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Transgender woman is first to be able to breastfeed her baby
An experimental treatment regimen has enabled a transgender woman to exclusively breastfeed her baby for six weeks, during which time the baby grew healthily (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Valentine ’s Day seems to cause a mini baby-boom 9 months later
National Health Service data reveals that around Valentine ’s Day there is a 5 per cent rise in the number of babies conceived in England (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Cardiometabolic disorder reduces survival prospects more than suboptimal body mass index irrespective of age or gender: a longitudinal study of 377,929 adults in Taiwan
The effect of cardio-metabolic profile on the relationship of body mass index (BMI) with mortality is unclear. The aim of this study was to explore association between BMI and mortality at all ages, taking acc... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Chih-Cheng Hsu, Mark L. Wahlqvist, I-Chien Wu, Yu-Hung Chang, I-Shou Chang, Yi-Fen Tsai, Ting-Ting Liu, Chwen Keng Tsao and Chao A. Hsiung Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Opioid painkillers are prescribed more in northern England
The opioid crisis may have crossed the Atlantic, with signs that opioid painkillers are prescribed more in England in socially-deprived areas in the north (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Effects on inequality in life expectancy from a social ecology perspective
Inequality in life expectancy (ILE) is defined as inequality in the distribution of expected span of life-based on data from survival tables estimated using the Atkinson inequality index. ILE can be influenced... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jong In Kim and Gukbin Kim Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Use of ‘eradication’ in HIV cure-related research: a public health debate
The landscape of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) research has changed drastically over the past three decades. With the remarkable success of antiretroviral treatment (ART) in decreasing AIDS-related mortal... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Karine Dub é, Stuart Luter, Breanne Lesnar, Luke Newton, Jerome Galea, Brandon Brown and Sara Gianella Tags: Debate Source Type: research

The factors affecting household transmission dynamics and community compliance with Ebola control measures: a mixed-methods study in a rural village in Sierra Leone
Little is understood of Ebola virus disease (EVD) transmission dynamics and community compliance with control measures over time. Understanding these interactions is essential if interventions are to be effect... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Grazia Caleo, Jennifer Duncombe, Freya Jephcott, Kamalini Lokuge, Clair Mills, Evita Looijen, Fivi Theoharaki, Ronald Kremer, Karline Kleijer, James Squire, Manjo Lamin, Beverley Stringer, Helen A. Weiss, Daniel Culli, Gian Luca Di Tanna and Jane Greig Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Suicide rates in China, 2004 –2014: comparing data from two sample-based mortality surveillance systems
The decreasing suicide rate in China has been regarded as a major contributor to the decline of global suicide rate in the past decade. However, previous estimations on China ’s suicide rates might not be accur... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Feng Sha, Qingsong Chang, Yik Wa Law, Qi Hong and Paul S. F. Yip Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Ecological study of road traffic injuries in the eastern Mediterranean region: country economic level, road user category and gender perspectives
The Eastern Mediterranean region has the second highest number of road traffic injury mortality rates after the African region based on 2013 data, with road traffic injuries accounting for 27% of the total inj... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mathilde Sengoelge, Lucie Laflamme and Ziad El-Khatib Tags: Research article Source Type: research

What does an enabling environment for infant and young child nutrition look like at implementation level? Perspectives from a multi-stakeholder process in the Breede Valley Sub-District, Western Cape, South Africa
Breede Valley is a sub-district of the Cape Winelands district, Western Cape Province, South Africa. The administrative capital of the district is situated in the semi-rural town Worcester. Findings of a basel... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: L. M. Du Plessis, M. H. McLachlan and S. E. Drimie Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Community perspectives on persistent transmission of lymphatic filariasis in three hotspot districts in Ghana after 15 rounds of mass drug administration: a qualitative assessment
The Global Program for the Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis (GPELF) started operation in 2000 and aimed at eliminating the disease by the year 2020, following 5 –6 rounds of effective annual Mass Drug Admini... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Collins S. K. Ahorlu, Eric Koka, Susan Adu-Amankwah, Joseph Otchere and Dziedzom Komi de Souza Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Prevalence, risk awareness and health beliefs of behavioural risk factors for cardiovascular disease among university students in nine ASEAN countries
Understanding behavioural risk factors of cardiovascular disease (CVD) is of great importance for CVD prevention and control. The aim of the study was to investigate the prevalence, risk awareness and health b... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Karl Peltzer and Supa Pengpid Tags: Research article Source Type: research

The doctor who exposed the UK ’ s terrible experiments on patients
In the 1960s, British medics took sometimes fatal liberties with unsuspecting patients in the name of science. Maurice Pappworth wasn't having any of it (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Strengthening health data on a rare and heterogeneous disease: sarcoma incidence and histological subtypes in Germany
The population-based incidence of sarcoma and its histological subtypes in Germany is unknown. Up-to-date information on a disease with an incidence comparable to other cancer entities is of high public health... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Meike Ressing, Eva Wardelmann, Peter Hohenberger, Jens Jakob, Bernd Kasper, Katharina Emrich, Andrea Eberle, Maria Blettner and Sylke Ruth Zeissig Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Problem drinking among Flemish students: beverage type, early drinking onset and negative personal & social consequences
Although alcohol is socially accepted in most Western societies, studies are clear about its associated negative consequences, especially among university and college students. Studies on the relationship betw... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sara De Bruyn, Edwin Wouters, Koen Ponnet, Joris Van Damme, Lea Maes and Guido Van Hal Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Deadly superbugs are evolving to beat alcohol hand sanitisers
Alcohol-based hand sanitisers were introduced in hospitals to stop the spread of drug-resistant superbugs like MRSA. Now it seems the bacteria have got the upper hand (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

We need to start taking vaping seriously as a way to save lives
E-cigarettes were once seen as a sinister cousin to ordinary smoking. Now doctors in the UK think they could be a public health lifeline (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Primitive human eggs matured in the lab for the first time
Human eggs have been removed in their most primitive state and brought to maturity in the lab for the first time, potentially boosting fertility treatments. (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: biology genetics health medicine Source Type: research

Neighborhood-based PA and its environmental correlates: a GIS- and GPS based cross-sectional study in the Netherlands
To improve our understanding of the neighborhood environment – physical activity (PA) relationship, it is of importance to assess associations between neighborhood environmental characteristics and neighborhoo... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marijke Jansen, Carlijn B. M. Kamphuis, Frank H. Pierik, Dick F. Ettema and Martin J. Dijst Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Effects of smoke-free air law on acute myocardial infarction hospitalization in Indianapolis and Marion County, Indiana
A comprehensive smoke-free air law was enacted on June 1, 2012 in most of Marion County, Indiana, including all of the City of Indianapolis. We evaluated changes in acute myocardial infarction (AMI) admission ... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Anne M. Weaver, Yi Wang, Katelin Rupp and Dennis P. Watson Tags: Research article Source Type: research

First glimpse of how genes may cause mental health problems
Geneticists are starting to unpick what causes psychiatric conditions like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and even some autism-like developmental conditions (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Fears of Brexit chaos for medicines agency should worry us all
Fresh turmoil threatens to worsen disruption of the European Medicines Agency when it quits the UK after Brexit. That should worry all parties, says  Inga Vesper (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

The truth about what downing energy drinks really does to kids
Campaigners in the UK want energy drinks banned for under-16s. The latest scientific evidence suggests they are right - these drinks are uniquely bad for children (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Marketing messages accompanying online selling of low/er and regular strength wine and beer products in the UK: a content analysis
Increased availability of low/er strength alcohol products has the potential to reduce alcohol consumption if they are marketed as substitutes for higher strength products rather than as additional products. T... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Milica Vasiljevic, Lucia Coulter, Mark Petticrew and Theresa M. Marteau Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Evaluation of a population-level strategy to promote tobacco treatment use among insured smokers: a pragmatic, randomized trial
Most smokers do not use evidence-based smoking cessation treatment. Increasing utilization of these services is an important public health goal. Health care systems and insurers are well positioned to support ... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jennifer B. McClure and Melissa L. Anderson Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Combined diet and physical activity is better than diet or physical activity alone at improving health outcomes for patients in New Zealand ’s primary care intervention
This study aimed to analyse the impact of changing diet... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Catherine Anne Elliot and Michael John Hamlin Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Attitude and subjective wellbeing of non-compliant mothers to childhood oral polio vaccine supplemental immunization in Northern Nigeria
Attitude and subjective well-being are important factors in mothers accepting or rejecting Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) supplemental immunization. The purpose of the study was to determine the role of mothers ’ att... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Gregory C. Umeh, Terna Ignatius Nomhwange, Anthony F. Shamang, Furera Zakari, Audu I. Musa, Paul M. Dogo, Victor Gugong and Neyu Iliyasu Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Trained lay health workers reduce common mental disorder symptoms of adults with suicidal ideation in Zimbabwe: a cohort study
Suicidal ideation may lead to deliberate self-harm which increases the risk of death by suicide. Globally, the main cause of deliberate self-harm is depression. The aim of this study was to explore prevalence ... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Epiphany Munetsi, Victoria Simms, Lloyd Dzapasi, Georgina Chapoterera, Nyaradzo Goba, Tichaona Gumunyu, Helen A. Weiss, Ruth Verhey, Melanie Abas, Ricardo Araya and Dixon Chibanda Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Training parents to work in hospitals benefits premature babies
When the parents of premature babies in intensive care units are trained in basic nursing care and put to work, their infants put on weight more quickly (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

A much better asthma drug has shown promise in early experiments
Existing asthma drugs can fade in effectiveness and have side effects. But preliminary experiments suggest a new kind of drug could be more effective (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

I got DNA tested to see if I would pass on diseases to my kids
Many doctors now suggest people consider getting their DNA checked for genetic diseases before starting a family. Alice Klein decided to take the test (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

We can now read the whole genome of a fetus in the womb
Knowing the ins and outs of our children's genetic secrets before they are born could help reduce the likelihood of many diseases - but could it be misused? (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

The role of venues in structuring HIV, sexually transmitted infections, and risk networks among men who have sex with men
Venues form part of the sampling frame for time-location sampling, an approach often used for HIV surveillance. While sampling location is often regarded as a nuisance factor, venues may play a central role in... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lydia N. Drumright, Sharon S. Weir and Simon D. W. Frost Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Bi-directional association between sleep and outdoor active play among 10 –13 year olds
The purpose of this study was to investigate whether there is a bi-directional relationship between sleep characteristics (time in bed, sleep duration, sleep chronology, and sleep efficiency) and time spent pa... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Yingyi Lin, Michael M. Borghese and Ian Janssen Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Health promotion initiatives at school related to overweight, insulin resistance, hypertension and dyslipidemia in adolescents: a cross-sectional study in Recife, Brazil
The emergence of diseases such as dyslipidemia, systemic arterial hypertension, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome in children and adolescents has brought about a change in the epidemiologic profile of ... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Myrtis Katille de Assun ção Bezerra, Eduardo Freese de Carvalho, Juliana Souza Oliveira, Eduarda Ângela Pessoa Cesse, Pedro Israel Cabral de Lira, Jonathan Galvão Tenório Cavalcante and Vanessa Sá Leal Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Nutritional quality of new food products released into the Australian retail food market in 2015 – is the food industry part of the solution?
Food manufacturers have made public statements and voluntary commitments, such as the Healthier Australia Commitment (HAC), to improve the nutritional quality of foods. However, limited information about the n... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sheree A. Spiteri, Dana Lee Olstad and Julie L. Woods Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Disparities in severe shigellosis among adults — Foodborne diseases active surveillance network, 2002–2014
Shigella causes approximately 500,000 illnesses, 6000 hospitalizations, and 40 deaths in the United States annually, but incidence and populations at risk for severe shigellosis among adults are unclear. This stu... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lindsey S. McCrickard, Stacy M. Crim, Sunkyung Kim and Anna Bowen Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Identifying the social and environmental determinants of plague endemicity in Peru: insights from a case study in Ascope, La Libertad
Plague remains a public health problem in specific areas located in Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru. Its prevention and control encompasses adequate clinical management and timely laboratory diagnosis. Howev... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ana Rivi ère-Cinnamond, Alain Santandreu, Anita Luján, Frederic Mertens, John Omar Espinoza, Yesenia Carpio, Johnny Bravo and Jean-Marc Gabastou Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Some people with epilepsy can learn to stop their own seizures
Alertness training seems to help some people with epilepsy to stop themselves from having seizures, and has been linked to changes in their brain structure (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

The unpalatable truth about your favourite foods
Marion Nestle has been fighting food industry giants for decades. Now she wants to expose the way they skew scientific research for their own gain (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Trial protocol: a parallel group, individually randomized clinical trial to evaluate the effect of a mobile phone application to improve sexual health among youth in Stockholm County
Genital Chlamydia trachomatis infection is a major public health problem worldwide affecting mostly youth. Sweden introduced an opportunistic screening approach in 1982 accompanied by treatment, partner notificat... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Anna Nielsen, Ayesha De Costa, Aspasia B ågenholm, Kristina Gemzell Danielsson, Gaetano Marrone, Jens Boman, Mariano Salazar and Vinod Diwan Tags: Study protocol Source Type: research

Correction to: Tracking physical activity in different settings from late childhood to early adulthood in Germany: the MoMo longitudinal study
After publication of the article [1], it has been brought to our attention that the values cited under “indices t1-t0” have been reversed and should be displayed in the opposite order. The corrected Table 1 wo... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Annette Rauner, Darko Jekauc, Filip Mess, Steffen Schmidt and Alexander Woll Tags: Correction Source Type: research

A qualitative analysis exploring preferred methods of peer support to encourage adherence to a Mediterranean diet in a Northern European population at high risk of cardiovascular disease
Epidemiological and randomised controlled trial evidence demonstrates that adherence to a Mediterranean diet (MD) can reduce cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. However, methods used to support dietary change h... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina M. Erwin, Claire T. McEvoy, Sarah E. Moore, Lindsay Prior, Julia Lawton, Frank Kee, Margaret E. Cupples, Ian S. Young, Katherine Appleton, Michelle C. McKinley and Jayne V. Woodside Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Equity and efficiency of medical service systems at the provincial level of China ’s mainland: a comparative study from 2009 to 2014
The astonishing economic achievements of China in the past few decades have remarkably increased not only the quantity and quality of medical services but also the inequalities in health resources allocation a... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jingmei Ding, Xuejun Hu, Xianzhi Zhang, Lei Shang, Min Yu and Huoliang Chen Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Personal social networks and organizational affiliation of South Asians in the United States
Understanding the social lives of South Asian immigrants in the United States (U.S) and their influence on health can inform interpersonal and community-level health interventions for this growing community. T... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Namratha R. Kandula, Andrew J. Cooper, John A. Schneider, Kayo Fujimoto, Alka M. Kanaya, Linda Van Horn, Lawrence deKoning and Juned Siddique Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Defence strategies: How immunology took its great leap forward
The Beautiful Cure sets the stage for a coming revolution in immunology, with fascinating stories of how researchers solved puzzles they didn ’t know existed (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

First UK three-parent babies could be born this year
Two cases have been approved in the UK for using a three-parent baby technique to make healthy babies. The technique has already been used in China and Ukraine (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Brain genes hint at why Zika doesn ’t always cause microcephaly
One in 10 babies exposed to the Zika virus during pregnancy develop abnormally small heads. A study of twins in Brazil suggests gene activity may decide which (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Pregnant women have to navigate a minefield of painkiller advice
I'm pregnant and sick of confusing advice about whether painkillers can harm developing fetuses - what should women like me do? (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Education and indoor smoking among parents who smoke: the mediating role of perceived social norms of smoking
Parents with less formal education are more likely to smoke indoors, causing socioeconomic disparity in children ’s exposure to second-hand smoke. However, little is known about the roles of social factors in t... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Junko Saito, Akira Shibanuma, Junko Yasuoka, Naoki Kondo, Daisuke Takagi and Masamine Jimba Tags: Research article Source Type: research