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Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of families and communities through the promotion of healthy lifestyles, research for disease and injury prevention and detection and control of infectious diseases. Public health professionals try to prevent problems from happening or recurring through implementing educational programs, recommending policies, administering services and conducting research. A large part of public health is promoting health care equity, quality and accessibility.
  1. The perils of sneezing incorrectly
    A recently published case study describes a patient who perforated his throat by sneezing. In this article, we explain how you can avoid the same fate.
  2. Types of zoonotic diseases
    Zoonosis or zoonotic diseases are conditions that can be passed from animals to humans. These include rabies, malaria, and Lyme disease. Learn more.
  3. Sitting down can build fat around your organs, study shows
    A new study shows a clear connection between the amount of time we spend sitting and our amount of inner fat and fat around our liver.
  4. Mercury poisoning: Symptoms and treatment
    Learn about the signs and symptoms of mercury poisoning in children and adults. Mercury is highly toxic, so it is crucial to know when to see a doctor.
  5. Heart failure risk might depend on your neighborhood
    While diet and lifestyle are important factors in the risk of heart failure, new research finds that where we live may also play a key role.
  6. Being overweight may be more harmful than you thought
    Want to lose those excess pounds? This study may offer some encouragement, after finding that the effects of being overweight may have been underestimated.
  7. Does living next to a gym lower obesity risk?
    Does living next to or near a gym or tennis field lower the odds of obesity? A new study explores this, and the impact of living near a fast food outlet.
  8. Is wine glass size to blame for how much we drink?
    On New Year’s Eve, you’ll most likely raise a glass of wine (or several). The size of that glass may influence how much you drink, suggests a new study.
  9. Restless legs syndrome may raise cardiovascular death risk
    A new study finds that the common sleep disturbance raises the risk of cardiovascular-related mortality, particularly among elderly women.
  10. What you should know about date rape drugs
    Date rape drugs alter consciousness to make self-defense and decision-making difficult. Included is a list of types and details on protecting yourself.
  11. A year in review: The most popular medical research of 2017
    The past 12 months have seen discoveries, breakthroughs, and innovations in medical research. MNT take you on a journey through 2017's highlights.
  12. Hobo spider bite: What you need to know
    The hobo spider is a type of funnel-building spider. It is not usually aggressive unless provoked. Learn more about hobo spider bites.
  13. The top six BMJ Christmas papers
    The BMJ has been publishing oddball Christmas editions since 1982. Covering a dizzying array of topics, we revisit six of the best from Christmases past.
  14. Does pride raise the risk of falling?
    In this year's Christmas issue of the BMJ, researchers explore whether or not the biblical saying 'pride comes before a fall' holds any truth.
  15. Why facial recognition is the future of diagnostics
    New research uses facial recognition analysis to accurately predict health. The findings also show that the human brain has similar abilities.
  16. Colitis and Crohn's: Is 21st century living to blame?
    It is not clear why some people develop inflammatory bowel disorders and some don't. Research now shows that our lifestyle plays a significant part.
  17. Common blood pressure drug raises skin cancer risk
    New research shows that people who take the popular hypertension drug hydrochlorothiazide may put themselves at a dramatically high risk of skin cancer.
  18. What should you know about hyperthermia?
    A look at hyperthermia, a condition resulting in abnormally high body temperature. Included is detail on risk factors and the activities that can cause it.
  19. Mysterious anaphylaxis explained: Red meat to blame
    Some people have recurrent, unexplained episodes of life-threatening anaphylaxis. A 'unique study' of such individuals finds the culprit in red meat.
  20. Women at higher cardiometabolic risk due to fat distribution
    Whether we're 'pear-shaped' or have a 'beer belly,' body fat distribution influences our cardiometabolic health. And gender is key, a new study says.

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