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Rapid adaptation of Aspergillus fungus presents doctors with a dilemma

Discovery calls for new patient treatment guidelines ...

Retaining GPs must be as big a priority as recruiting new ones, RCGP urges government

Professor Maureen Baker, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, has written to Health Secretary in England Jeremy Hunt, urging him that ...

Patient safety in general practice could be ‘at risk’ – unless chronic shortage of GPs is turned around, with nearly 600 practices at risk of closure

Patient safety in general practice across the UK could be ‘at risk’, if nothing is done to turn around the current chronic shortage of GPs, according to the Royal College of General Practitioners – with 594 practices across the UK at risk of closure by 2020 if more family doctors are not recruited. ... Full story

Improving safety at sea

Concerns over the safety of life-saving appliances could put seafarers at increased risk, according to a new study from the Seafarers International Research Centre ... Full story

Motorcycle Accidents Drop Across US, Increase in California

Motorcycle fatalities are declining due to enhanced regulations, but experts warn that caution is still needed, especially in California. While the U.S. motorcycle fatality rate dropped seven percent in 2013, California had a 13 percent increase in fatalities across the state. ... Full story

Landmark study on global container port health and safety

An independent study undertaken by University researchers could pave the way for significant improvements in the health, safety and welfare of workers in the global container port industry. ... Full story

Over half of deaths from injury could be prevented if public knew first aid

Up to 59% of ‘pre-hospital’ deaths from injury could potentially be prevented if more people stepped in with some simple first aid, according to new research commissioned by the British Red Cross and conducted by the University of Manchester. ... Full story

Egyptian women say doctors don’t discourage female genital cutting

More Egyptian women are seeking the opinions of physicians on whether their daughters should undergo female genital cutting, which is illegal in the country, but they say doctors don’t advise against the procedure. ... Full story

One million Australians living in "unhealthy" housing

New research led by the University of Adelaide has highlighted the link between poor living conditions and health, and estimates that more than one million Australians are living in sub-standard housing. ... Full story

BPA Can Disrupt Painted Turtles’ Brain Development Could be a Population Health Concern

Research could help determine how BPA affects male and female brains ... Full story

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