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Google Searches for 'Chickenpox' Reveal Big Impact of Vaccinations

Countries that implement government-mandated vaccinations for chickenpox see a sharp drop in the number of Google searches for the common childhood disease afterward, demonstrating that immunization significantly reduces seasonal outbreaks.

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Identifying How Merkel Cell Polyomavirus Infection Can Cause a Lethal Carcinoma

A benign virus normally found in the skin can lead to a type of rare, lethal skin cancer. Specifically, infection by the Merkel cell polyomavirus can lead to Merkel cell carcinoma in immune-compromised individuals. Researchers have now identified a type of skin cell as the target of the virus in humans and establishes a new way to investigate this type of oncogenic viral infection and identifies a potential therapeutic agent against this infection.

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Researchers Receive State Grant to Map Zika-Carrying Mosquitoes

NMSU researchers to trap and map Zika-carrying mosquitoes with a grant award from the New Mexico Department of Health

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How Zika Infects the Placenta

Zika virus can infect and replicate in immune cells from the placenta, without killing them, scientists have discovered. The finding may explain how the virus can pass through the placenta of a pregnant woman, on its way to infect developing brain cells in her fetus.

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In Wake of Flint Crisis, New Proposal Seeks to 'Focus on the Fix' for Lead Poisoning

The crisis of lead-contaminated drinking water in Flint, Mich., continues to make headlines—but it's just the most prominent example of an "ongoing and needless tragedy of childhood lead poisoning," according David E. Jacobs, PhD, CIH, a noted authority on childhood lead poisoning prevention. Dr. Jacobs writes in the June Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, published by Wolters Kluwer.

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Every Monday Should Be World No Tobacco Day

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On May 31st, the World Health Organization hopes to spur the nearly one billion smokers worldwide to put down their cigarettes for World No Tobacco Day. While this annual event generates media attention and is a potential starting point for many quit attempts, without a sustained effort these smokers will likely be puffing away again in a matter of weeks. Researchers say that one way to keep the momentum going after this once-a-year push to get smokers’ attention, is to use every Monday as a weekly opportunity to support smokers in their efforts to quit and stay quit.

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Long-Awaited National U.S. Study Finds Increased Cancer from Cell Phones

The renowned U.S. National Toxicology Program finds the same rare cancers of the brain and heart that occur more often in heavy cellphone users are also increased in experimental animals. This preliminary report should ring alarm bells around the world.

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Covering Election 2016? Talk with Berkeley-Haas Experts on Key Policy Issues. Contact: ptom@berkeley.edu

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Red Tide Forecasting in the Gulf of Mexico on Every Beach, Every Day? Soon There Will Be an App for That

A new three-year $1.1 million grant from NASA is helping several organizations fine-tune current red tide forecasts in the Gulf of Mexico with the goal of offering public health managers, coastal residents and visitors a forecast that better reflects coastal conditions on more localized scales.

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NUS Engineering Team Develops Novel Technology to “Print” Customized Tablets for Personalized Medicine

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A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore have found a way to make personalized medicine cheaper and easier - they have designed a new method of tablet fabrication that can make customizable pills that release drugs with any desired release profiles.

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Researchers Identify Top Products to Repel Mosquitoes

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Lung Cancer Survival Rate Increases by 73 Percent if Caught Early

The UK Lung cancer screening trial (UKLS) has been successfully completed and demonstrated that patients with a high risk of developing lung cancer can be identified with early stage disease and have up to a 73% chance of surviving for five years or more. The UKLS trial was conducted by experts in the University of Liverpool.

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New NIH-EPA Research Centers to Study Environmental Health Disparities

The National Institutes of Health has partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to fund five new research centers to improve health in communities overburdened by pollution and other environmental factors that contribute to health disparities. Within each center, scientists will partner with community organizations to study these concerns and develop culturally appropriate ways to reduce exposure to harmful environmental conditions.

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Johns Hopkins Bioethics Institute to Study the Futures of Food Systems, Ethical Labeling with Support From the Stavros Niarchos Foundation

Scholars at Johns Hopkins will continue their innovative work on one of humanity’s oldest and most complex problems – how to ethically ensure enough nutritious food for the world’s population – with a grant of more than $3 million from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

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Zika Virus May Be Linked to More Eye Problems in Brazilian Babies with Microcephaly

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Researchers from Brazil and Stanford University report on an ocular case study of three Brazilian infants with microcephaly presumed to be caused by Zika virus. Findings will appear in Ophthalmology, journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

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Prominent Cancer Expert Reveals Five Easy Steps to Prevent Skin Cancer

In a new video posted today, Cedars-Sinai melanoma expert Omid Hamid, MD, offers five easy actions you can take to protect you and your family from skin cancer, the most common type of cancer in the U.S. The video is available for streaming and downloading here.

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ISPOR 21st Annual International Meeting Workshop Explores How to Make Patients as Partners in Research a Reality

The ISPOR 21st Annual International Meeting Workshop 13—Patients as Partners in Research—Making It a Reality—was held this afternoon in Washington, DC, USA.

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ISPOR 21st Annual International Meeting Issue Panel Considers MCDA as a Possible New Paradigm in Health Care Decision Making

ISPOR's 21st Annual International Meeting Issue Panel 12—Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis: A New Paradigm in Health Care Decision Making? What Are the Current Status, Challenges, and Opportunities?—was held this afternoon in Washington, DC, USA.

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Ut Southwestern Grilling Season Health Tips

Cooking meat, including beef, pork, fish, or poultry, with high-temperature methods such as pan frying or grilling directly over an open flame can increase exposure to chemicals that can cause changes in DNA that may increase the risk of cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute.