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Snake black market poses risk to humans and wildlife
The illegal reptile trade, including venomous snakes, could put wildlife, the environment and human lives at risk, a new study has found. (2016-11-17)

PPR virus poses threat to conservation
A team of conservationists from the Royal Veterinary College, WCS, Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna published a letter in this week's edition of the journal Science on the threat of the virus peste des petits ruminants (PPR) to conservation. (2018-10-15)

Queen's researchers make killer superbug breakthrough
Researchers at Queen's University Belfast together with the University of Vienna have discovered that treatment for the antibiotic resistant bacteria Klebsiella pneumoniae could lie within our bodies' natural defences. (2017-11-14)

Loss of forest intactness increases extinction risk in birds
Fragmentation within intact forests has a higher impact on vertebrate biodiversity than equivalent losses in already degraded landscapes, but the relationship between forest 'intactness' and extinction risk has not been quantified. In a new Animal Conservation study, researchers assessed the threat to forest-dependent birds (about 23 percent of all the world's birds) in relation to the proportion of forest within their distributions that remains intact. (2018-12-19)

Demographic changes increase the risk of natural fires
In many parts of the world, grass and forest fires pose a threat to animals and humans. According to a new study from Lund University in Sweden, while climate change is likely to cause more and larger fires, in the future, more and more people will become directly affected as a result of demographic changes. (2016-05-02)

Antimicrobial resistance poses significant risk to people, the economy
CCA expert panel study provides new data on potential impact of antimicrobial resistance in Canada. (2019-11-12)

Children's peer group influences ethnic/racial prejudice
Children's tendency to show ethnic/racial prejudice is greater when their friends exclude individuals on the basis of race and when their peer groups feel threatened by outsiders. This research, which explored the attitudes, beliefs and behaviors that young children show towards those of other groups, showed that children spontaneously compared the perceived status of different groups. Also, when changing groups, children were more willing to move to the group with members of the same race. (2005-05-17)

Fear of losing status, not economic hardship, drove voters in 2016 presidential election
Data gathered in 2012 and 2016 from a nationally representative panel found that many American voters -- especially whites, males, and Christians -- felt their status threatened by growing diversity and perceived loss of US global dominance. This led America's socially dominant groups to increase their support in 2016 for the candidate who most emphasized reestablishing status hierarchies of the past: Donald Trump. Economic grievances were not found to influence voting behavior. (2018-04-23)

New approach for determining conservation threat for species with little data
University of British Columbia researchers have found a new way to identify which marine species are threatened and what is threatening them, even if these species lack data. (2019-05-22)

How language developed: Comprehension learning precedes vocal production
Green monkeys' alarm calls allow conclusions about the evolution of language. (2019-05-27)

Animal species becoming extinct in Haiti as deforestation nearly complete
Species of reptiles, amphibians and other vertebrates are becoming extinct in Haiti as deforestation has claimed more than 99 percent of the country's original wooded areas. (2018-10-29)

NASA finds a more circular Tropical Cyclone Lorna
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over the Southern Indian Ocean and captured a visible image of what appeared to be a more organized Tropical Cyclone Lorna. (2019-04-25)

Deadly Rift Valley fever: New insight, and hope for the future
Health control measures alone could be ineffective in the long term fight against the deadly Rift Valley fever which affects both humans and animals, a new study in the journal PNAS reports. (2018-07-19)

Being kind to yourself has mental and physical benefits, research shows
Taking time to think kind thoughts about yourself and loved ones has psychological and physical benefits, new research suggests. (2019-02-06)

Nuclear weapons continue to pose a serious health risk in Europe
Nuclear weapons in various European countries, particularly Russia, pose a serious threat to health, argues a letter in this week's BMJ. (2005-07-21)

Waste fishing gear threatens Ganges wildlife
Waste fishing gear in the River Ganges poses a threat to wildlife including otters, turtles and dolphins, new research shows. (2020-11-25)

Fear of the unknown common to many anxiety disorders
Several anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, social anxiety disorder and specific phobias, share a common underlying trait: increased sensitivity to uncertain threat, or fear of the unknown, report researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago. (2016-11-18)

Stress diminishes our capacity to sense new dangers, psychology research finds
Being under stress diminishes our abilities to predict new dangers that we face, a team of psychology researchers finds. Its work runs counter to the conventional view that stress enhances our ability to detect and adjust to these changing sources of threat. (2017-10-02)

'Safety signals' may help slow down anxiety
For as many as one in three people, life events or situations that pose no real danger can spark a disabling fear, a hallmark of anxiety and stress-related disorders. Researchers at Yale University and Weill Cornell Medicine report on a novel way that could help combat such anxiety. In humans and in mice, a 'safety signal' -- a symbol or a sound that is never associated with adverse events -- can relieve anxiety through an entirely different brain network than that activated by existing behavioral therapy. (2019-12-09)

Population only part of tornado casualty story
New research out of Florida State University shows that the strength of a tornado has a significantly larger effect than population on the number of casualties. (2017-05-24)

Parkinson's disease: A looming pandemic
New research shows that the number of people with Parkinson's disease will soon grow to pandemic proportions. In a commentary appearing today in the journal JAMA Neurology, University of Rochester Medical Center neurologist Ray Dorsey, M.D. and Bastiaan Bloem, M.D., Ph.D., with Radboud University Medical Center in the Netherlands, argue that the medical community must be mobilized to respond to this impending public health threat. (2017-11-13)

New policy design needed to tackle global environmental threat, according to report
A pioneering new report has devised a seven-point plan to help policymakers devise new, coherent and collaborative strategies to tackle the greatest global environmental threats. (2019-01-11)

Antibiotic resistance: 'Sleeping' bacteria that can survive drug treatment identified
'Sleeper cells', which can survive doses of antibiotics and lie resting in a dormant state, may hold a key to understanding antibiotic resistance, research has found. (2017-12-20)

Racism has a toxic effect
Researchers have long known that racism is linked to health problems, but now results from a small study using RNA tests show that racism appears to increase chronic inflammation among African Americans. (2019-05-31)

'Fingerprint' technique spots frog populations at risk from pollution
Researchers at Lancaster University in the UK have found a way to detect subtle early warning signs that reveal a frog population is at risk from pollution. (2017-03-24)

Plants engineered to express a fruit fly gene may help clean up environmental pollutant
Through a process called phytoremediation, researchers are using plants to clean up land contaminated with TNT, a toxic environmental pollutant and possible carcinogen. Now a new study shows how a gene found in the common fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, can be used by Arabidopsis plants to improve TNT removal from contaminated soil. (2016-12-07)

Most people overestimate total number of US gun owners
Most people vastly overestimate the population of gun owners in the United States, and it potentially influences how groups approach gun policies, according to a study by two University of Kansas political scientists. (2018-12-10)

Bycatch responsible for decline of New Zealand sea lion
Getting caught in fishing nets is a major cause of death for the increasingly endangered New Zealand sea lion, according to new research from the New Zealand's University of Otago and Massey University and the University of Toronto. (2017-10-11)

Study offers insight into biological changes among invasive species
A remote island in the Caribbean could offer clues as to how invasive species are able to colonise new territories and then thrive in them, a new study by the University of Plymouth suggests. (2019-04-08)

Emergency room or doctor's office?
A new study in the journal Heliyon, published by Elsevier, examines the relationship between the way individuals perceive and respond to threats (threat sensitivity) and where they most frequently seek medical care. The study investigates the association between the healthcare utilization practices of African American men in a low-income urban neighborhood and their relative levels of threat sensitivity, insurance status, and ages. (2019-05-30)

Your brain on imagination: It's a lot like reality, study shows
New brain imaging research shows that imagining a threat lights up similar regions as experiencing it does. It suggests imagination can be a powerful tool in overcoming phobias or post traumatic stress. (2018-12-10)

Genetic variation linked to response to anxiety could inform personalised therapies
A new study in marmoset monkeys suggests that individual variation in genes alters our ability to regulate emotions, providing new insights that could help in the development of personalised therapies to tackle anxiety and depression. (2019-07-02)

Researchers stress the need for research on Ebola virus disease in great apes
Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a threat to human health, but it also threatens the survival of African great apes. A new review examines the current knowledge about EVD in great apes and documents the link between outbreaks in apes and in humans, mainly via bushmeat consumption. (2016-12-05)

Humane strategy reduces shark attacks
A simple and humane technique may be an effective strategy to reduce human encounters with sharks without harming populations of threatened shark species. (2014-08-04)

Invasive birds spreading avian malaria in eastern Australia
An invasive bird species is carrying, and potentially spreading, a high prevalence of avian malaria throughout its range in eastern Australia, a Griffith University Ph.D. candidate has uncovered. (2015-10-19)

Analysis uncovers racial bias in fatal shootings by police
A recent analysis found that among 990 individuals fatally shot by US police officers in 2015, Black civilians were more than twice as likely as White civilians to have been unarmed, and civilians from 'other' minority groups were significantly more likely than White civilians to have not posed an imminent threat to the officer(s) or other civilians. (2017-02-08)

New research: The Aussie plants facing extinction
New research by the Threatened Species Recovery Hub has identified the top 100 Australian plant species at risk of extinction. Researcher Dr Jennifer Silcock from the University of Queensland said three quarters of Australia's threatened species are plants. (2019-01-30)

Stricter gun control could stop violent men killing their partners and themselves
Men who use guns to kill their partner are also likely to commit suicide. Those planning to commit suicide are not deterred by severe penalties, and therefore the most successful way of preventing such homicides is to restrict gun access to batterers. So says Sierra Smucker of Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy in the US. She is the lead author of a study in Springer's Journal of Urban Health. (2018-04-24)

Negative emotions can reduce our capacity to trust
It is no secret that a bad mood can negatively affect how we treat others. But can it also make us more distrustful? Yes, according to a new study, which shows that negative emotions reduce how much we trust others, even if these emotions were triggered by events that have nothing to do with the decision to trust. The study was carried out by an international research team from the University of Zurich and the University of Amsterdam. (2019-03-14)

Green tea could hold the key to reducing antibiotic resistance
Scientists at the University of Surrey have discovered that a natural antioxidant commonly found in green tea can help eliminate antibiotic resistant bacteria. (2019-09-23)

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