CRISPR safety switch can make cells self-destruct if they go rogue
A genetic tweak can make cells self-destruct in the presence of CRISPR and could be used to make cells tamper-proof or shut them down if they go wrong (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Government spending, recession, and suicide: evidence from Japan
Austerity has been shown to have an adverse influence on people ’s mental health and suicide rates. Most existing studies have focused on the governments’ reactions to a single event, for example, the Great Rec... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tetsuya Matsubayashi, Kozue Sekijima and Michiko Ueda Tags: Research article Source Type: research

We don't know how covid-19 spread on the Diamond Princess cruise ship
There are a number of open questions as to how the covid-19 coronavirus spread on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship, where passengers were quarantined since 3 February (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Close-up image of brain cancer cells wins photography prize
A brain cell image has won the Institute of Cancer Research Science and Medical Imaging Competition, with images of melanoma cells and cancer-halting microparticles among other notable entries (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

The experiences of people bereaved by suicide regarding the press reporting of the death: qualitative study
Media guidelines on suicide reporting of suicide have two purposes: to prevent further suicides, and to minimise distress to the bereaved, who are themselves at increased risk of suicide. We aimed to describe ... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Philip Gregory, Fiona Stevenson, Michael King, David Osborn and Alexandra Pitman Tags: Research article Source Type: research

The'ancestral diet' doesn't make sense and relies on lazy stereotypes
Eating like your ancestors did 5000 years ago is a fad on the rise. James Wong wonders if following the " ancestral diet " means he should eat pangolins or live a life of abject poverty (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

China is using mass surveillance tech to fight new coronavirus spread
QR codes, tracking apps and drones at toll booths are just some of the tech tools China is deploying to monitor the spread of the new coronavirus (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Using text mining and sentiment analysis to analyse YouTube Italian videos concerning vaccination
Recently, social networks have become a popular source of information on health topics. Particularly, in Italy, there is a lively discussion on the web regarding vaccines also because there is low vaccination ... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Annamaria Porreca, Francesca Scozzari and Marta Di Nicola Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Rehabilitation coordinator intervention versus control in psychiatric specialist care for return to work and reduced sick leave: study protocol of a randomised controlled trial
Mental disorders are the most common reason for sick leave in Sweden. Knowledge about effective methods to help these individuals to return to work (RTW)/entry into work or studies is limited. Rehabilitation c... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Åsa Andersén, Erik Berglund and Ingrid Anderzén Tags: Study protocol Source Type: research

Health workers ’ perceptions and challenges in implementing meningococcal serogroup a conjugate vaccine in the routine childhood immunization schedule in Burkina Faso
Meningococcal serogroup A conjugate vaccine (MACV) was introduced in 2017 into the routine childhood immunization schedule (at 15 –18 months of age) in Burkina Faso to help reduce meningococcal meningitis burde... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sylvain F. Nkwenkeu, Mohamed F. Jalloh, Jenny A. Walldorf, Robert L. Zoma, Felix Tarbangdo, Soukeynatou Fall, Sansan Hien, Roland Combassere, Cesaire Ky, Ludovic Kambou, Alpha Oumar Diallo, Akshaya Krishnaswamy, Flavien H. Ak é, Cynthia Hatcher, Jaymin C Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Impact of a one-year school-based teacher-implemented nutrition and physical activity intervention: main findings and future recommendations
The aim of the current study is to describe the effectiveness of a school-based intervention when delivered by a non-nutrition specialist (trained schoolteachers) as compared to an expert in nutrition. (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carla Habib-Mourad, Lilian A. Ghandour, Carla Maliha, Nancy Awada, Mich èle Dagher and Nahla Hwalla Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Using the 12-item short form health survey (SF-12) to assess self rated health of an engaged population impacted by hurricane Harvey, Houston, TX
In the last decade there has been an increase in community-based organizations providing support and educational outreach to populations effected by hazards. Prior research has demonstrated various roles that ... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Garett T. Sansom, Katie Kirsch and Jennifer A. Horney Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Correction to: Study protocol the Continuing Care Project: a randomised controlled trial of a continuing care telephone intervention following residential substance dependence treatment
It was highlighted that in the original article [1] author Amanda Baker was erroneously omitted from the authorship during the copy editing stage. (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Peter Kelly, Frank Deane, Amanda Baker, Gerard Byrne, Tayla Degan, Briony Osborne, Camilla Townsend, James McKay, Laura Robinson, Christopher Oldmeadow, Kenny Lawson, Andrew Searles and Joanne Lunn Tags: Correction Source Type: research

Why coronavirus superspreaders may mean we avoid a deadly pandemic
The covid-19 virus may mostly be transmitted by superspreaders, which means it might be easier to contain the outbreak and prevent it going pandemic (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Proof-of-concept study of the efficacy of a microbiota-directed complementary food formulation (MDCF) for treating moderate acute malnutrition
Childhood undernutrition remains a significant global health challenge accounting for over half of all under 5 child mortality. Moderate acute malnutrition (MAM), which leads to wasting [weight-for-length z-sc... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ishita Mostafa, Naila Nurun Nahar, Md. Munirul Islam, Sayeeda Huq, Mahfuz Mustafa, Michael Barratt, Jeffrey I. Gordon and Tahmeed Ahmed Tags: Study protocol Source Type: research

Changes in overweight/obesity and central obesity status from preadolescence to adolescence: a longitudinal study among schoolchildren in Japan
Little is known about changes in overweight/obesity and central obesity status among schoolchildren from preadolescence to adolescence in Japan, where waist circumference (WC) is generally not measured in annu... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hirotaka Ochiai, Takako Shirasawa, Rimei Nishimura, Takahiko Yoshimoto, Akira Minoura, Kosuke Oikawa, Ayako Miki, Hiromi Hoshino and Akatsuki Kokaze Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Limits of the social-benefit motive among high-risk patients: a field experiment on influenza vaccination behaviour
Influenza vaccine uptake remains low worldwide, inflicting substantial costs to public health. Messages promoting social welfare have been shown to increase vaccination intentions, and it has been recommended ... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ozan Isler, Burcu Isler, Orestis Kopsacheilis and Eamonn Ferguson Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Can childcare work be designed to promote moderate and vigorous physical activity, cardiorespiratory fitness and health? Study protocol for the Goldilocks-childcare randomised controlled trial
Despite extensive efforts, issues like obesity and poor physical capacity remain challenges for a healthy work life in several occupations. The Goldilocks work principle offers a new approach, encouraging desi... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mark Lidegaard, Anders Fritz Lerche, Pernille Kold Munch, Kathrine Greby Schmidt, Charlotte Lund Rasmussen, Charlotte Diana N ørregaard Rasmussen, Svend Erik Mathiassen, Leon Straker and Andreas Holtermann Tags: Study protocol Source Type: research

School factors and student drinking in high schools: a cross-sectional study of school policies and party regulation
The effectiveness of school alcohol polices may be affected by the degree of strictness of rules, how they are implemented and enforced, students ’ perception of the rules and the consequences of breaking them.... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Veronica S. C. Pisinger, Pernille Bendtsen, Morten Hulvej Rod and Janne S. Tolstrup Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Babies are more likely to be conceived in autumn but we don ’t know why
In the northern hemisphere, babies are most likely to be conceived in winter and least likely to be conceived in spring, according to an analysis of 14,000 women (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

A community-wide acute diarrheal disease outbreak associated with drinking contaminated water from shallow bore-wells in a tribal village, India, 2017
In 2016, India reported 709 acute diarrheal disease (ADD) outbreaks (> 25% of all outbreaks). Tribal populations are at higher risk with 27% not having accessibility to safe drinking water and 75% households n... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kiran Kumar Maramraj, G. Subbalakshmi, Mohammed Shahed Ali, Tanzin Dikid, Rajesh Yadav, Samir V. Sodha, Sudhir Kumar Jain and Sujeet Kumar Singh Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Study design of a stepped wedge cluster randomized controlled trial to evaluate the effect of a locally tailored approach for preconception care – the APROPOS-II study
In a previous feasibility study (APROPOS) in a single municipality of the Netherlands, we showed that a locally tailored preconception care (PCC) approach has the potential to positively affect preconceptional... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Veronique Y. F. Maas, Maria P. H. Koster, Erwin Ista, Kim L. H. Vanden Auweele, Renate W. A. de Bie, Denhard J. de Smit, Bianca C. Visser, Elsbeth H. van Vliet-Lachotzki, Arie Franx and Marjolein Poels Tags: Study protocol Source Type: research

Development of a fall-risk assessment profile for community-dwelling older adults by using the National Health Interview Survey in Taiwan
In this study, a fall-risk assessment profile was developed for community-dwelling older adults. (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ping-Ling Chen, Hsiao-Yu Lin, Jiann Ruey Ong and Hon-Ping Ma Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Associations between maternal BMI, breastfeeding practices and infant anthropometric status in Colombia; secondary analysis of ENSIN 2010
Maternal malnutrition and infant feeding mode impact short and long term infant and child morbidity and mortality. The period of lactation may provide an opportunity to modulate the risk of disease later in li... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Fanny Aldana-Parra, Gilma Olaya Vega and Mary Fewtrell Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Loneliness and social isolation interventions for older adults: a scoping review of reviews
Loneliness and social isolation are growing public health concerns in our ageing society. Whilst these experiences occur across the life span, 50% of individuals aged over 60 are at risk of social isolation an... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Olujoke A. Fakoya, Noleen K. McCorry and Michael Donnelly Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Community canteen services for the rural elderly: determining impacts on general mental health, nutritional status, satisfaction with life, and social capital
This study aimed to investigate the im... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Xiaolei Wang, Minhui Liu, Yuchen Li, Chanyuan Guo and Chao Hsing Yeh Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Coronavirus infections spike to 15,000 new Chinese cases in a day
China has reported a massive increase in the number of its citizens infected by the new coronavirus, after Chinese officials changed how cases were defined to include people who are less seriously ill (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

We'll soon know if covid-19 can be treated with HIV and Ebola drugs
The results of clinical trials testing HIV and Ebola drugs in Chinese patients with covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, should be known in the next few weeks (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Association between alcohol consumption and osteoarthritis prevalence in Korea as assessed by the alcohol use disorders identification test (AUDIT): a cross-sectional study
Osteoarthritis (OA) holds significance as a highly prevalent disorder in elderly populations. Various studies have been conducted on the association between alcohol consumption and OA, but the results have oft... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ah. Hyun Kang, Me-riong Kim, Joon-Shik Shin, Jinho Lee, Yoon Jae Lee, Yeoncheol Park, Dongwoo Nam, Eun-Jung Kim and In-Hyuk Ha Tags: Research article Source Type: research

EPI immunization coverage, timeliness and dropout rate among children in a West Cameroon health district: a cross sectional study
Monitoring of the expanded program on immunization ’s performance is not only limited to routine periodic reports but equally includes surveys. Based on unpublished national EPI surveillance data from the past ... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: J érôme Ateudjieu, Martin Ndinakie Yakum, André Pascal Goura, Ayok Maureen Tembei, Douanla Koutio Ingrid, Beyala Bita’a Landry, Bruno Kenfack, Lapia Amada, Isaac Tadzong and Anne Cecile Bissek Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Time-trends and correlates of obesity in Czech adolescents in relation to family socioeconomic status over a 16-year study period (2002 –2018)
The main objective of the study is to analyse the changes in the prevalence of obesity among Czech adolescents between 2002 and 2018 with regard to the socioeconomic status (SES) of adolescents ’ families and t... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erik Sigmund, Dagmar Sigmundov á, Petr Badura, Jaroslava Voráčová, Hobza Vladimír Jr, Tomáš Hollein, Jan Pavelka, Zuzana Půžová and Michal Kalman Tags: Research article Source Type: research

An agent-based model about the effects of fake news on a norovirus outbreak.
CONCLUSION: How feasible it is to achieve these targets within communication networks (online and offline) should be explored. PMID: 32037129 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Revue d Epidemiologie et de Sante Publique)
Source: Revue d Epidemiologie et de Sante Publique - February 12, 2020 Category: Epidemiology Tags: Rev Epidemiol Sante Publique Source Type: research

Why our understanding of concussion has been completely wrong
Concussion is often portrayed as " seeing stars " , which people quickly recover from. But we are now beginning to understand that the condition is far more serious, says Elizabeth Sandel (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

A woman with half a brain offers more proof of the organ's superpowers
From a teenager excelling with half a brain to the organ's visual areas being co-opted in people who are blind, our brain's ability to adapt continues to amaze (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Drugs may be able to fix our romantic lives when things go wrong
Are we ready for real-life love potions? Book Love is the Drug explains how pills may affect everything from falling deeper in love to breaking up (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Will the covid-19 coronavirus outbreak die out in the summer ’s heat?
It has been suggested the covid-19 outbreak could fade as the northern hemisphere warms, but we don ’t know if this is the case (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

We discovered a coronavirus similar to the covid-19 virus 7 years ago
The covid-19 virus is similar to a coronavirus detected in bats in China back in 2013, but we failed to act on the warnings of those who studied it (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Teen born without half her brain has above average reading skills
An 18-year-old who was born without the left half of her brain scores well on IQ tests and plans to attend university, revealing our brain's incredible adaptability (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Coronavirus: How well prepared are countries for a covid-19 pandemic?
No country is fully prepared for a coronavirus pandemic, according to a public health expert. But some countries will be better placed to handle an outbreak than others (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Knowledge and risk perception towards Lassa fever infection among residents of affected communities in Ebonyi State, Nigeria: implications for risk communication
Lassa fever (LF) is an epidemic-prone zoonotic disease prevalent in Nigeria and Ebonyi State is a high burden area in Nigeria. Low risk perceptions have been reported to prevent appropriate preventive behaviou... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ifeoma Sophia Usuwa, Christian Obasi Akpa, Chukwuma David Umeokonkwo, MaryJoy Umoke, Chukwuemeka Steve Oguanuo, Abdulhakeem Abayomi Olorukooba, Eniola Bamgboye and Muhammad Shakir Balogun Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Birth order is associated with caries development in young children: a register-based cohort study
Birth order has been shown to affect the health of the child; less is known, however, about how birth order affects caries development in children. Thus, the present study investigated the association between ... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: A. Julihn, F. C. Soares, U. Hammarfjord, A. Hjern and G. Dahll öf Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Personal and social patterns predict influenza vaccination decision
Seasonal influenza vaccination coverage remains suboptimal in most developed countries, despite longstanding recommendations of public health organizations. The individual ’s decision regarding vaccination is l... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Adir Shaham, Gabriel Chodick, Varda Shalev and Dan Yamin Tags: Research article Source Type: research

A tool to assess alignment between knowledge and action for health equity
Advancing health equity is a central goal and ethical imperative in public and global health. Though the commitment to health equity in these fields and among the health professions is clear, alignment between... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katrina Marie Plamondon Tags: Correspondence Source Type: research

Health and the built environment in United States cities: measuring associations using Google Street View-derived indicators of the built environment
The built environment is a structural determinant of health and has been shown to influence health expenditures, behaviors, and outcomes. Traditional methods of assessing built environment characteristics are ... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jessica M. Keralis, Mehran Javanmardi, Sahil Khanna, Pallavi Dwivedi, Dina Huang, Tolga Tasdizen and Quynh C. Nguyen Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Knowledge, attitudes and practices assessment of malaria interventions in rural Zambia
Despite rapid upscale of insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) and indoor residual spraying (IRS), malaria remains a major source of morbidity and mortality in Zambia. Uptake and utilization of these and novel inter... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Desmond T. Jumbam, Jennifer C. Stevenson, Japhet Matoba, John P. Grieco, Lacey N. Ahern, Busiku Hamainza, Chadwick H. Sikaala, Pascalina Chanda-Kapata, Esther I. Cardol, Passwell Munachoonga and Nicole L. Achee Tags: Research article Source Type: research

How bad is the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak likely to get?
The death rate of Covid-19, caused by the new coronavirus, may be lower than some estimates suggest, but the number of cases may be much higher (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Covid-19: The new coronavirus disease now officially has a name
The new coronavirus began spreading in China during December 2019, but the disease it causes has only now been officially named as Covid-19 by the World Health Organization (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

Could the new coronavirus really kill 50 million people worldwide?
No one can say for sure how widely the new coronavirus will spread and how many it will kill because there are still many key things we don't know - not least the wider impact on healthcare services (Source: New Scientist - Health)
Source: New Scientist - Health - February 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

A probabilistic approach for economic evaluation of occupational health and safety interventions: a case study of silica exposure reduction interventions in the construction sector
Construction workers are at a high risk of exposure to various types of hazardous substances such as crystalline silica. Though multiple studies indicate the evidence regarding the effectiveness of different s... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amirabbas Mofidi, Emile Tompa, Seyed Bagher Mortazavi, Akbar Esfahanipour and Paul A. Demers Tags: Research article Source Type: research

The challenges of investigating antimicrobial resistance in Vietnam - what benefits does a One Health approach offer the animal and human health sectors?
The One Health concept promotes the enhancement of human, animal and ecosystem health through multi-sectorial governance support and policies to combat health security threats. In Vietnam, antimicrobial resist... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - February 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marisa E. V. Mitchell, Robyn Alders, Fred Unger, Hung Nguyen-Viet, Trang Thi Huyen Le and Jenny-Ann Toribio Tags: Research article Source Type: research