Public Health

Fifth of world's food lost to over-eating and waste, study finds

Fifth of world’s food lost to over-eating and waste, study finds

Almost 20 per cent of the food made available to consumers is lost through over-eating or waste, a study suggests. The world population consumes around...
Street lights, parks, and public transportation associated with lower youth homicide rates

Street lights, parks, and public transportation associated with lower youth homicide rates

Street lighting, illuminated walk/don’t walk signs, painted crosswalks, public transportation, community parks, and maintained vacant lots are associated with significant decreased likelihood of homicide...
Next-gen antibiotics might defend against bioterrorism, study shows

Next-gen antibiotics might defend against bioterrorism, study shows

The compounds target ribosomes in the translation phase of the bacteria’s genetic process, he adds. For bacteria to grow and proliferate, protein-generating ribosomes, like engines...
Contact tracing, with indoor spraying, can curb dengue outbreak

Contact tracing, with indoor spraying, can curb dengue outbreak

A novel, effective, more targeted approach for the surveillance and control of dengue fever Contact tracing, combined with targeted, indoor residual spraying of insecticide, can...
Study maps where US patients appear more ill than they are

Study maps where US patients appear more ill than they are

In some areas of the U.S., medical providers consistently order more tests and treatments for patients than providers do elsewhere -- a fact that...
Medical errors could cause 250,000 U.S. deaths a year, study shows

Medical errors could cause 250,000 U.S. deaths a year, study shows

Medical errors cause more than 250,000 deaths every year in the United States, enough to make them the nation’s third-leading cause of death if...
Sugar, salt, and fat taxes could save billions in health care costs

Sugar, salt, and fat taxes could save billions in health care costs in Australia

Australia could save AUD $3.4 billion (USD $2.3 billion) in healthcare costs over the remaining lifetimes of all Australians alive in 2010 by instituting...
These 3 existing drugs might fight Zika

These 3 existing drugs might fight Zika

Several drugs already in the pharmaceutical arsenal have potential to fight Zika virus infections, tests with lab-grown human cells reveal. In the journal Nature Medicine,...
Huge out-of-pocket costs for Medicare patients with cancer

Huge out-of-pocket costs for Medicare patients with cancer

A cancer diagnosis can be a serious financial hardship for many elderly and disabled patients on Medicare, with annual out-of-pocket costs ranging from $2,116...
How health insurance binds neighbors together

How health insurance binds neighbors together

Access to health insurance can help hold a community together socially, and lack of it can help fray neighborhood cohesion, report researchers. The study, published...