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The cost of chronic disease: CDC calculator estimates state-level costs for chronic disease
Using a CDC-developed tool that estimates state-level costs associated with various chronic diseases, CDC and University of North Carolina researchers found that the average state-specific medical... (Medical News Today)

Increase seen in bicycle-related injuries, hospital admissions
Between 1998 and 2013, there was a large increase in bicycle-related injuries and hospital admissions of adults in the United States, with the increase in injuries driven by more injuries among... (Medical News Today)

Economic security requires new measures of well-being
Economic well-being for low-income families in the U.S. is often determined by federal measures that establish basic requirements for essentials such as food, shelter and clothing, but a new study... (Medical News Today)

Today's seniors are smarter but in poorer health, study finds
A new study finds that today's over-50s are performing better on cognitive tests, while their average physical and mental health is declining, compared with less than a decade ago. (Medical News Today)

Television viewing linked to higher injury risk in hostile people
People with hostile personality traits who watch more television than their peers may be at a greater risk for injury, potentially because they are more susceptible to the influence of television... (Medical News Today)

Bystander CPR linked to lower nursing home admission and brain damage after cardiac arrest
Bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) has been linked to a 30% lower risk of nursing home admission and brain damage in survivors of cardiac arrest outside hospital in research presented at... (Medical News Today)

Staying safe in sandy beaches
Researcher from the University of Miami College of Engineering and an international team of scientists write landmark paper for monitoring beach sand to safeguard human healthBeach sand contains... (Medical News Today)

Study: Better signs could help reduce friction between motorists, bicyclists
Research suggests alternatives to 'Share the Road' signsA simple change in the wording of a traffic sign - from "Share the Road" to "Bicycles May Use Full Lane" - could help clarify the rules of... (Medical News Today)

Man sheds deadly polio virus in feces for 28 years
Researchers from the UK have reported on a man who they believe has been shedding a mutated form of a vaccine-derived polio virus in his feces for 28 years. (Medical News Today)

Life expectancy climbs worldwide but people spend more years living with illness and disability
Global life expectancy has risen by more than six years since 1990 as healthy life expectancy grows; ischemic heart disease, lower respiratory infections, and stroke cause the most health loss... (Medical News Today)

Humans may be harmed by endocrine disrupting chemicals released during natural gas mining
Scientists recommend process to examine total endocrine disrupting activity from exposure to harmful mixturesMore than 15 million Americans live within one mile of unconventional oil and gas... (Medical News Today)

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)

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