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Could sun exposure help prevent obesity, diabetes?
Exposure to ultraviolet radiation slowed weight gain and diabetes in mice fed a high-fat diet, a new study finds. Researchers say this is down to a compound called nitric oxide. (Medical News Today)

New York City reports positive test for Ebola in volunteer international aid worker
A hospitalized medical aid worker who volunteered in Guinea, one of the three West African nations experiencing an Ebola epidemic, and since returned to the United States has tested positive for... (Medical News Today)

A strong welfare state mitigates the impact of the Great Recession
There is a general correlation between unemployment and suicide among men. But the weaker the unemployment protection in the country, the stronger the connection. (Medical News Today)

Ebola control measures in Montserrado, Liberia 'not enough to contain virus'
In a new study, researchers say current control measures in Montserrado, Liberia are not enough to contain the Ebola outbreak, and up-scales of these measures are urgently needed. (Medical News Today)

Were clinical trial practices in East Germany questionable?
Clinical trials carried out in the former East Germany in the second half of the 20th century were not always with the full knowledge or understanding of participants with some questionable... (Medical News Today)

Study shows how texas campus police tackle stalking
One out of every five female students experience stalking victimization during their college career, but many of those cases are not reported to police, according to a study by the Crime Victims... (Medical News Today)

Clock changes: could more light in the evening improve health?
As we head into autumn and face a clock change, a new study suggests permanently increasing daylight hours in the evenings year round could confer health benefits to kids. (Medical News Today)

Frying with olive oil better than seed oil for health
Cooking oil can degrade and produce toxic compounds at high temperature. Food frying study finds, compared to sunflower, corn and soybean oils, olive oil remains the most stable. (Medical News Today)

National Center for Healthy Housing releases blueprint for action to prevent childhood exposure to lead
The National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) has released "Preventing Lead Exposure in US Children: A Blueprint for Action" - a report describing the actions the government, advocates, and the... (Medical News Today)

Hospital acquisitions leading to increased patient costs
The trend of hospitals consolidating medical groups and physician practices in an effort to improve the coordination of patient care is backfiring and increasing the cost of patient care, according... (Medical News Today)

Changing how primary-care doctors treat pain, fatigue and other common symptoms
Common symptoms such as pain or fatigue account for over half of all doctor's office appointments in the United States, translating into more than 400 million visits annually. (Medical News Today)

Thermal receipt paper may be a potentially significant source of BPA
Thermal paper, sometimes used in cash register receipts, may be a potential source of exposure to the hormone disruptor bisphenol-A (BPA), according to a study published in the open-access journal... (Medical News Today)

WHO report: TB is more widespread than previously estimated
Due to improvements in information gathering, a higher incidence of tuberculosis has been exposed in a new World Health Organization report. (Medical News Today)

How Nigeria prevented an Ebola epidemic
WHO have declared Nigeria free of Ebola virus transmission and describe the country's successful prevention of an unimaginable epidemic as a spectacular story worth telling. (Medical News Today)

Physicians often unaware when patients' catheters are left in place
Clinicians at all levels of training and specialties frequently did not know which of their patients currently had central venous catheters, or CVCs, according to an article being published in... (Medical News Today)

Drinking water odors, chemicals above health standards caused by 'green building' plumbing
Several types of plastic pipes in eco-friendly green buildings in the United States have been found to leach chemicals into drinking water that can cause odors and sometimes exist at levels that... (Medical News Today)

Recalled dietary supplements still contain banned substances
A study of dietary supplements recalled by the FDA has found that many of these products continue to contain banned drugs that could be harmful to consumers. (Medical News Today)

University of Toronto study finds that action video games bolster sensorimotor skills
A study led by University of Toronto psychology researchers has found that people who play action video games such as Call of Duty or Assassin's Creed seem to learn a new sensorimotor skill more... (Medical News Today)

Hospitals converting to for-profit status show better financial health, no loss in quality of care
Switching from nonprofit to for-profit status appears to boost hospitals' financial health but does not appear to lower the quality of care they provide or reduce the proportion of poor or minority... (Medical News Today)

Mental rest and reflection 'boost learning'
New research finds that restful reflection can strengthen memories in the mind and forge new mental connections, priming the brain for future learning. (Medical News Today)

Without exit screening, three Ebola-infected travelers will fly each month
Demonstrating the importance of exit screening, a new modeling analysis estimates the number of infected travelers who will depart Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone each month. (Medical News Today)

Study identifies risk factors for sexual assault, including age and alcohol consumption
Risk factors for sexual assault, including young age and alcohol consumption, must be addressed when considering preventative strategies, suggests a new study, published on 15 October in BJOG: An... (Medical News Today)

Ebola: CDC expands passenger notification
Based on additional information obtained during interviews of close contacts to the second healthcare worker from Texas Presbyterian Hospital who tested positive for Ebola, the Centers for Disease... (Medical News Today)

How widespread is natural Ebola immunity?
Some people in the West African Ebola epidemic seem to have natural immunity to the virus. Scientists say finding out more about them may help reduce spread of the disease. (Medical News Today)

Discarded cigarette ashes could go to good use - removing arsenic from water
Arsenic, a well-known poison, can be taken out of drinking water using sophisticated treatment methods. (Medical News Today)

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