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Certain older adults don't get to the hospital soon enough when experiencing a heart attack

Eurekalert - 14 hours 29 min ago
For individuals experiencing a heart attack, delays in getting to the hospital can have life-threatening consequences.
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Healthy coral populations produce a surprising number of offspring

Eurekalert - 14 hours 29 min ago
Healthy coral populations can produce up to 200 times more juvenile corals than degraded coral populations nearby, according to a new study in Conservation Letters.
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Is HPV vaccination safe for adult women?

Eurekalert - 14 hours 29 min ago
In a Journal of Internal Medicine study of more than 3 million Danish and Swedish adult women, human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination was not linked with 44 serious chronic diseases.
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Obesity may exacerbate asthma in children

Eurekalert - 14 hours 29 min ago
In a Pediatric Allergy & Immunology study of children hospitalized for asthma, obesity was a risk factor for repeated hospital admissions.
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Newborns with trisomy 13 or 18 benefit from heart surgery, study finds

Eurekalert - 14 hours 29 min ago
Heart surgery significantly decreases in-hospital mortality among infants with either of two genetic disorders that cause severe physical and intellectual disabilities, according to a new study by a researcher at the Stanford University School of Medicine and his colleagues at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
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MRI may predict neurological outcomes for cardiac arrest survivors

Eurekalert - 14 hours 29 min ago
MRI-based measurements of the functional connections in the brain can help predict long-term recovery in patients who suffer neurological disability after cardiac arrest, according to new research.
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How many golden eagles are there?

Eurekalert - 14 hours 29 min ago
For conservation to be effective, wildlife managers need to know how many individuals of a species are out there. When species are spread out over large areas and occur at low densities, this can be tricky. However, a new study applies an old technique called 'mark-recapture' in a novel way to count golden eagles, eliminating the need to actually capture and mark eagles with math that allows scientists to turn individual observations into population estimates.
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Should We Ban Fake Health News?

ACSH - Oct 17 2017 - 18:10

President Trump caused a controversy when he said that it is "frankly disgusting the press is able to write whatever it wants to write." He is absolutely right, but what can be done about it? His emotive and knee-jerk solution of revoking media licenses is deeply problematic.

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For Defibrillator Use, Be Aware of Good Samaritan Laws

ACSH - Oct 17 2017 - 17:10

Coming to the aid of strangers in need of urgent medical attention following sudden cardiac arrest is the primary motivation for bystanders using AEDs, or automated external defibrillators. 

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Kidney Donation To Son Delayed Due To Father’s Arrest

ACSH - Oct 17 2017 - 13:10

The story of a two-year-old toddler in need of a kidney transplant has made the news. Apparently, A.J. Burgess’ father is a match and was set to donate his organ and begin the steps necessary to do so when a parole violation threw a wrinkle into the plan.

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Is Chris Portier The Andrew Wakefield Of Pesticides?

Science 2.0 - Oct 17 2017 - 13:10

Christopher Portier, Ph.D., recently gave a deposition in liability litigation hearings related to cases filed by environmental lawyers against Monsanto’s Roundup. If you are not aware, Dr. Portier is external special adviser to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) working group that prepared the Group 2A classification (“Probably carcinogenic to humans”) for glyphosate, the key component of Roundup.

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Gerrymandering, 'Sociological Gobbledygook,' and a Bit of Observational Science

ACSH - Oct 17 2017 - 11:10

Last week the Supreme Court again took up the issue of gerrymandering. A measure used to test for this bias was described by the Chief Justice as "sociological gobbledygook." Here are the thinking and method behind the measure so you can decide for yourself.

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Latest Stats On U.S. Obesity Rates Are Disappointing

ACSH - Oct 17 2017 - 11:10

In spite of all the public health warnings about the negative health impacts of obesity, the prevalence of the condition in the U.S. has increased markedly since 1999. And the latest stats from the CDC indicate that trend has continued for both adults and youngsters between 2014 and 2016. But there is a glimmer of hope buried amid the otherwise depressing statistics.

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Not To Be Outdone, Pesticide Religion Now Has Its Own Doomsday Prediction

ACSH - Oct 17 2017 - 10:10

One religious group forecast an apocalypse a few weeks ago. They used the Bible as their source. More recently, a newer religion warned of their apocalypse. And they used Science magazine

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Merging Neutron Stars: Why It's A Breakthrough, And Why You Should Stand Your Ground

Science 2.0 - Oct 17 2017 - 08:10
Like many others, I listened to yesterday's (10/16/17) press release at the NSF without a special prior insight in the physics of neutron star mergers, or in the details of the measurements we can extract from the many observations that the detected event made possible. My knowledge of astrophysics is quite incomplete and piecemeal, so in some respects I could be considered a "layman" listening to a science outreach seminar. Yet, of course, as a physicist I have a good basic understanding of the processes at the heart of the radiation emissions that took place two hundred million years ago in that faint, otherwise unconspicuous galaxy in Hydra.  -->

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Big (Or Not So) News In Condoms

ACSH - Oct 17 2017 - 05:10

Bespoke condoms hit the market. With all that can be custom-made these days, why not them? Hoping to tackle the rampant fit and feel complaints of many men, will these actually reverse the declining trend in consistent use or disrupt the space as others have tried and failed to do?

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Nanofiber sutures promote production of infection-thwarting peptide

Eurekalert - Oct 17 2017 - 00:10
Loading nanofiber sutures with vitamin D induces the production of an infection-fighting peptide, new research shows.
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Community engagement interventions may reduce disparities in lung cancer outcomes among minorities

Eurekalert - Oct 17 2017 - 00:10
Community-based interventions implemented in minority community sites resulted in changes in participants' knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about cancer, as well as perceived benefits and self-efficacy measures regarding lung cancer screening. Dr. Lovoria Williams of Augusta University in the United States presented these findings today at the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) 18th World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC) in Yokohama, Japan.
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Exercise interventions in advanced lung cancer patients led to increased functionality

Eurekalert - Oct 17 2017 - 00:10
Physical exercise and psycho-social interventions in patients with advanced stage lung cancer improved functional capacity, which may be linked to quality of life benefits. Dr. Quist of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark presented these findings today at the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) 18th World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC) in Yokohama, Japan.
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When teeth grow on the body

Eurekalert - Oct 17 2017 - 00:10
Certain species of catfish are covered with bony plates bristling with thin teeth. These teeth are used for defense and seduce the females. Researchers at UNIGE wanted to understand how these teeth capable of regeneration can develop outside of the mouth. They discovered that the extra-oral teeth always grow on a bone, even in the absence of a bony plate. This suggests a role for bone in the induction of dental tissue.
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