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CDC: 53 million adults in the US live with a disability
In the United States, one out of every five adults has a disability, according to a new study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Medical News Today)

State immunization laws should eliminate non-medical exemptions, say internists
Support for eliminating existing exemptions, except for medical reasons, from immunization laws was among the policy recommendations adopted last weekend at the summer meeting of the Board of Regents... (Medical News Today)

Health spending growth to increase slightly, but remain moderate compared to pre-recession highs
Expanded Insurance Coverage, Aging Population, and Economic Growth Are Primary Drivers of Projected IncreaseNew estimates released today from the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for... (Medical News Today)

Intensive biofuel planting poses risk to human health
The race to meet carbon-neutral biofuel targets could put human health and food crop production at risk unless it is carefully planned, according to new research. (Medical News Today)

GP fatigue a 'risk' to patient safety, warns RCGP
Fatigue among overworked GPs is becoming so prevalent that it could jeopardise patient safety on a widespread scale unless urgent action is taken to address this, the Royal College of General... (Medical News Today)

Doctor Google: How age and other factors influence online health information searches
Consumers have access to multiple Web sites to search for online health information and can be far more involved in managing their own medical issues than ever before. (Medical News Today)

Switching off street lights at night does not increase car crashes and crime
Reduced street lighting in England and Wales is not associated with road traffic collisions or crime, according to research published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. (Medical News Today)

Death, hospitalization rates have fallen among senior Medicare patients
Researchers analyzing trends among Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 and above have found that between 1999-2013, death and hospitalization rates have decreased. (Medical News Today)

In economic powers, major causes of death and disease converge on poor people
The world's largest economic powers have both a responsibility and an interest in reducing diseases that account for the greatest losses in healthy years of life worldwide, according to two... (Medical News Today)

CDC warn of edible marijuana dangers following death of 19-year-old student
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention examines the case of a student who fell to his death following the consumption of recreational edible marijuana. (Medical News Today)

'HIV-style campaign' to cut cancer drug prices
A large group of America's leading cancer specialists have joined forces in support of action against drug prices, drawing up an action plan to curb costs. (Medical News Today)

Rising autism prevalence 'driven by changes in classification'
Between 2000 and 2010, rates of autism have tripled. However, a new study suggests that this rise is largely due to changes in intellectual disability categorization in the US. (Medical News Today)

Synthetic coral could remove toxic heavy metals from the ocean; new material mimics the structure of coral, a natural adsorbent of heavy metals
A new material that mimics coral could help remove toxic heavy metals like mercury from the ocean, according to a new study published in the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. (Medical News Today)

Emergency medicine expert: 8 ways to beat the heat
There were 123 heat-related deaths across the nation in 2014, according to the National Weather Service. (Medical News Today)

New study looks at sexual risk-taking for women on vacation
A study investigating women's perceptions and motivations toward sexual risk-taking on vacation suggests that the US may be lagging behind when it comes to sexual health education. (Medical News Today)

Report calls for massive expansion to UK workforce supporting the public's health
A new report from the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) outlines plans for a range of different occupations including cleaners, hairdressers and postal workers to support efforts to improve... (Medical News Today)

Poorer children develop 'smaller brains'
MRI brain scans and mental tests of children living below the poverty line show that key parts of their brains are smaller in volume and test scores are lower. (Medical News Today)

Young women increasingly attracted to social smoking
Cigarette manufacturers have targeted young women emerging into adulthood, who are more likely to be very light smokers, finds a study. (Medical News Today)

Brain training may help avoid civilian casualties
New method may help predict and prevent mistaken shootingsAlthough firing a gun seems like one action, it is made up of many smaller decisions and movements that require coordination between... (Medical News Today)

Human activities are jeopardising Earth's natural systems and health of future generations
A new report released by The Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on Planetary Health, calls for immediate, global action to protect the health of human civilization and the natural systems on... (Medical News Today)

China, Taiwan strengthen food safety laws
China and Taiwan have enhanced the powers of their Food and Drug Administrations to be more effective in ensuring food safety and guarding against food fraud, according to a July 13 panel discussion... (Medical News Today)

An AIDS-free generation is 15 years away, according to new report
A new report has revealed HIV/AIDS may be fully eradicated by 2030. United Nations 'Millennium Development Goals' set 15 years ago have been achieved 9 months ahead of schedule. (Medical News Today)

Americans 'not eating enough fruits and vegetables'
The CDC urge renewed efforts to boost consumer demand for fruits and vegetables following national survey that shows too many Americans are not consuming enough. (Medical News Today)

Eating wild, foraged mushrooms can result in liver failure or death because misidentification is common
Foraging and eating wild mushrooms can result in liver failure and even death because mistaking toxic mushrooms for edible varieties is common, illustrates a case published in CMAJ (Canadian... (Medical News Today)

Nixon and Obama health care similarities illustrate party differences
Obamacare has been criticized by Republicans as 'a radical liberal plan,' yet a new article suggests that President Nixon's health care proposals would have gone much further. (Medical News Today)

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