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We helped uncover a public health crisis in Flint, but learned there are costs to doing good science

Our team of more than two dozen students and research scientists at Virginia Tech has spent much of the past year analyzing and publicizing unsafe …

Public Health

Antibiotic Resistance Is a Public Health Nightmare — And It's Not Going to Stop | VICE News

<b>This story is part of a partnership between MedPage Today</b> <i>and VICE News.</i><p>Antibiotics have saved countless lives in the 88 years since penicillin was discovered, but the antibiotics we have aren't working as well as they once did — and if we don't act, the results could be disastrous, infectious …

HPV rates drop 64% in decade since recommended CDC vaccination

Human papillomavirus (HPV) prevalence is down 64% since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended a vaccination for the sexually transmitted infection a decade ago, according to a study released on Monday.<p>CDC researchers said this is also the first time a study has shown …

The Zika virus: Why a complicated threat has a boring, unglamorous fix

Humans crave distraction. We demand newness in our daily lives, equate familiarity with boredom, and flock to the latest wonders of technology simply because of their novelty.<p>So when a dangerous threat like the mosquito-borne Zika virus suddenly emerges, it's human nature to look for quick-fix …

Before we legalize pot, Canada has to decide: How high is too high to drive?

Article 253 (1) of the Criminal Code of Canada outlaws the operation a motor vehicle, boat, aircraft or railway engine while a "person's ability to operate . . . is impaired by alcohol or a drug." The provision has existed for decades, but it's only recently that the justice system has seriously …

N.L. leads the way with highest rate of heart disease in the country: cardiologist

The Heart and Stroke Foundation has described heart disease as a growing epidemic in Canada — and a St. John's cardiac specialist says Newfoundland …

Chikungunya is on the move

A crippling virus has slipped its bonds in Africa and Asia and is invading whole new continents faster than people can learn to pronounce its name. …

Lack of Sleep Has Become a Public Health Issue in the US

Lack of sleep has become a public health issue in the United States, approximately a third of the American adults failing to enjoy the recommended …

Rules to make school lunches healthier are working, study finds

<b>(CNN) —</b> Ever since new meal standards went into effect in schools across the United States in 2012, experts have worried that the changes would result in fewer students eating school lunches. A new study of a Washington state school district suggests this has not been the case.<p>The meal standards, …

China’s HIV epidemic could hinge on doctor training

Providing training and education to doctors on sexually transmitted infection can significantly reduce infection risk among patients, new research …

How People Are Using Religion to Circumvent Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act has had one largely unanticipated consequence: it’s driven the growth of faith-based health insurance ministries.<p>The …

Omron Squeezed an Inflatable Blood Pressure Monitor Into a Watch

Almost every wrist-worn fitness tracker now includes a sensor that can track the wearer’s heart rate as another useful fitness metric. But Omron is …

U.K. Approves E-Cigarette Prescriptions To Help People Quit Smoking

Many experts think e-cigarettes are a lower-risk alternative to smoking.<p>LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's drug regulators have given the go-ahead for a British American Tobacco electronic-cigarette vaping device to be sold as a quit smoking medicine, the first such product to be given a drug license in …

New App Scans Thousands Of Food Packets To Reveal Hidden Sugar

The app is able to scan 75,000 food and drink products.<p>A free app that shows how much sugar is hidden in everyday products has been launched by Public Health England as it warns parents to track the amount in kids' diets.<p>The app has been developed after figures revealed children were eating three …

Public Health England

Israeli, German researchers find link between industrialized foods and autoimmune diseases

Scientists argue that processed foods weaken the intestine’s resistance to bacteria, toxins and other hostile nutritional and non-nutritional …

Autoimmune Diseases

Aging health: WHO call to action as world population over 60 set to double by 2050

In a new report on aging and health, the World Health Organization is calling for action on "population aging," as figures suggest the number of …

Scientists say car emissions rigging raises health concerns

LONDON, (Reuters) - Volkswagen’s admission that it rigged car emission tests has prompted environmental and health experts to ask whether such deception could have hampered progress in reducing death and disease from air pollution.<p>Volkswagen autos are seen at a VW dealership in the Queens borough …

Urgent action needed to stop drug overdoses: Editorial | The Star

Heavier use of opioids, such as heroin and fentanyl, is cited as a factor in this increase. Public health workers have also expressed concern that, …

How Vaccines, a Collective Triumph of Modern Medicine, Conquered the World’s Diseases

Tucked away in a cabinet on the fifth floor of the National Museum of American History are rows of tiny bottles, boxes and needles. Acrid whiffs of …

Not Just A Man’s Problem: The Deadly Cost Of Underestimating Women’s Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, killing nearly 300,000 women a year – that’s one in every four female …