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Goodbye, needles: measles vaccine could be delivered with a puff of air
A new measles vaccine that takes the form of an easily administered inhalable dry powder has been proven safe in a human clinical trial. (Medical News Today)

HIV is 'not under control among most infected Americans'
A new study finds that in most infected Americans, HIV levels are not in check, including in the majority of those who know they have the virus. (Medical News Today)

Researchers reveal extent of FDA influence on drug study design
A review of recent new drug approvals found that the US Food and Drug Administration and pharmaceutical companies did not meet to discuss study design in one fifth of cases. (Medical News Today)

Web savvy older adults who regularly indulge in culture may better retain 'health literacy'
In spite of any age related cognitive decline they may be experiencing.Older people who are active internet users and who regularly indulge in a spot of culture may be better able to retain... (Medical News Today)

Legionnaires' disease
A new CDC study reveals that New Yorkers living in poverty are at a higher risk from the potentially fatal bug Legionnaires' disease. (Medical News Today)

Prison policies vary on treating transgender inmates, which could put inmates and institutions at risk
Gina Gibbs, a University of Cincinnati criminal justice doctoral student, presented a synopsis of the legal issues posed by such inmates at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology. (Medical News Today)

Barriers to public health data-sharing; life-saving solutions proposed
Barriers to the sharing of public health data hamper decision-making efforts on local, national and global levels, and stymie attempts to contain emerging global health threats, an international team... (Medical News Today)

Task Force finds insufficient evidence to recommend for or against routine vitamin D screening
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) found insufficient evidence to assess the benefits and harms of screening for vitamin D deficiency in asymptomatic adults. (Medical News Today)

Are children better off than they were 25 years ago?
Twenty-five years ago this month, the countries that compose the United Nations reached a landmark agreement that laid the foundation for much-needed strengthening of children's rights and... (Medical News Today)

Preschoolers of working moms get less sleep, at greater risk of becoming overweight
The majority of preschoolers may not be getting the amount of sleep they need each night, placing them at higher risk of being overweight or obese within a year, according to a new study. (Medical News Today)

Older Americans sicker but have quicker access to specialists according to 11-country survey
This new survey was released recently as a Web First by Health Affairs. The full text is available free until November 26. (Medical News Today)

Absenteeism attributable to obesity among U.S. workers costs the nation more than $8 billion annually
A study conducted by researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health shows that obesity costs the U.S. $8. (Medical News Today)

Could yogurt lower the risk of type 2 diabetes?
According to researchers, a higher intake of yogurt is associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, suggesting that it could play an important role as part of a healthy diet. (Medical News Today)

Pesticides linger longer in greenhouse crops
Researchers writing in the journal Chemosphere this week found that crops typically grown under glasshouses and poly-tunnels had higher levels and numbers of different pesticides in them than those... (Medical News Today)

E-cigarette use found to be high among Montana adults
Fewer than 2 percent of adults reported current use of e-cigarettes; however, 11. (Medical News Today)

Three in four GP Practices don't offer people with learning disability free flu jabs despite new government guidance, UK
Almost three in four GP Practices in England do not offer people with a learning disability free flu vaccinations, despite this year's Flu Plan including learning disability as a 'clinical risk... (Medical News Today)

2013-14 figures released for reported physical assaults against NHS staff
NHS Protect today released the 2013-14 figures for reported physical assaults against NHS staff in England. These figures were collated from 266 health bodies across the country. (Medical News Today)

74 percent increase over five years in the economic burden of prediabetes
Diabetes prevalence, cost data broken down by state and by type of elevated blood glucose (diagnosed, undiagnosed, prediabetes and gestational diabetes)The economic burden of diabetes in America... (Medical News Today)

Only 18 states require federally mandated follow-up services for children with lead poisoning
The National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) and Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University released Healthcare Financing of Healthy Homes Services: Findings from... (Medical News Today)

Cochrane Review of reminder systems to improve TB diagnoses and care
Researchers from China, the Philippines and LSTM have today published a new systematic review of reminder systems to improve patient adherence to tuberculosis (TB) treatment. (Medical News Today)

Biostatisticians have devised a new tool for identifying onset of local influenza outbreaks
Just in time for flu season, biostatisticians have devised a simple yet accurate method for hospitals and public health departments to determine the onset of elevated influenza activity at the... (Medical News Today)

Wide variation found in quality, content of clinical cancer guidelines
What's the best way to treat rectal cancer? Consult any of five top clinical guidelines for rectal cancer and you will get a different answer, according to a new study by researchers at the... (Medical News Today)

Hookah smoke increases benzene exposure, risk for leukemia
Despite a common misconception that hookah tobacco smoke is 'safer' than conventional tobacco, a new study demonstrates increased uptake of benzene, a leukemia risk factor. (Medical News Today)

Collisions among young drivers affected by drinking age laws
Minimum legal drinking age legislation in Canada can have a major impact on young drivers, according to a new study from the Northern Medical Program at the University of Northern British Columbia... (Medical News Today)

A world first: scientists sequence genome of tapeworm removed from man's brain
For the first time, UK researchers have sequenced the genome of a tapeworm removed from the brain of a 50-year-old man. The tapeworm causes a rare disease called sparganosis. (Medical News Today)

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