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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]
Professors receive $31M grant to establish Center for Research in Diagnostics and Discovery

Professors receive $31M grant to establish Center for Research in Diagnostics and Discovery

W. Ian Lipkin, director of the Center for Infection and Immunity and John Snow Professor of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health, has received an award of up to $31 million over a five-year period by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish the Center for Research in Diagnostics and Discovery (CRDD) under the auspices of a new National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) program entitled Centers of Excellence for Translational Research. [More]
Eye health experts across Commonwealth join forces to combat avoidable blindness

Eye health experts across Commonwealth join forces to combat avoidable blindness

A new -7.1 million grant will enable experts from a range of institutions to come together for the first time as the Commonwealth Eye Health Consortium, coordinated by the International Centre for Eye Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. [More]

Study shows SuperMum campaign improves handwashing behaviour

An analysis of a unique “SuperMum” handwashing campaign shows for the first time that using emotional motivators, such as feelings of disgust and nurture, rather than health messages, can result in significant, long-lasting improvements in people’s handwashing behaviour, and could in turn help to reduce the risk of infectious diseases. [More]

Pre-moistened wipes linked to dramatic rise in allergic reactions, says dermatologist

More and more people are developing an itchy, painful rash in an effort to stay clean. A dermatologist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center says a preservative in many types of pre-moistened wipes is linked to a dramatic rise in allergic reactions. [More]
Study examines effects of pay-for-performance-reimbursing health care in China's Ningxia Province

Study examines effects of pay-for-performance-reimbursing health care in China's Ningxia Province

Pay-for-performance-reimbursing health care providers based on the results they achieved with their patients as a way to improve quality and efficiency-has become a major component of health reforms in the United States, the United Kingdom, and other affluent countries. Although the approach has also become popular in the developing world, there has been little evaluation of its impact. [More]
DebMed wins GSA contract that includes hand hygiene products, electronic compliance monitoring system

DebMed wins GSA contract that includes hand hygiene products, electronic compliance monitoring system

DebMed®, creator of the award-winning world's first electronic hand hygiene compliance monitoring system based on the World Health Organization's (WHO's) Five Moments for Hand Hygiene, announced today it has been awarded a three-year contract by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). [More]

Deficient hygiene routines make it difficult to eradicate multi-resistant bacterium

A previously unknown multi-resistant bacterium has been sticking around at a Swedish University Hospital for ten years. [More]

Health exchanges create cybersecurity challenges, hacker opportunities

The Associated Press reports that a number of state health exchanges that were supposed to link to the federal computer system were initially rated as "high risk." [More]
First Edition: February 26, 2014

First Edition: February 26, 2014

Today's headlines include reports that, according to the Obama administration, insurance sign-ups under the health law have hit 4 million. [More]
S. pneumoniae highly prevalent in urban Indonesians, especially children

S. pneumoniae highly prevalent in urban Indonesians, especially children

Streptococcus pneumoniae is present in the nasopharyngeal mucosa in nearly half of children under the age of 5 years and one in 10 adults living in Java Island, Indonesia, a survey has found. [More]

Researchers discover 'microbial Pompeii' preserved on teeth of skeletons around 1,000 years old

An international team of researchers have discovered a 'microbial Pompeii' preserved on the teeth of skeletons around 1,000 years old. The key to the discovery is the dental calculus (plaque) which preserves bacteria and microscopic particles of food on the surfaces of teeth, effectively creating a mineral tomb for microbiomes. [More]

Researchers develop early warning systems for preventing epidemics

The environment has an impact on our health. Preventing epidemics relies on activating the right counter-measures, and scientists are now trying to find out how better use of forecasting can help. [More]

Study: Tooth decay may have detrimental effect on child's quality of life and success in life

Dental caries, commonly known as tooth decay, is the single most common chronic childhood disease. In fact, it is an infectious disease. Mothers with cavities can transmit caries-producing oral bacteria to their babies when they clean pacifiers by sticking them in their own mouths or by sharing spoons. [More]