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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. How to recognize a gas leak
    Gas leaks and carbon monoxide poisoning are rare but dangerous. Learn about the signs and symptoms of a gas leak and what to do if one occurs in the home.
  2. Essential oils may disrupt normal hormonal activity
    A new study has suggested that lavender oil and tea tree oil may interfere with normal hormonal activity, predisposing young boys to gynecomastia.
  3. E-cigarettes 'may do more harm than good,' study suggests
    Researchers find that e-cigarettes may be more of a hindrance than a help, as they may encourage young adults to take up conventional smoking.
  4. Over 400,000 U.S. deaths per year caused by lead exposure
    The health risks of lead exposure might be worse than we thought; researchers estimate that it could kill more than 400,000 adults in the U.S. each year.
  5. E-cigarettes: Teens 'should not be using them at all'
    A new study suggests that teenagers who use electronic cigarettes may be putting their health at risk by exposing themselves to carcinogenic compounds.
  6. What causes your lip to twitch?
    A look at lip twitching, a complaint causing involuntary movement. Included is detail on the role caffeine intoxication plays and when to see a doctor.
  7. Bioterrorism: Should we be worried?
    The term 'biological warfare' is well-known. In this article, we delve into the details of its history, current status, and potential future.
  8. Do your children influence how you store your gun?
    If a child is at risk of self-harm, do their parents store guns at home more safely? A new study sets out to answer this important question.
  9. E-cigarettes leak toxic metals, study finds
    E-cigarettes are seen as the 'more healthful' siblings of conventional ones. But a new study suggests that these devices may be a hidden source of harm.
  10. Is social media ruining your social life?
    A new study tests the theory that the more time you spend on social media, the less time you spend socializing with people in real life.
  11. Marijuana: Good or bad?
    More and more, marijuana is being legalized for medicinal or recreational purposes, but what are the health benefits and risks of the drug? We investigate.
  12. Even light exercise can increase men's lifespan
    A study looked at the effects of a few minutes of light physical activity on senior men and found that modest levels of activity may improve lifespan.
  13. Single dads twice as likely to die prematurely
    Single fathers are more than twice as likely to die prematurely than their partnered counterparts or single moms, suggests a large-scale new study.
  14. Brain activity explains drunken aggression
    A new study examines what goes on inside the brains of intoxicated young men. The findings may help to reduce alcohol-related crime.
  15. Should all women get screened for ovarian cancer?
    The latest report from the United States Preventive Services Task Force examines whether ovarian cancer screening can reduce mortality among women.
  16. Will eating slowly help you to lose weight?
    Causality is a rarely achievable feat in medical research, and while observational, a study offers strong evidence that eating slowly lowers obesity risk.
  17. Alcohol 'more damaging to brain health than marijuana'
    Drinking is more harmful for the brain than using marijuana, say researchers, after finding that the former changes the structure of gray and white matter.
  18. How traffic noise may contribute to heart disease
    After conducting a review of existing literature, researchers conclude that environmental noise — such as that from cars — can contribute to heart disease.
  19. Are fidget spinners a health hazard?
    A series of case studies outlines the dangers associated with certain types of fidget spinners. The authors ask whether new legislation is needed.
  20. How fighting ageism may lower dementia risk
    A new study examines the effect of positive and negative attitudes toward aging on the risk of developing dementia among at-risk individuals.


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