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Public Health Researchers Map World’s ‘Chemical Landscape’

Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have created a map of the world’s chemical landscape, a catalogue of 10,000 chemicals for which there is available safety data that they say can predict the toxicity of many of the 90,000 or more other substances in consumer products for which there is no such information.

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Space Mission to Unveil Mysteries of the Hot Universe

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A University of Southampton researcher will explore the structure and evolution of the Universe, as part of the ASTRO-H X-ray space telescope mission being launched in Japan this week.

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New Study Confirms Different Generics Have Equal Efficacy When Treating Epilepsy

A new study led by Michael Privitera, MD, professor of the Department of Neurology and director of the Epilepsy Center at the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute, tested two generic lamotrigine (prescription antiepileptic) products and found no detectable difference in clinical effects among patients in the trial. The findings were published this week in an advance online edition of The Lancet Neurology.

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Feeling Older Increases Risk of Hospitalization, Study Says

People who feel older than their peers are more likely to be hospitalized as they age, regardless of their actual age or other demographic factors, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

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The History of Hemodialysis Sheds Light on the Ethical Use of Limited Medical Resources

As medical research continues to generate new technologies and drugs for a wide variety of uses, questions arise regarding how such resources should be used and who should have access to them. A new article addresses these questions, using the history of hemodialysis as a guide.

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Wine and Chocolate, with Tannins as Cupid

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Wine and chocolate go together at Valentine’s Day like hearts and arrows. And it turns out the two icons of romance share some scientific similarities.

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FSU Researcher Uses Technology to Tell Civil Rights Icon’s Story

Sixty years ago, the murder of an African-American teenager helped galvanize the civil rights movement in America. Today, the history of that iconic event is being shared through a location-based smartphone application.

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AACN Calls for Strong Investments for Preparing the Nursing Workforce in Light of the President’s FY 2017 Budget

AACN called for stronger investments regarding proposed funding levels outlined in President Obama’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Budget that would impact the nursing workforce, critical healthcare research, and ultimately, the delivery of care across the nation.

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LIGO’s detection of gravitational waves opens awesome new possibilities for research, experts say

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Anal Intercourse Linked to Increased Risk of Incontinence in Both Males, Females

Study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology shows fecal incontinence risk from anal intercourse is heightened for both women and men, with men almost three times as likely to experience incontinence.

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More Evidence Found on Potential Harmful Effects of E-Cigarettes

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Daniel J. Conklin of the University of Louisville will share new data showing that e-cigarettes have been shown to speed up atherosclerosis – the plaque-causing disease that leads to heart attack, stroke and peripheral arterial disease.

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Put That in Your E-Cigarette and Smoke It, or Should You?

Ilona Jaspers, PhD, from the UNC School of Medicine, recently completed research showing how the chemicals in e-cigarettes can change immune responses in our airways. She will present her findings at the AAAS annual meeting February 11-16.

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Addicted to Love? It's Not You, It's Your Brain. (Video)

Love can make you feel different things –- sometimes happy, sometimes fixated, and sometimes down right sick. And it turns out that drugs almost work in the same way. But how close are love and addictive drugs related? To the brain, love and drugs act similarly. Being in love floods the brain with chemicals and hormones that help form a connection and produce feelings of euphoria and fascination – the same effects as many drugs.

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Awards for Simulation in Healthcare Presented at IMSH

The Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) presented a series of awards and recognized newly certified professionals this month, all recognizing excellence the field at the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH).

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University of Chicago Scientists Play a Major Role in Historic Discovery

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For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos.

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Want to Be a Doctor, but Have a Disability? Many Medical Schools Look Unwelcoming, Study Finds

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They may dream of becoming doctors, and helping people like themselves. But for young people with disabilities, that dream may die when they check the admissions standards of most medical schools, according to a new study.

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What 'Tainted' Engagement Rings Reveal About Consumer Expectations

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Thinking about buying an engagement ring for Valentine's Day?