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China: Climate change will slow fight against infectious diseases

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Photo: Ricefields filled with muddy water [28/11/2014] China has made significant progress increasing access to tap water and sanitation services, and has sharply reduced the burden of waterborne and water-related infectious diseases over the past two decades. However, researchers from Emory University found that climate change will blunt China's efforts at further reducing these diseases in the decades to come.China: Climate change will slow fight against infectious diseases - Read more

Hand dryers can spread bacteria in public toilets

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Photo: Two hands under a hand dryer [25/11/2014] Modern hand dryers are much worse than paper towels when it comes to spreading germs, according to new University of Leeds research.Hand dryers can spread bacteria in public toilets - Read more

Complex jobs may protect memory and thinking later in life

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Photo: Construction worker and architect [24/11/2014] People whose jobs require more complex work with other people, such as social workers and lawyers, or with data, like architects or graphic designers, may end up having longer-lasting memory and thinking abilities compared to people who do less complex work.Complex jobs may protect memory and thinking later in life - Read more

Ebola surveillance may become quicker and cheaper

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Photo: Ebola virus under microscope [19/11/2014] A new method for examining the Ebola virus genome could make surveillance quicker and cheaper for West African nations, and help detect new forms of the virus. With over 13,000 cases and nearly 5,000 deaths in eight affected countries, the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest to date.Ebola surveillance may become quicker and cheaper - Read more

Active asthma may significantly raise risk of heart attack

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Photo: Man using his asthma inhaler [17/11/2014] Recent asthma symptoms or asthma that requires daily medication may significantly raise the risk of heart attack, according to two research papers presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2014.Active asthma may significantly raise risk of heart attack - Read more

Project reduces 'alarm fatigue' in hospitals by 80 percent

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Graphic: Monitor with ECG and the word [11/11/2014] Widespread adoption could increase patient safety nationally: The sound of monitor alarms in hospitals can save patients' lives, but the frequency with which the monitors go off can also lead to "alarm fatigue," in which caregivers become desensitized to the ubiquitous beeping.Project reduces 'alarm fatigue' in hospitals by 80 percent - Read more

US preterm birth rate hits healthy people 2020 goal 7 years early

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Graphic: Map of premature birth USA [10/11/2014] The national preterm birth rate fell to 11.4 percent in 2013 – the lowest in 17 years -- meeting the federal Healthy People 2020 goal seven years early. Despite this progress, the U.S. still received a "C" on the 7th annual March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card because it fell short of the more-challenging 9.6 percent target set by the March of Dimes. US preterm birth rate hits healthy people 2020 goal 7 years early - Read more

World Diabetes Day: Healthy living with diabetes

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Photo: Yogurt with fruits [10/11/2014] A healthy lifestyle is essential . Therefore, this year’s World Diabetes Day (November 14th) takes place under the motto "Healthy eating begins with breakfast". Since 2006, the second official UN awareness day unites the global diabetes community and appeals to the awareness of diabetes.World Diabetes Day: Healthy living with diabetes - Read more

Ages 18 to 26: new view in policy and research

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Photo: Yound adults in classroom [06/11/2014] Young adults ages 18-26 should be viewed as a separate subpopulation in policy and research, because they are in a critical period of development when successes or failures could strongly affect the trajectories of their lives, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council.Ages 18 to 26: new view in policy and research - Read more

Altered diagnosis has led to growth in autism

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Photo: Physician, girl and mother [05/11/2014] More than half of the increases in the Danish autism statistics can be explained by changes in the way diagnosis are made and cases registered. This is shown by a new study from Aarhus University which, for the first time, confirms a widespread hypothesis.Altered diagnosis has led to growth in autism - Read more