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How tech bugs could be killing thousands in our hospitals
From falsely calculated drug doses to data-entry error, the true toll of medical IT glitches is only just becoming apparent – but there are obvious fixes (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

The US isn ’ t fertile enough to sustain itself without immigrants
For every 1000 women in the US, only around 1760 children are born, meaning the US population cannot replace itself without immigration (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Keep the facts front and centre in Ireland ’ s abortion debate
Research can offer plenty of evidence to back the case for relaxing Ireland ’s near total abortion ban in the country’s upcoming referendum, says Lara Williams (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Biodegradable plastic: Waste that eats itself
Plastics that degrade on disposal already exist, and are getting better. But they won't solve the plastic trash problem on their own  – and here's why (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Push to rid poorer nations of harmful trans fat is long overdue
The World Health Organization has rightly agreed to demand all countries remove artery-clogging trans fat from food, says Geoffrey Webb (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

A pedometer-based walking intervention with and without email counseling in general practice: a pilot randomized controlled trial
General practitioners play a fundamental role in combatting the current epidemic of physical inactivity, and pedometer-based walking interventions are able to increase physical activity levels of their patient... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - May 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tomas Vetrovsky, Jozef Cupka, Martin Dudek, Blanka Kuthanova, Klaudia Vetrovska, Vaclav Capek and Vaclav Bunc Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Food availability and food access in rural agricultural communities: use of mixed methods
Hispanics bear some of the highest burden of the obesity epidemic and the disparities gap is bigger among Hispanics in rural communities. This mixed methods study examined the objective and subjective assessme... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - May 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda K. Ko, Cassandra Enzler, Cynthia K. Perry, Edgar Rodriguez, Norma Mariscal, Sandra Linde and Catherine Duggan Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Lifestyle choices and mental health: a longitudinal survey with German and Chinese students
A healthy lifestyle can be beneficial for one ’s mental health. Thus, identifying healthy lifestyle choices that promote psychological well-being and reduce mental problems is useful to prevent mental disorders... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - May 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Julia Velten, Angela Bieda, Saskia Scholten, Andr é Wannemüller and Jürgen Margraf Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Factors associated with social participation amongst elders in rural Sri Lanka: a cross-sectional mixed methods analysis
Populations of low and middle-income countries are ageing rapidly; there is a need for policies that support an increase in the duration of old age lived in good health. There is growing evidence that social p... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - May 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Celeste Marsh, Paul A. Agius, Gamini Jayakody, Roshan Shajehan, Chandima Abeywickrema, Kelly Durrant, Stanley Luchters and Wendy Holmes Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Peer mentor versus teacher delivery of a physical activity program on the effects of BMI and daily activity: protocol of a school-based group randomized controlled trial in Appalachia
Rural Appalachian populations have poorer health and fewer positive health-related behaviors compared to other United States populations. Appalachians are the most sedentary U.S. population and teens are parti... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - May 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laureen H. Smith, Rick L. Petosa and Abigail Shoben Tags: Study protocol Source Type: research

We may finally be able to beat the common cold with a new drug
An experimental drug stops common cold viruses from building their protective outer armour, preventing them from replicating and spreading (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Gallery of terrifying gynaecological tools from past 200 years
These don't look like the kinds of things you might want inserted in your body – but these instruments have been gynaecological staples for hundreds of years (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Are we doing enough to prevent poor-quality antimalarial medicines in the developing world?
Malaria is a deadly parasitic disease that affects more than 3 billion people worldwide, in predominantly resource-poor countries. Despite malaria being preventable and treatable, a large number of adults and ... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - May 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin J. Walker, Gregory M. Peterson, James Grech, Evie Paragalli and Jackson Thomas Tags: Debate Source Type: research

5-a-day fruit and vegetable food product labels: reduced fruit and vegetable consumption following an exaggerated compared to a modest label
This study ... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - May 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: K. M. Appleton and H. J. Pidgeon Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Changes in risk perceptions during the 2014 Ebola virus disease epidemic: results of two consecutive surveys among the general population in Lower Saxony, Germany
The Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak 2014 received extensive news media coverage, which faded out before the outbreak ended. News media coverage impacts risk perception; it is, however, unclear if the compon... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - May 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Julie Obenauer, Nicole R übsamen, Ekaterine Garsevanidze, André Karch and Rafael T. Mikolajczyk Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Challenges and motivators to physical activity faced by retired men when ageing: a qualitative study
Active ageing reflects the message from World Health Organisation about addressing the challenge faced by the rapidly ageing population. Knowledge about barriers and facilitators to an active lifestyle must be... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - May 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ebba Langum Bredland, Sylvia S öderström and Kjersti Vik Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Drug prescribing during pregnancy in a central region of Italy, 2008-2012
Drug consumption during pregnancy is a matter of concern, especially regarding drugs known or suspected to be teratogens. Little is known about drug use in pregnant women in Italy. The present study is aimed a... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - May 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Martina Ventura, Alice Maraschini, Paola D ’Aloja, Ursula Kirchmayer, Ilaria Lega, Marina Davoli and Serena Donati Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Association between induced abortion and suicidal ideation among unmarried female migrant workers in three metropolitan cities in China: a cross-sectional study
Despite reports of mental health issues, suicidality has not been closely examined among the migrant population. The association between induced abortion and suicidal ideation is unknown among unmarried female... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - May 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mengyun Luo, Xueqin Jiang, Ying Wang, Zezhou Wang, Qiuming Shen, Rui Li and Yong Cai Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Cause of polycystic ovary syndrome discovered at last
Polycystic ovary syndrome, which affects one in five women, seems to be caused by a hormonal imbalance. An IVF drug may fix this, and will be trialled soon (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Measles cases in England are up 65 per cent on last year
There have been 440 confirmed cases of measles in England so far this year. These cases are linked to ongoing outbreaks in Europe, according Public Health England (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Self-repairing organs could save your life in a heartbeat
Our cells are more malleable than we thought – and by transforming them inside the body, we can mend broken hearts or even degenerating brains from within (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Prevalence and risk factors of elevated alanine aminotransferase among Korean adolescents: 2001-2014
An elevated alanine aminotransferase (ALT) level is a surrogate marker of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), the most common liver disorder in adolescents. The majority of previous NAFLD studies in ado... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - May 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ju Whi Kim, Kyung Jae Lee, Hye Ran Yang, Ju Young Chang, Jin Soo Moon, Young-Ho Khang and Jae Sung Ko Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Determinants of Schistosoma mansoni in Sanja health center, north West Ethiopia
In developing countries, Schistosoma mansoni is one of the chronic but neglected tropical diseases. In sub-Saharan Africa, the disease affects over 250 million people with nearly 800 million are at risk. In Ethio... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - May 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Asrat Atsedeweyn Andargie and Agmas Sisay Abera Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Factors associated with dengue prevention behaviour in Lowokwaru, Malang, Indonesia: a cross-sectional study
Dengue prevention is important for controlling the spread of dengue infection. Transmission of dengue can be prevented by controlling mosquito breeding sites. Indonesia has dengue a prevention program to minim... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - May 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alidha Nur Rakhmani, Yanin Limpanont, Jaranit Kaewkungwal and Kamolnetr Okanurak Tags: Research article Source Type: research

“Euphoria” or “Only Teardrops”? Eurovision Song Contest performance, life satisfaction and suicide
The popularity of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) in Europe has been high for decades. We aimed to assess whether a country ’s performance in the ESC is associated with life satisfaction and suicide mortality... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - May 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Filippos T. Filippidis and Anthony A. Laverty Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Prevalence of general and abdominal obesity in Portugal: comprehensive results from the National Food, nutrition and physical activity survey 2015 –2016
This study includes, for the first time, estimates of general and abdominal obesity prevalence for all ages of the Portuguese population, using common standardized methodologies. Results are compared by sex, a... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - May 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Andreia Oliveira, Joana Ara újo, Milton Severo, Daniela Correia, Elisabete Ramos, Duarte Torres and Carla Lopes Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Gender-dependent association between sleep duration and overweight incidence in CHINESE school children: a national follow-up study
This study aims to evaluate this association in a national investigation with school-aged population. (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - May 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Muqing Cao, Yanna Zhu, Xiuhong Li, Yajun Chen, Jun Ma and Jin Jing Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Eating all your meals before 3pm could be good for your health
Eating all of your daily meals by mid-afternoon has been found to lower appetite and cut blood pressure, and may make you less likely to develop diabetes (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Prevalence and correlates of HIV testing among adolescents 10 –19 years in a post-conflict pastoralist community of Karamoja region, Uganda
This study sought to determine the prevalence and correlates of HIV testing services (HTS) among adolescents in the pastoralist post-conflict a... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - May 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rogers N. Ssebunya, Rhoda K. Wanyenze, Leticia Namale, Heather Lukolyo, Grace P. Kisitu, Patricia Nahirya-Ntege and Adeodata Kekitiinwa Tags: Research article Source Type: research

High prevalence of cesarean section births in private sector health facilities- analysis of district level household survey-4 (DLHS-4) of India
Worldwide rising cesarean section (CS) births is an issue of concern. In India, with increase in institutional deliveries there has also been an increase in cesarean section births. Aim of the study is to quan... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - May 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Priyanka Singh, Gulfam Hashmi and Prafulla Kumar Swain Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Doing Dry January lowers cancer-promoting proteins in your blood
Stopping drinking for just one month is enough to dramatically lower the levels of hormone-like chemicals in your blood that help cancer to develop and spread (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Superhuman: What human extremes mean for today and tomorrow
What makes exceptional people? Will we need those extreme abilities in future? An unusual book maps the territory, linking individual stories to science (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Evading death and mind-uploading: the ambition of transhumanism
Transhumanists could not stop for Death but they kindly stopped for Mark O'Connell, who has captured their beliefs and anxieties in a prize-winning  travelogue (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

AI is now better than humans at spotting signs of cardiac arrest
A system designed by Copenhagen-based artificial intelligence company Corti  is more accurate and faster at detecting signs of a cardiac arrest over the phone than dispatchers (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Hope for herpes vaccine after it wipes out virus in monkeys
Animal trials have proved successful in preventing and treating genital herpes in guinea pigs and monkeys, giving hope that the vaccine will move into human trials within the year (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Enhanced surveillance for tuberculosis among foreign-born persons, Finland, 2014 –2016
Tuberculosis (TB) in foreign-born residents is increasing in many European countries including Finland. We conducted enhanced TB surveillance to collect supplementary information on TB cases among recent immig... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - May 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Pirre E. R äisänen, Hanna Soini, Pirjo Turtiainen, Tuula Vasankari, Petri Ruutu, J. Pekka Nuorti and Outi Lyytikäinen Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Substantial variation across geographic regions in the obesity prevalence among 6 –8 years old Hungarian children (COSI Hungary 2016)
There have been previous representative nutritional status surveys conducted in Hungary, but this is the first one that examines overweight and obesity prevalence according to the level of urbanization and in ... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - May 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Gerg ő Erdei, Márta Bakacs, Éva Illés, Barbara Nagy, Csilla Kaposvári, Erzsébet Mák, Eszter Sarkadi Nagy, Zoltán Cserháti and Viktória Anna Kovács Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Socioeconomic inequality of unintended pregnancy in the Iranian population: a decomposition approach
There are several studies regarding the predictors or risk factors of unintended pregnancy, but only a small number of studies have been carried out concerning the socio-economic factors influencing the uninte... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - May 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Reza Omani-Samani, Mostafa Amini Rarani, Mahdi Sepidarkish, Esmaeil Khedmati Morasae, Saman Maroufizadeh and Amir Almasi-Hashiani Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Increasing advance personal planning: the need for action at the community level
Advance personal planning is the process by which people consider, document and communicate their preferences for personal, financial and health matters in case they lose the ability to make decisions or expre... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - May 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Waller, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Nola Ries and Jamie Bryant Tags: Debate Source Type: research

Implementation of the Good School Toolkit in Uganda: a quantitative process evaluation of a successful violence prevention program
The Good School Toolkit, a complex behavioural intervention designed by Raising Voices a Ugandan NGO, reduced past week physical violence from school staff to primary students by an average of 42% in a recent ... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - May 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Louise Knight, Elizabeth Allen, Angel Mirembe, Janet Nakuti, Sophie Namy, Jennifer C. Child, Joanna Sturgess, Nambusi Kyegombe, Eddy J. Walakira, Diana Elbourne, Dipak Naker and Karen M. Devries Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Long-term follow-up on biological risk factors, adiposity, and cardiorespiratory fitness development in a physical education intervention: a natural experiment (CHAMPS-study DK)
Schools are a key setting for large-scale primordial non-communicable disease prevention in young people, but little data on sustainability of impacts on cardiometabolic risk markers is available. (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - May 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jakob Tarp, Eva Jespersen, Niels Christian M øller, Heidi Klakk, Barbara Wessner, Niels Wedderkopp and Anna Bugge Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Use of traditional and modern contraceptives among childbearing women: findings from a mixed methods study in two southwestern Nigerian states
Contraceptive use has numerous health benefits such as preventing unplanned pregnancies, ensuring optimum spacing between births, reducing maternal and child mortality, and improving the lives of women and chi... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - May 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Anthony Idowu Ajayi, Oladele Vincent Adeniyi and Wilson Akpan Tags: Research article Source Type: research

High times: The Victorian doctor who promoted medical marijuana
Thanks to one man's researches, cannabis was drug of choice for ailments from migraine to epilepsy – until an unexpected twist led to its downfall (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Meat substitutes aren ’ t perfect but they are worth a try
Our taste for meat is disastrous from an environmental point of view. We should celebrate those developing ever-meatier plant-based alternatives (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Creative people are 90 per cent more likely to get schizophrenia
A study of the entire population of Sweden has found that people who do artistic subjects at university are more likely to have schizophrenia and depression (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Ketamine ingredient improves severe depression in large trial
A trial of a nasal spray containing an ingredient of the drug ketamine has had positive but modest results in people with severe depression (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Impact of new technologies on stress, attrition and well-being in emergency call centers: the NextGeneration 9 –1-1 study protocol
Our public health emergency response system relies on the “first of the first responders”—the emergency call center workforce that handles the emergency needs of a public in distress. Call centers across the U... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - May 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Janet Baseman, Debra Revere, Ian Painter, Scott Stangenes, Michelle Lilly, Randal Beaton, Rebecca Calhoun and Hendrika Meischke Tags: Study protocol Source Type: research

The effectiveness and safety of combining varenicline with nicotine e-cigarettes for smoking cessation in people with mental illnesses and addictions: study protocol for a randomised-controlled trial
Smoking rates are higher in New Zealand (NZ) adults with mental illnesses and alcohol and other drug (AOD) addictions, compared to the overall population. Quit attempts using “gold standard” smoking cessation ... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - May 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Chris Bullen, Marjolein Verbiest, Susanna Galea-Singer, Tomasz Kurdziel, George Laking, David Newcombe, Varsha Parag and Natalie Walker Tags: Study protocol Source Type: research

People adapted to the cold and got more migraines as a result
A gene variant that helps humans cope with colder climates also seems to have put people living in northerly regions at a higher risk of migraine (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: biology brain climate evolution genes genetics health pain Source Type: research

Your bones contain crystals shaped like fingers and hands
A blurry brown picture is the most detailed 3D image of bone ever produced. The model gives unique insight into the crystals inside our bones (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - May 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research