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Post-Ebola: how can the WHO get back its teeth?
A post-Ebola panel has drawn up 10 recommendations for informing a better response to a future epidemic, largely focusing on the WHO. We look at some of the recommendations. (Medical News Today)

Healthcare Atlas a useful first step in understanding health service distribution, Australia
The AMA commends the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care on the production of the Atlas of Healthcare Variation, the first study of its kind in Australia. (Medical News Today)

Disclose to the DVLA if a patient should not be driving, UK doctors told
Doctors must inform the DVLA (or DVA in Northern Ireland), if a patient continues to drive against medical advice and fails to do this themselves. (Medical News Today)

Pollution increases health risks for diabetic women
Air pollution has been known to cause serious health issues for many years. A new study links it to cardiovascular problems and stroke in diabetic women. (Medical News Today)

Patient deaths do not increase during doctor strikes
But action should be organised in such a way that patient safety is not compromised, say US experts. (Medical News Today)

Mosquito-borne chikungunya virus causes severe brain inflammation
Mosquito-borne virus chikungunya can cause encephalitis, leading to disability and death, especially in infants and over 65. One locally transmitted case has occurred in the US. (Medical News Today)

Healthy Thanksgiving: the science of overeating and avoiding food poisoning
Everyone loves a little indulgence over the holidays, but what happens to our body when we overindulge? We find out and look at ways to avoid a food-poisoning catastrophe. (Medical News Today)

Prices rise for prescription dermatologic drugs
A study shows that prices of prescription dermatologic drugs have risen dramatically in the US, becoming less affordable as insurance companies increasingly restrict formularies. (Medical News Today)

Physician leaders call for health to be protected in climate change agreement
A sustainable global agreement on climate change with a strong emphasis on the protection and improvement of health has been called for by the World Medical Association on the eve of the climate... (Medical News Today)

Scenery not just greenery has an impact on health
People feel healthier when they live in a more scenic area, a new study has found. (Medical News Today)

'We have what it takes to break AIDS epidemic,' says UN report
A UN report celebrates and gives examples of the progress in tackling HIV/AIDS but also shows how far many countries are from the goal of ensuring everyone with HIV gets treatment. (Medical News Today)

Is giving birth at the weekend more dangerous?
New research delves into the worrying implications for mother and child of being born on a Saturday or Sunday, rather than a weekday. (Medical News Today)

Safety last? Consumers' response to food safety risks are altered due to prior commitment and preference
With the globalization of our food supply, food safety issues are a major concern for both public health and for the food industry. (Medical News Today)

Complex hospital infection data confuses consumers
Patients have difficulty deciphering complex numeric data on healthcare-associated infections used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to help consumers choose hospitals... (Medical News Today)

Cooking with chloraminated water and salt could create toxic molecules
Researchers identify several new molecules, and suggest ways to avoid their formation. (Medical News Today)

Cheesy products - Some online-purchased cheeses are of low quality
Online shopping saves time and provides an enormous product choice, which can be especially convenient during the Christmas shopping season. (Medical News Today)

Lung Cancer Awareness Month: Taking knowledge to Indigenous communities, Australia
Cancer Australia is today launching Our Lungs, Our Mob, using interactive touchscreen technology to increase knowledge and awareness of lung cancer focussing on rural and remote Aboriginal and... (Medical News Today)

Doctors should prescribe generic drugs over branded medications, say experts
The American College of Physicians call for physicians to prescribe generic drugs rather than brand-name medications in order to boost treatment adherence and lower costs. (Medical News Today)

Companies are given new tool to check for harmful chemical substances
New database containing more than 600,000 chemical structures gives companies a unique opportunity to quickly get an overview of the harmful effects associated with substances they are considering... (Medical News Today)

Global response to Ebola outbreak slammed by independent panel
A global panel of experts this week released a report on how the Ebola epidemic was handled. The conclusion: things need to be changed, swiftly. (Medical News Today)

Study shows marked decline in retailer compliance after enactment of NYC's Tobacco 21 law
Non-compliance highest among independent retailers; ID check compliance highest among chain stores. (Medical News Today)

Eat a good breakfast, get better grades
Eating healthily, and especially eating a healthful breakfast, can double test scores, according to research into 5,000 children in the UK. (Medical News Today)

Overweight men face discrimination
Overweight men face subtle discrimination as job applicants, employees and customers, just as women do, jeopardizing both their own futures and the success of organizations. (Medical News Today)

Sickle cell trait and disease: raising awareness
Sickle cell disease and sickle cell trait have had an uncomfortable history, but genetic treatments may eventually bring a cure. We take a closer look at the conditions. (Medical News Today)

CDC responds to broad challenges facing US cancer survivors
The number of cancer survivors - people who live after a cancer diagnosis - is expected to grow substantially over the next few decades as the U.S. (Medical News Today)

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