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Analyzing the psyche of risky drivers
Study of repeat drunk drivers, speeding offenders finds distinct behavioral profiles. (Medical News Today)

A milestone in the battle against arsenic and fluoride-contaminated drinking water
Over 300 million people worldwide use groundwater contaminated with arsenic or fluoride as a source of drinking water. (Medical News Today)

International project to develop ways of reducing the transmission of infectious diseases in transport hubs
Transport plays a major role in the spread of transmissible diseases. PANDHUB, a project coordinated by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, develops ways of reducing the risk of pandemics... (Medical News Today)

Leading nutrition experts speak up about malnutrition
As we better understand the role food plays in our overall health and wellbeing, the closer the connection becomes between nutrition and medicine. (Medical News Today)

Coal-tar based sealcoats on driveways, parking lots far more toxic than suspected
The pavement sealcoat products used widely around the nation on thousands of asphalt driveways and parking lots are significantly more toxic and mutagenic than previously suspected, according to a... (Medical News Today)

Serotonin gives insight into sudden infant death syndrome
New research strengthens the links between sudden infant death syndrome and the neurotransmitter serotonin. As our understanding deepens, interventions will hopefully improve. (Medical News Today)

Working longer may lead to a longer life, new OSU research shows
Working past age 65 could lead to longer life, while retiring early may be a risk factor for dying earlier, a new study from Oregon State University indicates. (Medical News Today)

New report shows electronic cigarettes are beneficial to UK public health
Electronic cigarettes have the potential to contribute to reducing death and disability caused by Britain's biggest killer, say experts in The BMJ today. (Medical News Today)

Tips for marathon runners
For runners getting ready for the Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, the UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon, or the FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay on May 1, specialists from... (Medical News Today)

Zika present in Americas longer than previously thought
The Zika virus was present in Haiti several months before the first Zika cases were identified in Brazil, according to new research by infectious-disease specialists at the University of Florida. (Medical News Today)

E-cigarettes: FDA 'should be open-minded about regulation'
Experts proposing a plan for evaluating the impact of e-cigarettes and other vaporized nicotine products on public health urge the FDA to be open-minded about their regulation. (Medical News Today)

Laundry detergent pods an increasing health hazard for children
Researchers reveal that the number of calls to poison centers in the United States for child exposure to laundry detergent pods increased by 17 percent in 2013-2014. (Medical News Today)

Conflicts of interest in surgical research: More transparency needed, study finds
Hidden conflicts of interest can distort study results and endanger trust in medical research. (Medical News Today)

Patients might fare better at hospitals doing research
Patients treated by clinicians and healthcare organisations who have engaged in research might receive better healthcare, indicates a study led from Brunel University London. (Medical News Today)

Childhood obesity is still rising
Obesity in America is arguably one of the country's greatest health concerns. New research shows that childhood obesity is still on the rise. (Medical News Today)

Drug-overdose deaths average 6.7 percent increase per year, hold steady in some high drug trafficking areas
Areas in the U.S. with the highest drug-overdose death rates are not always places with high drug trafficking, according to a new University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health analysis... (Medical News Today)

Suicide rates rising in US, CDC report
A new CDC report shows suicide rates in the US have increased almost steadily 1999-2014 for all ages 10-74, with the steepest increases occurring after 2006. (Medical News Today)

Drug-overdose deaths hold steady in some high drug trafficking areas
Areas in the U.S. with the highest drug-overdose death rates are not always places with high drug trafficking, according to a new University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health analysis... (Medical News Today)

Expect an extra week of unhealthy ozone days in the future
If emissions are not checked, the US will face more days of dangerous ozone levels in future, with some regions experiencing up to 9 extra days a year. (Medical News Today)

Emergency service leaders call for lower drink drive limit
Representatives from the Police, Paramedic and Fire Services have today written to the Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, calling on him to lower the legal drink drive limit. (Medical News Today)

Mortality rates improve among kids and young adults in the US, especially in poor counties
Recent studies of mortality trends paint a gloomy picture for many middle-aged and older Americans, but a new study focused on children reveals a more optimistic future. (Medical News Today)

New research shows how different strains of bed bugs resist insecticides
There are many reasons why bed bugs have made a comeback in recent decades, and their resistance to commonly used insecticides is one of the most widely accepted explanations. (Medical News Today)

Study points to how low-income, resource-poor communities can reduce substance abuse
UC Riverside-led research focused on African Americans in the Arkansas Mississippi Delta Cocaine use has increased substantially among African Americans in some of the most underserved areas of the... (Medical News Today)

Inspirational managers may harm workers' health
Managers who inspire their staff to perform above and beyond the call of duty may actually harm their employees' health over time, according to researchers from the University of East Anglia (UEA). (Medical News Today)

Where next for Zika virus?
Global area inhabited by over 2.17 billion people is highly suitable for the spread of Zika virus. (Medical News Today)

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