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August 3, 2015

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August 3, 2015

The Uneasy, Unbreakable Link of Money and Medicine

Aug. 3, 2015 — After centuries of concerns about the potentially compromising role of money in medicine, the debate remains irreconcilable and the link remains indivisible, a new article suggets. Even the reforms ... read more

Are Animal Models Still Essential to Biological Research?

Aug. 3, 2015 — A new article covers the use of animal models in scientific research. The use of animals in scientific research prompts regular debate and it can be difficult to garner a clear picture of the actual ... read more

Aug. 3, 2015 — In an unprecedented effort to understand the connections between mountain water supply and urban demand, more than 50 researchers from 22 different lab groups and seven universities gathered to study ... read more

Bitcoin Virtual Currency Users and Motivations: A Haven for Criminals?

Aug. 3, 2015 — A new study uses Google Trends data in an attempt to understand who uses the anonymous crypto-currency Bitcoin, and for what ... read more

Tool Helps Public Health Agencies Prioritize Health Risks

July 31, 2015 — Public health agencies across the globe are challenged with preventing the spread of chronic diseases while dealing with limited funds and devastating budget cuts. Now, a researcher has applied the ... read more

Half of the Most Popular News on Twitter Is Not Covered by Traditional News Media Sources

July 31, 2015 — Half of the news that appears on Twitter as 'trending topics' goes unmentioned in the traditional news media, and when both sources carry it, 60 percent of the stories appear first on the ... read more

Analysis of Post Deployment Health Assessment Forms Indicates Risks of Alcohol Abuse Among Service Members Returning from Deployment

July 31, 2015 — An analysis of responses to questionnaires administered to U.S. active component service members who had returned from deployment during a 7-year surveillance period found that 3.4 percent and 4.8 ... read more

Gene Drive Research: Safeguarding the Greater Good

July 30, 2015 — Research teams have proactively assembled an international group of 26 experts, including prominent genetic engineers and fruit fly geneticists, to unanimously recommend a series of preemptive ... read more

Research Explores Future Energy Security of China

July 30, 2015 — China needs to reduce its dependence on coal and improve the range of fuels it uses if it is to have long term energy security, according to new research. The study looks at the future of electricity ... read more

Cost of Physician Board Recertification Fuels Questions About How Best to Achieve Better Outcomes for Patients

July 30, 2015 — Many American physicians are pushing back against or debating new requirements for maintaining medical board certifications, which affect more than 250,000 physicians ... read more

Texting While Driving Bans Save 19 Lives Per Year

July 30, 2015 — On average, there was a 7 percent reduction in crash-related hospitalizations in states that have enacted bans on texting and driving, researchers say. Hospitalizations were reduced the most -- 9 ... read more

Rotten Tomatoes and Two Thumbs Up

July 30, 2015 — How online shoppers respond when faced with wide variations in online reviews can give retailers insights into how to display the reviews and what to ... read more

Computer Model Forecasts Flu Outbreaks in a Subtropical Climate

July 30, 2015 — It is possible to predict the timing and intensity of influenza outbreaks in subtropical climates like Hong Kong where flu seasons can occur at different times and more than once during a year, ... read more

American Report Highlights Priorities to Help States Achieve National HIV/AIDS Strategy Goals

July 30, 2015 — A set of recommendations has been released by experts for how states across the US can improve HIV prevention and care outcomes in an effort to achieve the goals identified within the National ... read more

Every Country in the World Can Afford to Support Its Smokers to Stop

July 30, 2015 — A major new review examined a wide range of measures that healthcare systems in different countries can adopt to help smokers to stop, determining that in fact, all countries can afford to support ... read more

With Racial Segregation Declining Between Neighborhoods, Segregation Now Taking New Form

July 30, 2015 — Recent research has shown that racial segregation in the U.S. is declining between neighborhoods, but a new study indicates that segregation is manifesting itself in other ways — not ... read more

Research Could Play Major Role in Curbing Illegal Ivory Sales

July 30, 2015 — A new automated data mining system could lead to a dramatic increase in the detection of potentially illegal online sales of elephant ivory through eBay. Law enforcement agencies and conservationist ... read more

Treating Ships' Ballast Water: Filtration Preferable to Disinfection

July 30, 2015 — Untreated ballast water discharge from ships can spread living organisms and even pathogens across the world thereby introducing non-native or invasive species into the local environment. Scientists ... read more

Links Between Individual Characteristics, Disability Employment Gap Found

July 29, 2015 — Researchers have explored the characteristics of people with disabilities who have achieved success in the workplace. The employment gap was found to be smaller among women, married people, ... read more

Rise in Day Surgery in United Kingdom Has Been Good for Patients and Budgets

July 29, 2015 — The rising proportion of operations carried out as day cases over the past few decades has been good for patients and a much more efficient use of NHS resources, says an expert in a new ... read more

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