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Lou Gehrig's disease: Mercury in fish, seafood could be risk factor
The risk factors for Lou Gehrig's disease are poorly understood. Breaking research shows that mercury consumed through seafood and fish might play a part. (Medical News Today)

Gay marriage legalization linked to drop in teenage suicide attempts
According to a new analysis, the fact that same-sex marriage has become legal across the United States has reduced suicide attempts among teens. (Medical News Today)

Nostalgia could help smokers quit, study finds
Researchers suggest that evoking treasured memories through nostalgic public service announcements could be an effective quit-smoking strategy. (Medical News Today)

Study associates proximity to oil and gas development and childhood leukemia
Young Coloradans diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia are more likely to live in areas of high-density oil and gas development compared to young Coloradans diagnosed with other types of... (Medical News Today)

New analysis links 30,000 excess deaths in 2015 to cuts in health and social care, UK
Researchers exploring why there has been a substantial increase in mortality in England and Wales in 2015 conclude that failures in the health and social care system linked to disinvestment are... (Medical News Today)

Gluten-free diet may have 'unintended consequences' for health
Researchers suggest individuals who follow a gluten-free diet may be at greater risk of exposure to arsenic and mercury, which may pose harm for health. (Medical News Today)

How to treat and prevent chigger bites
In this article learn what chiggers are, how to prevent being bitten, and how to treat a bite. What are the signs and symptoms of a chigger bite? (Medical News Today)

Preventing hospital-related deaths due to medical errors - 'We can and must do better'
How many patients die in the hospital as a result of preventable medical errors? (Medical News Today)

Sugar, salt, and fat taxes could save billions in health care costs
Australia could save AUD $3.4 billion (USD $2.3 billion) in healthcare costs over the remaining lifetimes of all Australians alive in 2010 by instituting a combination of taxes on unhealthy foods... (Medical News Today)

New clinical guideline issued for treating low back pain
The American College of Physicians have just issued their clinical practice guideline for the noninvasive treatment of nonradicular low back pain. (Medical News Today)

Snow shoveling may increase risk of heart attack in men
New research finds associations between heavy, long-lasting snowfall and a raised risk of myocardial infarction in men. Snow shoveling may be the cause. (Medical News Today)

What are the effects of traumatic brain injury in children?
New research investigates the long-term effects of traumatic brain injury on children, as well as the importance of family in aiding recovery. (Medical News Today)

New study finds noise-related hearing loss not limited to work exposure
Unless your hearing is tested, it's really hard to know if it's damaged. That's the message of a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey that found about one in four U.S. (Medical News Today)

Lack of transportation limits healthy food access among Washington State residents
Having convenient or reasonable access to supermarkets is often associated with healthier diets and a lower risk for obesity among neighborhood residents. (Medical News Today)

High-risk breast cancer patients fail to receive genetic testing
A new survey shows an insufficient number of high-risk breast cancer patients receive genetic testing and counseling, even though they want it. (Medical News Today)

Peroxide ingestion, promoted by alternative medicine, can be deadly
High-concentration peroxide, sometimes promoted in alternative medicine circles for cleanses or as a so-called "natural cure," can lead to numerous life-threatening ailments and death itself... (Medical News Today)

Large increase in eye injuries linked to laundry detergent pods among young children
Between 2012 and 2015, the number of chemical burns to the eye associated with laundry detergent pods increased more than 30-fold among preschool-aged children in the U.S. (Medical News Today)

Majority of Americans think childhood vaccines are safe and necessary
A recent survey suggests that an overwhelming majority of American adults think the benefits of childhood vaccinations outweigh the risks. (Medical News Today)

'Synthetic marijuana' may cause serious harm to health
A new review summarizes the adverse health effects linked to synthetic cannabinoids - drugs often marketed as a safe and a legal alternative to marijuana. (Medical News Today)

Existing reprocessing techniques prove insufficient for flexible endoscopes
Current techniques used to clean endoscopes for reuse are not consistently effective, according to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control, the official journal of the... (Medical News Today)

Consuming toxic chemicals with our fast food? Chemicals of concern found in one third of fast food packaging tested
While enjoying fast food, many people feel some pangs of guilt at the calories and salt they are consuming. Today researchers are pointing to yet another possible cause for concern. (Medical News Today)

Low socioeconomic status reduces life expectancy and should be counted as a major risk factor in health policy, study says
Low socioeconomic status is linked to significant reductions in life expectancy and should be considered a major risk factor for ill health and early death in national and global health policies... (Medical News Today)

Coffee and calories: How do your add-ins add up?
New study finds that most coffee drinkers put sugar, cream, and other calorie-laden additives in their beverage, which may take its toll on the waistline. (Medical News Today)

People with HIV more likely to develop diabetes, study finds
A new study suggests the diabetes prevalence is much higher among HIV-positive individuals than the general population, even when obesity is not present. (Medical News Today)

Globe-trotting pollutants raise some cancer risks 4 times higher than predicted
A new way of looking at how pollutants ride through the atmosphere has quadrupled the estimate of global lung cancer risk from a pollutant caused by combustion, to a level that is now double the... (Medical News Today)

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