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In autism, the social benefits of being a girl
Infant girls at risk for autism pay more attention to social cues in faces than infant boys, according to a Yale School of Medicine study -- the first one known to prospectively examine sex-related social differences in at-risk infants. This difference in observational skills could help protect female siblings of children with autism from developing the disorder themselves, according to lead author Katarzyna Chawarska, associate professor in the Yale Child ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Feb 9
A 'nudge' reduces doctors' unnecessary antibiotic prescription, study finds
Behavioral interventions that appealed to doctors competitive spirits and desire to strengthen their reputations motivated them to significantly reduce unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions, a new study shows. Until now, most efforts to reduce antibiotic prescribing have involved education, reminders or giving financial incentives to physicians, said principal investigator and senior author Jason Doctor, director of health informatics for the USC Schaeffer ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Feb 9
Common gene variant influences food choices ... for better or worse
If you re fat, can you blame it on your genes The answer is a qualified yes. Maybe. Under certain circumstances. Researchers are moving towards a better understanding of some of the roots of obesity. A McGill-led research team has recently discovered that for girls who are carriers of a particular gene variant DRD4 VNTR with 7 repeats , the crucial element that influences a child s fat intake is not the gene variant itself. Instead, it is the interplay bet ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Feb 9
Alcohol offender program associated with drop in deaths, study finds
An innovative program that requires alcohol-involved offenders to abstain from alcohol and submit to frequent alcohol tests may be associated with a reduction in deaths, according to a new RAND Corporation study. Examining the 24 7 Sobriety Program in South Dakota, which started as a pilot in 2005, researchers found that county implementation of the program was associated with a 4 percent drop in deaths at the county level. The associations were most evide ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Feb 9
It doesn't 'get better' for some bullied LGBT youths
First study to examine severity of bullying over time, its impact on mental health Researchers struck by how severe harassment, assaults are for some LGBT teens If these criminal offenses happened out of school, people would be calling the police CHICAGO, Ill. --- Since 2010, more than 613,000 people have pledged to combat bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT teens as part of the It Gets Better campaign. And a new Northwestern Medicine s ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Feb 9
Americans Recognize ‘Past Presidents’ Who Never Were
Ask Americans to name the former U.S. president whose face currently graces the U.S. 10 dollar bill and most will be quick to answer Alexander Hamilton. Sure, it s a trick question. But a new study from memory researchers at Washington University in St. Louis confirms that most Americans are confident that Alexander Hamilton was once president of the United States. Our findings from a recent survey suggest that about 71 percent of Americans are fairly cert ...
Psychological Science - Tue. Feb 9
Schizophrenia breakthrough: scientists shed light on biological cause
What causes schizophrenia This is a question that has challenged scientists since the disorder was first identified almost 130 years ago. Now, for the first time, researchers have shed light on the biological origin of the illness.
Medical News Today - Tue. Feb 9
Maybe It’s Harder To Kill Yourself Than You Picture
Gustave Jeanneret s Without Hope Sans espoir isn t easy. Perhaps it s even wrong. The relaxed pose of the tramp laid out across a railway sleeper with his head rested on a rail looks more like the position of someone in napping mode rather than that of a man in the perfect station for self-destruction. Relaxed he might be, but the tramp is absolutely sure of what he wants. The train, with its two black eyes, is almost on him. Head set resolutely on the rai ...
Psychology Today - Tue. Feb 9
Ladies, You Know What a Beer Is? Stay Away From It!
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC recently recommended that all women of childbearing age who could become pregnant should abstain from alcohol consumption. The manner in which this recommendation was presented has been called sexist and misleading , which it is it s also emblematic of a peculiarly puritanical and unhelpful approach Americans take toward vices. There is a wide gap between the standards Americans publicly set for themselves ...
Psychology Today - Tue. Feb 9
Will more states ban nonmedical exemptions for childhood vaccination?
For more than 30 years, Mississippi and West Virginia were the only states in the country that disallowed nonmedical exemptions to mandatory school vaccination laws for religious or philosophical reasons, until they were joined by California last year. These exemption laws have provoked debate over the rights of parents versus the responsibility of government to protect public health. Researchers at Columbia University s Mailman School of Public Health, le ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Feb 9
New evidence gives women informed choice in the prolapse surgery debate
New evidence published today highlights benefits and harms of using artificial mesh when compared with tissue repair in the surgical treatment of vaginal prolapse. Slightly better repair with mesh needs to be weighed carefully against increased risk of harms. A new Cochrane systematic review published today summarizes evidence that addresses a long-standing controversy in the surgical repair of vaginal prolapse. It will help women and surgeons to make bett ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Feb 9
Researchers identify most dangerous strains of often-deadly bacteria
Baltimore, Md., Feb. 8, 2015 -A multi-disciplinary group of researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine UM SOM have for the first time determined the genetic makeup of various strains of E. coli , which every year kills hundreds of thousands of people around the world. The paper, which appears in a recent issue of Nature Microbiology , analyzed the DNA of Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli EPEC , which are the strains of the bacteria that c ...
EurekAlert - Tue. Feb 9
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