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What’s Trending? A Rise in STDs

The CDC recently issued a press release announcing that rates of reported cases for sexually transmitted diseases are setting record highs. The new report offers reports of rates going back to 1941 in a table, so I made a quick chart to see the pattern in context and compare the more common conditions over time […]

Discontinuity of care puts older patients at higher risk of emergency hospitalization

(American Academy of Family Physicians) Discontinuity of care puts older patients at higher risk of emergency hospitalization.

Chimp study reveals how brain's structure shaped our evolution

(University of Edinburgh) Chimpanzee brains may be more different from those of humans than was previously thought, according to new research that sheds light on our evolution.

Visual perception of summary statistics not following mathematical rules

(National Research University Higher School of Economics) Cognitive psychologists of the Higher School of Economics have experimentally demonstrated that people are capable of estimating the mean size of visible objects and their approximate...Show More Summary

Staff satisfaction affects company performance

(University of East Anglia) Companies with high levels of staff satisfaction perform better financially, according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA).The study examined the effect of staff satisfaction on corporate performance using employees' online reviews of where they work.

Cures and scientific breakthroughs happen through collaboration, new study confirms

(Elsevier) Basic research can lead to cures, drugs and other scientific breakthroughs through collaboration, confirms a new study in Heliyon. Understanding the extent of the collaboration that leads to breakthroughs could help research institutions plan and evaluate their own collaborative efforts.

Intentional teaching makes the biggest impact on early childhood outcomes

(Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute) High quality preschool is one of the most effective means of preparing all children to succeed in school. This review of research indicates the need to expand our definitions of qual...

Researchers chart rising inequality across millennia

(Washington State University) Researchers at Washington State University and 13 other institutions have found that the arc of prehistory bends towards economic inequality. In the largest study of its kind, the researchers saw disparities in wealth mount with the rise of agriculture, specifically the domestication of plants and large animals, and increased social organization.

Biohackers are using CRISPR on their DNA and we can’t stop it

People are starting to alter their own DNA with cheap, easy gene-editing technology. Is it time to regulate CRISPR?

Amish gene can make them live 10 years longer and avoid diabetes

A gene variant that arose six generations ago in an Amish group seems to make people carrying the gene live ten years longer, and protect them from diabetes

Generous people give in a heartbeat -- new study

(Anglia Ruskin University) Altruistic people are said to be 'kind hearted' -- and new research published in the journal Scientific Reports shows that generous people really are more in touch with their own hearts. The study, carriedShow More Summary

African-American women with type 2 diabetes may have higher risk for ER-neg breast cancer

(American Association for Cancer Research) Among African-American women, those with type 2 diabetes may have a higher risk of developing estrogen receptor (ER)-negative breast cancer.

New study examines value of routine laboratory screenings for children entering foster care

(Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center) Routine laboratory screening recommended for children entering foster care carries high costs and questionable medical benefits.

An Alzheimer's treatment would tax the US health care system

(RAND Corporation) Advanced clinical trials are underway for at least 10 investigational therapies that have shown promise in slowing or blocking development of Alzheimer's disease, creating hope that a preventive strategy may be in reach. Show More Summary

new post-doc program in inequality at harvard

From the home office in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a new post-doc is announced. An excerpt from the program description: Social and economic inequality are urgent problems for our society, with implications for a range of outcomes from economic growth and political stability to crime, public health, family wellbeing, and social trust. The Inequality in America Initiative […]

The Economics of Polarisation

There are other things I want to say about the polarisation of British politics, and as this builds on arguments made in an earlier post I recommend reading it first. Okay, so we know the situation. We have a car crash of a government that makes the Major years at their worst look like a model of good governance. Show More Summary

Shining a light on the nervous system to thwart disease

(Case Western Reserve University) Researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University, and University of Pittsburgh have received a four-year, $9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health...Show More Summary

WFIRM dcientists study space radiation health effects to keep astronauts safe

(Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center) The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) has been selected by NASA to lead a multi-institutional project to better understand the health risks related to radiation exposure from deep space missions.

If sitting is the new smoking, should employers be held liable?

(Drexel University) Researchers have linked sitting for long periods of time to a number of health issues, including increased high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat and cholesterol. They also warn that prolonged sitting increases the risk of cardiovascular problems and cancer. Show More Summary

Legal implications of neuroscience research - Harvard Review of Psychiatry presents update

(Wolters Kluwer Health) New research on the biological basis of psychiatric disorders has important implications for legal proceedings as well as mental health treatment, according to a special issue on 'Psychiatry, Neuroscience, and the Law,' presented in the Harvard Review of Psychiatry. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.

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