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Tuesday, Jun 18

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Some Americans are eating better, but health inequities remain

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“While we’ve seen some modest improvement in American diets in the last two decades, those improvements are not reaching everyone..."

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1 brain region might kickstart paranoia

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New findings shed light on what is happening in the human brain when people experience feelings of paranoia.

Making emergency rooms ‘pediatric ready’ saves lives

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Making hospital EDs ready to provide basic health care to kids could cost as little as $4 to $8 per patient while improving survival rates.

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Companies accidentally fund online misinformation via ads

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"Online misinformation can have significant consequences, including sowing political discord and exacerbating the climate crisis."

Monday, Jun 17

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6 tips to help your kid sleep better

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A new poll sheds light on parents' bedtime battles to get their kids to sleep. An expert breaks down the findings and offers tips.

Fossil hints at more complex fish brain evolution

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A new discovery suggests the evolution of ray-finned fish brains is far more complex than previously believed.

How worried should you be about avian flu?

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The risk of avian flu to humans is low, for now. An expert weighs in on what you need to know—and how a universal influenza vaccine could help.

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Lithium for batteries could come from fracking wastewater

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Fracking wastewater could be a new source of lithium, a key ingredient in batteries for everything from smartphones and electric cars.

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First week of life is key for senses of smell and touch

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Research in mice "demonstrates that early-life exposure to odor is essential for touch development and maturation."

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Shelter dogs awaiting adoption do better with a buddy

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Companiable dogs housed together showed fewer signs of stress and were adopted more quickly than dogs that were housed by themselves.

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More 9/11 toxin exposure boosts first responders’ dementia risk

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First responders who were exposed to more World Trade Center-related toxins on 9/11 have higher incidents of dementia, a new study finds.

3D visualization predicts hurricane damage before it happens

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3D visualization technology can identify potential outcomes of hurricane storm surge flooding before it occurs.

Friday, Jun 14

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Weird ‘Phoenix’ sheds light on how planets evolve

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A planet that should have been stripped to bare rock by its nearby host star's intense radiation somehow grew a puffy atmosphere instead.

Out-of-pocket costs may keep people from filling naloxone prescriptions

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Minimizing out-of-pocket costs for naloxone prescriptions could be a "crucial step toward slowing the US opioid epidemic."

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Soaring birds use lungs to enhance their flying

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An air-filled sac within the birds' lungs is believed to increase the force the birds use to power flight muscles while soaring.

Thursday, Jun 13

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Why it matters how much political parties hate each other

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Partisan hostility can erode democratic institutions and functioning over time. A new book explains how.

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Bacteria may play a role in mental illness

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People with schizophrenia are more likely to have DNA from bacteria associated with "cat scratch fever" in their blood, a study finds.

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AI-trained exoskeleton saves user’s energy

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"This work is essentially making science fiction reality—allowing people to burn less energy while conducting a variety of tasks."

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Honey bees can sniff out lung cancer

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When researchers put honey bees in tiny 3D-printed harnesses, they learned the insects can smell lung cancer in human breath.

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Are newborns conscious of the world around them?

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When babies blink, cry, and yawn, is it a sign they are conscious of the world around them? A bioethicist weighs in.

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Gun violence exposure harms health of Black Americans

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Exposure to gun violence has a powerful and cumulative effect on the functional health of Black Americans, especially women.

Cognitive test often fails to detect college athlete concussions

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Almost half of college athletes who are ultimately diagnosed with a concussion will test normally on a cognitive-skills test.

Tuesday, Jun 11

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‘Living electronics’ monitor and heal inflamed skin

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Scientists have integrated living cells, gel, and sensors to create "living bioelectronics" to heal skin. Tests in mice show promise.

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There’s water frost on top of volcanoes on Mars

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For the first time, researchers have found frost on Mars' Tharsis volcanoes, challenging previous assumptions about the planet's climate.

Wildfire smoke reached almost every lake in North America in 2019-2021

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A study of "lake-smoke days" show that wildfires reached 99% of US lakes from 2019 to 2021, a three-year period of intense wildfire activity.

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Drug mimics good bacteria to fight nasty gut fungus

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An anti-inflammatory drug curbs the spread of a fungus that can cause serious infections, especially in people with compromised immunity.

Monday, Jun 10

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Fighting ‘fake news’ can cut trust in reliable sources, too

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Efforts to fight "fake news" have given rise to an unintended paradox: the tools used to fight misinformation breed distrust in all news.

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After being rude, guilt can make you work harder

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"Guilt is this complex phenomenon. It's burdensome, but it can also help us recover by reducing incivility and engaging more at work."

Heat waves boost preterm birth risk

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Rates of preterm and early-term births increased when local temperatures were abnormally hot for more than four consecutive days.

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AI better predicts back surgery outcomes

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A new method can more accurately gauge how patients may recover from lower back surgery, according to new research.