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Oral contraceptives reduce general well-being in healthy women

20/04/2017

One of the most common combined oral contraceptive pills has a negative impact on women's quality of life but does not increase depressive symptoms. This is shown by a major randomised, placebo-controlled study conducted by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden in collaboration with the Stockholm School of Economics.
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Why green spaces are good for grey matter

11/04/2017

Walking between busy urban environments and green spaces triggers changes in levels of excitement, engagement and frustration in the brain, a study of older people has found. Researchers at the Universities of York and Edinburgh say the findings have important implications for architects, planners and health professionals as we deal with an ageing population.
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Delaying school start times won't help sleep deprived teenagers

29/03/2017

Delaying school start times in the UK is unlikely to reduce sleep deprivation in teenagers, research from the University of Surrey and Harvard Medical School has found. The research, conducted in collaboration between mathematicians and sleep scientists, predicts that turning down the lights in the evening would be much more effective at tackling sleep deprivation.
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DeepMind-Royal Free deal is 'cautionary tale' for health care in the algorithmic age

16/03/2017

Researchers studying a deal in which Google's artificial intelligence subsidiary, DeepMind, acquired access to millions of sensitive NHS patient records have warned that more must be done to regulate data transfers from public bodies to private firms.
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Artificial intelligence virtual consultant helps deliver better patient care

09/03/2017

Interventional radiologists at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) are using technology found in self-driving cars to power a machine learning application that helps guide patients' interventional radiology care, according to research presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology's 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting.
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Air pollution can alter the effectiveness of antibiotics

06/03/2017

Researchers from the University of Leicester have for the first time discovered that bacteria that cause respiratory infections are directly affected by air pollution - increasing the potential for infection and changing the effectiveness of antibiotic treatment.
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Overheating in UK homes: a health disaster waiting to happen

03/03/2017

A Loughborough academic has warned the UK is facing a public health disaster if the issue of overheating in homes is not tackled. Professor Lomas, an internationally acclaimed expert in building simulation, says the next heat wave to hit the country could have grave consequences for the most vulnerable in our society, as the country now has a housing stock unable to keep cool in the warmer months.
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One fifth of Indonesian households exhibit double burden of malnutrition

16/02/2017

The coexistence of both undernutrition and overweight/obesity, a phenomenon called double burden of malnutrition, is a global public health challenge existing at all levels from the individual to the population, especially in low-to middle-income countries. Research on malnutrition in Indonesia found that about 20 percent of households exhibit double burden of malnutrition.
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Supporting a caring culture for hospital patients and staff through 'Being Human'

16/02/2017

Going into hospital, whether unexpectedly or planned, can be a very difficult time for patients and their families. Care and support from hospital staff can make a huge difference to their experiences, but when staff face increasing demands on their time, this is not always easy to deliver.
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New study reveals the level of physical activity per European country

15/02/2017

Sweden, Finland and Denmark are the European countries that do more sport on a regular basis, according to a study published in the "Open Access Library Journal". According to the conclusions, people in Portugal, Italy, Spain and especially Greece, are listed below the European average regarding the indicators on population and sport.
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Chinese air pollution linked to respiratory and cardiovascular deaths

13/02/2017

In the largest epidemiological study conducted in the developing world, researchers found that as exposures to fine particulate air pollution in 272 Chinese cities increase, so do deaths from cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.
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Yes, we can! Yes, I can! – World Cancer Day, 02/04/2017

31/01/2017

At MEDICA-tradefair.com, we have already commemorated World Cancer Day quite often. But why? Because cancer is an omnipresent topic. Most certainly, sooner or later, directly or indirectly, each and every one of us will get in touch with it – when we develop cancer ourselves or a person close to us does.
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