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Sexual crimes may be solved using microbial 'signature' from pubic hairs
Bacterial communities living on an individual's pubic hairs could be used as a microbial 'signature' to trace their involvement in sexual assault cases, according to a study published in the open... (Medical News Today)

Annals of Internal Medicine news
1. Earlier detection could close the race gap on colon cancer deathsRacial disparities in colon cancer survival rates may be explained by overall health at the time of diagnosis rather than... (Medical News Today)

Current practices in reporting on behavioural genetics can mislead the public
"Media reports about behavioural genetics unintentionally induce unfounded beliefs, therefore going against the educational purpose of scientific reporting," writes the University of Montreal's... (Medical News Today)

Too many teenagers are driving unsafe, old cars, study finds
Parents may need to pay greater attention to safety features and vehicle age when buying first cars for their teenage children, suggests a new study. (Medical News Today)

Capacity to balance on one leg reflects brain health
Researchers report that an inability to balance on one leg for more than 20 seconds is associated with damage to the brain that would be otherwise asymptomatic. (Medical News Today)

Injuries from indoor tanning include burns, passing out, eye injuries
Skin burns, passing out and eye injuries were among the primary injuries incurred at indoor tanning sites and treated in emergency departments (EDs) at U.S. (Medical News Today)

Global life expectancy has 'increased by 6 years since 1990'
Results from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 report improvements in worldwide life expectancy, but authors warn that some regions of the globe are doing better than others. (Medical News Today)

Intimate partner violence experienced by 22.7 percent of pregnant women
A new study analyses the violent behaviours exhibited towards pregnant women. While 21% of women suffer emotional violence during pregnancy, 3.6% encounter physical or sexual violence. (Medical News Today)

Lack of safe water, sanitation and hygiene in birth settings is killing mothers and newborns in the developing world
WaterAid and the London School of Hygiene &Tropical Medicine have joined the World Health Organization, UNICEF, UNFPA, SHARE Research Consortium and other organisations in a call to protect the lives... (Medical News Today)

Quality improvements and reduced health care costs go hand-in-hand with perioperative surgical homes
The Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) model consistently and significantly improves quality of care for patients and reduces health care costs, reports a first-of-its-kind, large-scale literature... (Medical News Today)

Ebola expert confident of Australian consensus
The infectious diseases expert charged with finding consensus nationally on Ebola virusguidelines and recommendations says she is pleased with the progress made so far. (Medical News Today)

Hotspots identified in deaths from HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C in Massachusetts
A new study from epidemiologists at Tufts University School of Medicine helps to identify communities with the greatest public health need in Massachusetts for resources relating to HIV/AIDS and... (Medical News Today)

Majority of weight loss occurs 'via breathing'
Researchers have stated that when weight is lost, the majority of fat leaves the body in the form of carbon dioxide, making the lungs the primary excretory organ for weight loss. (Medical News Today)

To Wii or not to Wii? Researchers warn of Nintendo-related injuries
In a new study featured in The BMJ's Christmas edition, researchers investigate the safety of Nintendo gaming systems after identifying injuries related to use of the consoles. (Medical News Today)

E-cigarettes are 'equally effective as patches' for quitting smoking
A Cochrane review of two randomized trials and 11 observational studies finds that e-cigarettes are beneficial at reducing cigarette smoking. (Medical News Today)

Human exposure to metal cadmium may accelerate cellular aging
A new study led by a researcher at Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) at the George Washington University looks at the metal cadmium and finds that higher human exposure... (Medical News Today)

Older people who feel younger than their actual age live longer
New research has found an association between having a self-perceived age younger than chronological age and lower rates of mortality. (Medical News Today)

US taxpayers bear financial burden of smoking-related disease
Cigarette smoking generates as much as $170 billion in annual health care spending in the United States, according to a new study co-authored by researchers at Georgia State University's School of... (Medical News Today)

Volume of ER visits predicted by Internet searches previous day
The correlation between Internet searches on a regional medical website and next-day visits to regional emergency departments was "significant," suggesting that Internet data may be used in the... (Medical News Today)

Government healthcare spending linked to maternal mortality rates across the EU
Reductions in government healthcare spending in the European Union (EU) are associated with increased maternal mortality rates, suggests a new paper published in BJOG: An International Journal of... (Medical News Today)

Groundbreaking new diagnostic technique from Ground Zero to the playground
For the firefighters and rescue workers conducting the rescue and cleanup operations at Ground Zero from September 2001 to May 2002, exposure to hazardous airborne particles led to a disturbing "WTC... (Medical News Today)

E-cigarette use among teenagers on the rise in the US
A new study involving high school students in Hawaii finds that 30% of them report using e-cigarettes - a rate more than three times higher than that reported by the CDC last year. (Medical News Today)

Lyssavirus notification, treatment guidelines appropriate
The rare but fatal consequences of Australian bat lyssavirus (ABLV) infection means guidelines recommending that all exposures be notified, and describing post-exposure prophylaxis remain... (Medical News Today)

States challenged to follow Florida's example in cutting youth smoking to record lows
The states are missing an opportunity to save millions of lives and over $120 billion in health care costs because they continue to shortchange proven programs that prevent kids from smoking and... (Medical News Today)

Surgeon warns of obesity-related kidney stone 'timebomb'
A leading surgeon based at Southampton's teaching hospitals has warned the UK is sitting on a kidney stone "timebomb" fuelled by the growing obesity crisis. (Medical News Today)

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