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Article ID: 696176

Virtual Reality Headsets Significantly Reduce Children’s Fear of Needles

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Almost anyone can relate to being afraid of needles and injections. A pilot study is the first to use a 3D virtual reality headset to test this tool as a distraction method in a pediatric setting. Children were given the choice of a roller coaster ride, helicopter ride or a hot-air balloon ride. Results show that anticipated versus actual pain and fear were reduced in 94.1 percent of the pediatric study subjects.

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18-Jun-2018 8:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 696088

FAU Receives $2.8 Million HRSA Grant to Enhance Role of RNs in Primary Care

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With this latest grant, FAU will establish a primary care workforce of students with a bachelor of science in nursing degree who are practice ready and willing to serve veterans and patients in rural and underserved communities.

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14-Jun-2018 9:00 AM EDT
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    13-Jun-2018 11:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 695897

Study First to Show Antipsychotic Medication Use in Youths Increases Diabetes Risk, Body Fat

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A study is the first to use gold-standard methods to test the hypothesis that antipsychotic treatment in youths adversely increases body fat and decreases insulin sensitivity. All three antipsychotics tested – oral aripiprazole, olanzapine, and risperidone, which are common first line use medications for children with nonpsychotic behavior disorders – increased not only total body fat, but also visceral and subcutaneous abdominal fat, associated with long-term risk for cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.

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11-Jun-2018 10:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 695474

Leading Neuroscientist Responds to Common Myths About Alzheimer’s Disease

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Approximately 47 million people worldwide are living with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other dementias. One of the most prominent neuroscientists in the country has developed eight myths and truths about AD to shed light on this form of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior.

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4-Jun-2018 9:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 695017

Lack of Paid Sick Leave Increases Poverty

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A new study has quantified, for the first time, the relationship between lack of paid sick leave and poverty in the U.S. The data indicates that, even when controlling for education, race, sex, marital status and employment, working adults without paid sick leave are three times more likely to have incomes below the poverty line. People without paid sick leave benefits also are more likely to experience food insecurity and require welfare services.

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24-May-2018 9:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 694938

FAU Awarded $1.25 Million by U.S. Navy for Research in Support of Unmanned Marine Vehicle Platforms

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Research for the five-year project will support autonomous unmanned marine vehicle platforms for coastal surveillance, coastal surveys, target tracking and protection of at-sea assets. The project will entail developing unmanned surface vehicles that serve as “motherships” for unmanned underwater vehicles and aerial drones, thereby enabling multi-vehicle, multi-domain capability that may serve as a mobile coastal monitoring system.

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23-May-2018 9:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 694699

Scientists Propose New Way to Diagnose Dopamine-Linked Disorders Using Mouse with ADHD Traits

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If the “eyes are the window to the soul,” then a series of studies suggests that they may also be a window into diagnosing and treating attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other dopamine-linked neuropsychiatric disorders.

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17-May-2018 9:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 694582

Predicting What Drives People to Seek, Stay in Substance-Use Treatment

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About 22 million Americans are substance dependent, yet only 2.5 million seek treatment. Reviewing 5,443 records of adult substance use treatment clients, a new study examined treatment readiness, or the characteristics that are likely to promote treatment engagement, to predict who seeks and stays in treatment. Results show that white and black race, being male, lower levels of education, and being married or divorced (vs. never married) were all negatively related to substance-use treatment engagement.

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16-May-2018 10:15 AM EDT
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Article ID: 694278

How Parents Cause Children’s Friendships to End

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A new study reveals why childhood friendships fall apart and is the first to demonstrate that parents are an important source of these breakups. Researchers examined parenting styles as well as mother and father self-reported depressive symptoms to predict the occurrence and timing of best friendships breaking up from the start to the end of elementary school (grades one to six). Some of the findings were not what they expected.

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10-May-2018 9:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 693487

Bio-inspired Robotics Lands FAU Professor $500,000 NSF CAREER Award

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Mimicking the seamless motion of fish has landed an engineering professor with a prestigious NSF award. He has developed bio-inspired flexible structures that increase maneuverability and enhance the motion of underwater vehicles and robotic systems for ocean exploration and defense.

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26-Apr-2018 9:00 AM EDT
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