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Low-level Radiation Exposure is Less of Health Risk than Modern Living

Human populations have always been exposed to ionizing radiation, and more so in modern life due to its use in medicine, industry and the armed forces. Whilst the risks to human health from medium and high-level radiation are relatively well-understood, the risks at lower levels are less clear. A new study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society revealed that health risks associated with low-level exposure to ionizing radiation are less pronounced compared to other lifestyle factors such as obesity, smoking and air pollution.

New Antifungal Drug to Tackle Superbugs

Microscopic yeasts have been wreaking havoc in hospitals around the world – creeping into catheters, ventilator tubes, and IV lines – and causing deadly invasive infection. One culprit species, Candida auris, is resistant to many antifungals, meaning once a person is infected, there are limited treatment options. But in a recent Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy study, confirmed a new drug compound kills drug-resistant C. auris, both in the laboratory and in a mouse model that mimics human infection.

Fibre-rich Diet Could Help Prevent Arthritis

It is well known that healthy eating increases our general sense of wellbeing. In the recent study published in Nature Communications, researchers at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) have discovered that a fibre-rich diet can have a positive influence on chronic inflammatory joint diseases, leading to stronger bones.

Parents should be allowed to be present during trauma care

When a seriously injured child arrives at the trauma center at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, the patient's parents are ushered into the trauma room alongside the medical team. The policy to allow parents to be present during care is not the norm among pediatric trauma centers, but a new national survey by Orlando Health shows that the vast majority of people think it should be. The survey found 90% agree that parents should be able to stay with their child during treatment for a life-threatening injury or condition.

TBI laws Effective at Reducing Rate of Recurrent Concussions

Since 2014, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have enacted one or more traumatic brain injury (TBI) laws, more commonly known as concussion laws. These laws often include mandates to remove athletes from play following an actual or suspected concussion, requirements to be cleared to return to play, and annual education of coaches, parents, and/or athletes regarding concussion signs or symptoms.