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Hospital-induced delirium may speed up dementia, study finds
New research suggests that delirium triggered by hospitalization can accelerate cognitive decline as well as dementia in senior patients. (Medical News Today)

A third of asthma patients are misdiagnosed, study finds
New research from the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute in Canada finds almost a third of adults recently diagnosed with asthma do not actually have it. (Medical News Today)

Eating hot red chili peppers may help us live longer
A study of more than 16,000 U.S. adults suggests that consuming red hot chili peppers might lower the risk of all-cause mortality. (Medical News Today)

Rural Americans at higher risk of death from five leading causes
A new CDC study demonstrates that Americans living in rural areas are more likely to die from five leading causes than their urban counterparts. (Medical News Today)

Policymakers need to look at wider economic benefits of taxing sugary drinks
The wider economic benefits of a tax on sugary drinks need to be recognised by policymakers if retailers' pricing behaviour is to be changed, according to a study led by the University of East... (Medical News Today)

Nutritional quality of kids' menus at chain restaurants not improving despite industry pledges
U.S. chain restaurants participating in a National Restaurant Association initiative to improve the nutritional quality of their children's menus have made no significant changes compared with... (Medical News Today)

Current controls on alcohol marketing are not protecting youth, warn public health experts
Leading public health experts warn that youth around the world are exposed to extensive alcohol marketing, and that current controls on that marketing appear ineffective in blocking the association... (Medical News Today)

Close to half of adults and one quarter of kids in the U.S. regularly consume artificial sweeteners
Low-calorie sweeteners (LCSs) are often used in place of added sugars such as sucrose and high-fructose corn syrup in food and beverage products. (Medical News Today)

Cutting salt intake by 10 percent would be 'highly cost effective worldwide'
New study finds that nearly all countries would find a soft regulation strategy to cut salt intake by 10 percent over 10 years to be highly cost effective. (Medical News Today)

Medicaid expansion linked to better care quality at health centers
As the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump and members of the 115th U.S. (Medical News Today)

New study: What do health plan deductibles really mean for people with chronic illness?
For tens of millions of Americans, the start of a new year means the counter has gone back to zero on their health insurance deductible. (Medical News Today)

Daily supplement of folic acid recommended to prevent birth defects
New state-issued report recommends a daily supplementary intake of folic acid to women capable of being pregnant in order to prevent neural tube defects. (Medical News Today)

Whiteheads: Causes, Treatment, and Self-Care
(Medical News Today)

Researcher turns 'SARS mask' into a virus killer
A University of Alberta engineering researcher has developed a new way to treat common surgical masks so they are capable of trapping and killing airborne viruses. (Medical News Today)

Fixing overuse and underuse of medical care can improve health and save money
Launched by The Lancet, the 'Right Care Series' features major commentaries by Vikas Saini (Lown Institute, Boston), Adam Elshaug (University of Sydney), Paul Glasziou (Bond University), Don... (Medical News Today)

New categorisation of food scares will help efficient development of strategies to prevent food chain being compromised
Researchers from the University of Surrey have developed a new comprehensive categorisation of food scares, a new study in the British Food Journal reports. (Medical News Today)

Is weekend exercise just as good as being active every day?
A new study looks at different exercise patterns to see if 'weekend warriors' still get all the health benefits of daily physical activity. (Medical News Today)

Ignition interlock laws reduce alcohol-involved fatal crashes
State laws requiring ignition interlocks for all drunk driving offenders appear to reduce the number of fatal drunk driving crashes, a new study by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health... (Medical News Today)

Diet drinks not 'diet' after all
A new review of existing research finds 'no solid evidence' that diet drinks are any better for weight management than full-sugar drinks. (Medical News Today)

Out in the cold: Why are the oldest people the most excluded?
People over the age of 85 are significantly more likely to suffer social exclusion than those in the 65 to 84-year-old bracket, according to new research. (Medical News Today)

New study finds girls feel unprepared for puberty
Girls from low-income families in the U.S. are unprepared for puberty and have largely negative experiences of this transition, according to researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of... (Medical News Today)

Traffic exposure may increase risk of dementia, study finds
A large-scale study carried out by researchers in Canada suggests that living near major, busy roads may increase the risk of developing dementia. (Medical News Today)

Gun violence research underfunded, understudied compared to other leading causes of death
In a study appearing in JAMA, David E. Stark, M.D., M.S., of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, and Nigam H. Shah, M.B.B.S., Ph.D. (Medical News Today)

Ticks that carry Lyme disease found in eastern national parks
Lyme disease has been spreading across the United States over the past several decades, and a new study has confirmed that ticks carrying the disease are present in eastern national parks. (Medical News Today)

Hospital readmission rates decrease after federal law levies financial penalties for readmissions
Financial penalties levied under the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program lead to the poorest performing hospitals to achieve the greatest reductions in readmission... (Medical News Today)

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