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Saturday, February 8, 2020

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Newswise Weekend Edition Wire for 08-Feb-2020

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Medical News

Middle-Aged Adults Worried About Health Insurance Costs Now, Uncertain for Future

Health insurance costs weigh heavily on the minds of many middle-aged adults, and many are worried for what they’ll face in retirement or if federal health policies change, according to a new study. More than a quarter of people in their 50s and ea...

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

JAMA Network Open, Feb. 7, 2020

Embargo expired on 07-Feb-2020 at 11:00 ET

Menopause timing hard to determine in every third woman

Is it possible to investigate menopausal age, or not? In more than one in three women aged 50, the body provides no clear answer about the menopause, a University of Gothenburg study shows. Increased use of hormonal intrauterine devices and contracep...

– University of Gothenburg


Embargo expired on 07-Feb-2020 at 14:30 ET

Children with ADHD more likely to receive medication if they live in poorer areas

Children with ADHD from the poorest areas are significantly more likely to receive medication as children with ADHD from the most affluent areas, according to the first UK study of its kind.

– Cambridge University Press

BJPsych Open

New Robot Does Superior Job Sampling Blood

In the future, robots could take blood samples, benefiting patients and healthcare workers alike. A Rutgers-led team has created a blood-sampling robot that performed as well or better than people, according to the first human clinical trial of an au...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Technology; Rutgers Today

Want a more elastic brain? Try mixing up your workout

Looking for an exercise regime that gives both the heart and brain the best workout? A new study from the University of South Australia may have the answer.

– University of South Australia

Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport

End-of life-care needs will nearly double over the next 30 years, highlighting urgent need for funding

New research at Trinity College Dublin, published today (Thursday, February 6th, 2020), shows that the number of people dying in Ireland with palliative care needs will increase 84% to 2046.

– Trinity College Dublin

HRB Open Research

Cancer-Causing Culprits Could be Caught by their DNA Fingerprints

Researchers from University of California San Diego School of Medicine have defined the most detailed list of genetic fingerprints of DNA-damaging processes that drive cancer development to date.

– University of California San Diego Health


Proximity to Green Spaces Impacts Health

A University at Albany team worked with colleagues around the globe on two separate studies to determine the effects that greenery has on our health – finding that the greener our surroundings, the better.

– University at Albany, State University of New York

Environmental Pollution; Science of the Total Environment

General anesthesia in cesarean deliveries increases odds of postpartum depression by 54 percent

A new study shows that having general anesthesia in a cesarean delivery is linked with significantly increased odds of severe postpartum depression requiring hospitalization, thoughts of suicide or self-inflicted injury.

– Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health

Anesthesia & Analgesia

U.S. birth weights drop due to rise in cesarean births, inductions

U.S. birth weights have fallen significantly in recent decades due to soaring rates of cesarean deliveries and inductions which have shortened the average pregnancy by about a week, new research shows.

– University of Colorado Boulder

Demography, Jan.29, 2020

Panicky Responses to the Coronavirus are Dangerous—Here’s Why

Fear of the virus may spread faster than the virus itself, a potential threat to health, liberty, trade, and the economy.

– Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Yanzhong Huang, "Panicky Responses to the Coronavirus are Dangerous—Here’s Why", Think Global Health,, February 4, 2020.

Coronavirus psychological impact may exceed actual threat to physical health, say UCI experts

– University of California, Irvine

Science News

Scientists resurrect mammoth’s broken genes

Woolly mammoths on Wrangel Island may have been the last of their kind anywhere on Earth. To learn about the forces that contributed to their extinction, scientists have resurrected a Wrangel Island mammoth’s mutated genes. The goal was to study wh...

– University at Buffalo

Genome Biology and Evolution

Galaxy formation simulated without dark matter

For the first time, researchers from the Universities of Bonn and Strasbourg have simulated the formation of galaxies in a universe without dark matter.

– University of Bonn

Astrophysical Journal

Sugar Ants’ Preference for Pee May Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

An unlikely penchant for pee is putting a common sugar ant on the map, as new research from the University of South Australia shows their taste for urine could play a role in reducing greenhouse gases.

– University of South Australia

Austral Ecology

Easter Island society did not collapse prior to European contact, new research shows

Easter Island society did not collapse prior to European contact and its people continued to build its iconic moai statues for much longer than previously believed, according to a team of researchers including faculty at Binghamton University, State ...

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Journal of Archaeological Science, Feb-2020

Global Cooling After Nuclear War Would Harm Ocean Life

A nuclear war that cooled Earth could worsen the impact of ocean acidification on corals, clams, oysters and other marine life with shells or skeletons, according to the first study of its kind.

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Geophysical Research Letters; Rutgers Today

New Thalattosaur Species Discovered in Southeast Alaska

Scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks have identified a new species of thalattosaur, a marine reptile that lived more than 200 million years ago.

– University of Alaska Fairbanks

Scientific Reports

Save Your Soybeans and Corn, Iowa’s ‘Goldilocks’ Period Won’t Last

Over the past few decades, Iowa’s agriculture has experienced a period of consistently high yields. The perfect distribution and timing of humidity, rainfall and heat have led to bumper crops of corn and soybeans. This “Goldilocks” period is pa...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Physics Today

The one ring — to track your finger’s location

UW researchers have created AuraRing, a ring and wristband combination that can detect the precise location of someone’s index finger and continuously track hand movements.

– University of Washington

Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies

Lifestyle & Social Sciences

Religious, Moral Beliefs May Exacerbate Concerns About Porn Addiction

Moral or religious beliefs may lead some people to believe they are addicted to pornography even when their porn use is low or average, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.

– American Psychological Association (APA)

American Psychological Association

Embargo expired on 06-Feb-2020 at 00:05 ET

Majority of U.S. Adults Believe Climate Change Is Most Important Issue Today

As the effects of climate change become more evident, more than half of U.S. adults (56%) say climate change is the most important issue facing society today, yet 4 in 10 have not made any changes in their behavior to reduce their contribution to cli...

– American Psychological Association (APA)

The Harris Poll

Being raised by grandparents may increase risk for childhood obesity

Grandparental child care is linked to nearly a 30% increase in childhood overweight and obesity risk, finds a new analysis from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.In a study, published online Jan. 22 in Childhood Obesity, research...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Childhood Obesity

Living in a ‘tethered’ economy

Imagine a future in which every consumer purchase is as complex as choosing a mobile phone. What will ongoing service cost? Is it compatible with your other devices? Can you move data and applications across devices? Can you switch providers? These a...

– Case Western Reserve University

The George Washington Law Review

Thwarting Hacks by Thinking Like the Humans Behind Them

Research from Michigan State University reveals the importance of factoring in a hacker’s motive for predicting, identifying and preventing cyberattacks.

– Michigan State University

Criminal Justice and Behavior

Publicly sharing a goal could help you persist after hitting failure

Publicly sharing a goal may help you persist after hitting a failure, but only if you care about what others think of you, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York.

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Journal of Consumer Behaviour, Jan-2020

Warnings can alert consumers to ‘fake’ news

Being reminded about the existence of misinformation disguised as legitimate news can boost news readers’ ability to identify articles that are “fake” or false.

– University of Georgia

UGA Today

Researchers study the intricate link between climate and conflict

New research from the University of Notre Dame is shedding light on the unexpected effects climate change could have on regional instability and violent conflict.

– University of Notre Dame

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

The U.S. Presidential Nominating Process

Every four years, U.S. presidential candidates compete in a series of state contests to gain their party’s nomination. The political process is one of the most complex and expensive in the world.

– Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

CFR Editorial Staff,, January 13, 2020





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