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What happens in our brain when we unlock a door?
People who are unable to button up their jacket or who find it difficult to insert a key in lock suffer from a condition known as apraxia. This means that their motor skills have been impaired -- as a result of a stroke, for instance. Scientists in Munich have now discovered that there is a specific network in the brain for using tools. Their findings have been published in the Journal of Neuroscience. (2014-10-01)

Disease without borders
In a paper published this week online in Global Society, researchers with University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the Urban Studies and Planning Program, also at UC San Diego, present a bioregional guide that merges place-based (territorial) city planning and ecosystem management along the United States-Mexico border as way to improve human and environmental health. (2014-09-26)

Long-term unemployed struggle as economy improves, Rutgers study finds
While the unemployment rate for people out of work for six months or less has returned to prerecession levels, the levels of unemployment for workers who remain jobless for more than six months is among the most persistent, negative effects of the Great Recession, according to a new national study at Rutgers. (2014-09-25)

Safe passages into adulthood: Preventing gender-based violence and its consequences
Gender-based violence affects the physical and mental health of girls and boys, men and women worldwide. A recent study by researchers from the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University addresses the challenge of developing effective strategies to change inequitable and harmful social norms that result in gender-based violence. Inequitable gender norms are not only related to domestic violence, but also to other behaviors such as multiple sexual partners, smoking and alcohol abuse which lead to poor health outcomes. (2014-09-23)

Even without kids, couples eat frequent family meals
Couples and other adult family members living without minors in the house are just as likely as adults living with young children or adolescents to eat family meals at home on most days of the week, new research suggests. (2014-09-19)

Caregivers of family members newly diagnosed with mental illness at risk for anxiety
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Nursing, who studied the emotional distress of caring for a family member diagnosed with a mental illness, found anxiety is high for the primary caregiver at the initial diagnosis or early in the course of the illness and decreases over time. (2014-09-15)

Molecular mechanisms of the suppression of axon regeneration by KLF transcription factors
A paper from Neural Regeneration research explores the molecular mechanisms of the suppression of axon regeneration by Kupper-like transcription factors. (2014-09-15)

UChicago study finds young women involve parent in abortion when anticipating support
A recent study from the Section of Family Planning and Contraceptive Research at the University of Chicago found that pregnant teens will turn to parents and adults who are engaged in their lives and who will offer support, regardless of her pregnancy decision. Young women will avoid talking with parents who are less involved or may try to prevent them from seeking care. (2014-09-15)

Favoritism linked to drug use in 'disengaged' families
In families, the perception that parents have a favorite is linked with the less-favored children being twice as likely to use alcohol, cigarettes or drugs. (2014-09-11)

Parents' separation found to boost children's behavior problems, but only in high-income families
A study examining a national sample of nearly 4,000 children has found that parents' separation increases children's behavior problems, but only in high income families. The study, published in the journal Child Development, also found that moving from a single-parent family into a stepparent family improved children's behavior. It goes on to compare the effects of parents' separation, remarriage, or repartnering on children's behavior problems given the child's age. (2014-09-10)

Endometriosis a burden on women's lives
Endometriosis often takes a long time to be diagnosed and affects all areas of a women's life, a study has found. (2014-09-10)

Regulatory clearance opens the way for new single-size contraceptive diaphragm in the US
The United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) has cleared the Caya contoured diaphragm for marketing in the United States, bringing women one step closer to a new option for safe and effective non-hormonal contraception. The Caya contoured diaphragm is expected to be available to US consumers within the next year. Its clearance by the USFDA is also important for increasing women's access to non-hormonal contraceptive options worldwide because USFDA approval is a gold standard of regulatory approval globally. (2014-09-09)

Many patients in cancer centers may not experience a dignified death
A new study that surveyed physicians and nurses in hospitals within cancer centers in Germany suggests that many patients there do not experience a dignified death. Published early online in Cancer, a peer- reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study indicates the need for cancer centers to invest more in palliative care services, adequate rooms for dying patients, staff training in end-of-life care, and advance-care-planning standards. (2014-09-08)

Study finds 'family meal' ideal is stressful, impossible for many families
Magazines, television and other popular media increasingly urge families to return to the kitchen, stressing the importance of home-cooked meals and family dinners to physical health and family well-being. But new research shows that home cooking and family meals place significant stresses on many families -- and are simply impossible for others. (2014-09-03)

Family history of cardiovascular disease is not enough to motivate people to follow healthy lifestyle
New research presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Barcelona shows that having a family history of cardiovascular disease is not enough to motivate people to follow healthy lifestyles. (2014-09-02)

Family dinners reduce effects of cyberbullying in adolescents
Sharing regular family meals with children may help protect them from the effects of cyberbullying, according to a study by McGill professor Frank Elgar, Institute for Health and Social Policy. Because family meal times represent social support and exchanges in the home that benefit adolescents' well-being, Elgar suggests that this family contact and communication can also reduce some of the distressing effects of cyberbullying. (2014-09-01)

Report shows use of care plans in UK is rare with limited benefits
The study, published in the British Journal of General Practice, measured the adoption of care plans and care planning, and explored the relationships with patient outcomes, using a controlled prospective cohort study. The study was conducted before new contractual obligations to offer care plans to the most vulnerable 2 percent of patients came into operation. (2014-09-01)

Research demonstrates potential method to better control lung cancer using radiotherapy
Researchers at the University of Manchester and the Christie NHS Foundation Trust -- both part of the Manchester Cancer Research Centre -- have looked at ways to personalize and increase the dose to the tumor while minimizing the effect on healthy tissue. (2014-08-28)

Orphaned children can do just as well in institutions
The removal of institutions or group homes will not lead to better child well-being and could even worsen outcomes for some orphaned and separated children, according to new findings from a three-year study across five low- and middle-income countries. Children in institutions are as healthy and, in some ways, healthier than those in family-based care, according to the Duke University study. (2014-08-27)

Outsourcing parenthood? It takes a village AND the marketplace to raise a child
Ask any parent raising kids in today's fast-paced society and chances are they would agree that there are only so many hours in the day. Recognizing a need for help, many businesses now offer traditional caregiving services ranging from planning birthday parties to teaching children how to ride a bike. According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, by outsourcing traditional parental duties, modern-day parents feel they are ultimately protecting parenthood. (2014-08-26)

Proteins: New class of materials discovered
Scientists at the Helmholtz Center Berlin along with researchers at China's Fudan University have characterized a new class of materials called protein crystalline frameworks. (2014-08-22)

Delivery by drone
New algorithm from MIT researchers lets drones monitor their own health during long package-delivery missions. (2014-08-21)

Scaling up health innovation: Fertility awareness-based family planning goes national
A new study from Georgetown University's Institute for Reproductive Health reports on the results of the successful large-scale implementation, in a low resource environment, of the Standard Days Method, a highly effective fertility awareness-based family planning method developed by Institute researchers. Lessons learned from making this family planning method available on a national level in a low resource environment may help in scaling up health innovations of many types in the United States and around the world. (2014-08-19)

CU Denver study shows zoning regulations impact where marijuana dispensaries can locate
Municipal zoning regulations may push marijuana dispensaries into low income, minority areas, according to a study just released by the University of Colorado Denver. (2014-08-18)

Upgrading electronic monitoring, downgrading probation
Under the Coalition Government which came to power in Britain in May 2010, major changes in the community supervision of offenders are underway in England and Wales. (2014-08-18)

Dress for success: Research examines male influences on 'looking' middle class
A national presentation takes a unique look at how family, identity and culture influence appearance. (2014-08-18)

Tackling liver injury
Researchers uncover a new drug that spurs liver regeneration after surgery. (2014-08-11)

Community religious beliefs influence whether wives work outside home, Baylor study finds
Married women who live in communities in which a higher proportion of the population belongs to conservative religious traditions -- such as evangelical or Mormon -- are more likely to choose not to work outside the home, even if the women are not members of those faith groups, according to a Baylor University study. (2014-08-06)

New research debunks the family myth as primary reason for gender gap in politics
American University professor of government and director of the Women & Politics Institute Jennifer Lawless debunks the widely touted myth that traditional family structures and roles contribute to women's lower political ambition. (2014-08-06)

New information on transcranial ultrasound therapy
A recent study completed at the University of Eastern Finland provides new information on the limitations and potential new directions for the future development of transcranial ultrasound therapy. The study focuses on two issues that may potentially limit the applicability of transcranial ultrasound: skull-base heating and formation of standing-waves. (2014-08-04)

Gender inequalities in health: A matter of policies
Gender inequalities in health vary in European countries according to their family policies model. Countries with traditional policies (central and southern Europe) and contradictory policies (eastern Europe), present higher inequalities in self-perceived health. These are especially remarkable in southern Europe countries, where women present a 27 percent higher risk of having poor health compared to men. Conversely, in the dual-earner (Nordic countries) and the market-oriented countries this difference decrease to a non-significant 5 percent and 4 percent, respectively. (2014-07-28)

Rutgers study explores attitudes, preferences toward post-Sandy rebuilding
A year-long Rutgers study found that individual property owners in Sandy-affected towns are skeptical about the likelihood of community-based rebuilding solutions. 45 percent of 400-plus respondents are pessimistic their towns would be rebuilt better than they were before Sandy. (2014-07-24)

Forty-five percent rise in diagnostic imaging tests by GPs -- new study
A 45 percent rise in diagnostic imaging tests ordered by Australian GPs is being driven by increasing GP visits, a rising number of problems managed at consultations and a higher likelihood that GPs order imaging tests for these problems, according to a new University of Sydney study released today. (2014-07-22)

Investing in sexual and reproductive health of 10 to 14 year olds yields lifetime benefits
Globally there are over half a billion 10 to 14 year olds. In 'Investing in Very Young Adolescents' Sexual and Reproductive Health,' published in the peer-reviewed journal Global Public Health, Georgetown University's Institute for Reproductive Health researchers report these years provide a unique narrow window of opportunity to facilitate transition into healthy teenage and adulthood and lay out ways to invest in their future sexual and reproductive health. (2014-07-17)

Borneo deforested 30 percent over past 40 years
Forest cover in Borneo may have declined by up to 30 percent over the past 40 years. (2014-07-16)

Patients with advanced co-existing illnesses and their carers face uphill struggle
Patients in their last year of life with co-existing illnesses struggle to cope with a bewildering array of services and treatments, which are often poorly coordinated and lack any continuity of care, indicates an analysis of patient and carer feedback, published online in BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care. (2014-07-14)

Injectable contraceptive launched in Burkina Faso to expand choice and address unmet need
Women in the West African nation Burkina Faso today have access to an additional family planning option. Sayana Press has the potential to increase access to contraception at all levels of the health system and in communities by combining a lower-dose formulation of a widely used contraceptive -- Pfizer's Depo-Provera -- with the BD Uniject injection system. (2014-07-10)

Poor physical, financial health driven by same factors
Poor physical health and financial health are driven by the same underlying psychological factors, finds a new study out of the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. (2014-07-01)

Most women are aware of oocyte freezing for social reasons
While the majority of younger women are aware of egg freezing as a technique of fertility preservation and consider it an acceptable means of reproductive planning, only one in five would consider it appropriate for them, according to the results of an internet survey performed in the UK and Denmark. (2014-07-01)

Study finds videoconferencing with family, friends lowers stress for pediatric patients
To ease isolation during extended hospitalizations, UC Davis Children's Hospital offers secure videoconferencing for patients and families. While anecdotal accounts have suggested the Family-Link program enhances quality of life during long hospital stays, clinicians wondered if the technology also offered clinical benefits. (2014-06-30)

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