New Report: Top Twelve Ways to Slash Agriculture’s Climate Impact Could Reduce CO2 Emissions by up to 5 Gigatonnes per Year by 2030

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Annual carbon emissions from global agriculture can be reduced by as much as 50 to 90 percent by 2030—the equivalent of removing all the cars in the world—according to a comprehensive new report released by Climate Focus and California Environmental Associates. The study highlights twelve key strategies—led by reduced global beef consumption, reduced food waste and better farm nutrient management and production—that can deliver big climate wins while maintaining food security and building resilience.

– ClimateFocus and California Environmental Associates (CEA)|4/24/2014 8:00 PM EDT

Increasing Daily Coffee Consumption May Reduce Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Boston—People who increased the amount of coffee they drank each day by more than one cup over a four-year period had a 11% lower risk for type 2 diabetes than those who made no changes to their coffee consumption, according to a new study led by Harvard School of Public Health researchers. The study also found those who decreased their coffee consumption by more than a cup per day increased their type 2 diabetes risk by 17%.

– Harvard School of Public Health|4/24/2014 6:00 PM EDT

94th AATS Annual Meeting Tip Sheet

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A quick overview of the 94th AATS Annual Meeting, Toronto, April 26-30, 2014 plus 8 featured presentations.

– American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS)|4/24/2014 5:00 PM EDT

Higher Muscle Mass Linked with Better Physical Function and Quality of Life in Dialysis Patients

• Dialysis patients with higher BMI, waist circumference, and abdominal fat measures had poorer scores on a 6-minute walking test. • Patients with more muscle mass had better scores on the walking test as well as better scores on physical and mental health questionnaires

– American Society of Nephrology (ASN)|4/24/2014 5:00 PM EDT

Many Patients Who Could Benefit From Home Dialysis Are Receiving Care in Dialysis Centers

• In Australia, kidney failure patients from the most advantaged areas were less likely to use home dialysis and more likely to use in-center hemodialysis than patients from the most disadvantaged areas. • Patients from the most advantaged areas were more likely to use private hospitals than those from the most disadvantaged areas.

– American Society of Nephrology (ASN)|4/24/2014 5:00 PM EDT

Goodness Snakes — as Weather Warms Up, Snakes Come Out

Warm weather means encounters with snakes will be on the rise. UAB emergency medicine physicians have some do's and don'ts.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham|4/24/2014 4:00 PM EDT

American Pain Society Publishes New Clinical Practice Guideline on Methadone Safety

Improved physician education and patient counseling about methadone safety and ECG monitoring to identify patients at high risk for cardiac problems will lead to safer use of the medication, according to the American Pain Society’s Clinical Practice Guideline on Methadone Safety, published this week in The Journal of Pain.

– American Pain Society|4/24/2014 4:00 PM EDT

Texas Tech Survey Update: Abbott to Win Texas Governor, Voter ID Law Didn’t Cause Problems and Texans Split on Gay Marriage

Researchers at Texas Tech University’s Earl Survey Research Center issued updated numbers on issues from who will likely be the next governor of Texas to gay marriage and voter ID laws.

– Texas Tech University|4/24/2014 4:00 PM EDT
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