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Deploying midwives in poorest nations could avert millions of maternal and newborn deaths
A modest increase in the number of skilled midwives in the world's poorest nations could save the lives of a substantial number of women and their babies, according to new analyses by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. (2014-06-25)

Youth with autism spectrum disorder need better health care transition services
As of 2014, approximately one out of every 68 children born has an autism spectrum disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Historically, less than one in four youth with ASD successfully transitions into a fully independent adult. Now, MU researcher Nancy Cheak-Zamora has received a $500,000 Autism Research Program Idea Development Award to continue her research on ways in which health care programs can help youth with ASD become independent adults. (2014-06-24)

Family dysfunction a strong predictor of emotional problems in children of cancer patients
A cancer diagnosis affects the whole family, and a significant number of children of cancer patients may be at risk for emotional and behavioral problems. (2014-06-23)

A new spider species from Mexico uses soil particles for camouflage
Scientists discover and describe a new species of spider from Mexico. The new species belongs to the enigmatic family Paratropididae that is distinguished by representatives who possess unique camouflaging abilities. The study was published in the open access journal ZooKeys. (2014-06-23)

Far north at risk unless Ontario adopts new, inclusive planning process: Report
With the Ontario government poised to spend $1 billion to promote development in the Ring of Fire, a new paper from Wildlife Conservation Society Canada and Ecojustice identifies risks inherent in the current planning legislation and provides a solution. (2014-06-19)

Studies in family planning publishes special issue on unmet need
Studies in Family Planning, a leading journal published by the Population Council, released 'Unmet Need for Family Planning' -- a special issue featuring ten articles, including a comprehensive introduction to the topic of unmet need. Distinguished researchers explore trends related to unmet need for contraception, and many articles point to practical strategies for increasing contraceptive knowledge and uptake, and for overcoming barriers that prevent women from practicing contraception. (2014-06-16)

When patients wish for a miracle, tool helps medical staff say 'amen'
Cancer clinicians and a chaplain at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center have developed a new tool to help doctors, nurses and other health-care providers talk to dying patients and families who are, literally, praying for a miracle. (2014-06-16)

AP-NORC releases new analysis on Californians' experiences with long-term care
The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research has released an issue brief containing results of a survey on long-term care in California. With a particular focus on demographics, the issue brief provides new data on how Californians are, or are not, planning for long-term care and their views on the role of family. (2014-06-10)

RHM announces publication latest issue: Population, environment & sustainable development
Papers published in the latest themed issue of Reproductive Health Matters demonstrate the extent of evidence and progressive thinking around population dynamics and sustainability that is informing development policies and programs. The theme of this issue is timely given that meetings and negotiations are currently taking place around the world to decide what will be included in the post-2015 development goals. (2014-06-10)

Affordable housing linked to children's test scores
It's long been accepted -- with little science to back it up -- that people should spend roughly a third of their income on housing. As it turns out, that may be about how much a low-income family should spend to optimize children's brainpower. (2014-06-09)

Early palliative support services help those caring for patients with advanced cancer
Dartmouth researchers have found that those caring for patients with advanced cancer experienced reduced depression and felt less burdened by caregiving tasks when palliative support services were offered soon after the patient's diagnosis. They presented their findings at the American Society of Clinical Oncologist annual meeting in Chicago on June 3, 2014. (2014-06-05)

Investors' risk tolerance decreases with the stock market, MU study finds
Michael Guillemette, an assistant professor of personal financial planning in the University of Missouri College of Human Environmental Sciences, analyzed investors' 'risk tolerance,' or willingness to take risks, and found that it decreased as the stock market faltered. (2014-06-05)

CU Denver study shows public health often ignored in transportation policy
A new study from the University of Colorado Denver shows public health issues are often ignored in many transportation projects, especially when major roads are built through lower-income neighborhoods. (2014-06-02)

Family support may improve adherence to CPAP therapy for sleep apnea
A new study suggests that people with obstructive sleep apnea who are single or have unsupportive family relationships may be less likely to adhere to continuous positive airway pressure therapy. (2014-05-29)

Global survey: Climate change now a mainstream part of city planning
An MIT survey reveals cities are planning for climate change, but still searching for links to economic growth. (2014-05-29)

Women's contraceptive use influenced by contraception education and moral attitudes
MU researchers have found that levels of prior sex education and moral attitudes toward contraception influence whether women use contraceptives to prevent pregnancy. (2014-05-28)

Despite economic blows, infant health has improved among US poor
Despite worsening economic conditions for those at the bottom, infant health has steadily improved among the United States' most disadvantaged groups, according to a review published in Science by researchers in Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. The researchers cite targeted programs and policies as the driving forces behind such marked improvement. (2014-05-22)

In your genes: Family history reveals predisposition to multiple diseases
Researchers have identified nine simple questions that can be used to identify people who may be at increased risk of various cancers, heart disease and diabetes because of their family history of these conditions. (2014-05-21)

National survey on long-term care: Expectations and reality
The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research has released the results of a major survey on long-term care in the United States. The study provides much-needed data on how Americans are, or are not, planning for long-term care as policy makers grapple with how to plan for and finance high-quality long-term care in the United States. (2014-05-20)

The Lancet: Lessons learned from the management of Euro 2012 could help build health legacies for future sporting events
In this review, Dr. Catherine Smallwood and Dr. Maurizio Barbeschi of WHO, Geneva, Switzerland and colleagues outline the ways in which organizers of future sporting mass gatherings can, and should, learn from the management of the safety and well-being of more than eight million people at the Euro 2012 Football Championships in Poland and Ukraine. (2014-05-20)

Next frontier: How can modern medicine help dying patients achieve a 'good' death?
The overall quality of death of cancer patients who die in an urban Canadian setting with ready access to palliative care was found to be good to excellent in the large majority of cases, helping to dispel the myth that marked suffering at the end of life is inevitable. (2014-05-15)

Goldschmidt -- the world's biggest geochemistry conference, Sacramento, Calif., June 8-13
Goldschmidt2014 is due to take place in Sacramento, Calif., from June 8-13, 2014, and journalists are welcome to attend. (2014-05-15)

Genetic diagnosis can rule out a suspected Huntington's chorea patient
Huntington's disease is an autosomal-dominant inherited neurodegenerative disease with a distinct phenotype, but the pathogenesis is unclear. (2014-05-05)

Study finds increased employee flexibility, supervisor support offer wide-ranging benefits
Work-family conflict is increasingly common among US workers, with about 70 percent reporting struggles balancing work and non-work obligations. A new study by University of Minnesota sociologists Erin L. Kelly, Phyllis Moen, Wen Fan, and interdisciplinary collaborators from across the country, shows that workplaces can change to increase flexibility, provide more support from supervisors, and reduce work-family conflict. (2014-05-05)

The Lancet Psychiatry: Reliance on voluntary sector support for suicide bereavement 'unsustainable and inappropriate'
People bereaved by the suicide of a partner and mothers losing an adult child to suicide run a significantly higher risk of suicide compared to people bereaved after sudden deaths from other causes. The psychological impact on other members of the family is also serious: children who lose a mother to suicide have an increased risk of depression, while people who lose a child to suicide have an increased likelihood of psychiatric admission for mental illness. (2014-05-01)

Landscape architect designs toolkit to make cities inclusive of adults with autism
A Kansas State University landscape architect has developed an urban toolkit that help designers and planners make cities more inclusive for adults with autism. (2014-05-01)

The Olig family affects central nervous system development and disease
The Olig family affects central nervous system development and disease. (2014-04-30)

Putting the endoparasitic plants Apodanthaceae on the map
The Apodanthaceae are small parasitic plants living almost entirely inside other plants. They occur in Africa, Iran, Australia, and the New World. Bellot and Renner propose the first revision of the species relationships in the family based on combined molecular and anatomical data. They show that Apodanthaceae comprise 10 species, which are specialized to parasitize either legumes or species in the willow family. The study was published in the open access journal PhytoKeys. (2014-04-30)

Study highlights importance of parents talking to kids about money
A new study from North Carolina State University and the University of Texas finds that children pay close attention to issues related to money, and that parents should make an effort to talk with their children to ensure that kids don't develop misconceptions about finance. (2014-04-29)

Australian marine reserves provide safe passageway for endangered species
The value of Australia's newly established network of marine parks has been highlighted by an international project that used satellites to track the vulnerable flatback sea turtle. The findings are published in Springer's journal Marine Biology. In the study, researchers from Deakin University, Swansea University and Pendoley Environmental consultancy used advanced satellite tracking systems to record the passage of more than 70 flatbacks off the north-west Australian coastline. (2014-04-28)

Important migratory corridor for endangered marine species off north-west Australia
The value of Australia's newly established network of marine parks has been highlighted by an international project that used satellites to track the vulnerable flatback sea turtle. Researchers from Deakin University (Australia), Swansea University (United Kingdom) and Pendoley Environmental consultancy used advanced satellite tracking systems to record the passage of more than 70 flatbacks off the north-west Australian coastline. The network of Australian marine reserves may also serve as a template for marine conservation elsewhere in the world. (2014-04-27)

Child's autism risk accelerates with mother's age over 30
Older parents are more likely to have a child who develops an autism spectrum disorder than are younger parents. A recent study from the Drexel University School of Public Health in Philadelphia and Karolinska Institute in Sweden provides more insight into how the risk associated with parental age varies between mothers' and fathers' ages, and found that the risk of having a child with both autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability is larger for older parents. (2014-04-22)

Risk of pregnancy greater with newer method of female sterilization
The risk of pregnancy among women using a newer method of planned sterilization called hysteroscopic sterilization is more than 10 times greater over a 10-year period than using the more commonly performed laparoscopic sterilization, a study by researchers at Yale University and UC Davis has found. (2014-04-22)

The Olig family affects central nervous system development and disease
The Olig family affects central nervous system development and disease. (2014-04-11)

New towns going up in developing nations pose major risk to the poor
Satellite city projects across the developing world are putting an increasing number of poor people at risk to natural hazards and climate change, according to a new study from the University of Colorado Denver. (2014-04-10)

Cognitive impairment common among community and nursing-home resident elderly
More than 70 percent of elderly Medicare beneficiaries experience cognitive impairment or severe dementia near the end-of-life and may need surrogate decision makers for healthcare decisions. Advance care planning for older adults with dementia may be particularly important for individuals who do not reside in a nursing home or a long-term care facility, according to an article published in the April issue of Health Affairs. (2014-04-07)

Helium ions may provide superior, better-targeted treatment in pediatric radiotherapy
For the first time, researchers have been able to demonstrate that the use of helium ions in radiation therapy could provide accurate treatment to tumors while helping to spare healthy organs. (2014-04-05)

Timing training can increase accuracy in golf and soccer
Practicing your timing and rhythmicity can make you a more precise and stable golfer or soccer player. This is the result of findings from UmeƄ researcher Marius Sommer, who for four weeks has let experienced athletes perform specific rhythmic movements in time to a metronome. (2014-04-03)

Record number of older adults completing living wills
Study suggests people are less timid about broaching end-of-life planning and talking about death. (2014-04-02)

Food pantry clients struggle to afford diapers, detergent, other non-food items
Many food-insecure families also struggle to afford basic non-food household goods, such as personal care, household, and baby-care products, according to a new University of Illinois study published in the Journal of Family and Economic Issues. (2014-04-02)

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