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Food supplements plus cash to poor families reduces rates of child malnutrition in Niger more than each intervention alone
In Niger, interventions that combined the distribution of supplementary food with a cash transfer to poor families prevented acute malnutrition in young children more effectively than strategies... (Medical News Today)

Medical tourism is risky for Canada's health care system
Attracting medical tourists to Canada is a risk, and we need to understand the impact on our health care system before jumping in, argues Dr. Matthew Stanbrook, Deputy Editor, with Dr. (Medical News Today)

How Ebola blocks the immune system
Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine have identified one way the Ebola virus dodges the body's antiviral defenses, providing important insight that could lead to new therapies... (Medical News Today)

Overlooking sex differences in biomedical research may have serious consequences
A new study from Northwestern Medicine® has found that surgical researchers rarely use female animals or female cells in their published studies - despite a huge body of evidence showing that sex... (Medical News Today)

Promising results in mice from synthetic drug for Sudan strain of Ebola
Researchers from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and other institutions have developed a potential antibody therapy for Sudan ebolavirus (SUDV), one of the two most lethal... (Medical News Today)

The American diet is 'improving,' but it remains poor overall
Consumption of trans fats has fallen, but there is a widening gap in terms of diet quality between rich and poor, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health. (Medical News Today)

Plants in offices make workers happier, more productive
A long-term study of real-life situations finds introducing plants into otherwise lean work environments increases productivity by 15%, in line with studies carried out in labs. (Medical News Today)

Leading Ebola researcher at UTMB says there's an effective treatment for Ebola
A leading U.S. Ebola researcher from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has gone on record stating that a blend of three monoclonal antibodies can completely protect monkeys against... (Medical News Today)

What is a systematic review of medical research?
Systematic reviews and meta-analyses are loved by people issuing guidelines on the best medical treatments. Find out why they are so powerful, but also about their disadvantages. (Medical News Today)

'Increased levels of toxic metals' in e-cigarette secondhand smoke
A new study that compared the chemical content of secondhand smoke in traditional and e-cigarettes finds that e-cigarettes produce secondhand smoke with increased toxic metals. (Medical News Today)

Skin glow from fruits and vegetables 'more attractive than a tan'
Eating lots of fruits and vegetables can give you a skin glow more attractive than that caused by tanning, according to a new study, and It is all down to carotenoids. (Medical News Today)

New method predicts optimal number and location of automated external defibrillators (AEDs)
A new method to predict the optimal number and location of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) was presented at ESC Congress today by Dr Benjamin Dahan from France. (Medical News Today)

Younger, college-educated consumers more likely to use potentially unreliable online health-care information
The last time you experienced worrisome medical symptoms, did you look for advice online before consulting a health-care professional? If so, you're not alone. (Medical News Today)

China must act now to tackle timebomb of chronic diseases, warn experts
China must act now to tackle the growing challenges posed by injuries, mental illness, obesity, smoking, environmental pollution and other public health threats or face the huge toll of largely... (Medical News Today)

"Wasteful and inefficient" health-care delivery could derail China's ambition to achieve affordable and quality basic health care for all
China has done well in expanding the coverage of health insurance to 96% of the population since it launched nationwide health-care reforms in 2009, but poorly in reforming the "wasteful and... (Medical News Today)

Revamping the world's largest medical education system: mixed results of progress
Beginning in 1998, China launched sweeping reforms to the higher education system in which medical education was also substantively promoted to ensure that health professionals were trained more... (Medical News Today)

China: reshaping the global health landscape
In this paper, published as part of a Lancet themed issue on China, Professor Peilong Liu from Peking University Health Science Center, Beijing, China and colleagues discuss China's distinctive... (Medical News Today)

Respiratory infection controls being used for ebola patients are unnecessary and may contribute to public panic
Respiratory infection control measures - which have been adopted by most health agencies to deal with the Ebola epidemic in west Africa - are unnecessary, and may heighten panic and fear among the... (Medical News Today)

Soda tax is 'the best option' for reducing childhood obesity
A new study compares the impact three recommended federal policies will have on childhood obesity over 20 years. A 1ΒΆ tax on sugary drinks is the researchers' preferred option. (Medical News Today)

Infant immunization rates 'are stable or increasing,' say CDC
Data from the 2013 National Immunization Survey shows that the 'vast majority' of parents are following vaccination recommendations for their infant children. (Medical News Today)

Drive to eliminate institutional care for orphaned children not supported by evidence
The removal of institutions or group homes will not lead to better child well-being and could even worsen outcomes for some orphaned and separated children, according to new findings from a... (Medical News Today)

Some future Ebola outbreaks may be contained by potential therapy for the Sudan Ebola strain
Ebola is a rare, but deadly disease that exists as five strains, none of which have approved therapies. One of the most lethal strains is the Sudan ebolavirus (SUDV). (Medical News Today)

Leading scientists call for a stop to non-essential use of fluorochemicals
A number of leading international researchers, amongst others from the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, recommend that fluorochemicals are only used where they are absolutely... (Medical News Today)

Health and migration - what keeps people healthy and what makes them ill
Migration has a significant influence on the health sector, including in Austria. (Medical News Today)

Marching in unison makes men feel more formidable
In the aftermath of the Aug. 9 shooting of an 18-year-old African American man by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, much of the nation's attention has been focused on how law... (Medical News Today)

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