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We're Too Late To Prevent 137,000 More Ebola Cases, Says Epidemiology Paper

General - October 23, 2014 - 11:50pm

The Ebola virus problem in West Africa has gotten lots of high-profile media coverage in developed nations - and no lack of reasons for people to clamor for more funding. No less than Dr.


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We're Too Late To Prevent 137,000 More Ebola Cases, Says Epidemiology Paper

Science2.0 - October 23, 2014 - 11:50pm

The Ebola virus problem in West Africa has gotten lots of high-profile media coverage in developed nations - and no lack of reasons for people to clamor for more funding. No less than Dr.


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The Army May Not Increase Risk Of Suicide, More Suicidal People May Join

Science2.0 - October 23, 2014 - 11:07pm

Due to increased awareness of suicide and military life, there has been concern military lifestyle may be causing more suicides. A new study instead finds that new soldiers are twice as likely to have three or more psychological disorders, or comorbidity, prior to enlisting as civilians.

They may regard the military as a solution to their problems. 


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The Army May Not Increase Risk Of Suicide, More Suicidal People May Join

General - October 23, 2014 - 11:07pm

Due to increased awareness of suicide and military life, there has been concern military lifestyle may be causing more suicides. A new study instead finds that new soldiers are twice as likely to have three or more psychological disorders, or comorbidity, prior to enlisting as civilians.

They may regard the military as a solution to their problems. 


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Ferns Will Survive

Science2.0 - October 23, 2014 - 9:17pm

Ferns are an old plant species, dinosaurs munched on them over 200 million years ago. If we want to know how to survive against nature's onslaught over the long haul, ferns are as good a place as any to start.

Even recent ones can show us how to evolve and outlast. A group of ferns evolved much more recently, and they did it while colonizing the extreme environment of the high Andes. Their completely new morphology (form and structure) arose and diversified within the last 2 million years. How this group of ferns grew in a unique ecosystem of the Andean mountains was the subject of a new study by Dr. Patricia Sanchez-Baracaldo and Dr. Gavin Thomas.


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Ferns Will Survive

General - October 23, 2014 - 9:17pm

Ferns are an old plant species, dinosaurs munched on them over 200 million years ago. If we want to know how to survive against nature's onslaught over the long haul, ferns are as good a place as any to start.

Even recent ones can show us how to evolve and outlast. A group of ferns evolved much more recently, and they did it while colonizing the extreme environment of the high Andes. Their completely new morphology (form and structure) arose and diversified within the last 2 million years. How this group of ferns grew in a unique ecosystem of the Andean mountains was the subject of a new study by Dr. Patricia Sanchez-Baracaldo and Dr. Gavin Thomas.


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Ironically, Asking Questions To Identify Teens At Risk Of Hearing Loss Doesn't Work

Science2.0 - October 23, 2014 - 9:02pm

There is no substitute for a hearing test, especially in an age group that doesn't self-report very well.

Currently, the American Academy of Pediatrics and
the Bright Futures children's health organization
recommends screening adolescents with subjective questions but that does not reliably identify teenagers who are at risk for hearing loss, according to researchers at Penn State College of Medicine. 

"We found that you can't rely on the Bright Futures questions to select out teenagers at high risk for hearing loss who would warrant an objective screen," said Deepa Sekhar, M.D., M.Sc., assistant professor of pediatrics.


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Ironically, Asking Questions To Identify Teens At Risk Of Hearing Loss Doesn't Work

General - October 23, 2014 - 9:02pm

There is no substitute for a hearing test, especially in an age group that doesn't self-report very well.

Currently, the American Academy of Pediatrics and
the Bright Futures children's health organization
recommends screening adolescents with subjective questions but that does not reliably identify teenagers who are at risk for hearing loss, according to researchers at Penn State College of Medicine. 

"We found that you can't rely on the Bright Futures questions to select out teenagers at high risk for hearing loss who would warrant an objective screen," said Deepa Sekhar, M.D., M.Sc., assistant professor of pediatrics.


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Extreme Ice Age Living: Human Settlement 15,000 Feet In The Andes

Science2.0 - October 23, 2014 - 7:49pm

Think you're extreme? 12,000 years ago Ice Age Humans lived and worked at an altitude of almost 15,000 feet, high in the Peruvian Andes.

The sites in the Pucuncho Basin, located in the Southern Peruvian Andes, are the highest-altitude Pleistocene archaeological sites found to-date. The primary site, Cuncaicha is a rock shelter at 4,480 meters above sea level, with a stone-tool workshop below it. There is also a Pucuncho workshop site where stone tools were made at 4,355 meters above sea level.


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Extreme Ice Age Living: Human Settlement 15,000 Feet In The Andes

General - October 23, 2014 - 7:49pm

Think you're extreme? 12,000 years ago Ice Age Humans lived and worked at an altitude of almost 15,000 feet, high in the Peruvian Andes.

The sites in the Pucuncho Basin, located in the Southern Peruvian Andes, are the highest-altitude Pleistocene archaeological sites found to-date. The primary site, Cuncaicha is a rock shelter at 4,480 meters above sea level, with a stone-tool workshop below it. There is also a Pucuncho workshop site where stone tools were made at 4,355 meters above sea level.


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Deinocheirus Mirificus Puzzle Solved, Revealing The Weirdest-Looking Creature To Walk The Planet

Science2.0 - October 23, 2014 - 7:33pm

Deinocheirus mirificus. Credit: Yuong-Nam Lee

By Stephen Brusatte, University of Edinburgh

Everywhere scientists look it seems like they are finding dinosaurs. A new species is emerging at the astounding pace of one per week. And this continues with the announcement of perhaps the strangest dinosaur find over the past few years: the toothless, hump-backed, super-clawed omnivore Deinocheirus mirificus that lived about 70m years ago in what is now Mongolia.

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Deinocheirus Mirificus Puzzle Solved, Revealing The Weirdest-Looking Creature To Walk The Planet

General - October 23, 2014 - 7:33pm

Deinocheirus mirificus. Credit: Yuong-Nam Lee

By Stephen Brusatte, University of Edinburgh

Everywhere scientists look it seems like they are finding dinosaurs. A new species is emerging at the astounding pace of one per week. And this continues with the announcement of perhaps the strangest dinosaur find over the past few years: the toothless, hump-backed, super-clawed omnivore Deinocheirus mirificus that lived about 70m years ago in what is now Mongolia.

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The World's Continents Weren't Always Created In The Way That We Thought

Science2.0 - October 23, 2014 - 7:01pm

How many continents can you count on one hand? Image: Chones

By Nick Rawlinson, University of Aberdeen

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The World's Continents Weren't Always Created In The Way That We Thought

General - October 23, 2014 - 7:01pm

How many continents can you count on one hand? Image: Chones

By Nick Rawlinson, University of Aberdeen

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It Takes More Than Singing To Strike A Chord In Music Education

Science2.0 - October 23, 2014 - 6:17pm

Credit: Khairil Zhafri, CC BY

By Anita Collins, University of Canberra

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It Takes More Than Singing To Strike A Chord In Music Education

General - October 23, 2014 - 6:17pm

Credit: Khairil Zhafri, CC BY

By Anita Collins, University of Canberra

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Type 1 Diabetes Surges In White Kids

General - October 23, 2014 - 5:30pm

White children diagnosed with type 1 diabetes increased significantly from 2002 to 2009 in all but the youngest age group, according to a new paper in Diabetes.


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Type 1 Diabetes Surges In White Kids

Science2.0 - October 23, 2014 - 5:30pm

White children diagnosed with type 1 diabetes increased significantly from 2002 to 2009 in all but the youngest age group, according to a new paper in Diabetes.


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Disabled People In The US Have Poor Nutrition

Science2.0 - October 23, 2014 - 5:01pm

A new study finds that though most U.S. adults fail to meet recommended daily levels of 10 key nutrients, those with disabilities do substantially worse.

At least 10 percent of U.S. adults fit into one or more category of disability, from those who have difficulties with activities of daily living, such as dressing, bathing and eating, to those who cannot use their legs or struggle to accomplish routine tasks, such as money management or household chores.


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Disabled People In The US Have Poor Nutrition

General - October 23, 2014 - 5:01pm

A new study finds that though most U.S. adults fail to meet recommended daily levels of 10 key nutrients, those with disabilities do substantially worse.

At least 10 percent of U.S. adults fit into one or more category of disability, from those who have difficulties with activities of daily living, such as dressing, bathing and eating, to those who cannot use their legs or struggle to accomplish routine tasks, such as money management or household chores.


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