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Saturday, March 14, 2020

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Medical News

Leaving your baby to ‘cry it out’ has no adverse effects on child development

A baby’s development at 18 months old is not adversely affected by being left to ‘cry it out’ a few times or often in infancy researchers at the University of Warwick have found

– University of Warwick

Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

Embargo expired on 10-Mar-2020 at 20:05 ET

Wikipedia visits to disease outbreak pages show impact of news media on public attention

During the 2016 Zika outbreak, news exposure appears to have had a far bigger impact than local disease risk on the number of times people visited Zika-related Wikipedia pages in the U.S.


PLOS Computational Biology

The Lancet: Study details first known person-to-person transmission of new coronavirus in the USA

Person-to-person transmission of SARS-CoV-2 occurred between two people with prolonged, unprotected exposure while the first patient was symptomatic. Despite active monitoring and testing of 372 contacts of both cases, no further transmission was det...

– Lancet

The Lancet

How Sperm Unpack Dad’s Genome so it Can Merge with Mom’s

UC San Diego researchers discover the enzyme SPRK1’s role in reorganizing the paternal genome during the first moments of fertilization — a finding that might help explain infertility cases of unknown cause.

– University of California San Diego Health


Heat Stress May Affect More Than 1.2 Billion People Annually by 2100

Heat stress from extreme heat and humidity will annually affect areas now home to 1.2 billion people by 2100, assuming current greenhouse gas emissions, according to a Rutgers study. That’s more than four times the number of people affected today, ...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Environmental Research Letters; Rutgers Today

Researchers Predict Potential Spread and Seasonality for COVID-19 Based on Climate Where Virus Appears to Thrive

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Institute of Human Virology (IHV), which is part of the Global Virus Network (GVN), predict that COVID-19 will follow a seasonal pattern similar to other respiratory viruses like season...

– University of Maryland Medical Center


Molds damage the lung’s protective barrier to spur future asthma attacks

University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers have identified a new way that common Aspergillus molds can induce asthma, by first attacking the protective tissue barrier deep in the lungs.

– University of Wisconsin-Madison

Cell Host & Microbe, March-2020

Can pollution make you gain weight?

Pollution alters the human gut microbiome in ways that may boost risk of diabetes, obesity, inflammatory bowel disease and other chronic illnesses, according to a new study. Ozone is particularly harmful, the researchers found.

– University of Colorado Boulder

Environment International

Feeling Recognized at Work May Reduce the Risk of Burnout

Professional recognition at work from both supervisors and coworkers may be associated with a lower risk of burnout in employees, suggests a study in the March Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Capping out-of-network hospital bills could create big savings

Placing limits on what hospitals can collect for out-of-network care could yield savings similar to more-sweeping proposals such as Medicare for All or setting global health spending caps, according to a new RAND Corporation report.

– RAND Corporation

COVID-19: How to care for dry hands after washing them so much

– University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Science News

Crocs' better parenting skills could make them more resilient to climate change

The ability of crocodiles to survive mass extinctions could be in part due to their more hands-on approach to parenting, say scientists at the University of Bath's Milner Centre for Evolution.

– University of Bath

Biological Journal of the Linnean Society

Hot Time in the City: Urban Lizards Evolve Heat Tolerance

Faced with a gritty landscape of metal fences, concrete walls and asphalt pavement, city lizards in Puerto Rico rapidly and repeatedly evolved better tolerance for heat than their forest counterparts, according to new research from Washington Univers...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Nature Ecology & Evolution

The Axion Solves Three Mysteries of the Universe

A hypothetical particle called the axion could solve one of physics' great mysteries: the excess of matter over antimatter, or why we're here at all.

– University of Michigan

Physical Review Letters

Indian Ocean phenomenon spells climate trouble for Australia

New international research by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and colleagues has found a marked change in the Indian Ocean’s surface temperatures that puts southeast Australia on course for increasingly hot and dry conditions.

– Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


Astronomers use slime mold model to reveal dark threads of the cosmic web

A computational approach inspired by the growth patterns of a bright yellow slime mold has enabled a team of astronomers and computer scientists at UC Santa Cruz to trace the filaments of the cosmic web that connects galaxies throughout the universe....

– University of California, Santa Cruz

Astrophysical Journal Letters, March 2020

Lifestyle & Social Sciences

Healthier and happier without Facebook

The group headed by Dr. Julia Brailovskaia published their results in the journal "Computers in Human Behavior" from 6. March 2020.

– Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Computers in Human Behavior

Toxic Masculinity Is Unsafe… for Men

The belief that “real men” must be strong, tough and independent may be a detriment to their social needs later in life. A study co-authored by a Michigan State University sociologist found that men who endorse hegemonic ideals of masculinity —...

– Michigan State University

Sex Roles

Reduced feeling of security leads to instinctive self-preservation, which includes panic buying, expert says

– Indiana University

Having employees working at home can boost productivity, but it also can increase feelings of isolation

– Indiana University





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