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Study finds that video surveillance can provide insights into hand washing behavior

One of the best defenses against infectious disease is one of the most simple - hand washing. Still, despite years of global public awareness campaigns, hand washing rates remain low. Caregivers of young children in low-income, developing world settings are found to wash their hands only 17 percent of the time after using the toilet [More]

Sneeze and cough generate cloud of invisible gas that propels droplets of infectious material

Each sneeze, cough or burp generates a cloud of invisible gas that propels droplets of infectious material farther than originally thought, and smaller droplets actually travel farther than larger ones. A new study from MIT researchers published in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics says this gas cloud extends the reach of droplets by 5 to 200 times. [More]

Forecast report on China's Dental Care market

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Dental Care Market in China" report to their offering. [More]
Young people with epilepsy are more than twice as likely to be poisoned by medication

Young people with epilepsy are more than twice as likely to be poisoned by medication

Children and young adults with epilepsy are more likely to suffer broken bones, burns and poisonings compared to those without the neurological disorder, new research has found. [More]
Expert guidance highlights strategies to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections

Expert guidance highlights strategies to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections

New expert guidance highlights strategies for implementing and prioritizing efforts to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) in hospitals. [More]
Hospital kitchens remain source of transmission for multi-drug resistant bacteria

Hospital kitchens remain source of transmission for multi-drug resistant bacteria

After handling raw poultry, hands of food preparers and cutting boards remain a source of transmission for multi-drug resistant bacteria, such as E. coli that produce extended-spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBLs). [More]

Calif.'s Latino enrollment soared in final days; hand-wringing continues over Md.'s online marketplace

Enrollment by Latinos in California's healthcare insurance exchange surged in the final month of sign-ups after an intensive push to reach that key population. [More]
Research: Chronic sleep deprivation linked to heart failure

Research: Chronic sleep deprivation linked to heart failure

Poor sleep doubles hospitalisations in heart failure, according to new research in nearly 500 patients presented today at EuroHeartCare 2014. [More]

First Edition: April 4, 2014

Today's headlines include reports about a Capitol Hill hearing in which state exchange officials discussed the difficulties they faced with the operation of their online insurance marketplaces. [More]

Clinical Therapeutics features a special report on trans fat

Clinical Therapeutics features a special report in its March issue focusing on the science and policy leading up to the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) preliminary steps toward restricting industrially produced trans fatty acids, or trans fat, at the federal level. [More]

Patients' risk of stroke increases following shingles, but antiviral drugs appear to offer protection

Patients' risk of stroke significantly increased following the first signs of shingles, but antiviral drugs appeared to offer some protection, according to a new study in Clinical Infectious Diseases, now available online. [More]

Affygility’s occupational exposure limit monograph is now available for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol

Affygility Solutions is pleased to announce that its occupational exposure limit monograph is now available for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the principal psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. [More]
WHO to highlight increasing threat of vector-borne diseases on World Health Day 2014

WHO to highlight increasing threat of vector-borne diseases on World Health Day 2014

More than half the world's population is at risk from diseases such as malaria, dengue, leishmaniasis, Lyme disease, schistosomiasis, and yellow fever, carried by mosquitoes, flies, ticks, water snails and other vectors. Every year, more than one billion people are infected and more than one million die from vector-borne diseases. [More]
Uric acid in urine generates potentially hazardous in swimming pools by interacting with chlorine

Uric acid in urine generates potentially hazardous in swimming pools by interacting with chlorine

A new study shows how uric acid in urine generates potentially hazardous "volatile disinfection byproducts" in swimming pools by interacting with chlorine, and researchers are advising swimmers to observe "improved hygiene habits. [More]

New research reports on China Dental Care market and China mask industry

MarketReportsChina.com adds "Research and Forecast of China Oral Care (Dental) Industry, 2014" and "Research and Investment Prospects of China Mask Industry, 2014-2018" reports to its research database. [More]
People urged to undergo oral cancer screenings as part of Oral Cancer Awareness Month

People urged to undergo oral cancer screenings as part of Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Oral and oropharyngeal cancer (cancer of the mouth and upper throat) collectively kill nearly one person every hour of every day of the year. [More]
New approach could lead to devising alternative tools for cancer therapy

New approach could lead to devising alternative tools for cancer therapy

Inducing biological tissue damage with an atmospheric pressure plasma source could open the door to many applications in medicine [More]

TeleTracking and Hill-Rom sign agreement that increases RTLS cross-selling rights

TeleTracking Technologies, Inc. and Hill-Rom today announced they are expanding a long-standing collaboration aimed at automating the healthcare clinical environment with a new agreement that increases the RTLS cross-selling rights of both companies. [More]
Microbial DNA may be involved in the development of autoimmune processes, shows study

Microbial DNA may be involved in the development of autoimmune processes, shows study

The interactions of the gut microbiota in children with typical diabetes autoantibodies differ from that in healthy children. The fact that these differences already exist before antibodies are detectable in the blood adds to the growing evidence that microbial DNA, the so-called microbiome, may be involved in the development of autoimmune processes. [More]
Chronic smokers have altered emotional reactions when exposed to negative, positive images of tobacco

Chronic smokers have altered emotional reactions when exposed to negative, positive images of tobacco

What if the use of a product influenced your perception of it, making you even more susceptible to its positive aspects and altering your understanding of its drawbacks? This is precisely what happens with cigarettes in chronic smokers, according to a recent study by the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal and University of Montreal. [More]