faces a longer-term challenge - a public... (Medical News Today)

Reminding people of their religious belief system reduces hostility: York University research
Few topics can prove more divisive than religion, with some insisting it promotes compassion, selflessness and generosity, and others arguing that it leads to intolerance, isolation and even... (Medical News Today)

e-healthcare may help reverse the trend of high CVD and obesity in China
The use of electronic health care services (versus more traditional methods) to reduce the high incidence of heart disease in China will be debated by leading cardiologists from around the world in... (Medical News Today)

Ebola: CDC and Frontier Airlines announce passenger notification underway
On the morning of Oct. 14, the second healthcare worker reported to the hospital with a low-grade fever and was isolated. (Medical News Today)

Are the CDC doing enough to stop Ebola in the US?
With three confirmed Ebola cases in the US, there are concerns that the country could see an outbreak. We look at what the CDC are doing to prevent this and whether it is enough. (Medical News Today)

Rats of New York and the diseases they carry
In the first study to look at would-be diseases carried by New York City rats, scientists at the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health... (Medical News Today)

Rising energy drink consumption may pose a threat to public health, says WHO
A new review by WHO looks at the potential adverse health effects caused by energy drinks, and finds that increasing consumption of the drinks may be a danger to public health. (Medical News Today)

Methods will reverse arsenic danger in Bangladesh water supply
Arsenic poisoning is widespread in Bangladesh, where ground water is contaminated by runoff from the Himalayas. (Medical News Today)

Relationship between arsenic, heart disease and diabetes discovered
Researchers analyzed children of a rural region in the state of Hidalgo, Mexico,who since gestation were exposed to this heavy metal, through maternal consumption. (Medical News Today)

Versatile antibiotic found with self-immunity gene on plasmid in staph strain
A robust, broad spectrum antibiotic, and a gene that confers immunity to that antibiotic are both found in the bacterium Staphylococcus epidermidis Strain 115. (Medical News Today)

Better performance on quality measures for skilled nursing facilities may not result in better outcomes for patients
Among fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries who received care at a skilled nursing facility following hospital discharge, better performance on various measures of quality of care was not... (Medical News Today)

Does your medicine cabinet need a clean out?
As Be Medicinewise Week launches for its fourth year, NPS MedicineWise is asking all Australians 'are your medicines helping or hindering? (Medical News Today)

Study: patient safety culture in nephrology nurse practice settings
A groundbreaking study of nephrology nurses has revealed an overall culture of patient safety and teamwork, however there is room for improvement in key areas needed to keep patients - and... (Medical News Today)

Humid houses pose health hazards
Indoor air quality concerns more than just the fumes and smoke in the house. Dampness and mould pose health risks too, especially for people living with asthma. (Medical News Today)

Two billion people suffering from hidden hunger according to 2014 Global Hunger Index, even as levels of hunger in many developing countries decrease
A staggering 2 billion people get so little essential vitamins and minerals from the foods they eat that they remain undernourished, according to the 2014 Global Hunger Index (GHI) being released... (Medical News Today)

Health Secretary launches new patient safety collaboratives, UK
A new national programme will be launched today October 14, 2014) by Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, to improve the safety of patients and ensure continual learning sits at the heart of... (Medical News Today)

Second US Ebola patient tests positive
A health worker who cared for a man who returned to the US infected with Ebola has tested positive for the deadly virus - making this the first case to develop inside the country. (Medical News Today)

Low birth rates can actually pay off in the US and other countries
As birth rates decline in countries that include parts of Europe and East Asia, threatening the economic slowdown associated with aging populations, a global study from the University of... (Medical News Today)

Active ageing is much more than exercise
The global population is ageing rapidly, and the growing numbers of elderly people challenge our societal structures, not least the health sector, which is why authorities in most countries encourage... (Medical News Today)

Health costs could be reduced by more appropriate use of cardiac stress testing with imaging
In a new study recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center concluded that overuse of cardiac stress testing with imaging has led to rising... (Medical News Today)

Schizophrenia: shattering the stigma
For this year's World Mental Health Day, the theme is 'Living with Schizophrenia.' In line with this campaign, we investigate the stigma attached to the disorder. (Medical News Today)

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