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Alcohol ‘should have calorie labels’

Alcohol ‘should have calorie labels’

unable to retrieve full-text contentAlcohol should have a calorie content label in order to reduce obesity, according to public health doctors. Continue reading

Hygienic funerals, better protection for health workers offer best chance to stop Ebola

Hygienic funerals, better protection for health workers offer best chance to stop Ebola

Hygienic funeral practices, case isolation, contact tracing with quarantines, and better protection for health care workers are the keys to stopping the Ebola epidemic that continues to expand in West Africa, researchers said today in a new report in the journal Science . Continuing the status quo of intervention efforts that were in place as of Sept. 19 would allow continued expansion of the epidemic by about 224 new cases daily in Liberia by Dec. Continue reading

Campaign to reduce firearm suicide wins support among firearm retailers in New Hampshire

Campaign to reduce firearm suicide wins support among firearm retailers in New Hampshire

Nearly half (48%) of firearm retailers in New Hampshire displayed materials from a firearm suicide prevention campaign generated by a coalition of gun owners and public health professionals, according to a new study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers. It is the first collaboration between firearm retailers and public health professionals around suicide prevention. The study appeared online October 28, 2014 in Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior . Continue reading

US hospitals lack infection prevention personnel and resources to confront Ebola, survey shows

US hospitals lack infection prevention personnel and resources to confront Ebola, survey shows

Only 6 percent of U.S. hospitals are well-prepared to receive a patient with the Ebola virus, according to a survey of infection prevention experts at U.S. hospitals conducted October 10-15 by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). Continue reading

‘Long tail’ thinking can help eliminate health disparities

‘Long tail’ thinking can help eliminate health disparities

“Long tail” thinking in public health might yield greater progress in eliminating health disparities, according to a new study from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis Continue reading

Large variation in Cesarean rates across US hospitals

Large variation in Cesarean rates across US hospitals

Cesarean delivery is the most common inpatient surgery in the United States. US cesarean rates increased from 20.7% in 1996 to 32.9% in 2009 but have since stabilized, with 1.3 million American women having had a cesarean delivery in 2011 Continue reading

Salmonella-infected mice that were given antibiotics became superspreaders

Salmonella-infected mice that were given antibiotics became superspreaders

Salmonella-infected mice that were given antibiotics became sicker and began shedding far more bacteria in their feces than they had before. Some people infected with pathogens spread their germs to others while remaining symptom-free themselves. Now, investigators at the Stanford University School of Medicine believe they may know why Continue reading

Three people infected with Ebola predicted to fly from West Africa every month if no exit screening takes place

Three people infected with Ebola predicted to fly from West Africa every month if no exit screening takes place

Three Ebola-infected travellers are predicted to depart on an international flight every month from any of the three countries in West Africa currently experiencing widespread Ebola virus outbreaks (Guinea, Liberia, or Sierra Leone), if no exit screening were to take place, according to new modelling research published in The Lancet. Dr Kamran Khan at St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada, and colleagues analysed 2014 worldwide flight schedules and historic flight itineraries of passengers from 2013 to predict expected population movements out of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. They also used WHO Ebola virus surveillance data to model the expected number of exported Ebola virus infections and to determine how useful air travel restrictions and airport departure and arrival screening might be in controlling the spread of the deadly virus Continue reading

Three people infected with Ebola predicted to fly from West Africa every month if no exit screening takes place

Three people infected with Ebola predicted to fly from West Africa every month if no exit screening takes place

Three Ebola-infected travellers are predicted to depart on an international flight every month from any of the three countries in West Africa currently experiencing widespread Ebola virus outbreaks (Guinea, Liberia, or Sierra Leone), if no exit screening were to take place, according to new modelling research published in The Lancet. Continue reading

Positive subliminal messages on aging improve physical functioning in elderly

Positive subliminal messages on aging improve physical functioning in elderly

Older individuals who are subliminally exposed to positive stereotypes about aging showed improved physical functioning that can last for several weeks, a new study led by the Yale School of Public Health has found. Continue reading