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Maasai farmers only kill lions when they attack livestock
Maasai farmers do not kill lions for retribution whenever they lose sheep or cattle, new research shows. (2019-02-26)
Infants exposed to corticosteroids in utero are smaller at birth, study finds
Infants exposed to antenatal corticosteroid therapy (ACT) to accelerate lung maturation have a clinically significant reduction in birth size, according to a new of study of 278,508 births published this week in PLOS Medicine by Alina Rodriguez of the University of Lincoln and Imperial College London, UK, and colleagues. (2019-02-26)
Steroid treatment for premature babies linked to low birth weight
Steroid injections given to mothers at risk of giving birth prematurely are linked to babies being born with lower body weights. (2019-02-26)
AMNOG as a learning system: New study on ingenol mebutate in AK shows added benefit
Following a negative G-BA decision due to a lack of data in 2013, the drug manufacturer now presented a suitable, albeit very short study. (2018-12-06)
Triple combination cancer immunotherapy improves outcomes in preclinical melanoma model
In adoptive cell transfer immunotherapy, T cells able to recognize a tumor are harvested, expanded in the laboratory, and then reintroduced to attack the tumor. (2018-11-29)
Combined local and global actions could lessen impacts of change in marine environment
Increased oil and gas activities could combine with ocean warming and acidification to have a significant negative impact on marine organisms, a new study suggests. (2018-11-26)
Face the music: Explicit anti-piracy warnings are best deterrent
STOP! This is illegal. You may be monitored and fined. (2018-11-06)
Yale-led team finds missing-in-action MS genes
An international collaboration led by scientists at Yale has cracked a tough nut in multiple sclerosis: where are all the genes? (2018-10-18)
If cannabis use increases after legalization, government must alter the act
If cannabis use increases after legalization of recreational cannabis on Oct. (2018-10-15)
Clean Water Act dramatically cut pollution in US waterways
The 1972 Clean Water Act has driven significant improvements in US water quality, according to the first comprehensive study of water pollution over the past several decades, by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and Iowa State University. (2018-10-09)
Crowd-sourced data wins protection for endangered tricolored blackbird
Cornell University Lab of Ornithology fellow Orin Robinson used eBird data to convince California to list the Tricolored Blackbird as endangered. (2018-10-09)
Philly refinery fails to include public input in cleanup efforts
New research uncovers Sunoco's decade-long effort to cleanup legacy contamination at the East Coast's oldest and largest petroleum refinery site did not include legally required public Involvement. (2018-09-21)
Affordable Care Act: Study finds surprising gaps in HIV care providers' knowledge
More than a quarter of providers were unable to say whether their state had expanded Medicaid, the national survey found. (2018-09-20)
A step ahead in pharmaceutical research
Researchers of the University of W├╝rzburg have developed a method that makes it possible to measure the activation of receptors in a very short time. (2018-09-05)
Study finds you act most like 'you' in a time crunch
When they must act quickly, selfish people are likely to act more selfishly than usual, while pro-social people behave even more pro-socially, a new study found. (2018-09-04)
ACA reduced disparities in health care between Mexican-heritage Latinos and other Latinos
Previous studies have shown that Mexican immigrants living in the United States are less likely to have insurance or to report a usual source of care than Mexican-Americans, other Latinos and non-Latino whites. (2018-09-04)
Obamacare relieved financial strain of those closest to the federal poverty line
While data shows that the Affordable Care Act helped people across the spectrum, a study shows that those around or below the federal poverty line benefitted most. (2018-08-02)
'Unreasonable behaviour' most common ground for divorce (new research suggests)
A new Oxford University study charts the changes in the main 'facts' that husbands and wives give for petitioning for divorce, since the Divorce Reform Act 1969 was implemented in 1971. (2018-07-30)
Public support for Endangered Species Act is widespread
The Endangered Species Act is portrayed -- by critics of the law, often by the media, and sometimes by conservation professionals -- as increasingly controversial, partly due to the protection of species such as wolves and spotted owls. (2018-07-23)
Most Americans support Endangered Species Act despite increasing efforts to curtail it
Roughly four out of five Americans support the Endangered Species Act, and only one in 10 oppose it, found a survey of 1,287 Americans. (2018-07-19)
Finnish forest management guidelines fail to protect the flying squirrel
A new study determined the habitat requirements for flying squirrels and compared them to those included in the recently amended Forest Act. (2018-06-26)
Unzipping graphene nanotubes into nanoribbons
In a new study published in EPJ B, Basant Lal Sharma from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur provides a detailed analysis of how the flow of heat and electrons is affected at the interface between an 'armchair' shaped carbon nanotube and a zigzagging nanoribbon made up of a single-layer carbon honeycomb sheet of graphene. (2018-06-05)
Tax hurts investment in medical device research and development
New Iowa State University research shows companies cut funding for research and development in response to a tax imposed on medical devices as part of the Affordable Care Act. (2018-06-05)
ACR Urges lawmakers to address rising costs & access barriers in Arthritis care
Rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals convened on Capitol Hill this week to urge legislative action on pressing policy issues affecting rheumatology care during the American College of Rheumatology's Advocacy Leadership Conference, held May 16-17, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (2018-05-18)
Genetic Non-Discrimination Act challenge from Quebec may open doors to genetic discrimination
If Canada's Genetic Non-Discrimination Act (GNA) is overturned by a challenge from the Province of Quebec, it will open the doors to genetic discrimination, argue authors in a commentary in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2018-05-14)
Precision medicine approvals and rare disease treatment incentives evaluated
The senior author of two separate articles published in Health Affairs on May 7, Kesselheim, members of the PORTAL research group and co-authors, examine the fast approvals of precision medicines in one paper while evaluating the impact of the Orphan Drug Act's seven-year market exclusivity in the other. (2018-05-07)
Potential of manipulating gut microbiome to boost efficacy of cancer immunotherapies
The composition of bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract may hold clues to help predict which cancer patients are most apt to benefit from the personalized cellular therapies that have shown unprecedented promise in the fight against hard-to-treat cancers. (2018-04-02)
Researchers convert CO to CO2 with a single metal atom
Researchers from Washington State University and Tufts University have demonstrated for the first time that a single metal atom can act as a catalyst in converting carbon monoxide into carbon dioxide, a chemical reaction that is commonly used in catalytic converters to remove harmful gases from car exhaust. (2018-03-05)
Study shows investors lose, insiders win when IPOs involve analysts
When equity analysts are more involved in a firm's initial public offering, investors who purchase stock based on these analysts' reports lose more than 3 percent of their investment, according to a new study from the University at Buffalo School of Management. (2018-01-25)
Should all patients be asked about their sexual orientation?
In late 2017, NHS England released guidelines recommending that health professionals ask all patients about their sexual orientation in order to improve services for non-heterosexual patients, but should they? (2018-01-17)
ACA Medicaid expansion resulted in fewer hospital closures, especially in rural areas
The findings indicate the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act was positively associated with improved hospital performance and a substantially lower likelihood of hospital closure especially in rural markets and counties where residents were largely uninsured adults prior to Medicaid expansion. (2018-01-08)
Medicaid expansion popular among Americans connected to program
A concerted effort by Republicans in Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act hit a surprising road block earlier this year: strong pushback against cuts to Medicaid. (2017-12-11)
People with Huntington's want more openness around assisted dying
Research has shown that better communication around assisted dying is needed between clinician and patients diagnosed with Huntington's disease. (2017-12-07)
American College of Physicians urges Senate to vote no on tax bill
Provisions in the Senate tax bill that would eliminate the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) individual mandate and lead to deep cuts to Medicare and other federal health programs will do great harm to tens of millions of the most vulnerable patients including seniors, said the ACP in a letter sent to Senate leadership this afternoon. (2017-11-30)
Self-help book works to combat burnout and stress -- without a therapist
Around a third of all employees find their work stressful. (2017-11-27)
Legal analysis finds Arkansas law that bars protection of LGBTQ people unconstitutional
An original legal analysis by NYU College of Global Public Health finds an Arkansas law that prohibits local governments from enacting civil rights protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ) individuals to be unconstitutional. (2017-11-21)
Landmark asbestos study published in The Lancet Public Health
A landmark study from The Australian National University into the health impacts of living in a house with loose-fill asbestos insulation has been published in the international journal The Lancet Public Health. (2017-11-01)
Audit uncovers concerns about the use of electroconvulsive therapy in England
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) continues to be used in England without comprehensive national auditing. (2017-10-20)
Health and social care changes 'paving way for fewer services' warn experts
Current reforms to health and social care services, and radical redesign of the local government finance system, may signal the end of the NHS and local government in England as we know them, warn experts in The BMJ today. (2017-09-27)
Repealing ACA would leave more veterans uninsured, increase pressure on VA
Talk continues among some policymakers about whether to repeal or replace the federal Affordable Care Act. (2017-09-14)
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