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February 12, 2016

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February 12, 2016

Expert Opinion on How to Address the Skyrocketing Prices of Cancer Drugs

Feb. 12, 2016 — Many patients with cancer find themselves in great financial distress, in part because the costs of cancer-fighting drugs are skyrocketing. Is it possible to create public policy that will rein in ... read more

Want to Be a Doctor, but Have a Disability? Many Medical Schools Look Unwelcoming

Feb. 11, 2016 — They may dream of becoming doctors, and helping people like themselves. But for young people with disabilities, that dream may die when they check the admissions standards of most medical schools, ... read more

What 'Tainted' Engagement Rings Reveal About Consumer Expectations

Feb. 11, 2016 — We're told diamonds -- and their value -- are forever. But new research into the re-sale of diamond engagement rings shows a diamond's value is affected by the story people attach to it and ... read more

Learning About Struggles of Famous Scientists May Help Students Succeed in Science

Feb. 11, 2016 — High school students may improve their science grades by learning about the personal struggles and failed experiments of great scientists such as Albert Einstein and Marie Curie, according to new ... read more

'Grit' Adds Little to Prediction of Academic Achievement

Feb. 11, 2016 — Personality characteristics -- especially conscientiousness -- have previously been shown to have a significant but moderate influence on academic achievement. However, a new study suggests that ... read more

Reverse US Funding Freeze on Research Into Gun Violence, Say Experts

Feb. 11, 2016 — A ban on federal funding of research into gun violence initiated by Congress in 1997 must be overturned to improve understanding of gun use and how best to control it, argue ... read more

New Alcohol Guidelines Unlikely to Have a Direct Impact on Drinking

Feb. 11, 2016 — The UK's new alcohol guidelines are unlikely to have a direct impact on drinking, but they do raise awareness of harm and so may alter social attitudes towards alcohol, suggests an expert in a ... read more

Overconfidence, Loss Aversion Are Key Predictors for Investment Mistakes

Feb. 10, 2016 — A personal financial planning expert has identified several risk factors for people who are more likely to make investment mistakes during a down market. Overconfidence tops the ... read more

Scientists Write Document Explaining Zika Virus, Urge Vigilance

Feb. 10, 2016 — Public concerns about Zika have triggered scientists to write a new Extension document to explain the virus. Meanwhile, state mosquito control agencies and the Florida Department of Health monitor ... read more

Strategy for Increasing Survival of Mothers, Newborns in South Asia

Feb. 10, 2016 — In several South Asian countries, midwifery is not an established profession. As a result, complications in both mothers and newborns are extremely common. Now a researcher has been commissioned by ... read more

Better Definition Needed for Reasonable Medical Certainty in Child Abuse Cases

Feb. 10, 2016 — Physicians use different definitions of "reasonable medical certainty" when testifying as expert witnesses in child abuse cases. The variability is troubling because it could result in ... read more

Homeownership a 'Dream Deferred' for Millennial Generation

Feb. 9, 2016 — Millennials face significant hurdles in their quest for homeownership, said a professor of agricultural and consumer economics and co-author of a new paper examining homeownership trends among those ... read more

The Big Dig: Global Software Solution for Road, Water and Sewer Repairs

Feb. 9, 2016 — Researchers have developed an innovative method of tracking the many issues involved with the repair and renewal of road, water and sewer ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — They may have made America their new home, but immigrants whose children have special medical needs appear to be having trouble finding a true 'medical home' for their child, a new study ... read more

Carbon Reductions Won't Hinder Chinese Growth

Feb. 9, 2016 — China's new efforts to price carbon could lower the country's carbon dioxide emissions significantly without impeding economic development over the next three decades, new research ... read more

Injury Deaths, Life-Expectancy Gap Between US and Other High-Income Countries

Feb. 9, 2016 — The contribution of three causes of injury death to the gap in life expectancy between the United States and 12 comparable countries in 2012 has been estimated in a new study. The researchers focused ... read more

Cutting Prison Sentences Could Reduce Spread of HIV

Feb. 9, 2016 — Reducing the number of men who go to prison could help curb the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in a community. A new computer model suggests that reducing incarceration in a ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — Many populations of African animal species have dramatically decreased or already disappeared altogether. A team of European researchers has now predicted hunting pressure for the Congo Basin and ... read more

A Fifth of Car Fuel-Efficiency Savings Are Eroded by Increased Driving

Feb. 9, 2016 — Around a fifth of the energy-saving benefits of fuel-efficient cars are eroded because people end up driving them more, according to a study into British motoring habits over the last 40 ... read more

Feb. 9, 2016 — No longer satisfied to be washed out by epic seas and vast oceans, the world's lakes, rivers, streams, canals, reservoirs and other land-locked waters continue a push to be recognized -- and ... read more

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