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May 6, 2015

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May 6, 2015

Should Voting Be Compulsory or Should We Have a Right Not to Vote?

Apr. 28, 2015 — Each year, millions of people fail to vote without reproach. Does abstention constitute a citizen's right not to vote? A new article explores whether we have a legal right to a 'no ... read more

Apr. 24, 2015 — To increase diversity in US STEM workforce, policymakers and educators need to address factors in college programs that discourage minority students, contribute to their noncompletion of ... read more

Ethics Training for Future Doctors Needs Updating, Say Medical Educators

Apr. 24, 2015 — To accommodate 21st century ethical concerns and begin resolving discordant approaches to medical ethics training, scholars from leading medical schools across the United States have issued updated ... read more

High-Level Commission Focuses on Law's Power to Significantly Improve World's Health

Apr. 21, 2015 — Law should be viewed as a major determinant of health and safety and can be utilized as a powerful and innovative tool to address pressing global health concerns, says a newly formed, high-level ... read more

Protocol Developed for Preserving Forensic Evidence After a Terrorist Attack

Apr. 21, 2015 — Pathologists have developed a set of protocols for processing and preserving forensic evidence, such as shrapnel, bullets and other projectiles, in surgical specimens (i.e. amputated limbs, injured ... read more

Oxycodone Overdose Deaths Drop 25 Percent After Launch of Prescgram

Apr. 15, 2015 — Oxycodone-related deaths dropped 25 percent after Florida implemented its Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in late 2011 as part of its response to the state's prescription drug abuse ... read more

Finding New Drugs for Infectious Diseases: Selecting the Right Tool for the Job

Apr. 14, 2015 — Randomized clinical trials of new drugs have long been considered the 'gold standard' in determining safety and efficacy before drugs, biologics, vaccines or devices are introduced to the ... read more

Healthcare Professionals Must Recognize Importance of Human Rights to Improve Healthcare for Women, Experts Say

Apr. 14, 2015 — Women's human rights need to be addressed globally in order to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity, says an ... read more

Recruiting Participants for Research: Simple Explanations, Queries from Doctors Are Best

Apr. 13, 2015 — While a debate was raging between scientists and government regulators on how best to explain to patients the risks of participating in clinical research studies that compare standardized treatments, ... read more

Teams With a Critical Mass of Women Lets Them 'Lean In' and Aim for Science Careers

Apr. 6, 2015 — For years, educators and have sounded an alarm about the fact that fewer girls and women enter STEM fields than their male peers, and more girls and women leave. Now a team reports one promising ... read more

One-Third of College STEM Majors Switch Fields by Graduation

Apr. 2, 2015 — About a quarter of high performing students who began pursuing a bachelor's degree between 2003 and 2009 declared a science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) major; however, nearly a third ... read more

Social Media Study of Pinterest to Clinical Practice Effectiveness

Mar. 30, 2015 — Aside from the societal increase and prevalence of social media, a researcher has discovered that doctors and patients sometimes blur lines of their relationships. Instances where social media ... read more

Mar. 26, 2015 — Straw-powered cars could be a thing of the future thanks to new research. A new study pinpoints five strains of yeast capable of turning agricultural by-products, such as straw, sawdust and corncobs, ... read more

The Challenges for Anthropologists When They're the Expert in the Courtroom

Mar. 24, 2015 — Researchers are examining the intellectual, practical and ethical challenges for anthropologists when they're hired to serve as expert ... read more

E-Cigarettes Can Be Regulated Now Without More Research, Expert Says

Mar. 13, 2015 — A legal scholar and tobacco control expert says he has developed a research-based roadmap that allows for the immediate regulation of e-cigarettes, and that his proposal would minimize the threats ... read more

Is US Immigration Policy 'STEMming' Innovation?

Mar. 11, 2015 — Foreign-born graduate students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines who wish to pursue a career in industry or NGOs are much more likely to stay in the US than those who ... read more

Media Portray Unrealistic Timelines for Stem Cell Therapies

Mar. 11, 2015 — A new study reveals sometimes overly optimistic news coverage of clinical translation of stem cell therapies -- and as spokespeople, scientists need to be mindful of harnessing public ... read more

Mar. 11, 2015 — A key protein from two influenza strains that recently began causing sporadic infections among people in China and Taiwan have been analyzed by researchers. The analyses suggest that the flu viruses, ... read more

Teens, Adults Hazy on Washington Marijuana Law, Study Shows

Mar. 9, 2015 — Only 57 percent of Washington parents surveyed knew the legal age for recreational marijuana use and just 63 percent knew that homegrown marijuana is illegal under the law, a new study ... read more

Seven Strategies to Advance Women in Science

Mar. 5, 2015 — The Initiative on Women in Science and Engineering Working Group, a collection of more than 30 academic and business leaders, present seven strategies to advance women in science, engineering, and ... read more

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