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Survey May Have Gotten Florida’s Obesity Rate Wrong
Florida’s obesity rate may be higher than originally thought, according to a new study. A widely used national health survey puts the overall obesity rate in the state at 27.8 percent, but a new study based on an analysis of a robust clinical data re
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4 U.S. States Beat All Others At Cutting Opioid Dosages
Prescription drug monitoring programs in Kentucky, New Mexico, Tennessee, and New York have significantly reduced opioid dosages and the number of opioid fills, according to a new study. While most states currently have prescription drug monitoring p
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Carb And Fat Combo Makes Food Extra Irresistible
Foods that have both fat and carbohydrates are more rewarding, calorie for calorie, than foods with either energy source alone, according to new research. Fatty foods like cheese trigger one pathway of signals to reward centers in the brain while car
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Analysis Totally Rewrites The History Of Ancient Turquoise
New research overturns more than a century of thought about the source of turquoise that ancient civilizations in Mesoamerica used. For more than 150 years, scholars have argued that the Aztec and Mixtec civilizations, which revered the precious, blu
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Antipsychotics For ADHD May Put Kids At Risk For Diabetes
Children and adolescents who take antipsychotics for as little as 12 weeks experience significant gains in body fat and also become less sensitive to insulin, according to a new study. Although originally developed and approved to treat conditions su
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How The Events Of 1968 Stick With The U.S. Today
Fifty years after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy and the period of chaos and confusion afterwards, the events of 1968 still shape our lives today, New York University’s Tim Naftali and Nikhil Pal Singh argue. Naftali,
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Sex Hormones Don’t Keep Lemur Dads From Being Good Parents
Male lemurs’ androgen levels—or their levels of male sex hormones—actually increase the more they engage in child care behaviors, according to a new study. Studies have shown that when human men marry and have children, they often see a decline in th
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Playing With Blocks Gives Kids 2 Boosts Before Kindergarten
Semi-structured block play among preschool-age children has the potential to improve two skills critical to kindergarten readiness, according a new study: math and executive functioning. “As an early childhood expert, I feel like I’m constantly being
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To Get Motivated, Reward Yourself Now Rather Than Later
Immediate rewards may boost motivation more than waiting to reward yourself until the end of a task, according to new research. In a new study, Kaitlin Woolley, assistant professor of marketing at Cornell University, found that giving people an immed
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New Way To Find Baby Gas Giants Is Way More Accurate
Researchers have developed a new technique for discovering and observing very young, very large planets. Catching young planets in the act of formation is important for understanding how planets form and how they build their atmospheres. The new meth
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3 In 4 Pediatricians Now Oppose Spanking
Three out of four pediatricians disapprove of spanking, research finds. The survey of pediatricians around the US finds that most think spanking seldom or never results in positive outcomes for kids. Catherine Taylor, an associate professor of Global
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Not All Alzheimer’s Damage Is The Same
Researchers have discovered that Alzheimer’s disease damages different types of brain cells depending on the genes involved. Alzheimer’s disease implicates multiple genes. Some are linked to early-onset Alzheimer’s, a condition that develops in one’s
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New Dads Could Use A Lot More Parenting Info
While a huge number of books and programs are available to help new moms before and after the birth of their child, the same can’t be said for fathers, according to a new study. Research suggests that men typically rely on women for parenting knowled
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Tiny Frog Trapped In Amber Is A Crazy Find
About 99 million years ago in what’s now Myanmar, sap suddenly trapped a tiny juvenile frog with a beetle, perhaps its intended next meal. Unlucky for the frog, but lucky for science. An extinct species now named Electrorana limoae, it’s one of four
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Cells In Your ‘Second Brain’ Set Off Intestinal Inflammation
New research identifies an early cause of intestinal inflammation, which is one of the first stages of inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome. Those conditions afflict around 11 percent of the world’s population. “Within your intesti
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New Research Debunks Myths About Multilingual Students
Multilingual students, who speak a language or more than one language other than English at home, have improved in reading and math achievement substantially since 2003, according to a new study. This new research debunks a common myth that multiling
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Posting Prices May Help Both Surgeons And Patients
Publicly posting the price of tonsillectomies, uncomplicated births, and other common procedures can increase business, revenue, and patient satisfaction at outpatient surgery centers, according to a small study. “There’s a growing movement in the Un
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‘Holy Grail’ Robotic Device Draws And Tests Blood
Researchers have created an automated blood drawing and testing device that provides rapid results. It could potentially improve workflow in hospitals and other health-related institutions to allow health care practitioners to spend more time treatin
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Earth’s Biggest Ice Sheet Survived The Last Warm Period
The largest ice sheet on Earth was stable throughout the last warm period in geologic time, indicating it should hold up as temperatures continue to rise, researchers say. The East Antarctic Ice Sheet is the world’s largest potential contributor to s
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Newly Discovered Molecule Smashes The Limits Of Insulation
Researchers have discovered the most current-insulating molecule yet. The discovery has broken the widely accepted limit of insulation properties and has the potential to influence the future of electronics. “…current size limits for insulating mater
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It’s Time To Rethink Kids Getting Their Tonsils Out
New research on the long-term effects of removing tonsils and adenoids in childhood finds that the operations are associated with increased respiratory, infectious, and allergic diseases. For many people, having their tonsils removed is a childhood r
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How Water Gets From The Blood To The Brain
Researchers have discovered how water moves from the blood to the brain. Every day around half a liter of water moves from the blood to the brain through a thin tissue called the plexus choroideus, but exactly how this happens has been a mystery. In
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Bias And Other Barriers Keep People From Getting Anti-HIV Drug
Multiple barriers may stop high-risk individuals from getting access to an HIV drug that can reduce the subsequent risk of infection, according to a new research review. Researchers outlined solutions that would help overcome barriers that make it ha
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Dwarf Planet May Host More Organic Stuff Than Scientists Thought
A new analysis suggests that patches on the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres may contain a much higher abundance of organic material than originally thought. …because life as we know it can’t exist without organic material, scientists are interested
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This Diet May Boost Heart Health, Even With Red Meat
Adopting a Mediterranean-style eating pattern improves heart health, with or without reducing red meat intake, as long as the meat is lean and unprocessed, according to a new study. “This study is important because it shows that red meat can be part
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Despite Risks, Many Americans Want Cancer Screenings
A large proportion of Americans opt for cancer screening even if the potential harms outweigh the risks, research finds. Researchers believe that clinicians and oncologists could develop better communications tools and provide reassurance to patients
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Image Shows How U.S. Christians Imagine God’s Face
Psychologists have used a new technique to construct a composite image of what a sample of 511 American Christians think God looks like. Participants in the study saw hundreds of randomly varying face-pairs and selected which face from each pair appe
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Small Groups Narrow Math Gap For Low-income Kids
Teaching low-income, minority kindergartners math in small groups helps with learning and can help bridge the divide with higher-income peers, according to new research. For a new study, researchers evaluated kindergarten students in the one-year mat
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Despite Cleaning, School Desks Are Persistently Gross
The bacteria and fungi that grow on school desks come from the children who sit there, according to new research. The researchers also found that, even after a desk cleaning, the microbes were back in full force within a few days. The results, which
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Future Medical Tests Could Use Bits Of RNA
Scientists have devised an improved method for isolating and identifying tiny fragments of RNA in human blood products. The achievement could lead to powerful new ways to diagnose and track a wide range of medical conditions, say the researchers. On
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