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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)

Surgical safety checklists associated with reduced risk of death, length of hospital stay
The implementation of surgical safety checklists (SSCs) at a tertiary care hospital was associated with a reduced risk of death within 90 days after surgery, but not within 30 days, according to a... (Medical News Today)

Researchers sequence bedbug genome, find unique features
Multiple mechanisms for resisting pesticides and mitigating the effects of rough sexual insemination practices are just a few of the key findings from the completed genetic blueprint of the bedbug... (Medical News Today)

Radon: Facts, Exposure and Effects
Radon is naturally occurring and radioactive. It can accumulate in buildings and is the second biggest cause of lung cancer. Where does it come from? And, what can we do about it? (Medical News Today)

Improved vigilance of non-prescription medicine needed to reduce abuse, according to new survey
A cross-sectional survey has been used to estimate the prevalence of self-reported non-prescription medicine misuse, which has found that almost a fifth of people could have misused medicines in... (Medical News Today)

A combined carbon and sugar tax could have environmental and health benefits
A combination of a carbon tax on food and a tax on sugary drinks in the UK could lead to health benefits, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and raise up to GB£3. (Medical News Today)

Evidence-based health care: the care you want, but might not be getting - study reveals one reason hospitals struggle with quality, safety and costs
As hospital leaders continue to feel pressure to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs, a new study reveals one reason why many organizations fall short. (Medical News Today)

WHO: 'Zika virus is a global Public Health Emergency'
After an Emergency Committee meeting, the World Health Organization have called for increased surveillance, communication, research and personal protective measures against Zika. (Medical News Today)

Canada needs national body to set standards for coroners, medical examiners: CMAJ editorial
Canada should create a national body to set and enforce standards for medically reporting death because no such body exists, argues an editorial in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (Medical News Today)

What's that word again? Marijuana use linked with worse verbal memory
In a long-term study, researchers find that both past and present marijuana use is linked with diminished verbal memory in middle age. (Medical News Today)

'Protect cosmetic patients from a world blighted by unskilled, rogue practitioners,' urges UK MP
There is still a 'pressing need for the Government to take action to protect the public' from 'unscrupulous' practitioners who are providing non-surgical cosmetic treatments, says former health... (Medical News Today)

Clashes with cops more injurious than civilian-only skirmishes
People hospitalized due to an encounter with a law enforcement officer are more likely to have a mental illness, have longer hospitalizations, more injuries to the back and spine, and greater need... (Medical News Today)

Negative food messages make sugary snacks more enticing
Negative messages about unhealthy food can make that food more attractive, whereas positive or balanced messages are more likely to discourage poor choices, researchers say. (Medical News Today)

WHO to assemble Emergency Committee on Zika virus
In response to rapid spread of Zika virus, the World Health Organization are to discuss whether the outbreak constitutes a public health emergency of international concern. (Medical News Today)

Soundscape approach integrating noise mapping techniques: a case study from the UK
Noise pollution affects a large number of Europeans becoming quickly one of the most underrated environmental problems that take severe toll on human health. (Medical News Today)

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