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December 27, 2016
When it comes to reducing hospital readmissions, financial penalties work
Hospitals that were financially penalized for too many readmissions were more likely than non-penalized institutions to subsequently reduce readmissions for all conditions, according to a new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers and colleagues in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The neighborhood effect: Sicker patients draw on shared resources
In a research letter published Dec. 27, 2016, in JAMA, University of Chicago physicians found that when one patient on a typical 20-bed hospital unit took a turn for the worse -- a cardiac arrest, for example, or being transferred to an intensive-care unit -- the other patients on that ward were at increased risk for their own setbacks.

Bat calls contain wealth of discernible information
A new Tel Aviv University study extracts critical information from bat vocalizations to offer a rare, informative look into the world of bat communication.

This is your brain on alcohol (video)
It's almost time to ring in 2017. And since most New Year's celebrations include alcohol, Reactions' latest episode explains the chemistry behind its effects -- drunkenness, frequent bathroom breaks and occasionally poor decision-making.

National study documents value of family-provided medical care for children
About half of US children with special health care needs -- 5.6 million children -- receive medical care from uncompensated family members worth billions of dollars, finds a large national study led by Boston Children's Hospital and the University of Southern California (USC).

Einstein secures $160 million NIH funding in 2016
Investigators at Albert Einstein College of Medicine were awarded more than $160 million from the National Institutes of Health in federal fiscal year 2016.

Lack of standards for infant cereals threatens child nutrition in lower-income countries
The first global analysis of infant cereals sold in lower-income countries highlights the need for basic quality assurance services to improve nutritional consistency and healthy growth of infants from 6 to 24 months of age.

Antibiotic resistance just became more complex
Bacteria that are susceptible to antibiotics can survive when enough resistant cells around them are expressing an antibiotic-deactivating factor.

Novel insights into neuronal activity-dependent gene expression by CREB
Osaka University-led researchers showed that single CREB molecules interact with CRE for a longer duration at specific sites in the nucleus.

Realistic training for extreme flight conditions
Missions at sea, in mountainous regions or close to skyscrapers are extremely risky for helicopter pilots.

Treating cancer with drugs for diabetes and hypertension
A combination of a diabetes medication and an antihypertensive drug can effectively combat cancer cells.

Diabetes, heart disease, and back pain dominate US health care spending
Just 20 conditions make up more than half of all spending on health care in the United States, according to a new comprehensive financial analysis that examines spending by diseases and injuries.

Cool-season vegetable rotation effective, sustainable practice
A 3-year study evaluated two vegetable rotations of cool-season crops with cover crops for their productivity, disease management, and soil building potential.

Genome study reveals 'gray zone' of animals transitioning from 1 species to 2 -- PLOS
New research publishing Dec. 27 in the open access journal PLOS Biology from Camille Roux and colleagues characterizes the ability of populations to interbreed and exchange genes as a function of the level divergence of their genomes.

ImageSat International and Ben-Gurion University to collaborate on miniature hyperspect
'This new technology based on BGU research could lead to a new generation of spectral systems for flight and space-based remote sensing' says Prof.

Jawing away: Bahama pupfish study identifies candidate genes driving food-niches
Scientists Joseph McGirr and Christopher Martin have studied three closely related pupfish species peacefully co-existing because each, through subtle jaw size differences, has rapidly carved out its own food niche within the last 10,000 years.

High-intensity light promotes anthocyanin accumulation in rough bluegrass
Researchers determined optimal light conditions necessary for inducing large quantities of anthocyanins in rough bluegrass.

Did teen perception, use of marijuana change after recreational use legalized?
Marijuana use increased and the drug's perceived harmfulness decreased among eighth- and 10th-graders in Washington after marijuana was legalized for recreational use by adults but there was no change among 12th-graders or among students in the three grades in Colorado after legalization for adults there, according to a new study published online by JAMA Pediatrics.

Endometrial cancer driver mutations detectable in uterine lavage fluid
Mutations that have been linked to endometrial cancer can be found in the uterine lavage fluid of pre- and post-menopausal women both with and without detectable cancer, according to a study published in PLOS Medicine by John Martignetti from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, USA, and colleagues.

A cloud-screening scheme for the Chinese Carbon Dioxide Observation Satellite (TanSat)
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is one of the major greenhouse gases, and causes great concern due to the rapid increase in its atmospheric concentrations.

Homeless sleep less, more likely to have insomnia; sleep improvements needed
The homeless sleep less and are more likely to have insomnia and daytime fatigue than people in the general population, findings researchers believe suggest more attention needs to be paid to improving sleep for this vulnerable population, according to a research letter published online by JAMA Internal Medicine.

Control algorithms could keep sensor-laden balloons afloat in hurricanes for a week
Controls engineers at UC San Diego have developed practical strategies for building and coordinating scores of sensor-laden balloons within hurricanes.

Stability without junctions
Scientists from the Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore at the National University of Singapore have discovered that cadherin clusters, which are well known for forming junctions between cells, also play a role in stabilising the cell cortex.

Animal biology, human health dominate 2016 EurekAlert! trending news list
News releases about the fight against Zika, a happy sex life, and dogs were among 2016's most popular on EurekAlert!, a science news service operated by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Study finds hospital ICU overused
ICUs, which provide the most expensive and invasive forms of care in a hospital setting, are being used too often for patients who don't need that level of care, according to a new study in JAMA Internal Medicine.

NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite spots Tropical Storm Nock-ten weakening
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite flew over the South China Sea and captured a visible image of Tropical Storm Nock-ten elongating as it continued getting weaker from wind shear.

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Shift in some teens' use and perceptions of marijuana after recreational marijuana is legalized
Marijuana use significantly increased and its perceived harm decreased among eighth- and 10th-graders in Washington state following enactment of recreational marijuana laws, according to a UC Davis and Columbia University study.

Campus composting programs effective in educating students
A study measured the relationship between participation in a university composting program and students' environmental attitudes, environmental locus of control, compost knowledge, and compost attitudes.

'Friendship Bench' program proves effective at alleviating mental illness symptoms
Brief psychological treatment delivered by Zimbabwean lay health workers dramatically improved the symptoms of patients with mental health problems, according to new research published in JAMA.

Out of gas and low on sperm?
Sperm are constantly replenished in the adult male body. Understanding the workings of stem cells responsible for this replenishment is expected to shed light on why male fertility diminishes with age, and possibly lead to new treatments for infertility.

How much money is spent on health care for kids, where does it go?
Health care spending on children grew 56 percent between 1996 and 2013, with the most money spent in 2013 on inpatient well-newborn care, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and well-dental care, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics.

Investigations of the skyrmion Hall effect reveal surprising results
Researchers at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have made another important breakthrough in the field of future magnetic storage devices.

The high cost of home care for special-needs children
Parents and guardians who provide several unpaid hours of medical care for children with special health care needs often have limited means and other struggles of their own.

Investigational new drug for Alzheimer's scheduled for first study in humans
Vanderbilt University scientists have received notification from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that testing in humans may proceed for an investigational new drug for Alzheimer's disease after more than 10 years of research by scientists at Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to