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Health News - Public Health

Hypoallergenic parks: Coming soon?
Designing low-allergen urban spaces for public healthThese are cypresses in the historical neighborhood Albayzin, in Granada. You can see how symbolic (and common) these trees are to the region. (Medical News Today)

Trash or treasure? Repurposing would-be wasted food to feed the hungry and create jobs
"If I offered you a bruised banana, you probably wouldn't be interested," said Jonathan Deutsch, PhD, director of Drexel University's Center for Hospitality and Sport Management. (Medical News Today)

Public inaccuracy and habitual self-interest represents a substantial cost for the NHS
The UK public routinely underestimates the costs of many common NHS procedures and habitually prioritises its own needs when it comes to treatment, the National Health Report 2015 reveals. (Medical News Today)

US has 5 percent of world's population, but had 31 percent of its public mass shooters from 1966-2012
Despite having only about 5 percent of the world's population, the United States was the attack site for a disproportionate 31 percent of public mass shooters globally from 1966-2012, according to... (Medical News Today)

Middle-aged drivers admit to using cellphones while driving, even with children in the car
New study looks at the influence of child presence and work obligations on cellphone use in carA new study published in Journal of Transport & Health reveals that middle-aged drivers are at... (Medical News Today)

How do celebrities influence public health decisions?
We investigate the ways in which celebrities can influence public health care practices and take a look at the mechanisms that might explain them. (Medical News Today)

Delays in rare disease treatment funding for NHS patients threaten UK economic and social interests
Slow decision making about funding new treatments for rare diseases creates fears that the NHS is abandoning people with extraordinary care needs while generating no real financial saving. (Medical News Today)

Longer working hours linked to greater stroke risk
A new study reveals how individuals working 55 hours or more per week are putting their health at risk by increasing their likelihood of stroke and heart disease. (Medical News Today)

E-cigarettes '95% less harmful than tobacco'
A new UK-based review reports that using e-cigarettes is around 95% less dangerous than smoking traditional tobacco products and can help smokers quit smoking. (Medical News Today)

Warning to DIY enthusiasts and construction workers as research unveils dangerous dust emissions
Scientists at the University of Surrey found peak concentrations of potentially harmful ultrafine particles reach up to 4000 times local background levels when undertaking building activities such... (Medical News Today)

Massacres, torture and mutilation: Extreme violence in neolithic conflicts
Violent conflicts in Neolithic Europe were held more brutally than has been known so far. (Medical News Today)

Return on investment slipping in biomedical research
Focus on getting published in big-name journals, excessive regulation could be slowing progress on new drug approvals and life expectancy gains, researchers sayAs more money has been spent on... (Medical News Today)

Health care must be key issue in Canada's federal election
Health care is a major responsibility of Canada's federal government and must be a key issue in the fall election, argues Dr. (Medical News Today)

Study shows how climate change threatens health
Researchers at Columbia University's National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP) and the University of Washington have published a new study focused on the public health implications of climate... (Medical News Today)

Study: What gets said should be what's heard; what gets heard should be what's meant
The poor exchange of information at change of shift is one of the most common causes of medical errors at hospitals across the country. (Medical News Today)

Can science predict gang killings?
Gang slayings move in a systematic pattern over time, spreading from one vulnerable area to the next like a disease, finds a groundbreaking study by Michigan State University criminologists and... (Medical News Today)

AMA and ANCAP call for new technology to be standard features in Australian cars to save lives
The AMA and the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) have joined forces to lobby governments and car industry leaders to embrace new technology - starting with Autonomous Emergency... (Medical News Today)

Coca-Cola and the problem with industry-funded research
In light of the news that Coca-Cola is funding an organization claiming that lack of exercise is the primary cause of obesity, we investigate the role of industry-funded research. (Medical News Today)

Studies fall short on identifying best cleaning methods for preventing hospital infections
A systematic overview of studies researching cleaning methods in hospitals has revealed many of them fail to focus on how such methods impact patients' health. (Medical News Today)

Using online health forums to serve underserved communities
Researchers find few people over 65 use online health forums, while women use sites to talk about conditions and men prefer to talk about health newsUniversity of California, Riverside... (Medical News Today)

Research provides guidance to clean plumbing systems in buildings after water contamination
A new study provides guidance to health officials and drinking water providers on how to decontaminate plumbing systems. (Medical News Today)

World population likely to surpass 11 billion in 2100
The world's population will increase from today's 7.3 billion people to 9.7 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion at century's end, John R. (Medical News Today)

Link between hunger and health care costs
Low-income people who struggle to put food on the table also use the health care system more, which means higher health care costs, according to new research published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical... (Medical News Today)

Students' health impacted by early school starts, say CDC
A new study has revealed fewer than 1 in 5 schools in the US start at the recommend time of 8.30 am. By starting school too early, students are not getting enough sleep. (Medical News Today)

Sunlight and vitamin D: necessary for public health
The Journal of the American College of Nutrition is pleased to offer Open Access to a scientific consensus paper, Sunlight and Vitamin D: Necessary for Public Health, authored by scientists from the... (Medical News Today)

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