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Many antibiotics overprescribed for outpatients, study finds

Prescriptions for antibiotics written by non-physician providers — nurse practitioners and physician assistants — increased over a six-year period, and many drugs ...

Income, education impact aspects of health in race, gender-specific ways

ANN ARBOR—Research long has shown that socioeconomic status has much to do with how healthy we are, but a study from the ...

New study shows major omission in evidence of ‘weekend effect’ on mortality rates in hospitals

Study directly contradicts established wisdom that mortality rates increase at the weekend •Higher proportion of patients admitted to hospital at the weekend have arrived by ambulance ... Full story

Air-bag helmet could reduce impact of head in bike crashes

Drop tests from as high as 2 meters show that an air-bag helmet may reduce impact by as much as sixfold compared to traditional bike helmets. ... Full story

Cigarette Smoking Patterns Vary Across Counties Within Each State

Findings can help state and local public health departments tailor tobacco prevention and control interventions ... Full story

Fast chip detects effects of poison

The effect that toxic substances have on, for example, hemoglobin in blood, can now be tested in a fast way using a new lab-on-a-chip. UT scientist Floris van den Brink developed a fast and efficient mixer for this. ... Full story

Physicians’ political beliefs affect medical treatment

By Mike Cummings Doctors’ political beliefs influence their treatment decisions on politicized health issues like marijuana use, gun safety, and abortion, suggests a new study by ... Full story

WHO calls for immediate safe evacuation of the sick and wounded from conflict areas

WHO is also calling for a halt of attacks on health care workers and facilities. ... Full story

Severe burns, injuries from e-cigarette explosions go under-reported across the country

In a new British Medical Journal editorial, UNC School of Medicine researchers and physicians stress the need for better worldwide surveillance of e-cigarette-related burns and better regulation of e-cigarettes to reduce burn injuries. ... Full story

Aussies hide attempts to cut back on booze

New research from the University of Adelaide has highlighted the social pressures Australians experience when they try to stop or reduce their alcohol consumption. ... Full story

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