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Study: Junk food almost twice as distracting as healthy food
When we haven't eaten, junk food is twice as distracting as healthy food or non-food items. (2017-10-26)

Better food choices near schools for healthier teeth
There's something endearing about the crooked, gapped-tooth smiles of children whose permanent teeth are coming in. While it's normal for adult teeth to show up at very different times, should we expect the same good oral health conditions for all children at all times? (2017-10-23)

Climate shifts shorten marine food chain off California
Environmental disturbances such as El Niño shake up the marine food web off Southern California, new research shows, countering conventional thinking that the hierarchy of who-eats-who in the ocean remains largely constant over time. (2017-10-19)

Is HPV vaccination safe for adult women?
In a Journal of Internal Medicine study of more than 3 million Danish and Swedish adult women, human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination was not linked with 44 serious chronic diseases. (2017-10-18)

Dolphin diets suggest extreme changes in the ocean may shorten food chains
Extreme marine conditions like El Niño are associated with shorter food chain length in the California Current ecosystem, a new analysis reports. The finding counters previous evidence for long-term stability and ecosystem resilience in nitrogen cycling and food web structure off the (2017-10-18)

New obesity treatment lowers body weight in mice, rats and primates
Researchers have created engineered proteins that lowered body weight, bloodstream insulin, and cholesterol levels in obese mice, rats, and primates. (2017-10-18)

New anti-clotting drugs not associated with higher risk of major bleeding
A new group of drugs used to treat patients with serious blood clots are not associated with a higher risk of major bleeding compared with the older anti-clotting drug, warfarin, finds a study published by The BMJ today. (2017-10-17)

Lost in translation: When humor kills the message
Getting a laugh may not help get the road safety message across, with a new QUT study showing humorous driver sleepiness advertisements via social media and other means can get lost in translation. (2017-10-12)

Flexible sensors can detect movement in GI tract
MIT researchers have devised a flexible ingestible sensor that could help doctors to diagnose problems caused by a slowdown of food flowing through the digestive tract. The sensors could also be used to detect food pressing on the stomach, helping doctors to monitor food intake by patients being treated for obesity. (2017-10-10)

What is a safe following distance?
Confusion over what is a 'safe following distance' has QUT road safety researchers calling for a standardised definition to prevent tailgating. Dr Sebastien Demmel, from QUT's Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety -- Queensland (CARRS-Q), said the results of the study which found 50 per cent of drivers tailgate, was being presented at the 2017 Australasian Road Safety Conference in Perth. (2017-10-10)

Drivers are less cautious at railway crossings
Drivers aren't as cautious approaching a railway level crossing compared to a road intersection despite the greater risk of fatality if a collision occurs, a new Queensland University of Technology study has found. (2017-10-10)

Faster Salmonella test boosts food safety for humans and animals
A new test allows accurate, rapid testing for Salmonella, a bacteria that is one of the leading causes of food-borne illness across all regions of the world. (2017-10-05)

Soil amendments for healthier spinach
Soils keep plants healthy by providing plants with water, helpful minerals, and microbes, among other benefits. But what if the soil also contains toxic elements, such as cadmium? The solution goes back to the soil. Researchers are investigating which soil additives work best. (2017-10-04)

Mold contamination in sea salts could potentially spoil food
Research from Cornell University mycologist Kathie Hodge and doctoral candidate Megan Biango-Daniels reveals varying levels of mold contamination in commercial sea salts. Among those molds were important food spoilage molds like Aspergillus and Penicillium, and even some notorious producers of mycotoxins. (2017-10-03)

New survey finds 21 percent of Americans report personal experience with medical errors
The vast majority of Americans are having positive experiences with the health care system, but 21 percent of adults report having personally experienced a medical error, according to a new national survey released today by the IHI/NPSF Lucian Leape Institute and NORC at the University of Chicago. The survey further finds that, when errors do occur, they often have lasting impact on the patient's physical health, emotional health, financial well-being, or family relationships. (2017-10-02)

Working group urges better access to safe abortion, in developing world
On International Safe Abortion Day, Sept. 28, an international research group reports in a new paper with senior author Leontine Alkema at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that out of the 55.7 million abortions that are estimated to have occurred each year between 2010 and 2014, almost half (45.1 percent) were unsafe. Further, they found that the global proportion of unsafe abortions is significantly higher in developing countries than developed countries, 49.5 percent vs. 12.5 percent. (2017-09-27)

Radavirsen performs well in early influenza trial
A phase 1 clinical trial published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology found that radavirsen--an antisense oligomer that inhibits the production of certain influenza proteins -- is safe and well-tolerated in healthy individuals. Additional studies on radavirsen's potential as a treatment for influenza are warranted. (2017-09-20)

Ensuring broccoli sprouts retain their cancer-fighting compounds
Raw broccoli sprouts, a rich source of potential cancer-fighting compounds, have become a popular health food in recent years. But conventional heat treatment used to kill bacteria on produce can reduce levels of the broccoli sprouts' helpful phytochemicals. Now researchers report in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that high pressure processing could wipe out harmful bacteria while maintaining high concentrations of its health-promoting ingredients. (2017-09-20)

Pediatric emergency department physicians wary of discussing firearm injury prevention
Many emergency departments provide education on childhood injury prevention. But new research shows many physicians are leaving out one important topic: firearm injury prevention. The study abstract, 'Firearm Safety: A Survey on Practice Patterns, Knowledge and Opinions of Pediatric Emergency Medicine Providers,' will be presented Friday, Sept. 15 at the 2017 American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition in Chicago. (2017-09-15)

Study highlights need for epinephrine in schools -- and staff trained to administer it
With school nurses often covering multiple buildings, researchers find that nearly one in five students who experience severe allergic reactions are given potentially life-saving epinephrine injections from unlicensed staff or students. (2017-09-15)

More infants and toddlers being positioned correctly in car safety seats
New research suggests child passenger safety education programs are a success, with more infants and toddlers riding in the rear-facing position than ever before. The study abstract, 'Trends in Child Passenger Safety Practices in Indiana From 2009-2015,' will be presented Monday, Sept. 18 at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition in Chicago. (2017-09-15)

Contaminants in food: Health risks of natural origin are frequently underestimated
Just under 60 percent of the German population view undesirable substances in food as a high or very high health risk. The most well-known of these substances, which are scientifically denoted as contaminants, are mercury compounds and dioxins. In contrast, only around 13 percent of respondents have heard of the natural contaminants pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) in honey or tea - and only roughly one in three of those who have heard of PAs believe these substances pose a significant health risk. (2017-09-15)

Blame often attributed to others in patient safety incident reports
This research is published in the September/October 2017 Annals of Family Medicine. (2017-09-12)

Agriculture and health sectors collaborate to address population health
In at least 18 states around the United States, academic health science centers are partnering with cooperative extension systems to better address population health. This research appears in the September/October 2017 Annals of Family Medicine. (2017-09-12)

An emergency method for measuring strontium levels in milk can be used in routine studies
The UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country's Nuclear and Radiological Safety research group is participating in validations of methods proposed by the International Atomic Energy Agency. In a recently published study, this group has tested the viability of a method proposed by the international agency to measure radioactive strontium in milk, developed for cases of nuclear emergency, so that it can be incorporated into routine radiological monitoring measurements. (2017-09-08)

Later circadian timing of food intake is associated with increased body mass index
BWH investigators examine the relationships between body fat and body mass index, and the timing of food consumption, to time of day and to the body's circadian or body clock. (2017-09-08)

Study shows oral food challenges are safe for diagnosing food allergies
The best way to find out if someone has a food allergy is through an oral food challenge (OFC) under the supervision of a board-certified allergist. A new study shows that OFCs are extremely safe, with very few people having a reaction of any kind. (2017-09-07)

Australian Magpie 'dunks' its food before eating, researchers find
Scientists at the University of York, in collaboration with researchers at Western Sydney University, have shown that the Australian Magpie may 'dunk' its food in water before eating, a process that appears to be 'copied' by its offspring. (2017-09-07)

A decade later, older Americans are still going hungry
A recent report comparing data from 2007 to 2015 finds 5.4 million people age 60 or older in the US, or 8.1 percent, are food insecure. Although this percentage went down from 2014 to 2015, it's still unacceptable, according to University of Illinois economist Craig Gundersen. (2017-09-06)

Vaccine to prevent most cervical cancers shows long-term effectiveness
A vaccine that can literally eradicate the majority of cervical cancer cases shows long-term effectiveness in a study published today in The Lancet. This study of 14,215 women in 18 countries extends and solidifies the initial phase 3 efficacy and safety trial of the nine-valent human papilloma virus vaccine, Gardasil 9, that was published in February 2015 in The New England Journal of Medicine. (2017-09-05)

An island getaway: Why some Listeria strains survive good food hygiene standards
researchers from Vetmeduni Vienna have now shown that certain Listeria strains -- figuratively speaking -- take refuge on an island. An 'islet' of two genes located in one area of the genome increases the bacteria's survival under alkaline and oxidative stress conditions. The researchers were able to identify the two genes as a functional unit termed a 'stress survival islet'. Understanding this genetic 'lifesaver' can help develop new strategies for food safety. (2017-08-30)

Experts release US policy roadmap to reduce antibiotics used in food animals
Leading physicians, veterinarians and other experts outline key steps for policymakers, food companies and food purchasers, and medical groups to help tackle the antibiotic resistance crisis. (2017-08-29)

New analysis examines how low cholesterol can safely go (FOURIER)
Very aggressive reduction of LDL-cholesterol to ultra-low levels was associated with progressively fewer cardiovascular events and appears to pose no safety concerns in patients with stable atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease over 2.2 years of follow-up, according to a new analysis of the FOURIER trial. (2017-08-28)

NIPPON follow-up: Shorter dual antiplatelet therapy stands the test of time (DAPT)
Three year follow-up of patients who received dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) after placement of a drug-eluting stent (DES) shows that a short course of the therapy continues to be as beneficial as a longer course. (2017-08-28)

Study confirms safety of rapid algorithm to rule-out and rule-in myocardial infarction
The safety and efficacy of a rapid algorithm to rule-out and rule-in myocardial infarction has been confirmed in a study presented at ESC Congress today. (2017-08-27)

Caffeine tempers taste, triggering temptation for sweets
Caffeine, the widely consumed stimulant and igniter of sluggish mornings, has been found to temper taste buds temporarily, making food and drink seem less sweet, according to new Cornell University research. (2017-08-24)

Clay-based antimicrobial packaging keeps food fresh
Sometimes it seems as if fresh food goes bad in the blink of an eye. Consumers are left feeling frustrated, turning to cheaper, processed foods. Now scientists report that they developed a packaging film coated with clay nanotubes containing an antibacterial essential oil. The film prevents over ripening and microbial growth, improving the shelf life of perishables. The researchers are presenting their results today at the 254th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society. (2017-08-21)

Smart label could one day let you know when to toss food and cosmetics (video)
Detecting food and cosmetic spoilage and contamination. Identifying new medicinal plants in a remote jungle. Authenticating tea and wine. Scientists have developed a low-cost, portable, paper-based sensor that can potentially carry out all of these functions with easy-to-read results. The researchers are presenting their results today at the 254th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society. (2017-08-21)

Back-to-school worries for parents? 1 in 3 very concerned bullying, cyberbullying
What parents are most worried about as their children prepare to head back to school. (2017-08-21)

Collaborative effort aims to replace rabbit test for personal lubricant products
A first-of-its kind collaborative project is underway to find a non-animal test method to replace the rabbit vaginal irritation test for personal lubricants. The US Food and Drug Administration gave the project a green light as part of the agency's program aimed at modernizing the tests used to develop and evaluate medical devices. (2017-08-21)

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