Room for Improvement in Elementary School Children’s Lunches and Snacks from Home

Open a child’s lunch box and you’re likely to find that the lunches and snacks inside fall short of federal guidelines, report researchers from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.

– Tufts University|22-Jul-2014 9:00 AM EDT

Major Dopamine System Helps Restore Consciousness After General Anesthesia

Researchers may be one step closer to better understanding how anesthesia works. A study in the August issue of Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®), found stimulating a major dopamine-producing region in the brain, the ventral tegmental area (VTA), caused rats to wake from general anesthesia, suggesting that this region plays a key role in restoring consciousness after general anesthesia. Activating this region at the end of surgery could provide a novel approach to proactively induce consciousness from anesthesia in surgical patients, researchers say.

– American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)|22-Jul-2014 9:00 AM EDT

You’re Not Ready for Summer to End, but Ragweed’s Set to Pounce

Tips on how to handle fall allergies. Many people don’t realize that although ragweed-induced hay fever strikes around mid-August, they need to start taking their allergy medication two weeks before it hits, and keep taking it until two weeks after the first frost.

– American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)|22-Jul-2014 8:30 AM EDT

NUS Scientists Use Simple, Low Cost Laser Technique to Improve Properties and Functions of Nanomaterials

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By ‘drawing’ micropatterns on nanomaterials using a focused laser beam, scientists could modify properties of nanomaterials for effective applications in photonic and optoelectric applications

– National University of Singapore|22-Jul-2014 5:00 AM EDT

New Study Finds High School Lacrosse Players at Risk for Concussions, Other Injuries

In a study published online today by The American Journal of Sports Medicine and available in an upcoming print issue, researchers from the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Colorado School of Public Health found that high school players experienced 1,406 injuries over the 4 academic years from 2008 through 2012. The overall injury rate was 20 per 10,000 lacrosse competitions and practices.

– Nationwide Children's Hospital|22-Jul-2014 12:05 AM EDT

International Team Sheds New Light on Biology Underlying Schizophrenia

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As part of a multinational, collaborative effort, researchers from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and scores of other institutions from all over the world have helped identify over 100 locations in the human genome associated with the risk of developing schizophrenia, in what is the largest genomic study published on any psychiatric disorder to date.

– University of North Carolina School of Medicine|21-Jul-2014 11:30 PM EDT

Low-Income Students in High-Performing High Schools Less Likely to Engage in Risky Behaviors

Low-income minority adolescents who were admitted to public charter high schools in Los Angeles were significantly less likely to engage in risky health behaviors than their peers who were not admitted to those schools, and scored significantly better on standardized math and English tests.

– University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences|21-Jul-2014 9:00 PM EDT

Unique Study Focuses on Combined Treatment Approach for Locally Advanced Pancreatic Cancer

Investigators at the Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute are developing a novel, multistep investigational treatment for one of the most complex and difficult-to-treat forms of the disease, locally advanced pancreatic cancer.

– Cedars-Sinai Medical Center|21-Jul-2014 8:35 PM EDT
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