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Bacterial resistance to 'last-resort' antibiotic reaches the U.S.
Bacterial resistance to the 'last-resort' antibiotic colistin has arisen in the U.S., a new report reveals, fueling fears of a 'post-antibiotic era.' (Medical News Today)

Universal health coverage 'prevented cancer death increase' in economic crisis
Universal healthcare protected against the health effects of higher unemployment and lower public spending in the 2008-2010 global economic crisis. (Medical News Today)

Five common medical misconceptions
Science constantly uncovers new information, but there are still plenty of misconceptions that get passed around. Here we burst five such common myths. (Medical News Today)

Living near a landfill could damage your health
According to research published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, health is at risk for those who live within five kilometres of a landfill site. (Medical News Today)

Life expectancy worldwide has risen by 5 years, say WHO
The World Health Organization say worldwide, life expectancy has risen dramatically by 5 years during 2000-2015, but major inequalities persist. (Medical News Today)

Cities try different tactics to regulate noise
If you live in Waco, Texas, your neighbor maneuvering a gas lawn mower in the middle of the night likely wouldn't violate the decibel limit, which is eight times louder than the typical nighttime... (Medical News Today)

Could swimming pools, hot tubs increase the risk of gene mutations?
Disinfectants used in swimming pools and hot tubs react with sweat, urine, and other human compounds to create byproducts, which researchers say have the potential to alter DNA. (Medical News Today)

A tool to support public health decisions on Zika virus predicts most planned interventions to be cost-effective
A study published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases presents a cost-effectiveness tool that can help guide decisions regarding resource allocation to fund interventions targeted at curtailing the... (Medical News Today)

Blindness, visual impairment rates in U.S. set to double by 2050
By 2050, the number of Americans living with visual impairment or blindness will have doubled, with white women faring worst, suggests a new study. (Medical News Today)

Drones to deliver blood supplies in Rwanda
A new project in Rwanda will use drones to deliver essential medical supplies, such as blood for transfusions, to remote regions of the country. (Medical News Today)

Drug resistance 'could kill 10 million people annually'
By 2050, antimicrobial resistance could kill 10 million people every year if no global action is taken to combat the problem, says a new international review. (Medical News Today)

Keeping fit may help prevent cancer
Study of pooled data finds more leisure-time physical activity is tied to lower risk of 13 cancers, supporting the idea that keeping fit should be a key part of cancer prevention. (Medical News Today)

Study finds BBP can increase fat stores in body before we're born
Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP), a chemical commonly used in the food manufacturing process, can increase fat stores in the body even before we're born, according to a new study published in the... (Medical News Today)

Poor countries to bear brunt of climate change despite emitting least CO2
Many of the world's poorest countries are expected to experience daily heat extremes due to climate change sooner than wealthier nations - according to research from an international team including... (Medical News Today)

Inaccurate coding of patient data may explain "weekend effect"
Research questions the reliability of studies based on hospital coding data alone. (Medical News Today)

Review: Docs legally allowed to inquire about guns, disclose information to third parties when necessary
Physicians are legally allowed to ask their patients about firearms, counsel them as they would on any other health matter, and disclose that information to third parties when necessary, according... (Medical News Today)

Nudging health in food pantries
Grocery stores and cafeterias successfully nudge selection of target foods, but can this same strategy be used to encourage food pantry clients to select target healthful foods? (Medical News Today)

Study: Symptoms of 'chronic multisymptom illness' may be common in Iraq, Afghanistan vets
In a Veterans Affairs study of more than 300 enlisted Army National Guard and Army Reserve members who had deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, a majority reported symptoms consistent with a condition... (Medical News Today)

Obesity no longer linked to higher risk of death
Research on over 100,000 individuals finds the 30 percent increased risk of death associated with obesity, compared with normal weight, that was present 40 years ago has vanished. (Medical News Today)

Vehicle side windows offer low protection from UVA rays, study finds
A researcher finds that the side windows of automobiles offer low protection from UVA radiation, which he says could be a key contributor to skin cancer and cataracts. (Medical News Today)

Donor kidneys may be discarded due to 'weekend effect' at hospitals
Strategies needed to improve system for procuring and utilizing donor kidneys on weekends, report investigators in Kidney International. (Medical News Today)

What the Disneyland measles outbreak of 2014-15 can teach us about how stories go viral
New Study Examines What Makes News Articles About Vaccination Compelling.New research published Wednesday in the journal Vaccine revealed a key factor for what it takes to make an article about... (Medical News Today)

An old new weapon against emerging Chikungunya virus
Researchers utilize existing drugs to interfere with host factors required for replication of Chikungunya virus. (Medical News Today)

Linking hospital patient deaths to weekend staffing a major 'oversimplification'
Two studies on the 'weekend effect' - where hospital admission over the weekend has been linked to a higher death risk - suggest blaming staffing levels oversimplifies the issue. (Medical News Today)

Toxic arsenic exposure discovered in Cornish private water supplies
It is widely appreciated that toxic arsenic in well water is a devastating environmental health issue overseas in developing countries such as Bangladesh. (Medical News Today)

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