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August 5, 2015

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August 5, 2015

Projected Benefits of High Blood Pressure Treatment in China

Aug. 4, 2015 — An expanded program of treatment for hypertension could prevent about 800,000 cardiovascular disease events every year in China, according to a modeling study. The predictions of this simulation ... read more

Profit, People and Planet: Balancing Revenue Vs. Responsibility in Fashion

Aug. 4, 2015 — Businesses within the fashion industry face many ethical decisions over the importance of profit vs. social responsibility. Exploitation is rife in developing countries where cheap, unregulated labor ... 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

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

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

State Immunization Laws Should Eliminate Non-Medical Exemptions, Say Internists

July 29, 2015 — Support for eliminating existing exemptions, except for medical reasons, from immunization laws was among the policy recommendations adopted at the summer meeting of the Board of Regents of the ... read more

July 28, 2015 — Pharmaceutical firms 'underinvest' in long-term research to develop new cancer-fighting drugs due to the greater time and cost required to conduct such research, according to a newly ... read more

Geography, Skills, Local Companies Affect Higher Education Impact on Economic Development

July 28, 2015 — Policy makers need to take factors like geography, available skills and knowledge and the networks of local companies into account to boost the impact of higher education on economic development, ... read more

Report Examines Medicare, Medicaid Programs at 50 Years and Challenges Ahead

July 28, 2015 — Although Medicare and Medicaid are playing a role in health care payment and delivery reform innovation, it will be difficult to enact large-scale program changes because of the conflicting ... read more

Sochi Winter Olympics 'Cost Billions More Than Estimated'

July 27, 2015 — As the International Olympic Committee prepares to choose between Beijing and Almaty as the host of the 2022 Winter Olympics, a new report shows that the cost of last year's Games in Sochi, ... read more

Predictors of Climate Change Awareness, Risk Perception Vary Around the Globe

July 27, 2015 — Using data from the largest cross-sectional survey of climate change perceptions ever conducted, researchers report the first global assessment of factors underlying climate change awareness and risk ... read more

July 27, 2015 — Climate change, environmental pollution or land use changes – there are numerous influences threatening biodiversity in forests around the globe. The resulting decrease in biodiversity is a matter ... read more

Teens With Medical Marijuana Cards Much Likelier to Say They're Addicted, but Few Teens Have Them

July 23, 2015 — Teens using marijuana for medical reasons are 10 times more likely to say they are hooked on marijuana than youth who get marijuana illegally, a new study shows. The study is the first to report on a ... read more

Educational Benefits of Deworming Children Questioned by Re-Analysis of Flagship Study

July 23, 2015 — Deworming children may not improve school attendance and the evidence that informs international policy needs to be re-appraised following a major re-analysis of data from an influential ... read more

Apartment Owners See Benefits to Going Smoke-Free

July 22, 2015 — A survey of 324 multiunit owners/operators in South Dakota showed that adopting smoke-free policies reduced maintenance costs while improving safety. State tobacco control officials have developed ... read more

Guidelines: Authors' Conflicts of Interest Should Lead to Consequences

July 22, 2015 — A guideline—recommendations on diagnosing and treating a particular disorder—aims to present the best possible treatment for patients. However, when guidelines are compiled their authors often ... read more

Researchers to Map Impact of Infectious Diseases Against Research Spending

July 22, 2015 — Scientists are set to analyze research investments into infectious disease research, particularly pneumonia and maternal and neonatal infections. By studying how research funding is allocated ... read more

Economic Slump, Not Natural Gas Boom, Responsible for Drop in CO2 Emissions

July 21, 2015 — The 11 percent decrease in climate change-causing carbon dioxide emissions in the US between 2007 and 2013 was caused by the global financial recession -- not the reduced use of coal, research ... read more

Nonprofit Calls for Less Talk, More Action to Make the Scientific Enterprise Sustainable

July 20, 2015 — Scientists have described eight steps that should improve the sustainability of the scientific ... read more

Study Delves Into Regulators' Decision-Making in Bank Closures

July 17, 2015 — Commercial bank regulators consider much more than monetary cost when determining whether to close a troubled bank, a new report states. According to the study, regulators show a desire to defer ... read more

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