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Risk of being involved in an avalanche less for smaller groups of recreationists
Philadelphia, PA, March 8, 2016 - Avalanches are the primary hazard for winter backcountry recreationists and cause numerous deaths and injuries annually. As winter backcountry activities increase in popularity, avalanches are a very real risk for adventurers who choose to travel off the beaten path. A new study reported in Wilderness and Environmental Medicine explored the risk of avalanche accidents with respect to group size for the first time and found ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Mar 8
How weight affects 'wait!'
Child development experts already know obese children are at greater risk than their peers for developing high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, diabetes, and joint problems. Now, researchers at the University of Iowa have added another concern to the list pedestrian injury. It s not because overweight and obese kids can t cross the street fast enough. Rather, in a study involving traffic simulations, researchers found that children with higher body ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Mar 8
Brain activity of nematodes seeking food offers new view on sleep
EUGENE, Ore. -- March 8, 2016 -- If you have trouble sleeping, the neurons in your brain may be firing like those in roundworms randomly seeking food in the absence of clues, says University of Oregon biologist Shawn R. Lockery. That connection is proposed in a theoretical neuroscience paper co-authored by 12 researchers at 10 institutions that is in the journal eLife . The research -- 14 years in the making -- was led by Lockery and supported by the Natio ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Mar 8
Holding mirror to docs who overprescribe addictive drugs doesn't stem prescrip...
Researchers at Columbia University s Mailman School of Public Health, with colleagues at the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services CMS , conducted a randomized trial of informative letters aimed at suspected inappropriate prescribers of addictive substances like opioids and amphetamines. Top prescribers of these substances were identified and sent a let ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Mar 8
Variation in medical marijuana program regulations impacts enrollment
NEW YORK, NY March 7, 2016 - A study published today in Health Affairs found that while 14 of the nation s 24 medical marijuana programs were essentially nonmedical in practice, they enrolled more than 99 percent of overall participants. Fewer than one percent were enrolled in medicalized programs that adhere to accepted professional standards in medicine. More than one million people participate in medical marijuana programs in the United States. The stud ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Mar 8
More than 2 million people co-infected with HIV and hepatitis C
An estimated 2.3 million people living with HIV are co-infected with hepatitis C virus HCV globally, a new study by the University of Bristol and the London School of Hygiene Tropical Medicine has found. Of these, more than half, or 1.3 million, are people who inject drugs PWID . The study also found that HIV-infected people are on average six times more likely than HIV-uninfected people to have HCV infection, pointing to a need to improve integrated HIV H ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Mar 8
Most Pediatricians Don't Ask About Mom's Depression
Fewer than half of pediatricians in the United States ask mothers about depression, even though the condition affects many women with young children, a new study reveals. Maternal depression is often overlooked and untreated because women with mental health issues do not routinely access health care for themselves, study co-author Dr. Ruth Stein, an attending physician at the Children s Hospital at Montefiore in New York City, said in a hospital news relea ...
Healthday - Mon. Mar 7
Five Facts to Help Us Realize That #NativeLivesMatter, Too
The tragic deaths of Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland, and Samuel Dubose along with stories of many other black individuals who were harassed, imprisoned, or killed have brought intense national attention on racism once again. It s not that racism went away and has all of a sudden resurfaced racism never went away Perhaps racism just became more subtle, more silent, more hidden, but it was still v ...
Psychology Today - Mon. Mar 7
The Devotional Love of Natalie Merchant
When you are asked why you love someone, you can always give superficial reasons They re attractive, smart, kind, courageous whatever. But the true reason you love someone is perhaps much simpler and not so reductive
Psychology Today - Mon. Mar 7
How Does Your Brain Learn Through Trial and Error?
In a groundbreaking discovery, neurocientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have captured brain images of active learning in real-time by photographing the brains of mice as they learn how-to problem solve through trial and error. Using advanced microscopy techniques, the researchers made time-lapse movies that illustrate how a mouse actively learns a new strategy for finding hidden treats during a foraging task. The films show dramatic rescul ...
Psychology Today - Mon. Mar 7
HIV/AIDS long-term costs high -- and unaffordable to most-affected countries
Boston, MA - There will be a significant shortfall in the funding needed for HIV control in sub-Saharan Africa in the coming years and those countries with the highest HIV burden will be unable to meet their obligations on their own to sustain control efforts, according to a new study by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. They calculate that the price tag for providing long-term HIV AIDS prevention and treatment in 2015-2050 in the n ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Mar 7
Clinician communication reduced distress related to the detection of incidenta...
DENVER - A cross-sectional survey showed a quarter of patients with detected incidental pulmonary nodules experienced significant distress related to the nodule. Detailed clinician communication increased patient knowledge, relieved distress, and improved patient experience. The National Lung Cancer Screening Trial reported that three annual low-dose computed topography LDCT screens, in contrast to standard lung X-rays, can decrease lung cancer mortality b ...
EurekAlert - Mon. Mar 7
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