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October 8, 2015

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October 8, 2015

Affordable Care Act Helps Virginia Improve HIV Outcomes

Oct. 8, 2015 — Low-income HIV patients enrolled in Affordable Care Act health-care plans achieved better outcomes and the resulting cost savings allowed the state of Virginia to support care for more patients, ... read more

Fracking Industry Wells Associated With Premature Birth

Oct. 8, 2015 — Expectant mothers who live near active natural gas wells operated by the fracking industry in Pennsylvania are at an increased risk of giving birth prematurely and for having high-risk pregnancies, ... read more

Preventing Memory Loss Before Symptoms Appear

Oct. 8, 2015 — A clinical trial is looking at removing a key protein from the brain to prevent memory loss at least a decade before symptoms are noticed in healthy older adults. The trial is focused on an ... read more

Sex Change Hormonal Treatments Alter Brain Chemistry

Oct. 8, 2015 — Hormonal treatments administered as part of the procedures for sex reassignment have well-known and well-documented effects on the secondary sexual characteristics of the adult body, shifting a ... read more

'Alarm Clock' of a Leukemia-Causing Oncogene Identified

Oct. 8, 2015 — Mutations in DNMT3A gene cause MEIS1 activacion, triggering leukemia, a research team ... read more

Oct. 8, 2015 — SOCE (Store Operated Calcium Entry) is a process by which Calcium ions slowly enter cells to refill depleted calcium stores. This process in nerve cells is now thought to play a role in maintaining ... read more

'Blind Analysis' Could Reduce Bias in Social Science, Biology Research

Oct. 8, 2015 — A technique used widely in particle physics and cosmology could help other disciplines reduce unintended bias in research, research shows. Biology, psychology and the social sciences should adopt ... read more

Popular Crime Shows May Help Reduce Sexual Assault

Oct. 8, 2015 — Viewers of 'Law and Order' have a better grasp of sexual consent than viewers of other crime dramas such as 'CSI' or 'NCIS,' suggesting that individuals who watch ... read more

More 'Global' Individuals Contribute Less

Oct. 8, 2015 — The more individuals perceive themselves as “citizens of the world,” the less likely they are to contribute to collective public goods and the more likely to hitch a “free ride” on the ... read more

Frequent School Moves Hurt Low-Income Childrens' Math Scores

Oct. 8, 2015 — Low-income students who change schools frequently are at risk for lower math scores and have a harder time managing their behavior and attention in the classroom than similar students who stay in the ... read more

Major Flu Drug Report Underway

Oct. 8, 2015 — A new landmark report reveals that anti-viral drugs called NAIs (like Tamiflu) have been successful in reducing deaths in flu patients in hospital. The report also reveals that preventative use of ... read more

Oct. 8, 2015 — Most robotic parts used to today are rigid, have a limited range of motion and don't really look lifelike. Inspired by both nature and biology, a scientist has designed a novel robotic finger ... read more

Protein Research Uncovers Potential New Diagnosis, Therapy for Breast Cancer

Oct. 8, 2015 — Scientists, using clinical specimens from charity Breast Cancer Now's Tissue Bank, have conducted new research into a specific sodium channel that indicates the presence of cancer cells and ... read more

Oct. 8, 2015 — For nearly nine years, researchers at Lund University have been working on developing implantable electrodes that can capture signals from single neurons in the brain over a long period of time - ... read more

Don’t Look at Me Like That or I’ll Swerve

Oct. 8, 2015 — A face with an emotionally charged expression, especially if the emotion is anger, can influence the course of our actions, according to a new study. The distracting effect is potentially dangerous ... read more

Living in Fear: Mental Disorders as Risk Factors for Chronic Pain in Teenagers

Oct. 8, 2015 — One in four young people have experienced chronic pain and a mental disorder. According to a new report, the onset of pain is often preceded by mental disorders: an above-average rate of incidence of ... read more

Women and Men React Differently to Infidelity, Study Shows

Oct. 8, 2015 — A recent Norwegian study shows that men and women react differently to various types of infidelity. Whereas men are most jealous of sexual infidelity, so-called emotional infidelity is what makes ... read more

Oct. 8, 2015 — 5 billion are expected to be myopic (short-sighted) by 2050, scientists say, adding that nearly 1 billion high myopes are at risk of blindness by 2050. Parents are urged to have their children's ... read more

Gut Microorganisms Cause Gluten-Induced Pathology in Mouse Model of Celiac Disease

Oct. 8, 2015 — Investigators interested in celiac disease have wondered why only 2 to 5 percent of genetically susceptible individuals develop the disease. Attention has focused on whether environmental ... read more

Therapy Reduces the Risk of Fragility Fractaures by 40 Percent

Oct. 8, 2015 — Osteoporosis, a disease of progressive bone loss, affects 70 percent of the US population older than age 50: one in two women -- and one in five men. These individuals are at risk for fragility ... read more

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