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Link observed between waist size and noise pollution
Living near a busy road, railroad or under aircraft noise was tied to greater waist sizes in a study that suggests a link between central obesity and these environmental stressors. (Medical News Today)

The 21st Century Cures Act: Unanimously approved
The House Energy and Commerce Committee today unanimously approved the nonpartisan 21st Century Cures Act 51-0. (Medical News Today)

Cold temperatures the biggest culprit in climate-related deaths
Contrary to popular belief, a new study finds it is cold temperatures - not heatwaves - that are the biggest cause of climate-related deaths, according to new research. (Medical News Today)

Large urban hospitals disadvantaged by medicare/medicaid patient satisfaction rating system
The largest urban health systems, which serve as safety nets for large patient populations with lower socioeconomic status and greater likelihood to speak English as a second language, do worse on... (Medical News Today)

Elementary-age suicides: rate rising among black children
Every year in the US, a few dozen 5-11-year-olds die from suicide - a stable overall level, but with the rate rising among black elementary kids and falling among white children. (Medical News Today)

CDC publish map of 'distinctive' deaths by state
A new infographic published by the CDC illustrates areas of the US where rates of death from certain conditions are higher than the national averages. (Medical News Today)

Investing in hepatitis C drugs could save the economy billions, researchers suggest
New hepatitis C drugs may be more expensive but have have higher cure rates and fewer side effects, and could save the US and five European countries $3.2 billion a year. (Medical News Today)

Will cash incentives help employees to quit smoking?
Offers of cash to employees trying to give up smoking have been put to the scientific test to see if money makes a difference to quit rates compared with usual cessation programs. (Medical News Today)

Children's views should shape how research is conducted, says ethics body
A new report calls for a change in culture across all areas of children's health research, so that children's and young people's views and opinions can help to shape how research is prioritized... (Medical News Today)

Anti-poverty strategy offers sustained benefit for ultra-poor, says study in Science
A new 6-country study shows a comprehensive approach for the ultra-poor, the approximately 1 billion people who live on less than $1. (Medical News Today)

Fracking may affect air quality and human health
People living or working near active natural gas wells may be exposed to certain pollutants at higher levels than the Environmental Protection Agency considers safe for lifetime exposure, according... (Medical News Today)

French researchers develop new device to collect bed bugs
In recent years, bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) have been appearing more and more often in beds around the world, and entomologists need specimens for research purposes. (Medical News Today)

U.S. states' most distinctive causes of death
A new Geographical Information Systems (GIS) map and corresponding research reveal the most distinctive causes of death between 2001 and 2010 for each U.S. state. (Medical News Today)

Parallel health systems create insecurities in low and middle income countries
Strengthening the integration between national community-based health worker (CBHW) programmes and other health systems in low and middle income countries is crucial for measures to have the... (Medical News Today)

Humans, livestock in Kenya linked in sickness and in health
Study offers unique view of human health through the lens of animal healthThis is a farmer enrolled in the study walks his cattle in western Kenya. Credit: Courtesy, T. (Medical News Today)

Certain immigrants and refugees may face higher risk of psychotic disorders
Researchers in Canada have found that immigrants and refugees from certain regions are at a higher risk of developing psychotic disorders than others. (Medical News Today)

WHO declare Liberia 'free of Ebola'
The World Health Organization say the Ebola outbreak is over in Liberia as 42 days have passed with no new cases since the last confirmed infected patient died and was buried. (Medical News Today)

'Global fighting fund needed' to combat Ebola and other deadly diseases
We cannot rely on individual nations to counter new health threats - world leaders must instead agree a global fund, says a group of experts. (Medical News Today)

WHO make recommendations for naming of new diseases
The World Health Organization have called for authorities to follow best practices when naming new human infectious diseases in order to avoid stigmatizing certain groups. (Medical News Today)

If you want change, tell a relevant story -- not just facts
USC study shows that cultural narratives targeted to specific ethnicities are more effective at prompting healthy habitsLatin American women in Los Angeles County are twice as likely as white... (Medical News Today)

New developments in personalised medicine could save billions of dollars in improved health
Personalised medical interventions to prevent heart disease could generate $114 billion worth of heath gains in United StatesNew developments in personalised and precision medicine (PPM) could... (Medical News Today)

High users of ER 'not time-wasters but at higher death risk'
Frequent use of emergency rooms does not mean patients are a nuisance, say authors of a study finding high numbers of emergency hospital visits are linked to a doubled death risk. (Medical News Today)

What overall impact will the Ebola crisis have on global health security?
A series of essays written by leading global health experts discuss the West African Ebola epidemic and consider whether it might rejuvenate global health security. (Medical News Today)

More highly educated women are having children, study says
According to a new Pew Research Center analysis, the share of highly educated women who are childless into their mid-40s has decreased significantly over the last 2 decades. (Medical News Today)

When a switch to public transport could help with weight loss
Any means of travel to work that does not involve using a car kept at home could help with weight loss, according to a study examining the BMI benefit in people who switched. (Medical News Today)

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