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Sandia Magnetized Fusion Technique Produces Significant Results

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Working with two magnetic fields and a laser, Sandia's Z machine has released an amount of neutrons surprisingly close to 'break-even' fusion.

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Microplastic Pollution Discovered in St. Lawrence River Sediments

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A team of researchers from McGill University and the Quebec government have discovered microplastics (in the form of polyethylene ‘microbeads,’ less than 2 mm in diameter) widely distributed across the bottom of the St. Lawrence River, the first time such pollutants have been found in freshwater sediments.

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Teens World-Wide Self-Medicate with Over-the-Counter and Prescription Drugs

Adolescents around the world are frequently using over-the-counter and prescription medications without a doctor’s order, a risky practice that can lead to overuse and abuse and is often continued into adulthood, reveals a new review in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

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Better Nursing Resources for Critically Ill Babies Could Improve Health of 7 out of 10 Black Preemies

In the first study of its kind about critically ill infants, a University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing investigation shows that an insufficient number of nurses and poor work environments are associated with poorer health of infants born in hospitals that care for disproportionately many black infants.

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Interface Surprises May Motivate Novel Oxide Electronic Devices

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Complex oxides have long tantalized the materials science community for their promise in next-generation energy and information technologies. Complex oxide crystals combine oxygen atoms with assorted metals to produce unusual and very desirable properties.

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Seattle Children’s Research Institute Awarded $1.6 Million to Lead National Study on Heart Defects

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Orphan Products Development has awarded Seattle Children’s Research Institute a $1.6 million grant to lead a 4-year, multi-site clinical trial aimed at improving long-term health in infants born with a heart defect.

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Medical Students Who Previously Attended Community College More Likely to Serve in Poor Communities

Among students who apply to and attend medical school, those from underrepresented minority backgrounds are more likely than white and Asian students to have attended a community college, and were also more likely to commit to working with underserved populations.

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National Health Org Unveils “A Day in the Life of Lewy Body Dementia”

Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you suffered from dementia other than Alzheimer’s disease? Wonder no more. The Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA), today, unveils what might be a typical day in the life for caregivers and their loved ones who suffer with Lewy body dementia (LBD), a complex, challenging, and surprisingly common brain disease. LBD families have unique challenges that differ from Alzheimer’s, and awareness is needed by healthcare professionals and the general public to better support them. Judy picks out Bob’s clothes every morning and helped him dress. After a slow, unsteady walk down the stairs, he takes the medicine Judy doles out and later “helps” her dry the breakfast dishes. They go out together some days to run errands, but everything takes longer now because of Bob’s confusion, muscle stiffness, and slow, shuffling walk. Sometimes he can zip his coat up on the first try, but there are days he doesn’t understand

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Slight Alterations in microRNA Sequences Hold More Information Than Previously Thought

MicroRNA isoforms show population-specific and gender-specific signatures – a finding that could affect how researchers view and study microRNAs

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