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Summer vacation: the health risks for travelers
Are you traveling abroad this summer? In this Spotlight feature, we take a look at the health risks that come with a summer vacation and what you can do to prevent them. (Medical News Today)

UNICEF and WHO report highlights successes in global safe drinking water, failure in sanitation efforts
UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) have released their annual progress report outlining the progress being made on sanitation and safe drinking water in developing countries. (Medical News Today)

WHO: Cuba is first country to eliminate mother-to-child HIV and syphilis
Following a regional initiative to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, Cuba becomes the first country to receive WHO validation for reaching the goal. (Medical News Today)

Stunting remains a challenge in SA
Stunting remains stubbornly persistent in South Africa, despite economic growth, political and social transitions, and national nutritional programmes, says a Wits-led research team. (Medical News Today)

Neighborhood facilities 'have an influence on levels of diabetes'
Neighborhood resources for physical activity have an effect on the risk of diabetes, shows 10-year study. Local stores offering healthier food choices were also influential. (Medical News Today)

Drowning prevention charity issues warning as heat wave hits Britain
The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the drowning prevention charity, has issued a warning as temperatures across Britain are set to hit a scorching 35C. (Medical News Today)

Almost one in three US adults owns at least one gun
Almost one in three US adults owns at least one gun, and they are predominantly white married men over the age of 55, reveals research published online in the journal Injury Prevention. (Medical News Today)

License plate decals don't seem to curb learner driver crash rates
The use of license plate decals for drivers with learner permits doesn't seem to have reduced their crash rate in New Jersey, the first US state to introduce the regulation, finds research... (Medical News Today)

National report sheds light on health and wellbeing of young people in England
Statistics on the health, care and wellbeing of young people in England - from birth to young adulthood - are published in a report from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). (Medical News Today)

Doctors in bitter divide over e-cigarettes
Public health doctors and clinicians are divided about whether e-cigarettes are a good development or not - and the involvement of big tobacco in vaping is fuelling the debate. (Medical News Today)

Road traffic noise linked to greater death, stroke risk
Living in areas where road traffic noise reaches above 60 decibels may raise the risk of stroke and all-cause mortality, according to a new study of 8.6 million UK residents. (Medical News Today)

IARC Monographs evaluate DDT, lindane, and 2,4-D
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization, has evaluated the carcinogenicity of the insecticides... (Medical News Today)

New University of Miami study predicts variation in illness severity in a population
UM researcher explains the basis of the Weibull distribution and finds applications in human health and across scientific fieldsMany of us are familiar with bell-shaped curves that describe the... (Medical News Today)

Cocktail of chemicals trigger cancer - Global taskforce calls for research into how everyday chemicals in our environment cause cancer
A deadly list of 50 chemicals the public is exposed to on a daily basis may trigger cancer when combined, according to new research published today. (Medical News Today)

Over two-thirds of Americans estimated to be overweight, obese
New estimates suggest that more than two-thirds of Americans are either overweight or obese. Experts state population-based strategies to reduce risk factors are required. (Medical News Today)

Climate change is a 'medical emergency,' report suggests
A commission reports that climate change is inextricably linked with public health, and that tackling climate change presents an opportunity to improve public health worldwide. (Medical News Today)

Fewer car crash deaths in states with stricter seatbelt laws
A review 2001 - 2009 data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) found that states with primary seatbelt laws, or laws that allow vehicle occupants to be ticketed solely for not wearing... (Medical News Today)

Global warming 'unlikely to reduce winter mortality'
While many studies have suggested global warming may reduce cold-related death rates in winter months, new research claims this is unlikely to be the case. (Medical News Today)

Speed limits in Northern Territory part of safety package, Australia
Reintroducing unlimited speed on the Northern Territory's major highways sends the wrong message to the population and will "eventually result in an increase of fatalities and serious injuries"... (Medical News Today)

Best practices highlighted to prevent infections during healthcare laundry process
Proper laundering and handling are important in achieving and maintaining the hygienically-clean quality of healthcare fabrics and textiles delivered to the point of care, according to a new review... (Medical News Today)

Thailand reports first MERS case
Thai health officials have announced the country's first case of Middle East respiratory syndrome. Tests confirm a 75-year-old man recently arrived from the Middle East has MERS. (Medical News Today)

Climate change won't reduce winter deaths
In a study that contradicts the received wisdom on health impacts of climate change, scientists say that we shouldn't expect substantial reduction in winter deaths as a result of global warming. (Medical News Today)

Adult craze for human breast milk purchased online poses serious health risks
The recent craze for human breast milk amongst certain fitness communities, fetishists and chronic disease sufferers is ill advised say the authors of an editorial published by the Journal of the... (Medical News Today)

Value of nonprofit hospital tax exemption nearly doubled over 9 years, reaching $24.6 billion in 2011
Hospitals enjoy substantial tax break but spend minimal amount on community health improvement activitiesThe value of the tax exemption provided to non-profit private hospitals in return for... (Medical News Today)

Doctors protest over Australia's "repressive legislation" on asylum seekers
In The BMJ this week, two doctors criticise Australia for passing legislation that may be used to silence doctors working with asylum seekers. (Medical News Today)

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