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The pH of water: What to know
There are important things to understand about pH and how it relates to water. Some people believe that drinking alkaline water provides health benefits. Learn more about the pH of water here. (Medical News Today)

Parks with irregular shapes may boost longevity
A new study finds that parks with complex, irregular shapes and more access points are associated with a lower risk of premature mortality. (Medical News Today)

Green spaces in cities can help people live longer
A large meta-analysis of existing studies now suggests that green spaces may protect the residents of urban areas from premature death. (Medical News Today)

Do past medicines hold the answer to antibiotic resistance?
As the effectiveness of antibiotics wanes, scientists are looking at medications that preceded them, such as those involving metals and metalloids. (Medical News Today)

What to know about lithium toxicity
Lithium toxicity can occur if a person takes too much of a lithium-containing medication. Learn about its symptoms, causes, and what to do here. (Medical News Today)

E. coli outbreak: CDC warn about romaine lettuce from Salinas, CA
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued a food safety alert about romaine lettuce that may be contaminated with E. coli. (Medical News Today)

Racial disparities in premature deaths from power plant emissions
A new study has found that air pollution from power plants caused 16,000 premature deaths in the U.S. in 2014, with disparities across racial groups. (Medical News Today)

How bacteria 'act as one' to escape antibiotics
New research reveals a mechanism by which several conspecific bacteria 'unite' to become more resistant in the fight against antibiotics. (Medical News Today)

Should we worry about an eastern equine encephalitis outbreak?
This year has seen a surprising upsurge in cases of a rare viral infection in humans. Specialists warn that we need a strategy to prevent an outbreak. (Medical News Today)

Heart attack protein may raise early death risk
New research finds a link between troponin, a heart attack-related protein, and a high risk of early death among people of all ages. (Medical News Today)

Blood pressure chart: Ranges and guide
A person’s blood pressure is one indication of their overall heart health. Learn about healthy blood pressure ranges and when to see a doctor in this article. (Medical News Today)

Superbugs: Everything you need to know
“Superbugs” refers to antibiotic resistant bacteria and fungi. These germs can be difficult to destroy with regular medications. Learn more in this article. (Medical News Today)

Average US BMI on the rise despite increasing weight loss efforts
Over a 15 year time period, the number of people in the United States who reported trying to lose weight increased — but so too did the average BMI. (Medical News Today)

Bubonic plague: Third case reported in China
This week, officials have received reports of a third case of bubonic plague in China. In this article, we provide the details and some important context. (Medical News Today)

Why you should wash fruits and vegetables
People should always wash fruits and vegetables before eating or cooking them. Washing them reduces the risk of consuming harmful bacteria. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Common fire retardant makes prairie voles anxious, less social
New research examines the gender-specific effects of a common flame retardant mixture on the social and affective behavior of prairie voles. (Medical News Today)

Flu rash: Everything you need to know
A rash is not a common symptom of the flu, but it can sometimes occur. Learn more about a flu rash and other possible causes of a rash here. (Medical News Today)

The impact of mental health training in the workplace
A new study looks at how mental health training affects managers' abilities to support their employees and take measures to prevent mental health issues. (Medical News Today)

Exercise levels predict lifespan better than smoking, medical history
According to new research, physical activity levels may be the most accurate way to predict the risk of mortality among older adults. (Medical News Today)

CDC: Salmonella outbreak linked to ground beef
The CDC have recently published information regarding a multi-state Salmonella outbreak. The infections are linked with ground beef consumption. (Medical News Today)

No hospital disinfectants can kill off C. diff
New research finds that the hospital disinfectant Clorox comes close, but does not fully eradicate the bacterium Clostridioides difficile. (Medical News Today)

Biodiversity may benefit mental health by affecting gut bacteria
New research in mice shows that exposure to biodiverse soil raises levels of a beneficial gut bacterium and correlates with reduction in anxiety. (Medical News Today)

Doctors call for end to daylight saving time transitions
Citing evidence on the health risks arising from biological clock misalignments, doctors call for an end to daylight saving time transitions. (Medical News Today)

Which environmental factors affect type 2 diabetes risk?
New research looks at the cumulative environmental factors that affect the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in rural and urban areas. (Medical News Today)

Rare diseases more common than we think
New research sheds light on the real number of people living with rare diseases globally and calls for the prioritization of these conditions. (Medical News Today)

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