Living near major roadways increases hypertension risk

A new study reports a significant association between living near a major roadway and the risk of high blood pressure.

Study links contaminated water to pregnancy complications

Prenatal exposure to tetrachloroethylene (PCE) in drinking water may increase the risk of stillbirth and placental abruption, according to a new study.

H1N1 Killer Advanced Disinfection Technology Soon for Homes

An advanced disinfection technology that can kill 99.8% of H1N1 flu virus within an hour both in the air, and on all surfaces will soon be made available to home devices.

Jamaica to decriminalize marijuana (‘ganja’) “later this year”

Jamaica's Cannabis Commercial and Medicinal Research Taskforce (CCMRT) says it has been given an assurance that the country later this year will decriminalize marijuana as the island seeks to establish a medicinal marijuana industry.

Research Study: High religious involvement makes you obese

Young adults who frequently attend religious activities are 50 percent more likely to become obese by middle age as young adults with no religious involvement.

Sleep deprivation linked to junk food cravings

A sleepless night makes us more likely to reach for doughnuts or pizza than for whole grains and leafy green vegetables, suggests a new study that examines the brain regions that control food choices. The findings shed new light on the link between poor sleep and obesity.

Tired and edgy? Sleep deprivation boosts anticipatory anxiety

Researchers have found that a lack of sleep, which is common in anxiety disorders, may play a key role in ramping up the brain regions that contribute to excessive worrying. People who are anxious by nature are the same people who will suffer the greatest harm from sleep deprivation—and may benefit substantially from sleep therapy.

China’s Premier urges basic medical services for all its citizens

China's Premier Li Keqiang has urged that a basic medical care system be provided to all its citizens as a public service.

China faces major challenges to ensure food safety and supply

The Chinese Government seems committed to reforming food safety laws and investing in vital surveillance and monitoring systems, but experts say implementing those efforts could be challenging.

HIV tests for all in India Cost Effective to Manage Epidemic

A new study using a sophisticated statistical tool, has determined that providing universal HIV testing for India’s billion-plus population every five years would prove to be a cost-effective approach to managing the epidemic, even with more intensive testing for high-risk groups -- and save millions of lives for decades.

New diagnostic test is ‘game-changer’ for chronic sinusitis sufferers

There are no approved drugs or treatments that target chronic rhinosinusitis because physicians have not had sufficient insight into what causes it. Now, a new test will allow doctors to diagnose chronic rhinosinusitis, one of the most common chronic diseases for millions of people, and provide them with a way to precisely identify what kind of inflammation is present in the nose and can help guide their treatment approach.

Fukushima Seafood is Safe to Eat, Poses Minimal Health Risks, Experts Say

Eating bluefin tuna and other marine animals contaminated by radiation from the Fukushima accident in Japan poses little risk to humans. Even if a seafood consumer ate nothing but the contaminated tuna, they would “receive radiation doses approximately equivalent to that from one dental x-ray and about half that received by the average person over the course of a normal day from a variety of natural and human sources, experts say.