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The Alt-Left: A Critical Appreciation

Among the big winners of the general election are the wave of new blogs collectively dubbed as the "alt-left". You know who I'm talking about. The Canary, Skwawkbox, Novara, Evolve Politics and Another Angry Voice have been singled out...Show More Summary

Is it ethical to give your child “every advantage”?

Flashback Friday. Stiff competition for entrance to private preschools and kindergartens in Manhattan has created a test prep market for children under 5. The New York Times profiled Bright Kids NYC. The owner confesses that “the parents of the 120 children her staff tutored [in 2010] spent an average of $1,000 on test prep for their […]

Chatter in the deep brain spurs empathy in rats

(Duke University) By combining electrical monitoring of neural activity with machine learning, a team of Duke and Stanford University neuroscientists has tuned into the brain chatter of rats engaged in helping other rats. The results...Show More Summary

Improving knowledge and data on migration -- new migration profile of Mali

(European Commission Joint Research Centre) One year from its conception, the European Commission's Knowledge Centre on Migration and Demography is publishing a new migration profile of Mali.

Senate health reform proposal jeopardizes care for us all as we age, AGS experts

(American Geriatrics Society) Newest proposal in a line of legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will harm access to key health services for older Americans, families, caregivers, and healthcare professionals, the AGS has said in a statement.

ESC Congress 2017 -- Press schedule

(European Society of Cardiology) The press schedule for ESC Congress 2017 is announced today. Journalists are invited to attend 6 hot line session press conferences including a Clinical Trial Update and a Late Breaking Registry Results...Show More Summary

Following a friend leads to unsafe driving behavior

(Frontiers) A new study inspired by a court case involving a driver seriously hurt in an accident when following another car to a destination, provides evidence to show that the car behind makes risky driving maneuvers. Driving faster, more erratically, closer to the car in front and jumping traffic lights are all blamed on a fear of getting lost. Show More Summary

Public health guidelines aim to lower health risks of cannabis use

(Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) Canada's Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines, released today with the endorsement of key medical and public health organizations, provide 10 science-based recommendations to enable cannabis users to reduce their health risks. Show More Summary

ACP expresses 'strongest opposition' to Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017

(American College of Physicians) The American College of Physicians (ACP) expresses our strongest possible opposition to the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) of 2017, legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (A...

Child safety or parental duty: New study maps out core concepts in the vaccination debate

(Virginia Tech) 'A single phrase can conjure up completely different images in our minds, depending on how that concept is organized in our mental models,' said Samarth Swarup, a research assistant professor at Virginia Tech.

New report examines evidence on interventions to prevent cognitive decline, dementia

(National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine) Cognitive training, blood pressure management for people with hypertension, and increased physical activity all show modest but inconclusive evidence that they can help prevent...Show More Summary

Wellred Films: Carry on Campaigning

Last week I enjoyed the worst train journey of my life. The rush hour choo-choo from Stockport to Sheffield is a busy service that ordinarily serves up four coaches. On this occasion, the powers that be at East Midlands trains decided to put just two on. Show More Summary

Researchers show first evidence of using cortical targets to improve motor function

(University of Miami Miller School of Medicine) University of Miami Miller School of Medicine's Dr. Monica A. Perez, Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery and The Miami Project, and colleagues, recently published 'A...Show More Summary

ACR acknowledges CMS efforts to increase flexibility and reduce regulatory burdens

(American College of Rheumatology) The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) today welcomed components of a new proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) Quality Payment Program (QPP) as containing several positive developments for rheumatology providers.

Tourette Syndrome risk increases in people with genetic copy variations

(Purdue University) An international team that just conducted the largest study of Tourette Syndrome has identified genetic abnormalities that are the first definitive risk genes for the disorder.

Research suggests sexual appeals in ads don't sell brands, products

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Ads with sexual appeals are more likely to be remembered but don't sell the brand or product, according to a meta-analysis of nearly 80 advertising studies, published online this week by the International Journal of Advertising. Show More Summary

Mouse study suggests how hearing a warning sound turns into fearing it over time

(Emory Health Sciences) An adult mouse model reveals that changes in lattice-like structures in the brain known as perineuronal nets are necessary to 'capture' an auditory fear association and 'haul' it in as a longer-term memory.

Study examines gun policy preferences across racial groups

(University of Illinois at Chicago) Support for all forms of gun control is stronger among Latinos and blacks than whites, according to researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Proton pump inhibitors do not contribute to dementia or Alzheimer's disease

(American Geriatrics Society) Noting that the prescription of proton pump inhibitors is on the rise among middle-aged and older adults, a team of researchers designed a new study to examine PPIs and the risk of dementia, mild cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer's disease. They published their study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Popular prostate drug linked to serious side effects

(Boston University Medical Center) Treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) with the commonly prescribed Avodart (Dutsteride) may put men at an increased risk for diabetes, elevated cholesterol levels, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and worsening erectile dysfunction.

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