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Policy makers concerned about levels of obesity have drawn a connection with obesity, the availability of fast food and the predominance of fast food outlets in low income areas.

Europe opens up clinical trials for public scrutiny

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has become the first regulator in the world to publish all clinical trial data online. The decision is about increasing transparency in relation to medical research.

Can child nutrition be boosted by lipid supplements?

A new project, examining childhood nutrition, has found that a lipid-based nutrient supplement leads to improved growth and development. In addition, children in the study had improved iron levels.

Vitamin B12 sensor may assist with Alzheimer’s detection

A sensor has been devised to detect for vitamin B12 deficiency. A lack of this vitamin has been linked with a higher risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

'Patient Zero' not responsible for start of HIV epidemic in U.S.

Flight attendant Gaetan Dugas has gone down in history as "Patient Zero" in the U.S. HIV/AIDS epidemic that was thought to have broken out in California in the early 1980s. But a new gene study has proven that story to be false.

Mouth bacteria linked to migraines

Migraines are triggered by many different factors, from lack of sleep, stress and by certain foods. A new study indicates that the microorganisms resident in the mouth may also play a part.

Some safety tips for having a ghoulishly happy Halloween

It's Halloween, the time of year when jack-o-lanterns sport fiendish, candle-lit grins and witches fly through the night. It is also the night when little ghosts and goblins hit the streets to knock on neighbor's doors, shouting "Trick-or-treat!"

New study looks at the health effects of Wi-Fi

Digital technology is increasingly becoming the main way we access media, and the desire for this to be portable has led to most public places having Wi-Fi. What effect does this expansion have on our health?

Review: Bedlam and Beyond exhibition in London Special

Bedlam asylum was the first asylum for people with mental health issues, with its origins in the thirteenth century. The history of the asylum, on show at the Wellcome Collection in London, charts the history of social attitudes.

Babies should sleep in parents' room for first year

New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics advise that to reduce the risk if SIDS, infants should sleep in their parents' room for the first year but in their own crib or bassinet.

Hair straighteners called out as child safety risk

Hair straighteners pose a risk to children in relation to burns and the number of incidences are increasing, according to an investigation by a British charity.

Model Katie May died from 'Neck manipulation by chiropractor'

The Los Angeles Coroner's Office released a report this week on the cause of death of the well-known model Katie May. The office ruled that she died from a stroke caused by a "neck manipulation by chiropractor."

Sexually transmitted disease rates in U.S. are the highest ever

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), released the 2015 report on Sexually transmitted diseases on Wednesday, stating there were more reported cases of sexually transmitted diseases last year than ever before in the United States.

62-year-old Spanish woman gives birth to her third child

A 62-year-old woman in Northern Spain has given birth to her third child and is encouraging other older women with a desire to give birth to go ahead and do it. She gave birth to the baby girl last week.

Health apps tune into the personalized medicine initiative

There are many health apps on the market. One of the leading brands – HealhTap – has become more sophisticated through the use of a new algorithm that tailors the content towards individual patients.

New process aims for germ free computer keyboards

Some people are aghast at the idea of sharing computers, due to the risk of pathogenic germs being found on keyboards. A new treatment aims to render keyboards 99 percent bacteria free.

Scientists found cell programming technique to treat eye diseases

A team of researchers discovered a new reprogramming technique that transforms retina support cells into stem cells, paving the way to new potential treatments for eye diseases such as macular degeneration and glaucoma.

New evidence for the role of bacteria in incontinence

The feeling of suddenly having to urinate is an unpleasant one and repeated occurrences can affect many people. The underlying causes are varied, although one factor may be microbial in origin.

CDC — Contaminated heart surgery devices pose risk to thousands

Heating-cooling system devices used in open-heart surgery across the nation may have been contaminated during the manufacturing process, say U.S. health officials, potentially putting thousands of patients at risk of serious or even fatal infections.

Are parents to blame for fussy eaters?

Scientists researching toddlers' eating habits have concluded that it is wrong to blame the parents. Instead, fussy food preferences are down to who the child is and the genes inherited.

On Global Handwashing Day become a 'handwashing champion'

Started on October 15, 2008, Global Handwashing Day has grown to include millions of people of all ages from well over 100 countries in an effort to foster good handwashing habits. This year's theme is “Make Handwashing a Habit!”

Kratom gets a reprieve from the DEA — at least for now

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration reversed itself on Wednesday, announcing it has removed Kratom from the agency's list of Schedule I substances, at least for now.

U.S. kids facing obesity ‘epidemic’

Children in the U.S. rank 47 out of 50 countries measuring aerobic fitness, a sign of overall health and one connected with obesity. In light of this, Dr. Elaina George has provided Digital Journal readers with some health-related tips.

New advice for dealing with hyperhidrosis

Some people suffer with sweating too much, no matter what time of year. The medical name for the condition is hyperhidrosis. The American Academy of Dermatology has issued new advice to help those with the condition.

Tax sugary drinks to fight obesity, says WHO

The UN health agency on Tuesday urged countries to start taxing sugary drinks as they fight against an obesity epidemic, pointing to evidence that price hikes can dramatically reduce consumption.

Zika virus likely to spread in Asia Pacific: WHO

The Zika virus is set to spread through Asia, the World Health Organization warned Monday, with hundreds of cases reported in Singapore and two Thai babies diagnosed with Zika-linked microcephaly.

Op-Ed: Mylan's $465 million EpiPen settlement to Medicaid is laughable

Drug-maker Mylan has agreed to pay $465 million to settle allegations that it over-billed Medicaid for its life-saving EpiPen, all without their admitting any guilt, and closing the book on a federal investigation.

New device for growing replacement lungs

The idea of developing artificial lungs for organ donation remains a goal for the medical establishment, given that a high proportion of people die due to the scarcity of available lungs. A new technique brings this closer.

Giant hairball cut out from woman's stomach

A 38-year-old woman in the U.S. has had a giant 15 centimeter hairball removed from her stomach. This rare event is known as the Rapunzel syndrome.

Warning over giving children alternative medicine

Medical professionals have issued a warning about giving children alternative medicine. This comes after a four year-old boy was rushed to hospital after being given a holistic treatment.

Op-Ed: Talk about disgusting — Viral video of couple OD'ed on heroin

A live video posted on Facebook and YouTube showing a couple passed out on a Memphis, Tennessee street after snorting heroin has gone viral on social media and on many local television stations.

New medical tech device to manage diabetes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a novel device to help with the management of Type I diabetes. The device controls the administration of glucose.

Deadly MRSA superbug now found in British pork

New checks have revealed that pork products made in the UK are infected with the MRSA superbug. The discovery confirms that the deadly bacteria is now present in the human food chain and is spreading from country to country.

New concerns over Zika birth defects

The association of Zika virus disease with the birth defect microcephaly has been widely reported. As more data is gathered, research from Brazil shows this is just one of several birth defect related concerns.

New initiative to reduce bloodstream infections

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has teamed up with various health bodies in order to reduce the rate of bloodstream infections affecting kidney dialysis patients.

Dear NASA, Sweden wants you to send a condom into space

Sweden is known for being "sexually liberated," and is not squeamish about it either. So it's no surprise that they have sent a request to NASA, asking the space agency to send a condom into space.

Homeopathic teething remedies pose a serious health risk

While a teething baby can present a challenge to any parent, experienced or not, the FDA is warning that turning to homeopathic tablets or gels can be very dangerous to your infant's health.

New health warning over mold found on nuts and corn

New research suggests that mold that can grow on common foodstuffs like nuts and corn can lead to ill-health effects through triggering a weakening of the airways.

Guatemala eliminates river blindness

Guatemala has become the fourth country in the Americas to eliminate river blindness disease. The announcement represents tough action by national and international bodies.

Should Canada be recommending vitamin D?

Following the recommendation that people in the U.K. take vitamin D supplements, a pressure group in Canada has begun lobbying for the recommendations to be made by the Canadian government.

Can modifying the microbiome reduce autism?

Scientists have found that the absence of a single species of bacteria contributes to autism-like social behaviors. Moreover, adding this bacterium back normal social activity is restored.
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