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Study: Fracking industry wells associated with premature birth
New research suggests increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes closer to active unconventional natural gas wellsExpectant mothers who live near active natural gas wells operated by the... (Medical News Today)

Low awareness of DVLA safe driving guidelines among hospital doctors
New research published by JRSM Open concludes that medically disqualified patients may wrongly assume themselves fit to drive on discharge from hospital because of inadequate knowledge among doctors... (Medical News Today)

Is a measles epidemic becoming more likely in the US?
Recent measles outbreaks in the US have led to concerns about the number of children not fully vaccinated. If coverage drops to 98% of its current level, an epidemic is possible. (Medical News Today)

Helmeted bicycle riders have significantly reduced severity of injury after an accident
A new study indicates an injury protection need to make cyclists' helmets more protective and helmet laws stricterHelmeted bicycle riders have a 58 percent reduced odds of severe traumatic brain... (Medical News Today)

IQWiG publishes English translation of the new version of its General Methods
New sections on assessment of potential, health economic evaluation integrated, production of health information revisedThe English translation of the new version of the methods paper (General... (Medical News Today)

Why are first-born children more likely to be nearsighted?
Though research suggests a first-born child has bragging rights for better education, the flip side may be increased chances of myopia, according to a new study. (Medical News Today)

Researchers need to pay attention to differences in self-control
Whether it's resisting buying a candy bar in the checkout lane or purchasing an unneeded pair of shoes on sale at the mall, self-control varies from person to person. (Medical News Today)

Breastfeeding support improves in hospitals, but it could be better
A new report from the CDC shows that, while certain areas of support for breastfeeding mothers in the hospital have progressed, other areas still need improvement. (Medical News Today)

FDA launches national public education campaign to prevent and reduce tobacco use among multicultural youth
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the launch of a national public education campaign to prevent and reduce tobacco use among multicultural youth who identify with the hip-hop... (Medical News Today)

Dengue epidemics linked to high temperatures of El Niño
An analysis of continental-scale patterns of dengue in Southeast Asia reveals how the disease surged during a historically intense El Niño weather event in 1997 and 1998. (Medical News Today)

Chapman University researches way to mathematically make something go viral on Facebook
Researchers at Chapman University have proposed a strategic approach for information spreading via Facebook using cancer screenings as a health intervention. (Medical News Today)

Flame retardant breakthrough is naturally derived and nontoxic
Inspired by a naturally occurring material found in marine mussels, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have created a new flame retardant to replace commercial additives that are often... (Medical News Today)

Ohio State research helps optimize safety of child car seat installation
Child car seats and vehicle seats don't align properly more than 40 percent of the timeMany parents roll up towels and blankets and use pool noodles just to get their child's car seat to fit... (Medical News Today)

Low income areas have most shops selling alcohol and tobacco
Scotland's most economically deprived neighbourhoods have more off-licences and shops selling tobacco than wealthier parts of the country, a study suggests. (Medical News Today)

Africa faces rising rates of traumatic brain injury
New research reveals that the projected estimates of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in Africa are high, with a burden of anywhere between approximately 6 to 14 million new cases in 2050. (Medical News Today)

Certain antibullying laws may lower rates of bullying, cyberbullying
Students who live in US states that have implemented at least one antibullying law recommended by the Department of Education may be at a lower risk for bullying and cyberbullying. (Medical News Today)

Governments in Asia-Pacific struggle to adapt to rising chronic disease burden
People in the world's most populated continent are living longer, but not necessarily healthier, lives with overburdened, provider-led healthcare systems. (Medical News Today)

Flu shot 'decreases risk of flu-associated pneumonia'
Children and adults hospitalized with flu-associated pneumonia were less likely to have received a flu shot, according to a study published online in JAMA. (Medical News Today)

WHO: society needs to think differently about aging
In a new report on aging and health, the WHO call for public health action and fundamental shifts in how we think about aging as the number of over-60s is set to double by 2050. (Medical News Today)

Mid-career male specialists maintain bush outreach, Australia
Only around half of medical specialists providing outreach services to rural communities continue to visit the same town on an ongoing basis, prompting a call for a review of incentives and models... (Medical News Today)

To live longer, replace 1 hour of sitting with walking daily
Could it be this simple? A new study suggests replacing sitting with walking for 1 hour each day could reduce the risk of early death by up to 14%. (Medical News Today)

Novartis launches 'Novartis Access', a portfolio of affordable medicines to treat chronic diseases in lower-income countries
Novartis has announced the launch of Novartis Access, a portfolio of 15 medicines to treat chronic diseases in low- and low-middle-income countries. (Medical News Today)

Investors are indifferent to the technology needs of health-care systems
Health technologies are not governed by the real needs and challenges of healthcare systems, reveals a new University of Montreal study. (Medical News Today)

Study uses photos to identify heart health barriers in African American community
Health professionals know what "cardiovascular health" means in medical terms - but what does it mean to at-risk people and communities that need to adopt heart-healthy behaviors? (Medical News Today)

Use of explosive weapons in Syria has disproportionately lethal effects on women and children
New evidence shows the ongoing severe impact of war on civilian deathsUsing explosive weapons in populated areas in Syria has disproportionately lethal effects on women and children and should... (Medical News Today)

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