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Comprehensive Study of Allergic Deaths in U.S. Finds Medications Are Main Culprit

Medications are the leading cause of allergy-related sudden deaths in the U.S., according to an analysis of death certificates from 1999 to 2010, conducted by researchers at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. The study, published online today in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, also found that the risk of fatal drug-induced allergic reactions was particularly high among older people and African-Americans and that such deaths increased significantly in the U.S. in recent years.

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New Study Reconfirms: Calling 9-1-1 Can Be the Difference Between Life and Death

It's a simple message: Call 9-1-1 at the first warning signs of a heart attack. Unfortunately, many still choose to either drive to the hospital, or wait to see if the symptoms disappear. New research from the MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute reconfirms relying on emergency medical services helps heart attack patients avoid delays and expedite treatment.

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Disease Without Borders

In a paper published this week online in Global Society, researchers with University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the Urban Studies and Planning Program, also at UC San Diego, present a bioregional guide that merges place-based (territorial) city planning and ecosystem management along the United States-Mexico border as way to improve human and environmental health.

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Simulations Provided Early Alert to Deadly Potential of Ebola

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A statistical report from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention aligns with a previously released estimate about the potential threat of the Ebola virus by a national group of scientists, including simulation scientists with Virginia Tech.

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Ebola Outbreak: Experts on Medical Ethics, Microbiology, Transportation and Politics Weigh in From DePaul University

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The Medical Minute: Emergency Planning Starts at Home – but Extends Beyond

Preparedness for an emergency or disaster begins at home. That’s the message officials are trying to convey during September, which is National Preparedness Month.

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Drivers, Don’t Trade in Your Smartphone for Google Glass … Yet

Texting while driving with Google Glass is clearly a distraction, a new University of Central Florida study has concluded -- but there is a twist. In the study texting Glass users outperformed smartphone users when regaining control of their vehicles after a traffic incident.

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The Power of Numbers: A Single Statistic Can Strengthen Public Support for Traffic Safety Laws

Public support for effective road safety laws, already solid, can be strengthened by a single number: a statistic that quantifies the traffic-related injury risks associated with a given law, according to a new study from the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Rate of Diabetes in U.S. May Be Leveling Off

Following a doubling of the incidence and prevalence of diabetes in the U.S. from 1990-2008, new data suggest a plateauing of the rate between 2008 and 2012 for adults, however the incidence continued to increase in Hispanic and non-Hispanic black adults, according to a study in the September 24 issue of JAMA.

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