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July 5, 2015

Millions of Children's Lives Saved Through Low-Cost Investments

July 3, 2015 — More than 34 million children's lives have been saved since 2000 because of investments in child health programs at a cost of as little as $4,205 per child, according to a new analysis. From ... read more

July 2, 2015 — Think you're a foodie? Adventurous eaters, known as 'foodies,' are often associated with indulgence and excess. However, a new study shows just the opposite -- adventurous eaters weigh ... read more

Online Reader Comments Can Provide Valuable Feedback to News Sites

July 2, 2015 — Researchers have found that editors and owners of news organizations may want to pay more attention to what their readers are saying about their news stories in order to better serve their ... read more

Concerns About Industry Dominance in Diabetes Research

July 1, 2015 — Diabetes research is dominated by a small group of prolific authors, raising questions about the imbalance of power and conflict of interests in this field, argue experts in a new ... read more

End Pharmacists' Monopoly on Selling Certain Drugs, Argues British Expert

July 1, 2015 — Evidence is lacking that having a category of drugs that can be sold only by pharmacists or under their supervision ('pharmacy medicines') has benefits, writes a pharmacy professor in a new ... read more

Misquotes and Memes: Did Ben Franklin Really Say That?

July 1, 2015 — As Independence Day approaches, social media is lighting up with memes and quotes from the nation’s Founding Fathers. But did George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin actually say ... read more

Helping Students Stick With Online Courses

July 1, 2015 — Researchers showed that a dropout-prediction model trained on data from one offering of a course can help predict which students will stop out of the next ... read more

July 1, 2015 — Seven out of 10 college students feel stressed about their personal finances, according to a new American survey. Nearly 60 percent said they worry about having enough money to pay for school, while ... read more

Falling Gas Prices Can Boost Home Sales, According to Study

June 30, 2015 — Falling gas prices can shorten the time it takes a house to sell and can increase the selling price, according to results from an ongoing longitudinal ... read more

June 30, 2015 — 10 years after graduating, many have found financially solid and meaningful employment in the private sector, according to a new ... read more

Should Drinking Water Be Centralized or Decentralized?

June 30, 2015 — A Canadian civil engineering graduate evaluates claims that more centralized US-style regulation of drinking water would improve outcomes for Canadians. The paper finds limited support for these ... read more

New Cardiac Arrest Recommendations: Increased CPR/AED Training Will Improve Survival Rates

June 30, 2015 — In response to a new Institute of Medicine report on improving cardiac arrest survival rates, the Red Cross is taking a key first step in convening those who can make a significant difference in ... read more

Lack of Research Funding Could Leave Health Care Training 'to Chance'

June 30, 2015 — British health care education researchers have penned a heartfelt editorial calling for more research funding to support the evidence base for medical ... read more

Offering Healthier Options at Carryout Stores Improves Bottom Line

June 30, 2015 — A pilot program designed to encourage mom and pop carryout shops in Baltimore to promote and sell healthier menu items not only improved eating habits, but also increased the stores' gross ... read more

Recreational Fish-Catch Data Can Help Save Money in Monitoring Invasive Largemouth Bass

June 30, 2015 — Largemouth bass are native to North America, but they have been distributed worldwide for recreational fishing. When they’re in waters outside North America, largemouth bass can cause declines in ... read more

License Plate Decals Don't Seem to Curb Learner Driver Crash Rates

June 29, 2015 — The use of license plate decals for drivers with learner permits doesn't seem to have reduced their crash rate in New Jersey, the first US state to introduce the regulation, finds ... read more

Almost One in Three US Adults Owns at Least One Gun

June 29, 2015 — Almost one in three US adults owns at least one gun, and they are predominantly white married men over the age of 55, reveals research. Gun owners are are more than twice as likely as non-gun owners ... read more

Stuck on You: Research Shows Fingerprint Accuracy Stays the Same Over Time

June 29, 2015 — Fingerprints have been used by law enforcement and forensics experts to successfully identify people for more than 100 years. Though fingerprints are assumed to be infallible personal identifiers, ... read more

After Ebola, Understanding Health Care Needs Among Rural Liberians

June 29, 2015 — As Liberia rebuilds a health care system decimated by the 2014 Ebola outbreak, understanding precisely how far citizens live from health facilities and its impact on seeking care can help shape new ... read more

Hepatitis C: Life-Threatening Barriers in Access to Breakthrough Drugs in US

June 29, 2015 — Most states violate federal Medicaid law because they deny coverage for sofosbuvir, a new and highly effective treatment to cure hepatitis C. According to a team of researchers who examined Medicaid ... read more

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