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Risks of dehydration not just for NHS patients
Acute or chronic dehydration can cause serious short and long term health issues, and health experts say the condition is much more common than we think. (Medical News Today)

Rooting out horse-meat fraud in the wake of a recent food scandal
As the United Kingdom forms a new crime unit designed to fight food fraud - in response to an uproar last year over horse meat being passed off as beef - scientists from Germany are reporting a... (Medical News Today)

Domestic violence perpetrated by 1 in 5 men
One in five men in the U.S. reports violence towards their spouse or significant other, says a new nationally-representative study by the University of Michigan. (Medical News Today)

Overseas deployment increases risk of skin cancer
Soldiers deployed to tropical and sunny climates are coming home with increased risk factors for a threat far from the battlefield: skin cancer. (Medical News Today)

Could artificial sweeteners promote diabetes and obesity?
Artificial sweeteners are often recommended to aid weight loss and help manage type 2 diabetes. But a new study suggests they could actually have the opposite effect. (Medical News Today)

Access to social resources could improve outcomes for disadvantaged children with asthma
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 6 percent of children younger than five have been diagnosed with asthma, the fastest-growing and most common chronic... (Medical News Today)

Ebola outbreak 'out of all proportion'
A mathematical model that replicates Ebola outbreaks can no longer be used to ascertain the eventual scale of the current epidemic, finds research conducted by the University of Warwick. (Medical News Today)

Countries that report adhering to World Health Organization essential medicines policies have better quality use of medicines
Kathleen Holloway from WHO and David Henry (University of Toronto, Canada) evaluated data on reported adherence to WHO essential medicines practices and measures of quality use of medicines from 56... (Medical News Today)

Positive messages better at persuading smokers to quit
Which is more likely to convince a smoker to quit? The words, "Warning: cigarettes cause cancer" beneath the image of an open mouth with a cancerous lesion and rotten teeth, or the same image with... (Medical News Today)

Long working hours linked to increased risk of coronary heart disease
Long working hours - more than 60 hours a week - may increase the risk of coronary heart disease, according to a new study by researchers from South Korea. (Medical News Today)

NUS and GIS researchers achieve big technological leap in treating PCB contamination in the environment
A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Engineering have developed a novel approach that could greatly enhance the effectiveness of destroying... (Medical News Today)

UK Ministers urged to investigate prison rape
The government was yesterday (Monday 15 September) urged to take the problem of prison rape more seriously as figures suggested that hundreds of prisoners may have been sexually abused behind bars. (Medical News Today)

Humanitarian crises: advancing the science for health programming
Humanitarian crises are becoming increasingly complex and a growing threat to the health and safety of populations. (Medical News Today)

Battling modern threats to food, land and health with applied evolutionary biology
The age of the Anthropocene - the scientific name given to our current geologic age - is dominated by human impacts on our environment. A warming climate. Increased resistance of pathogens and pests. (Medical News Today)

Accuracy of genetic analyses demonstrated by worldwide study
Physicians envision a future in which genomic data from patients is heavily used to manage care - but experts have questioned the accuracy and reliability of these analyses. (Medical News Today)

WHO's recommended sugar intake 'should be halved to combat dental cavities'
A study claims the WHO recommendation of a maximum of 10% total daily calories from free sugar should be halved to 5%, with 3% as a target, to tackle rising rates of tooth decay. (Medical News Today)

Massive global response needed to tackle ebola
The current Ebola outbreak now requires a "rapid response at a massive global scale", according to experts at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. (Medical News Today)

Verbal and physical bullying decrease as children age but cyberbullying increases
As students' age they are verbally and physically bullied less but cyberbullied more, non-native English speakers are not bullied more often than native English speakers and bullying increases as... (Medical News Today)

Parents choose less expensive surgery when given privy information upfront
Consumer price comparison is almost nonexistent in the U.S. health care system, but a new study shows that when given the choice between a less costly "open" operation or a pricier laparoscopy for... (Medical News Today)

Cycling or walking to work 'improves psychological health'
Researchers from the UK find that swapping driving for walking or cycling is accompanied by a boost to psychological well-being, on top of the well-known health benefits. (Medical News Today)

Hand hygiene compliance increased by peer pressure in the healthcare setting
Nationally, hand hygiene adherence by healthcare workers remains staggeringly low despite its critical importance in infection control. (Medical News Today)

Inappropriate use of antibiotics responsible for $163 million in potentially avoidable hospital costs
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Premier, Inc. have released new research on the widespread use of unnecessary and duplicative antibiotics in U.S. (Medical News Today)

Depressed employees may be better off at work than at home
Helping employees stay at work during a depressive illness by restructuring hours and tasks may be better for them and their employers than taking sickness absence, says new study. (Medical News Today)

Veterinarian and pediatrician groups issue reminder about risk of Lyme disease in humans and pets
Even during the last weeks of summer, it's important to remember children and pets are at greater risk of being infected with Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases such as anaplasmosis... (Medical News Today)

Model to improve diabetes management well-received by primary care physicians
Nurses certified in diabetes education can be integrated successfully into primary care physician offices in an effort to improve the health of people with diabetes, according to a University of... (Medical News Today)

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