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April 29, 2016

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April 29, 2016

Polarization May Cause Climate Communication to Backfire

Apr. 27, 2016 — Political polarization may cause communication about climate change to backfire, a new study finds. Even efforts that frame climate change around seemingly win-win issues such as economic growth or ... read more

Weighing the Pros and Cons of Mental-Health Apps

Apr. 26, 2016 — There are more than 165,000 mobile applications available for health care, with the largest category for people with mental-health disorders, managing everything from addiction to depression and ... read more

Framing Discourse Around Conservative Values Shifts Climate Change Attitudes

Apr. 25, 2016 — Conservatives' attitudes toward climate change and other environmental concerns shift when the issues are reframed in terms more closely aligned with their values, a new study ... read more

Eco-Friendly Store Brands Are a 'Win-Win-Win Situation'

Apr. 20, 2016 — Profits for store brands can increase if companies couple ethical marketing with higher prices, new research indicates. However, the researchers also found that consumers' evaluations of store ... read more

Top Soccer Players May Be Under-Performing Because of Gambling, Research Suggests

Apr. 7, 2016 — Some top soccer players are under-performing because of worries about gambling losses, according to new ... read more

Engaging Patients, Public With Health Care Evidence

Apr. 4, 2016 — A national conversation about the evidence behind health care and health policy options is an 'ethical imperative,' but values conflicts are likely to arise. Scholars propose a way forward ... read more

Pros and Cons of Mandatory GMO Labeling

Apr. 1, 2016 — Researchers have concluded that mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods is justified, based on an extensive review of international scientific and legal frameworks related to genetically ... read more

Despite More Women in Science, We Still Perceive Women to Be Incompatible With STEM Fields, New Study Finds

Mar. 28, 2016 — Despite significant progress made, women are still thought to lack the qualities needed to be successful scientists, report investigators. The findings suggest this may contribute to discrimination ... read more

Doubts About Career Potential Can Pave Way for Immoral Professional Conduct

Mar. 28, 2016 — For those highly determined to pursue a profession, receiving negative feedback may lead to the endorsement of immoral behavior, a team of researchers has ... read more

Should Doctors Boycott Working in Australia's Immigration Detention Centers?

Mar. 23, 2016 — Two experts debate whether doctors should boycott working in Australia's immigration detention centers. Last month, the president of the Australian Medical Association finally denounced ... read more

New Report Reveals Hundreds Still Dying in Detention

Mar. 17, 2016 — An ongoing culture of secrecy, poor access to specialist mental health services and a lack of high quality independent investigations has contributed to hundreds of non-natural deaths in detention, ... read more

Students as Teachers Effective in STEM Subjects

Mar. 17, 2016 — In the traditional college learning structure, students enter the classroom and place their focus on the classroom instructor. But researchers are finding that higher levels of academic success may ... read more

Welfare Recipients Seen as Immoral for Buying Ethical Products

Mar. 8, 2016 — Shoppers making ethical purchases, such as buying organic food or environmentally friendly cars, are generally seen as more virtuous -- unless they're receiving government assistance. If ethical ... read more

Black and Brilliant? A Female Genius? Not According to RateMyProfessors, Study Finds

Mar. 3, 2016 — An analysis of more than 14 million reviews on RateMyProfessors.com, where students write anonymous reviews of their professors, found that students most often use the words 'brilliant' and ... read more

Feb. 29, 2016 — The field of forensic botany is being advanced with the publication of two recent studies that use marijuana DNA to link drug supplies and pollen DNA to aid in forensic ... read more

Genome Editing: US Could Apply UK's Approach to Evaluate Safety, Ethics

Feb. 25, 2016 — Two potential ways of stamping out serious disease by manipulating the genomes of human embryos are under intense public debate: mitochondrial replacement therapy and germline genome editing. The UK ... read more

Clinical Community Has Crucial Role to Play in the Future of Mitochondrial Replacement Techniques, Say Experts

Feb. 25, 2016 — There is a unique role for the United States medical community to play in determining the future application of, and ethically acceptable approach to, mitochondrial replacement techniques (MRTs), ... read more

Clinical Manual Addresses How to Approach Organ Donation After Euthanasia

Feb. 23, 2016 — A new practical manual addresses the controversial topic of organ donation after euthanasia, providing guidance to clinicians whose patients have requested euthanasia and the desire to offer their ... read more

Feb. 22, 2016 — Atrazine exposure during embryonic development could cause later reproductive problems for female zebrafish, as well as physical deformations in their offspring, according to new research. Atrazine, ... read more

Doctor Calls on Australian Government to Lift Threat of Imprisonment from Doctors

Feb. 19, 2016 — In a new article, a doctor is calling on the Australian government to stop constraining doctors in the care of asylum seekers and refugees, and to adopt a humane stance to people seeking ... read more

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