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Rates of death and hospitalization have fallen among Medicare patients
Researchers analyzing trends among Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 and above have found that between 1999-2013, death and hospitalization rates have decreased. (Medical News Today)

In economic powers, major causes of death and disease converge on poor people
The world's largest economic powers have both a responsibility and an interest in reducing diseases that account for the greatest losses in healthy years of life worldwide, according to two... (Medical News Today)

CDC warn of edible marijuana dangers following death of 19-year-old student
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention examines the case of a student who fell to his death following the consumption of recreational edible marijuana. (Medical News Today)

'HIV-style campaign' to cut cancer drug prices
A large group of America's leading cancer specialists have joined forces in support of action against drug prices, drawing up an action plan to curb costs. (Medical News Today)

Rising autism prevalence 'driven by changes in classification'
Between 2000 and 2010, rates of autism have tripled. However, a new study suggests that this rise is largely due to changes in intellectual disability categorization in the US. (Medical News Today)

Synthetic coral could remove toxic heavy metals from the ocean; new material mimics the structure of coral, a natural adsorbent of heavy metals
A new material that mimics coral could help remove toxic heavy metals like mercury from the ocean, according to a new study published in the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. (Medical News Today)

Emergency medicine expert: 8 ways to beat the heat
There were 123 heat-related deaths across the nation in 2014, according to the National Weather Service. (Medical News Today)

New study looks at sexual risk-taking for women on vacation
A study investigating women's perceptions and motivations toward sexual risk-taking on vacation suggests that the US may be lagging behind when it comes to sexual health education. (Medical News Today)

Report calls for massive expansion to UK workforce supporting the public's health
A new report from the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) outlines plans for a range of different occupations including cleaners, hairdressers and postal workers to support efforts to improve... (Medical News Today)

Poorer children develop 'smaller brains'
MRI brain scans and mental tests of children living below the poverty line show that key parts of their brains are smaller in volume and test scores are lower. (Medical News Today)

Young women increasingly attracted to social smoking
Cigarette manufacturers have targeted young women emerging into adulthood, who are more likely to be very light smokers, finds a study. (Medical News Today)

Brain training may help avoid civilian casualties
New method may help predict and prevent mistaken shootingsAlthough firing a gun seems like one action, it is made up of many smaller decisions and movements that require coordination between... (Medical News Today)

Human activities are jeopardising Earth's natural systems and health of future generations
A new report released by The Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on Planetary Health, calls for immediate, global action to protect the health of human civilization and the natural systems on... (Medical News Today)

China, Taiwan strengthen food safety laws
China and Taiwan have enhanced the powers of their Food and Drug Administrations to be more effective in ensuring food safety and guarding against food fraud, according to a July 13 panel discussion... (Medical News Today)

An AIDS-free generation is 15 years away, according to new report
A new report has revealed HIV/AIDS may be fully eradicated by 2030. United Nations 'Millennium Development Goals' set 15 years ago have been achieved 9 months ahead of schedule. (Medical News Today)

Americans 'not eating enough fruits and vegetables'
The CDC urge renewed efforts to boost consumer demand for fruits and vegetables following national survey that shows too many Americans are not consuming enough. (Medical News Today)

Eating wild, foraged mushrooms can result in liver failure or death because misidentification is common
Foraging and eating wild mushrooms can result in liver failure and even death because mistaking toxic mushrooms for edible varieties is common, illustrates a case published in CMAJ (Canadian... (Medical News Today)

Nixon and Obama health care similarities illustrate party differences
Obamacare has been criticized by Republicans as 'a radical liberal plan,' yet a new article suggests that President Nixon's health care proposals would have gone much further. (Medical News Today)

To avoid dangerous shark encounters, information trumps culling
Risk of great white shark attack in California waters down 91 percent since 1950, researchers reportThe great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) has a terrifying reputation. (Medical News Today)

Housing insecurity linked to poor health status
Washington State residents who felt unsure or stressed about their housing situation were nearly twice as likely as those who did not feel unsure or stressed to delay doctor visits because of cost... (Medical News Today)

Poor education is a 'killer on a par with continued smoking'
Educational policy should be seen as health policy, say authors of a study linking lower levels of education to a higher risk of death. (Medical News Today)

Successful model for statewide collaborative initiative to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions
A statewide effort led by key stakeholders in South Carolina successfully organized and implemented an evidence-based initiative aimed at improving the quality of healthcare transitions after... (Medical News Today)

WHO: countries must raise tobacco tax to 75% of retail price
A new report from the World Health Organization makes a case for increasing tobacco taxation as the cheapest and most effective way to reduce smoking-related deaths worldwide. (Medical News Today)

Policies on children's tech exposure confusing
New research suggests guidelines on children's exposure to radio frequency waves from technology are confusing for parents. (Medical News Today)

Heightened hospital weekend death risk common in several developed countries
The heightened risk of death after admission to hospital at the weekend - the so-called 'weekend effect' - is a feature of several developed countries' healthcare systems, and not just a problem... (Medical News Today)

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