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Poor Air Quality Kills 5.5 Million Worldwide Annually

New research shows that more than 5.5 million people die prematurely every year due to household and outdoor air pollution. More than half of deaths occur in two of the world's fastest growing economies, China and India.

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UMD Researchers Assess Potential Public Health Impacts of Fracking in Maryland

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Following their release of a state-commissioned study on the potential public health impacts of fracking in Western Maryland, University of Maryland researchers are helping to inform the conversation about the potential risks associated with unconventional natural gas development and production.

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Pesticide-Induced Mosquito Death Outweighs Fitness Advantage of Survivors

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A common toxin used to kill yellow fever mosquito larvae – the most prevalent transmitter of dengue, chikungunya and zika viruses – is highly effective. While there are some fitness advantages to surviving adults, this is still an effective way to control the damaging health impacts of these mosquito-borne diseases, a new University of Florida study shows.

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NYU Research: A Window to Prevent HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Colombia

A recent study examined injection risk behaviors among heroin injectors in the Colombian cities of Medellín and Pereira to explore the implications for possible increased HIV transmission within PWID.

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Gene Signature Could Lead to a New Way of Diagnosing Lyme

Researchers at UC San Francisco and Johns Hopkins may have found a new way to diagnose Lyme disease, based on a distinctive gene “signature” they discovered in white blood cells of patients infected with the tick-borne bacteria.

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Public Health Researchers Map World’s ‘Chemical Landscape’

Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have created a map of the world’s chemical landscape, a catalogue of 10,000 chemicals for which there is available safety data that they say can predict the toxicity of many of the 90,000 or more other substances in consumer products for which there is no such information.

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Anal Intercourse Linked to Increased Risk of Incontinence in Both Males, Females

Study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology shows fecal incontinence risk from anal intercourse is heightened for both women and men, with men almost three times as likely to experience incontinence.

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Put That in Your E-Cigarette and Smoke It, or Should You?

Ilona Jaspers, PhD, from the UNC School of Medicine, recently completed research showing how the chemicals in e-cigarettes can change immune responses in our airways. She will present her findings at the AAAS annual meeting February 11-16.

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UW–Madison Researchers Begin Work on Zika Virus

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Some of the first experiments studying Zika virus in monkeys will be conducted by a broad UW–Madison team that includes the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center and experts in infectious disease, pregnancy and neurology.

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Zika Virus Can Cause Long- and Short-Term Economic Havoc in Americas

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Publish, Don’t Perish!

A new journal is challenging established methods in biomedical research publications. Pathogens and Immunity streamlines the current research publication process – a well-recognized source of frustration for biomedical researchers – from one day to five minutes.

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Health Officials Confirm Zika Virus in Ohio

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Fall in One-to-One Nursing Care of Very Sick New-Borns Linked to Higher Death Rate

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University of Warwick research indicates that a fall in one to one nursing care of very sick and premature new-borns is linked to a higher death rate in neonatal intensive care.

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Chinese Male Teens Aren’t Smoking as Much, SLU Research Finds

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Chinese teenage boys who are born in more recent years are less likely to start smoking than those in previous generations.