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September 5, 2015

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September 5, 2015

Does Having a Bias Actually Sell Newspapers?

Sep. 4, 2015 — In recent years, there’s been plenty of discussion about bias in the media. Yet some of the most seemingly biased media and news organizations also have the largest viewership and readership. Can ... read more

Researchers Show Effectiveness of Non-Surgical Treatment of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Sep. 4, 2015 — Patients with spinal stenosis experienced good short term benefit, lasting from weeks to months, after receiving epidural steroid injections. These findings contradict a previously published study ... read more

Supervised Tooth Brushing and Floride Varnish Schemes Benefit Kids and the Health Economy

Sep. 4, 2015 — Action to prevent tooth decay in children, such as supervised tooth brushing and fluoride varnish schemes, are not just beneficial to children's oral health but could also result in cost savings ... read more

Community Ecology Can Advance the Fight Against Infectious Diseases

Sep. 4, 2015 — The ecological complexity of many emerging disease threats -- interactions among multiple hosts, multiple vectors and even multiple parasites -- often complicates efforts aimed at controlling ... read more

Adolescents More Likely Not to Smoke When Cigarette Ads Feature Older Adults

Sep. 4, 2015 — For decades, the tobacco and alcohol industries have been accused of advertising their products to kids. Tremendous public pressure has prompted the implementation of strict guidelines. Today, ... read more

Sep. 4, 2015 — The thrill is part of the game – whoever waits for his bid to be accepted on online auction platforms, feels the excitement in the bidding war for the object of desire. The heart beats faster, ... read more

Inexpensive Drug Saves Blood and Money, Study Shows

Sep. 4, 2015 — Using an inexpensive drug for every hip or knee replacement has helped one hospital reduce its number of red blood cell transfusions performed during these surgeries by more than 40 percent without ... read more

Rapid Testing for TB Aims to Reduce Drug Resistance, Lower Mortality Rate

Sep. 3, 2015 — Researchers have documented the accuracies of three new tests for more rapidly diagnosing drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis (TB), which are much harder and more expensive to treat and which, ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — Research has found a viral product that promotes a strong immune response against respiratory syncytial virus, a threat to infants and the ... read more

Surgery Achieves Better Long-Term Control of Type 2 Diabetes Than Standard Therapy

Sep. 3, 2015 — Metabolic or bariatric surgery may be more effective than standard medical treatments for the long-term control of type 2 diabetes in obese patients, according to a new study. The study is the first ... read more

Girls, Boys With Autism Differ in Behavior, Brain Structure

Sep. 3, 2015 — A study of about 800 children with autism found gender differences in a core feature of the disorder, as well as in the youngsters' brain structures. Girls with autism display less repetitive ... read more

'Unethical' Targets in India's Private Hospitals

Sep. 3, 2015 — Many doctors working in India's private hospitals are under pressure to carry out unnecessary tests and procedures to meet revenue targets, according to a new ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — Natural selection is a race to reproduce, a competition between individuals with varying traits that helps direct evolution. How do the structures of gene networks determine which individuals appear ... read more

The Science of Stereotyping: Challenging the Validity of 'Gaydar'

Sep. 3, 2015 — 'Gaydar' -- the purported ability to infer whether people are gay or straight based on their appearance -- seemed to get a scientific boost from a 2008 study that concluded people could ... read more

Increased Odds for Type 2 Diabetes After Prenatal Exposure to Ukraine Famine of 1932-33

Sep. 3, 2015 — Men and women exposed in early gestation to the human-made Ukrainian Famine of 1932-33 in regions with extreme food shortages were 1.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in ... read more

Making the Easiest Judgments First, When Viewing New Environments

Sep. 3, 2015 — Evidence from a new study suggests that when we analyze scenery we simply make the easiest judgments first, rather than following a priority order of ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — Researchers have successfully established a causal relationship between exposure to so-called farm dust and protection against asthma and allergies. This breakthrough discovery is a major step ... read more

Drug-Resistant Bacteria in the Gut Overcome With Fecal Transplant

Sep. 3, 2015 — The gut is an important reservoir for drug-resistant bacteria responsible for life-threatening hospital-acquired infections. A study in mice reports that two of the most common antibiotic-resistant ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — Working in mice, researchers showed they could reduce glucose production in the liver and lower blood sugar levels. They did so by shutting down a liver protein involved in making glucose, an ... read more

Sep. 3, 2015 — A protein known to play a role in transporting the molecular contents of normal cells into and out of various intracellular compartments can also turn such cells cancerous by stimulating a key ... read more

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