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Psychological well-being declined during second wave of the pandemic - especially for men
Our psychological well-being follows the rise and fall of the infection rate, but whereas psychological well-being fell most for women during the spring lockdown, it is men who are hardest hit during the second wave. This is shown by a new study from Aarhus University, Denmark. (2021-01-19)

Study shows incorporating telemedicine helps surgical practices
A new study that records patient volume at Stony Brook Medicine's Bariatric and Metabolic Weight Loss Center reveals that follow-up telehealth visits are highly effective during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study, published in the December issue of the Annals of Surgery, serves as an example that surgical practices can continue to thrive with the help of telemedicine during the pandemic. (2020-12-18)

The Subaru Telescope photographs the next target asteroid for Hayabusa2
On December 10, 2020 (Hawai?i Standard Time), the Subaru Telescope imaged the small asteroid 1998 KY26, the target of Hayabusa2's extended mission. The positional data for 1998 KY26 collected during the observations will be used to more accurately determine the orbital elements of this object. (2020-12-17)

Seabed sediment and asphalt areas are noteworthy sources of heat energy
According to a new study from the University of Vaasa, seabed sediment and asphalt areas are noteworthy sources of heat energy also in northern conditions. Sediment heat has been studied in Suvilahti, Vaasa, Finland and asphalt heat in the parking area of University of Vaasa for several years. (2020-12-14)

December issue SLAS Technology features 'advances in technology to address COVID-19'
The December issue of SLAS Technology is a special collection featuring the cover article, ''Advances in Technology to Address COVID-19'' by editors Edward Kai-Hua Chow, Ph.D., (National University of Singapore), Pak Kin Wong, Ph.D., (The Pennsylvania State University, PA, USA) and Xianting Ding, Ph.D., (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China). (2020-11-17)

Outcome of 2016 US election associated with poorer mental health in Clinton voters
There were 54.6 million more days of poor mental health among adults in states that voted for Hillary Clinton in December 2016, compared to October 2016, according to a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. No such increase in poor mental health following the 2016 US election was observed in states that voted for Donald Trump. The increase in average number of poor mental health days per person in Clinton-voting states largely persisted in the six months after the election. (2020-11-02)

Study: COVID-19 pandemic has negatively influenced subjective well-being
The COVID-19 pandemic has also affected many people's subjective well-being. This is the result of a long-term study involving 979 people from Germany conducted by psychologists from Leipzig University and Saint Louis University. It found that in the early stage of the pandemic average life satisfaction and the experience of positive feelings decreased significantly. The findings have now been published in ''American Psychologist'' (2020-07-28)

Remdesivir can save more lives where ICUs are overwhelmed: BU study
Amid news that the United States has bought up virtually the entire global supply of remdesivir, a new Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) study outlines how the drug could save lives in countries with less hospital capacity, such as South Africa, where COVID-19 is beginning to overwhelm intensive care units (ICUs). (2020-07-07)

Study reveals impact of 'soft opt-out' system for organ donation
Research published in Anaesthesia suggests that a 'soft opt-out' system may increase consent rates for organ donation after death, which could boost the number of organs available for transplantation. (2020-05-06)

Psychology: High volumes of mental health-related tweets associated with crisis referrals
Referrals to two mental healthcare providers in London for patients requiring urgent help were significantly greater on days with a higher than average number of tweets discussing topics around mental health, according to a study published in Scientific Reports. (2020-02-06)

December's SLAS Discovery special issue now available
The December issue of SLAS Discovery features part two of the two-part special issue, ''Membrane Proteins: New Approaches to Probes, Technologies and Drug Design.'' (2019-11-26)

Diabetes linked to numerous cancers in large Chinese study
A new Journal of Diabetes study from China, which has the highest number of people with diabetes among all countries, found that type 2 diabetes was linked with an elevated risk of 11 types of cancer in men and 13 types of cancer in women. (2019-05-09)

Damaging Sichuan earthquakes linked to fracking operations
Two moderate-sized earthquakes that struck the southern Sichuan Province of China last December and January were probably caused by nearby fracking operations, according to a new study published in Seismological Research Letters. (2019-04-04)

Minority kidney transplants could increase with new option
Kidney transplant recipients are now benefiting from donor organs that do not match their blood type but are compatible and just as safe, according to a Vanderbilt University Medical Center study in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. (2019-01-31)

ESMO Immuno-Oncology Congress showcases new technologies set to improve cancer treatment
Innovation in immuno-oncology is exploding and new technologies that are set to benefit many patients with cancer are being showcased in the highly diverse array of topics to be discussed at the ESMO Immuno-Oncology Congress, to be held 13-16 December in Geneva, Switzerland. (2018-12-11)

Pay of NHS doctors varies by ethnic group
Data published by The BMJ today reveal some differences in median basic pay between white and black and minority ethnic (BME) hospital doctors employed by the NHS in England. (2018-09-05)

New analysis estimates much higher death toll from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico
Due to differences in methods, there have been various estimates of the number of deaths in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria, which hit the island on Sept. 20, 2017. The official death toll has remained at 64 since December 2017. (2018-08-02)

Death toll from Hurricane Maria estimated to be larger than previously thought
The number of people who died as a result of Hurricane Maria -- which hit Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, 2017 -- may be as high as 1,139, surpassing the official death count of 64, according to researchers. (2018-08-02)

Researchers estimate higher death toll from Hurricane Maria than previously thought
The number of people who died as a result of Hurricane Maria -- which hit Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, 2017 -- may be as high as 1,139, surpassing the official death count of 64, according to researchers. (2018-08-02)

Can an algorithm detect signs of a serious eye disease in premature infants like human experts?
An algorithm could detect signs of a serious eye disease in images from premature infants with accuracy comparable to or better than human experts. (2018-05-02)

Insect communication
Communication is the theme of the 2017 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, broadcast next week on the BBC. First delivered by Michael Faraday in 1825, the family-friendly, experiment-led lectures have been broadcast every year since 1966. During this year's series of three hour-long shows on (2017-12-21)

NASA's look at the difference of a few days in the Thomas Fire
What a difference a few days can make in the life cycle of a fire. In this particular case, the Thomas Fire that is ongoing in the Ventura County around (and surrounding) in Southern California. (2017-12-20)

NASA calculated Philippines rainfall from Tropical Storm Kai-Tak
Tropical Storm Kai-Tak moved through the central and southern Philippines over several days and weakened to a remnant low pressure area in the South China Sea. As it moved over the country, NASA found that the storm generated heavy amounts of rainfall. (2017-12-19)

Negative portrayals of shooting victims lead to victim blaming
Negative portrayals of shooting victims can lead people to blame the victim for his own death and to sympathize with the shooter, says a new study by researchers at Duke University and Simmons College. After reading a negative biographical sketch about the victim of a fatal shooting, study participants favored lighter sentences for the shooter, said study co-author Sarah Gaither, an assistant professor of psychology at Duke University. (2017-12-18)

Regulating toxic chemicals for public and environmental health: A PLOS Biology collection
Over the past several decades thousands of new chemicals have been approved for commerce, even as evidence of their ability to cause serious harm has emerged. A new collection 'Challenges in Environmental Health: Closing the Gap between Evidence and Regulations' publishing Dec. 18-21 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology examines the divide between evidence and policy. (2017-12-18)

Winter months most likely to lead to tragedy for men who disappear on a night out
Men are more likely to go missing on a night out and be found dead in December than at any other time of the year, according to a sobering new report from the University of Portsmouth. (2017-12-12)

C-section delivery associated with increased risk of complications from hysterectomy
Having a previous cesarean delivery significantly increased the risk of reoperation and complications among women undergoing a hysterectomy later in life, according to a study published by JAMA Surgery. (2017-08-09)

Feeling out of control: Do consumers make practical purchases or luxury buys?
The common assumption about retail therapy is that it's all about indulging in things like pricey designer duds or the latest gadgets. But according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, consumers are actually more likely to make practical purchases than splurge on luxury items when they feel less in control. (2017-03-22)

Thinking of changing your behavior in 2017? Try moving first
According to research being presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) Annual Convention the time for successful habit change isn't based on the calendar, but on big changes to our everyday lives like moving to a new home. (2017-01-13)

Brain structure best explains our dwindling tolerance of risk
Our brain's changing structure, not simply getting older and wiser, most affects our attitudes to risk, research published in Nature Communications shows. (2016-12-13)

UK Winter 2015/2016 floods: One of the century's most extreme and severe flood episodes
A new scientific review of the winter floods of 2015/2016 confirms that the event was one of the most extreme and severe hydrological events of the last century. The new hydrological appraisal, published on the first anniversary of Storm Desmond (December 5th), brings together both river flow and meteorological data to examine the extensive river flooding in northern England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and parts of Wales over a three month period. (2016-12-04)

Mount Sinai Health System researchers present influential research at ASH 2016
Physicians and researchers from Mount Sinai Health System are presenting influential research and study updates at the American Society of Hematology's Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Diego, Calif., Dec. 3-6, 2016. (2016-12-02)

NIH welcomes new researchers to third annual BRAIN Initiative meeting
The NIH will host a meeting of nearly 1,000 people who are part of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, a large-scale public and private effort to develop new tools and technologies to understand the healthy and diseased brain. (2016-11-29)

How much warmer has Hong Kong's urban area become during the past 4 decades?
Hong Kong's urban mean air temperature has increased by 0.169°C per decade over the past four decades. (2016-11-17)

ESMO Asia 2016: Cancer experts meet in Singapore from Dec. 16-19, 2016
ESMO, the leading professional organization for medical oncology, is pleased to announce the second ESMO Asia 2016 Congress, from Dec. 16-19 at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre. This scientific and educational congress is led by an international scientific committee and promotes the sharing of expertise and interaction between regional and international experts in oncology. (2016-11-08)

Storms and tides combine to cause coastal flooding around the Clyde
Severe storms in the Atlantic can cause a tsunami-like wave that funnels into the Firth of Clyde, and when this coincides with high tides it leads to severe coastal flooding, according to a study by mathematicians at the University of Strathclyde. (2016-10-04)

US and Mexican controls on precursor chemicals may reduce cocaine and meth use in the US
In December 2006, the USA regulated sodium permanganate, a chemical essential to the manufacture of cocaine. In March 2007, Mexico closed a chemical company accused of illicitly importing more than 60 tons of pseudoephedrine, a methamphetamine precursor chemical. A new study published in Addiction has found that those events were associated with large, extended reductions in cocaine and methamphetamine users in the USA. (2016-08-16)

Study finds decrease in uninsured hospital patients, increase in those with Medicaid
In a study appearing in the June 21 issue of JAMA, Matthew M. Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P., of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and colleagues examined changes in insurance coverage among hospitalized nonelderly adults after Michigan expanded Medicaid coverage in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act. (2016-06-21)

NASA finds huge rainfall totals from Typhoon Melor over Philippines
NASA'S Multi-satellitE Retrievals for GPM data collected from Dec. 12-17, 2015, were used to update Typhoon Melor's rainfall totals. The central Philippines received the largest amount of rainfall that measured almost three feet. (2015-12-18)

Cancer cell collaborators smooth the way for cancer cells to metastasize
At ASCB 2015, Vanderbilt researchers show how metastasizing tumors use non-cancerous fibroblasts to make a migration highway through surrounding extracellular matrix. (2015-12-13)

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