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Generic usage increased to more than 75% in the UK in 2013 according to NHS data
Usage of generic medicines in England and Wales increased to more than three-quarters of all NHS prescriptions in 2013 according to the latest figures supplied by the Health and Social Care... (Medical News Today)

Survival from cardiac arrest dramatically improved by new EMS system in Arizona
A new system that sent patients to designated cardiac receiving centers dramatically increased the survival rate of victims of sudden cardiac arrest in Arizona, according to a study published online... (Medical News Today)

Strict driving-and-texting bans reduce fatalities
Researchers examining the effectiveness of bans on texting while driving have found an associated reduction in fatalities with primary texting bans. (Medical News Today)

Safety lapses at government labs raise serious bioterror concerns
Recent safety lapses at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and National Institute of Health (NIH) facilities illustrate a new and grave bioterror threat: the risk for disease and death emanating... (Medical News Today)

Trees 'save 850 American lives each year'
The first broad-scale, nationwide study of air pollution removal by trees finds that less than 1% of air pollution is removed, but that the human health impact is 'substantial.' (Medical News Today)

Forget the handshake: fist bumps are 'more hygienic'
Greeting someone by knocking fists together spreads fewer germs than shaking hands, according to a new study. Should this be the new way we greet each other? (Medical News Today)

Identifying the carcinogenic potential of chemicals
A new study has shown that it is possible to predict long-term cancer risk from a chemical exposure by measuring the short-term effects of that same exposure. (Medical News Today)

Architecture, interior design, and other physical aspects of work environments can enhance early-career nurses' job satisfaction
Job satisfaction is an important predictor of registered nurses' (RNs) job turnover, patient satisfaction, and nurse-sensitive patient outcomes (including pressure ulcers and falls), which can... (Medical News Today)

Youth benefit from community service programs that include reflection
Adolescents in some countries and U.S. states are required to perform community service, and many national and nongovernmental agencies promote such service. (Medical News Today)

Researchers scrutinize a rare but fatal pathogen
The drought that has the entire country in its grip is affecting more than the color of people's lawns. (Medical News Today)

Forensic investigations often use dead body feeding larvae
Non-biting blow fly Chrysomya megacephala is commonly found in dead bodies and is used in forensic investigations to determine the time of death, referred to as the post mortem interval. (Medical News Today)

New teaching framework highlights significant opportunities for continued improvement in health policy education
Students graduating from U.S. medical schools in 2012 feel they've received a better education in health policy issues than graduates surveyed in 2008, according to a multi-center study led by the... (Medical News Today)

Study identifies global prevalence of hepatitis C virus genotypes
Researchers from the UK have identified the worldwide prevalence of hepatitis C virus genotypes, in the hope it will help develop new treatment strategies for the infection. (Medical News Today)

Student develops filter for clean water around the world
Roughly 780 million people around the world have no access to clean drinking water. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 3.4 million people die from water-related diseases every year. (Medical News Today)

Groundbreaking sensor detects miniscule concentrations of hazardous materials in the air
Security forces worldwide rely on sophisticated equipment, trained personnel, and detection dogs to safeguard airports and other public areas against terrorist attacks. (Medical News Today)

Ergonomic effects of obesity-related functional performance impairment investigated
U.S. workplaces may need to consider innovative methods to prevent fatigue from developing in employees who are obese. (Medical News Today)

Childhood reading skills linked to 'higher intelligence' in young adults
Testing reading ability and IQ in twins from the age of 7 to 16, researchers find that strong reading skills as a child correlates to higher 'general intelligence' in later life. (Medical News Today)

Why does job loss increase mortality risk, but a recession reduce it?
A new study finds that although individual unemployment increases a person's mortality risk, economic recessions reduce this effect among the overall population. (Medical News Today)

New report: lack of NHS engineers is putting lives at risk
With the increasing importance and complexity of technology used in hospitals, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers' new report Biomedical engineering: advancing UK healthcare is calling for... (Medical News Today)

Eight steps to avoid insect stings
Stinging insects are as much a part of summer as pool parties and picnics. But don't let these uninvited guests spoil your family's fun. (Medical News Today)

Medicaid cost-cutting on antipsychotics may be sentencing people with mental illnesses to prison
Researchers from the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics have linked tighter Medicaid policies governing antipsychotic drugs with increased incarceration rates for schizophrenic... (Medical News Today)

Violence interventional advocacy program targets the physical, mental, emotional and social needs of violently injured youths
Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and Boston Medical Center (BMC) have found that participants who received care through BMC's Violence Intervention Advocacy Program... (Medical News Today)

Size matters when it comes to depressed men in the military
Both short and tall men in the military are more at risk for depression than their uniformed colleagues of average height, a new study finds. (Medical News Today)

China lifts plague quarantine
Following the death of a man who died of plague after handling an infected animal, the Chinese authorities sealed off part of a city for 9 days. (Medical News Today)

No increased risk of cancer near Sellafield or Dounreay in recent years
Children, teenagers and young adults living near Sellafield or Dounreay since the 1990s are not at an increased risk of developing cancer according to research published in the British Journal of... (Medical News Today)

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