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Sneezing: how a complex fluid outpour contributes to disease spread
When we sneeze, we do not emit a simple spray of fluid. New research finds that the process is much more complex, increasing our understanding of how a sneeze spreads germs. (Medical News Today)

Dementia, Alzheimer's rates are falling, study suggests
The numbers of people in each age group with dementia appears to be falling. Data suggests that intervention is helping to prevent cardiovascular-related incidents of the disease. (Medical News Today)

US tuberculosis cases drop almost 20 percent among foreign-born entrants from 2007-2011
The reasons behind a 19% drop in US tuberculosis (TB) cases among foreign-born people between 2007-2011 vary depending on the person's country of origin and when they entered the U.S. (Medical News Today)

Reverse US funding freeze on research into gun violence, say experts
Only hard evidence can address this critical worldwide problem. A ban on federal funding of research into gun violence initiated by Congress in 1997 must be overturned to improve understanding of... (Medical News Today)

Zika could affect the 2016 Olympics, Europe and Africa
As experts gather data to prepare to monitor and develop strategies to deal with the Zika virus, they also offer advice for Olympics attendees and warnings for Europe and Africa. (Medical News Today)

FDA seeks $5.1 billion total for FY 2017, including funds to implement food safety law, improve medical product safety and quality
FY 2017 request reflects eight percent increase from last year, includes key funds for cancer initiative.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is requesting a total budget of $5. (Medical News Today)

Cutting prison sentences could reduce spread of HIV, study suggests
Reducing incarceration can reduce the number of sexual partners men and women have. (Medical News Today)

Higher nurse to patient ratio linked to reduced risk of inpatient death
Death rates 20 per cent lower in hospitals with 6 or fewer patients per registered nurse. (Medical News Today)

Injury deaths account for substantial portion of life-expectancy gap between U.S. and other high-income countries
Andrew Fenelon, Ph.D., of the National Center for Health Statistics, Hyattsville, Md. (Medical News Today)

New bacteria discovered that cause Lyme disease
Scientists have found new bacteria that cause Lyme disease. They produce symptoms similar to those of the known bacteria, but they also cause nausea, vomiting and diffuse rashes. (Medical News Today)

NICE publishes new guidelines to help weigh-up the risks and benefits of sunlight exposure
NICE - the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence - has published guidance which will help us all to enjoy the sunshine safely. (Medical News Today)

Stanford study finds possible new jet-lag treatment
Exposing people to short flashes of light while they're sleeping could provide a fast and efficient method of preventing jet lag, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University... (Medical News Today)

Studies link healthy workforces to positive stock market performance
A new study finds companies with healthy workforces appear to have a competitive edge in the stock market. (Medical News Today)

UK public back ban on children's junk food advertising
Three quarters of the UK public back a ban on junk food advertising before the 9pm TV watershed, according to a new YouGov survey* published by Cancer Research UK today (Monday 8th February). (Medical News Today)

Pinterest and the prevalence of anti-vaccine rhetoric
Researchers investigate anti-vaccine 'pins' on Pinterest and discuss the impact of social network sites on the dissemination of scientific information. (Medical News Today)

Flu risk: cover your cough at Superbowl celebrations
Superbowl parties and gatherings can spread influenza, putting the lives of over-65s at risk. Researchers advise party-goers to take extra precautions while celebrating. (Medical News Today)

Insulin remains unattainable for many living with diabetes worldwide
More than 90 years after it was first discovered, and despite being listed as an essential medicine by the World Health Organization (WHO) since 2007, the lifesaving diabetes drug, insulin, remains... (Medical News Today)

Mosquitos and Zika: the insect behind the outbreak
Mosquitos are the most deadly creature on the planet, transmitting diseases such as malaria and Zika. Learn more about these insects and what is being done to stop them. (Medical News Today)

Planes returning from Zika areas to be sprayed with insecticide, UK
As a precaution airlines are asked to use insecticide on all flights returning to the UK from countries with confirmed transmission of Zika. (Medical News Today)

'Stop using BMI as measure of health,' say researchers
New study shows using BMI alone mislabels over 54 million Americans as unhealthy when blood pressure, cholesterol and other cardiometabolic measures show they are not. (Medical News Today)

Mature drivers favor checks on over 70s, new study finds
The majority of older drivers are in favour of tighter rules on checking the health and suitability of over-70s to drive - even if those checks could take them off the road themselves - according... (Medical News Today)

Americans 'at 10 times greater risk of gun death'
Americans are at much greater risk of gun-related death than people from other developed countries, which researchers say shows that guns are killing us rather than protecting us. (Medical News Today)

Study shows direct link between state spending habits and AIDS deaths
Despite considerable advances in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS over the past 30 years, HIV infection rates have remained stagnant in the United States for the past decade. (Medical News Today)

Have national smoking bans worked in reducing harms in passive smoking?
The most robust evidence yet, published in the Cochrane Library, suggests that national smoking legislation does reduce the harms of passive smoking, and particularly risks from heart disease. (Medical News Today)

Parental depression lowers school grades
Growing up with parents who are depressed can have a negative impact on school grades for children up to the age of 16 years, but intervention could help to mitigate the effects. (Medical News Today)

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