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July 7, 2015

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July 7, 2015

The Clock Is Ticking: New Method Reveals Exact Time of Death After 10 Days

July 2, 2015 — A new method for calculating the exact time of death, even after as much as 10 days, has been developed by a group of researchers. Currently, there are no reliable ways to determine the time since ... read more

Mortality Rates in Europe Vary Depending on the Socioeconomic Level of the Residence Area

July 2, 2015 — For a number of years now, scientific literature has questioned whether mortality rates depend on socioeconomic differences among the population. Recently, a new study carried out in 15 European ... 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

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

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

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

Scoring System Can Help Trauma Centers Improve Care During Surges in Trauma Cases

June 29, 2015 — A scoring system that can identify periods of high activity and increased trauma patient deaths in hospital emergency rooms may help hospitals better prepare for surges in trauma patient volume that ... read more

Is Facebook the Next Frontier for Online Learning?

June 29, 2015 — Social-networking sites such as Facebook can help students learn scientific literacy and other complex subjects that often receive short shrift in today's time-strapped ... read more

India's Abortion Law Puts Women at Risk, Should Be Changed, Experts Say

June 26, 2015 — Proposed amendments to India's abortion law are 'contradictory' and need 'urgent redrafting' to prevent women from making ill informed decisions and risking their lives with ... read more

Most of America's Poor Have Jobs, Study Finds

June 25, 2015 — Sociologists evaluated 129 existing methods for defining the 'working poor' and propose one method as a unified definition. Their estimate is that 10 percent of all working households are ... read more

Top Scientists Call for Improved Incentives to Ensure Research Integrity

June 25, 2015 — Scientific controversies, from problems replicating results - such as with the now debunked association between autism and MMR vaccines -- to researcher misconduct and sensationalism, have led to ... read more

Geography Is Destiny in Deaths from Kidney Failure, Study Shows

June 24, 2015 — The notion that geography often shapes economic and political destiny has long informed the work of economists and political scholars. Now a study led by medical scientists reveals how geography also ... read more

June 24, 2015 — With all sea turtles being currently on the list of endangered species, authors now offer a critical review of what is being done towards saving injured Mediterranean loggerhead and green turtles. ... read more

June 24, 2015 — The dramatic resurgence of whooping cough is due, in large part, to vaccinated people who are infectious but who do not display the symptoms, suggests a new ... read more

The Unwanted Consumer: Harbingers of Failure

June 23, 2015 — Positive customer feedback, to say nothing of positive sales, is always a good sign of a new product's potential success, right? Not necessarily, says a new study. According to the study, there ... read more

June 18, 2015 — Scientists have demonstrated a new technique to non-invasively survey tigers using their scent sprays, which are detected much more frequently in the wild than scat--the 'breadcrumb' that ... read more

Study Finds Significant Drop in New Prostate Cancer Diagnoses

June 18, 2015 — New diagnoses of prostate cancer in the US declined 28 percent in the year following the draft recommendation from the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) against routine PSA ... read more

Doctors Protest Over Australia's 'Repressive Legislation' on Asylum Seekers

June 18, 2015 — In a new article, two doctors criticize Australia for passing legislation that may be used to silence doctors working with asylum seekers. The Border Force Act 2015 says that from July 2015 ... read more

Should We Welcome Multinational Companies' Connection to Projects to Improve Child Health?

June 18, 2015 — Partnerships with multinational companies in child health programs can work to help save lives, write the co-founders of charity ColaLife. But an academic argues that connections between ... read more

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