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Real-time Flu Forecasting Proves Successful in Large-scale Test

Posted December 3rd, 2013 at 9:02 pm (UTC+0)
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A flu forecasting system that uses some of the same techniques as modern weather forecasting was not only able to  predict the timing of the 2012-2013 influenza season, but was able to do so nine weeks before the flu season peaked. Columbia University researchers say there were able to correctly predict that flu activity in […]

Food Allergies Rise Worldwide

Posted August 17th, 2013 at 2:06 am (UTC+0)
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Earlier this month a 13-year-old California girl with an allergy to peanuts died in her father’s arms after unknowingly consuming a small amount of peanut butter in a snack she was eating. The girl quickly spit out the small bit of peanut butter, but efforts to save her life, including multiple injections that should have […]

For Obese Kids, Serious Health Issues Can Start Early

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 8:01 pm (UTC+0)
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Obese children face many more immediate health issues and are at increased risk for medical, mental and developmental problems than was previously thought, according to a new report. The study based on UCLA research found that obese children – those with a Body Mass Index (BMI) in the 95th percentile or above - are nearly two times more likely […]

Noise Pollution Takes Toll On Health

Posted September 11th, 2012 at 7:26 pm (UTC+0)
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Traffic noise can be hazardous to your health, according to the results of a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Researchers studied noise pollution in Fulton County, Georgia. Their findings suggest  many of the community’s residents are exposed to high levels of noise from local road traffic which affects their psychological well […]