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Flame retardant breakthrough is naturally derived and nontoxic
Inspired by a naturally occurring material found in marine mussels, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have created a new flame retardant to replace commercial additives that are often... (Medical News Today)

Ohio State research helps optimize safety of child car seat installation
Child car seats and vehicle seats don't align properly more than 40 percent of the timeMany parents roll up towels and blankets and use pool noodles just to get their child's car seat to fit... (Medical News Today)

Low income areas have most shops selling alcohol and tobacco
Scotland's most economically deprived neighbourhoods have more off-licences and shops selling tobacco than wealthier parts of the country, a study suggests. (Medical News Today)

Africa faces rising rates of traumatic brain injury
New research reveals that the projected estimates of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in Africa are high, with a burden of anywhere between approximately 6 to 14 million new cases in 2050. (Medical News Today)

Certain antibullying laws may lower rates of bullying, cyberbullying
Students who live in US states that have implemented at least one antibullying law recommended by the Department of Education may be at a lower risk for bullying and cyberbullying. (Medical News Today)

Governments in Asia-Pacific struggle to adapt to rising chronic disease burden
People in the world's most populated continent are living longer, but not necessarily healthier, lives with overburdened, provider-led healthcare systems. (Medical News Today)

Flu shot 'decreases risk of flu-associated pneumonia'
Children and adults hospitalized with flu-associated pneumonia were less likely to have received a flu shot, according to a study published online in JAMA. (Medical News Today)

WHO: society needs to think differently about aging
In a new report on aging and health, the WHO call for public health action and fundamental shifts in how we think about aging as the number of over-60s is set to double by 2050. (Medical News Today)

Mid-career male specialists maintain bush outreach, Australia
Only around half of medical specialists providing outreach services to rural communities continue to visit the same town on an ongoing basis, prompting a call for a review of incentives and models... (Medical News Today)

To live longer, replace 1 hour of sitting with walking daily
Could it be this simple? A new study suggests replacing sitting with walking for 1 hour each day could reduce the risk of early death by up to 14%. (Medical News Today)

Novartis launches 'Novartis Access', a portfolio of affordable medicines to treat chronic diseases in lower-income countries
Novartis has announced the launch of Novartis Access, a portfolio of 15 medicines to treat chronic diseases in low- and low-middle-income countries. (Medical News Today)

Investors are indifferent to the technology needs of health-care systems
Health technologies are not governed by the real needs and challenges of healthcare systems, reveals a new University of Montreal study. (Medical News Today)

Study uses photos to identify heart health barriers in African American community
Health professionals know what "cardiovascular health" means in medical terms - but what does it mean to at-risk people and communities that need to adopt heart-healthy behaviors? (Medical News Today)

Use of explosive weapons in Syria has disproportionately lethal effects on women and children
New evidence shows the ongoing severe impact of war on civilian deathsUsing explosive weapons in populated areas in Syria has disproportionately lethal effects on women and children and should... (Medical News Today)

1m more people in England living with life-threatening conditions within a decade, forecasts RCGP
An 'explosion' of 1m more people will be living with more than one serious long-term, life-threatening condition by 2025 - costing general practice in the NHS up to £1. (Medical News Today)

Injuries cost the US $671 billion in 2013
The total cost of injuries and violence in the United States was $671 billion in 2013, according to two Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports (MMWR) released today by the Centers for Disease... (Medical News Today)

Walk the line: NASA studies physical performance after spaceflight
Walking an obstacle course on Earth is relatively easy. Walking an obstacle course on Earth after being in space for six months is not quite as simple. (Medical News Today)

Climate change negatively affects birth weight, University of Utah study finds
From melting glaciers to increasing wildfires, the consequences of climate change and strategies to mitigate such consequences are often a hotly debated topic. (Medical News Today)

At Obama-Modi meeting in New York, MSF urges India to protect affordable medicines for millions
As US President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Modi meet in New York, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) warned that US pressure for India to change its intellectual property... (Medical News Today)

Saturated fats too often replaced with unhealthy alternatives
While replacing saturated fats with alternatives is widely recommended, many people are replacing them with options that offer no health benefit. (Medical News Today)

Bravo to biomass
University of Iowa study shows using oat hulls for power has considerable benefits to the environment and human healthBiomass burning sometimes gets a bad rap. (Medical News Today)

Fewer patients die at fully accredited hospitals
For the first time, researchers from Aarhus University, Aarhus University Hospital and the Region of Southern Denmark can now demonstrate an association between level of hospital accreditation and... (Medical News Today)

Culture during childhood shapes family planning
The number of children we have and at what age is not just a conscious decision made as an adult. (Medical News Today)

Fruits and vegetables that can aid weight loss revealed
A survey of more than 130,000 Americans has shown that consuming fruits and vegetables does lead to weight loss, and highlights the ones that are best for this purpose. (Medical News Today)

Almost one-third of families of children with cancer have unmet basic needs during treatment
Almost one-third of families whose children were being treated for cancer faced food, housing or energy insecurity and one-quarter lost more than 40 percent of household income, according to a new... (Medical News Today)

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