It ’ s ok that the public rejected GM food – after all, we did ask
Many people see the public's rejection of genetically-modified food as a failure, but I would argue it was successful public engagement, says Lesley Paterson (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - July 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

The second great battle for the future of our food is underway
First it was GM food. Now battle lines are being drawn over whether crops and animals modified with CRISPR gene-editing can make it on to supermarket shelves (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - July 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Yoga and meditation work better if you have a brain zap too
Brain stimulation seems to offer a shortcut to unlocking the benefits of yoga and mindfulness sessions, but turbocharging meditation could have a dark side (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - July 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: brain health human meditation mental health mind yoga Source Type: research

Will the UK ’s plans to ban ‘gay conversion therapy’ succeed?
Similar bans in the US have saved thousands of teens from discredited “treatments”, even though they have loopholes that allow religious advice (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - July 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

How to use the £20bn NHS birthday gift: an alternative wish list
An extra cash injection promised for the UK's National Health Service is earmarked to go on what it wants, not what it really needs, says Luke Allen (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - July 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Cash and competition make doctors prescribe fewer antibiotics
Doctors in Australia and the UK are now prescribing fewer antibiotics thanks to financial incentives and a bit of competition among peers (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - July 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

DNA reveals Romans helped spread TB across three continents
The Romans gave us roads, public toilets and the modern calendar, but we may also have them to thank for spreading a deadly disease: tuberculosis (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - July 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: bacteria disease health history Source Type: research

Thai rescue: How to help the boys survive months in a cave
The twelve boys stranded in a Thai cave may now need to stay there for months, making strategies to protect their mental health and circadian rhythms crucial (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - July 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

First attempt to get CRISPR gene editing working in sperm
Researchers say they have managed to get the CRISPR machinery into mature human sperm, but we don ’t know yet whether it can successfully edit sperm genes (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - July 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Movement behaviours are associated with lung function in middle-aged and older adults: a cross-sectional analysis of the Canadian longitudinal study on aging
Physical activity has been shown to attenuate the age-associated decline in lung function; however, there is little research evaluating different movement behaviours as potential correlates of lung function. M... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - July 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Shilpa Dogra, Joshua Good, Matthew P. Buman, Paul A. Gardiner, Michael K. Stickland and Jennifer L. Copeland Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Reproducibility of domain-specific physical activity over two seasons in children
Knowledge of the reproducibility of domain-specific accelerometer-determined physical activity (PA) estimates are a prerequisite to conduct high-quality epidemiological studies. The aim of this study was to de... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - July 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Eivind Aadland, Lars Bo Andersen, Ulf Ekelund, Sigmund Alfred Anderssen and Geir K åre Resaland Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Assessing food system vulnerabilities: a fault tree modeling approach
Food system function is vulnerable to disruption from a variety of sources. Disruption of the processes required for food provision may result in decreases in food security in affected communities. Currently, ... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - July 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Gwen M. Chodur, Xilei Zhao, Erin Biehl, Judith Mitrani-Reiser and Roni Neff Tags: Technical advance Source Type: research

Longitudinal study of adolescent tobacco use and tobacco control policies in India
This project will use a multilevel longitudinal cohort study design to assess whether changes in Community Tobacco Environmental (CTE) factors, measured as community compliance with tobacco control policies an... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - July 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ritesh Mistry, Mangesh S. Pednekar, Prakash C. Gupta, Trivellore E. Raghunathan, Surekha Appikatla, Namrata Puntambekar, Keyuri Adhikari, Maqsood Siddiqi and William J. McCarthy Tags: Study protocol Source Type: research

Magnitude of opportunistic diseases and their predictors among adult people living with HIV enrolled in care: national level cross sectional study, Ethiopia
Opportunistic diseases cause morbidity and mortality among human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infected persons. There is dearth of evidence on the magnitude and predictors of opportunistic diseases among PLHIV... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - July 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Teklu Weldegebreal, Ismael Ahmed, Abiyou Muhiye, Shoandagne Belete, Alemayehu Bekele and Mirgissa Kaba Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Injecting new heart cells improves recovery from heart attacks
Injecting brand new muscle cells directly into the heart helps it recover after a heart attack, a study in monkeys has found. (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - July 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Artificial ovary could help women conceive after chemotherapy
Scientists have  taken further steps in creating an artificial ovary that could one day be used to help women who have lost their fertility because of cancer treatment (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - July 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

The Inflamed Mind: Big claims over depression need big evidence
A controversial new book makes a strong case that inflammation causes depression. While this could mean the end to misery for millions, can it be that simple? (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - July 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Associations of self-reported physical activity and depression in 10,000 Irish adults across harmonised datasets: a DEDIPAC-study
Depression is a prevalent, debilitating, and often recurrent mood disorder for which successful first-line treatments remains limited. The purpose of this study was to investigate the cross-sectional associati... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - July 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Cillian P. Mc Dowell, Angela Carlin, Laura Capranica, Christina Dillon, Janas M. Harrington, Jeroen Lakerveld, Anne Loyen, Fiona Chun Man Ling, Johannes Brug, Ciaran MacDonncha and Matthew P. Herring Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Don ’t miss: IVF history, a Jurassic world game and number talk
Visit a new exhibition on in-vitro fertilisation, bioengineer dinosaurs on a game console and listen to a discussion of how numbers and counting shaped our world (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - June 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Biggest study of vaginas shows there ’ s no such thing as ‘ normal ’
A study measuring labia and clitoris size in hundreds of women has found they vary widely, potentially helping to curb rising cosmetic surgery rates (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - June 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Polycystic ovary syndrome linked to mother ’ s health in pregnancy
Women who are overweight or smoke during pregnancy are more likely to have daughters who develop polycystic ovary syndrome, a nationwide study has found. (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - June 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

People who keep seeing the same doctor have lower death rates
An analysis of 22 different studies has found that seeing the same family doctor, GP, or specialist over time is associated with better health outcomes (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - June 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: doctors general practice health medicine Source Type: research

How old could humans get? We probably haven ’ t hit the limit yet
The idea that we have reached the maximum possible human lifespan is highly divisive. New evidence adds fuel to a fiery debate, says Tom Kirkwood (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - June 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: biology Source Type: research

Is an AI chatbot really better than a human doctor?
AI firm Babylon Health claims its chatbot scores higher on a medical exam than the average human doctor, but it ’s not clear this was a fair test (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - June 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Characterizing the demographics of chronic pain patients in the state of Maine using the Maine all payer claims database
Chronic pain is currently a significant health problem in the United States. A comprehensive strategy is needed to increase prevention of chronic pain and to improve care for chronic pain patients. However, de... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - June 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jennifer Malon, Parth Shah, Woon Yuen Koh, Gary Cattabriga, Edward Li and Ling Cao Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Measuring sexual behaviour in Malawi: a triangulation of three data collection instruments
There is a need for valid approaches to measure sexual interactions to assess the impact of behavioural interventions and to predict the impact of behaviour changes. Different methods of asking about sexual be... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - June 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nicola Desmond, Nico Nagelkerke, Wezzie Lora, Effie Chipeta, Mwiza Sambo, Moses Kumwenda, Elizabeth L. Corbett, Miriam Taegtemeyer, Janet Seeley, David G. Lalloo and Sally Theobald Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Can internal tobacco industry documents be useful for studying the UK alcohol industry?
The release of internal documents now available in the Truth Tobacco Documents Library has offered important insights into the machinations of tobacco companies. These documents potentially offer additional in... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - June 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Benjamin Hawkins and Jim McCambridge Tags: Research article Source Type: research

The role of severity perceptions and beliefs in natural infections in Shanghai parents ’ vaccine decision-making: a qualitative study
This study expl... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - June 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Xiaodong Sun, Zhuoying Huang, Abram L. Wagner, Lisa A. Prosser, Erzhan Xu, Jia Ren, Bei Wang, Wenlu Yan and Brian J. Zikmund-Fisher Tags: Research article Source Type: research

A postpartum vaccination promotion intervention using motivational interviewing techniques improves short-term vaccine coverage: PromoVac study
This study aimed to assess the im... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - June 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Arnaud Gagneur, Thomas Lema ître, Virginie Gosselin, Anne Farrands, Nathalie Carrier, Geneviève Petit, Louis Valiquette and Philippe De Wals Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Heroin users ’ brains hint at a new treatment for narcolepsy
Heroin users make too much of a “wakefulness” chemical in their brains. The finding hints that milder opiates may offer a new way to treat narcolepsy (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - June 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

The fading American dream may be behind rise in US suicides
Shrinking life chances plus lack of a social safety net may have left middle-aged Americans more vulnerable to suicide than peers in other rich nations (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - June 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Lipodystrophy diagnosis in people living with HIV/AIDS: prediction and validation of sex-specific anthropometric models
The objectives of this study are to predict and validate sex-specific anthropometric ... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - June 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Andr é P. dos Santos, Anderson M. Navarro, Andiara Schwingel, Thiago C. Alves, Pedro P. Abdalla, Ana Claudia R. Venturini, Rodrigo C. de Santana and Dalmo R. L. Machado Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Social capital predicts accelerometry-measured physical activity among older adults in the U.S.: a cross-sectional study in the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project
Older adults receive important health benefits from more robust social capital. Yet, the mechanisms behind these associations are not fully understood. Some evidence suggests that higher levels of social capit... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - June 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin C. Ho, Louise Hawkley, William Dale, Linda Waite and Megan Huisingh-Scheetz Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Medication adherence in pregnant women with human immunodeficiency virus receiving antiretroviral therapy in sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review
The use of antiretroviral therapy (ART) is a core strategy proposed by the World Health Organization in preventing mother to child transmission (MTCT) of HIV. This systematic review aimed to examine the enable... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - June 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Olumuyiwa Omonaiye, Snezana Kusljic, Pat Nicholson and Elizabeth Manias Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Neighborhood deprivation and biomarkers of health in Britain: the mediating role of the physical environment
The objective of this study was to i... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - June 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: M. Pia Chaparro, Michaela Benzeval, Elizabeth Richardson and Richard Mitchell Tags: Research article Source Type: research

School and classroom effects on Daily Physical Activity (DPA) policy implementation fidelity in Ontario classrooms: a multi-level analysis
This paper examines school and classroom effects on Daily Physical Activity (DPA) policy implementation in classrooms in Ontario, Canada. In 2005 the Ontario Ministry of Education mandated a policy requiring s... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - June 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kenneth R. Allison, Anne N. Philipneri, Karen Vu-Nguyen, Heather E. Manson, John J. M. Dwyer, Erin Hobin, Bessie Ng and Ye Li Tags: Research article Source Type: research

First cannabis-based drug approved in the US to treat epilepsy
Epidiolex has become the first drug derived from marijuana to win FDA approval in the US, and will be used to treat two forms of childhood epilepsy (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - June 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: cannabis drugs epilepsy health human medicine USA Source Type: research

The case of Billy Caldwell shows UK drug laws are out of date
The announcement of an urgent review into the legal status of medicinal cannabis is to be welcomed, but the UK government should go further (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - June 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Retraction Note: Inequities in coverage of smokefree space policies within the United States
The authors have retracted this article [1] because of an error with the data extraction process. (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - June 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christopher Lowrie, Amber L. Pearson and George Thomson Tags: Retraction Note Source Type: research

Workplace social capital and mental health: a cross-sectional study among Iranian workers
The psychosocial environment of the workplace has received less attention in terms of occupational health. Trust, social network and social cohesion at the workplace (that is, factors related to social capital... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - June 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mojgan Firouzbakht, Aram Tirgar, Tuula Oksanen, Ichiro Kawachi, Karimollah Hajian-Tilaki, Maryam Nikpour, Susan Mouodi and Reza Sadeghian Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Thirsty? Choose Water! Behavioural interventions and water stations in secondary schools a two-by-two factorial randomised controlled trial
Childhood overweight and obesity is a significant public health issue. A key contributing factor is sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) consumption. Evidence suggests that secondary school students are frequent c... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - June 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nicole Kajons, Michael David, Justine Gowland-Ella, Peter Lewis and Samantha Batchelor Tags: Study protocol Source Type: research

Evaluation of the impact of immunization policies, including the addition of pharmacists as immunizers, on influenza vaccination coverage in Nova Scotia, Canada: 2006 to 2016
Influenza is a serious public health concern, resulting in morbidity, mortality and significant expense to healthcare systems worldwide. Annual vaccination is the most effective way to prevent influenza. The N... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - June 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jennifer E. Isenor, Beth A. O ’Reilly and Susan K. Bowles Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Development of two socioeconomic indices for Saudi Arabia
We describe two indices of area-based SES for SA. (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - June 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Reem S. AlOmar, Roger C. Parslow and Graham R. Law Tags: Research article Source Type: research

There are two types of worrier – which you are depends on genes
The genomes of half a million people reveal that there are two kinds of worrier, providing new clues about how genes help form our personalities (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - June 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Why the Sicilian Mafia owes its existence to scurvy
Take one ravaging disease and add two parts British imperialism and Italian nationalism – it's a toxic cocktail with criminal effects still felt today (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - June 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Communicating environmental exposure results and health information in a community-based participatory research study
Communicating results to participants is a fundamental component of community-based participatory research (CBPR). However, in environmental exposure studies this is not always practiced, partly due to ethical... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - June 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Luz Claudio, Jalisa Gilmore, Mohana Roy and Barbara Brenner Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Estimating the spatial risk of tuberculosis distribution in Gurage zone, southern Ethiopia: a geostatistical kriging approach
In low-income countries it is difficult to obtain complete data that show spatial heterogeneity in the risk of tuberculosis within-and-between smaller administrative units. This may contribute to the partial e... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - June 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sebsibe Tadesse, Fikre Enqueselassie and Seifu Hagos Gebreyesus Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Cannabis oil: what is it and does it really work as medicine?
The UK government is reviewing medicinal cannabis after two boys with severe epilepsy were withheld cannabis oil treatments. Here's everything you need to know (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - June 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: drugs health Source Type: research

Why is the UK running out of CO2 and what will it mean?
UK beer,  fizzy drinks and meat producers have all warned of CO2 shortages disrupting supplies and have called on the government to act. So what's going on, and how bad is it? (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - June 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

First evidence that gut bacteria help wire young brains
Experiments in mice  have shown for the first time that bacteria found in the gut of babies and children seem to play a role in brain development (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - June 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: brain diet health microbiome Source Type: research