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Obesity and community, the fast food pattern revealed

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.

'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.

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.

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?

Babies should sleep in parents' room for first year

San Francisco - 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.

Review: Bedlam and Beyond exhibition in London Special

London - 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.

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."

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.

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.

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?

London - 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.
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