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Socioeconomic Differences in Adolescent Health Getting Wider

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Health inequalities in young people have grown alongside socioeconomic disparities between the rich and poor. In a paper published Tuesday in The Lancet, an international team of researchers led by McGill University psychologist Frank Elgar said that rising income inequality in Europe and North America coincides with wider disparities in the mental and physical health of 11- to 15-year-olds.

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Giant Virus Revealed in 3-D Using X-ray Laser

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For the first time, researchers have produced a 3-D image revealing part of the inner structure of an intact, infectious virus, using a unique X-ray laser at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. The virus, called Mimivirus, is in a curious class of “giant viruses” discovered just over a decade ago.

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AgriLife Extension’s Dinner Tonight! Program Serving Up Variety of Enhancements

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The Dinner Tonight! program of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has been enhanced and expanded, and its administrators have chosen March, National Nutrition Month, to announce program improvements.

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Researchers Find 3-D Printed Parts Provide Low-Cost, Custom Alternatives for Lab Equipment

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Article describes experiments showing suitability of 3-D printed parts for laboratory work.

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Iowa State Engineers Developing Pavement Technologies to Clear Snow and Ice From Runways

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Iowa State University researchers are developing technologies – including heated pavements, electrically conductive concrete and nanostructured superhydrophobic coatings – to quickly and economically clear snow and ice from airport runways.

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Despite Federal Law, Some Insurance Exchange Plans Offer Unequal Coverage for Mental Health

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One-quarter of the health plans being sold on health insurance exchanges set up through the Affordable Care Act offer benefits that appear to violate a federal law requiring equal benefits for general medical and mental health care, according to new research led by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Black Phosphorus Is New ‘Wonder Material’ for Improving Optical Communication

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Phosphorus, a highly reactive element commonly found in match heads, tracer bullets, and fertilizers, can be turned into a stable crystalline form known as black phosphorus. In a new study, researchers from the University of Minnesota used an ultrathin black phosphorus film—only 20 layers of atoms—to demonstrate high-speed data communication on nanoscale optical circuits.

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Longer Duration of Prescribed Antismoking Medication Before Quitting Appears Promising

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Smokers may be more likely to successfully quit their habit if simple adjustments were made to how an existing anti-smoking medication is prescribed, according to a new study by a University at Buffalo research team.

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U.S. Spends More on Cancer Care, Saves Fewer Lives than Western Europe

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Such findings have raised questions about the additional value of U.S. cancer care derived from the additional spending, in comparison to the situation in other high-income countries.