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Poison Oak: Identifying and Treating this Poisonous Plant Rash
Learn all about poison oak and the itchy rashes that it can cause. This article looks at treatment for rashes and how to identify poison oak. (Medical News Today)

E-cigarettes: Toxic emission level dependent on temperature, type, age of device
Researchers have found that the temperature, type, and age of an e-cigarette has a significant effect on the levels of toxic emissions released. (Medical News Today)

Acetaminophen: Is it as safe as we think?
Acetaminophen is the most commonly used painkiller in the U.S., but increasingly, researchers have questioned its safety. We look at the possible risks. (Medical News Today)

The dangers of physical inactivity revisited in 45-year study
In the longest study of its type, researchers conclude: 'Low physical capacity is a greater risk for death than high blood pressure or high cholesterol.' (Medical News Today)

National survey shows public lukewarm on physician-patient gun discussions
According to a nationally representative survey of adults in the United States, about 2 out of 3 people agree that it is at least sometimes appropriate for health care providers to discuss guns... (Medical News Today)

High numbers of black youths killed by police 'reflect excess exposure'
Published this week: a fresh and thorough study looking at why black youths appear to be disproportionately killed or injured by American police. (Medical News Today)

Patients to wait more than one week to see GP on 100m occasions by 2020 - endangering the health of thousands of patients, UK
Patients will have to wait to see their GP on almost 100m occasions by 2020/21, endangering the health of thousands of patients, if the Government fails to implement promises, signed off by David... (Medical News Today)

Zika study: 'Up to 1.65 million childbearing women could become infected'
A new method for estimating who in the Americas is at risk of infection suggests over 90 million Zika infections could result from the initial spread. (Medical News Today)

Quitting smoking may lower alcohol intake
Researchers find smokers who have attempted to quit in the past week drink less alcohol than those who have not tried to give up smoking. (Medical News Today)

Why Americans Waste So Much Food
Even though American consumers throw away about 80 billion pounds of food a year, only about half are aware that food waste is a problem. (Medical News Today)

CDC awards $60 million to help states and territories battle Zika
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will begin making awards totaling nearly $60 million to states, cities, and territories to support efforts to protect Americans from Zika virus... (Medical News Today)

Public Health England publishes new advice on vitamin D
PHE is advising that 10 micrograms of vitamin D are needed daily to help keep healthy bones, teeth and muscles. (Medical News Today)

Hospital more than 4 times as likely for under-6s after laundry pod detergent contact
Poisoning most common diagnosis compared with skin irritation for other detergent types. (Medical News Today)

Pokémon Go: Healthful or deadly?
Pokémon Go has taken the world by storm. Some praise its benefits, others condemn it as dangerous. Here, we ask whether or not this will end in tears. (Medical News Today)

Diabetes may affect more teens in the U.S. than expected
The prevalence of diabetes amongst teenagers could be higher than previously thought. Diabetes in youth is associated with early onset of health problems. (Medical News Today)

Study: Fracking industry wells associated with increased risk of asthma attacks
Evidence growing of health problems linked to active unconventional natural gas wells. (Medical News Today)

Defining sarcopenic obesity is key to its effective treatment
Future Science Group (FSG) has announced the publication of a new article in Future Science OA synthesizing current data on sarcopenic obesity, and looking to highlight the need for public health... (Medical News Today)

Zika epidemic likely over in 2-3 years
The current Zika epidemic in South America will likely end in 2-3 years and - apart from small outbreaks - not resurge for another 10, say researchers. (Medical News Today)

Small rise in booze duty might cut violence-fuelled emergency department visits by 6000/year, UK
Tax system reforms in England and Wales might be better than minimum unit pricing. (Medical News Today)

Higher risk of cancer before and after diabetes diagnosis
People are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer around the time that they are diagnosed with diabetes, maybe due to increased access to healthcare. (Medical News Today)

Viral hepatitis has become a leading global killer
An analysis of global data shows while deaths from many infectious diseases dropped over the period 1990-2013, viral hepatitis deaths have risen steadily. (Medical News Today)

Motor vehicle crash fatalities in the U.S. could drop by half with proven strategies
Lower death rates in high-income comparison countries suggest that progress is possible. (Medical News Today)

Butylparaben can have several endocrine disrupting effects
Research suggests that butylparaben - which is used in cosmetics and skin care products such as sunscreen - have more endocrine disrupting effects than previously thought. (Medical News Today)

New vaping in public places advice recognises there is no one-size-fits-all approach, UK
Today (6 July 2016) Public Health England (PHE) is publishing new framework advice for businesses and employers to help them create their own policies on the use of e-cigarettes. There are now 2. (Medical News Today)

Smoking cannabis with tobacco increases risk of dependence
A recent large-scale survey investigating cannabis use in 18 countries finds that mixing it with tobacco lessens an individuals motivation to quit. (Medical News Today)

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