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Fair classroom practices disarm threat of evaluation retaliation
Bone mass may suffer when teenage girls binge drink
US painkiller restriction linked to 'significant' increase in illicit online drug trading
No clear evidence that nicotine 'preloading' helps smokers to quit
Scientists discover biomarker for flu susceptibility
One thing you'll find in the obits of many long-living people
Eczema: Flipping the switch on itch
Lentils significantly reduce blood glucose levels
Cannabis does not increase suicidal behavior in psychiatric patients
People recall information better through virtual reality
Carrying standby antibiotics encourages travelers to careless antibiotic use
Platform uses artificial intelligence to diagnose Zika and other pathogens
Content of service members' art linked to their trauma levels
Needle release optimal treatment for Viking disease
New mechanism by which Alzheimer's disease spreads through the brain discovered
Neuronal activity sheds light on the origin of consciousness
Mediterranean-style eating with lean, unprocessed red meat improves heart disease risk
E- textiles control home appliances with the swipe of a finger
Adolescents who consume diet high in saturated fats may develop poor stress skills
Automated robotic device for faster blood testing
Floridians took Zika threat more seriously than rest of US -- but still most did nothing
'Gut instinct' may have been the GPS of human ancestors
Digital devices during family time could exacerbate bad behavior
Computer program looks five minutes into the future
No link found between oral antifungal drug and stillbirth
Novel microplate 3D bioprinting platform for muscle & tendon tissue engineering
Dementia can be caused by hypertension
Multilingual students have improved in academic achievement since 2003


Fair classroom practices disarm threat of evaluation retaliation



Posted: 13 Jun 2018 10:51 PM PDT


While tuition inflation presents a challenge for many college-bound students, an area of growing concern for many universities is 'grade inflation' -- in part caused when instructors grade more leniently to discourage students from retaliating by giving low teaching evaluations. Researchers say instructors can stop worrying about evaluation revenge as long as they use practices in the classroom that students perceive as fair.


Bone mass may suffer when teenage girls binge drink



Posted: 13 Jun 2018 10:50 PM PDT


Teenage girls who regularly binge drink may fail to reach their peak bone mass, according to a new study.


US painkiller restriction linked to 'significant' increase in illicit online drug trading



Posted: 13 Jun 2018 05:53 PM PDT


The US Drug Enforcement Administration's decision to restrict prescription drugs containing hydrocodone (a popular opioid painkiller) was associated with a 'significant' increase in illicit trading of opioids through online markets, finds a study published by The BMJ today.


No clear evidence that nicotine 'preloading' helps smokers to quit



Posted: 13 Jun 2018 05:52 PM PDT


There is insufficient evidence to show that using nicotine patches for four weeks before a quit attempt (known as 'preloading') improves long-term smoking abstinence, finds a new trial.


Scientists discover biomarker for flu susceptibility



Posted: 13 Jun 2018 05:52 PM PDT


Researchers have found a way to predict whether someone exposed to the flu virus is likely to become ill. They used a computational approach to pinpoint a blood-based genetic biomarker to determine an individual's susceptibility to the disease.


One thing you'll find in the obits of many long-living people



Posted: 13 Jun 2018 01:30 PM PDT


A new nationwide study of obituaries has found that people with religious affiliations lived nearly four years longer than those with no ties to religion.


Eczema: Flipping the switch on itch



Posted: 13 Jun 2018 01:27 PM PDT


Researchers have pinpointed a particular neuropeptide associated with transmitting itch signals in mice with atopic dermatitis. The work sheds further light on the pathways involved in transmitting itch sensations from the peripheral (skin) to the central (spinal cord) nervous system.


Lentils significantly reduce blood glucose levels



Posted: 13 Jun 2018 01:27 PM PDT


Replacing potatoes or rice with pulses can lower your blood glucose levels by more than 20 per cent, according to a new study. Researchers found that swapping out half of a portion of these starchy side dishes for lentils can significantly improve your body's response to the carbohydrates. Replacing half a serving of rice with lentils caused blood glucose to drop by up to 20 per cent. Replacing potatoes with lentils led to a 35-per-cent drop.


Cannabis does not increase suicidal behavior in psychiatric patients



Posted: 13 Jun 2018 01:26 PM PDT


Researchers have found there is no significant association between cannabis use and suicidal behavior in people with psychiatric disorders. The study findings contrast with pre-existing data that shows the drug is linked to an increased chance of suicidal behavior in the general population.


People recall information better through virtual reality



Posted: 13 Jun 2018 01:26 PM PDT


Researchers conducted one of the first in-depth analyses on whether people learn better through virtual, immersive environments, as opposed to more traditional platforms like a two-dimensional desktop computer or hand-held tablet. The researchers found that people remember information better if it is presented to them in a virtual environment.


Carrying standby antibiotics encourages travelers to careless antibiotic use



Posted: 13 Jun 2018 08:38 AM PDT


Travelers carrying standby antibiotics take them more often than those traveling without such drugs, shows a recent study. Having antibiotics packed in the bags allows their use -- against recommendations -- also for mild and moderate diarrhea.


Platform uses artificial intelligence to diagnose Zika and other pathogens



Posted: 13 Jun 2018 08:38 AM PDT


Method created in Brazil combines mass spectrometry analysis of blood serum with an algorithm that recognizes patterns associated with diseases from various origins. Adoption of machine learning technique allows the program to adapt itself to possible viral mutations.


Content of service members' art linked to their trauma levels



Posted: 13 Jun 2018 08:37 AM PDT


A new study found that military service members recovering from PTSD who still identified as a member of a unit have lower levels of psychological injuries.


Needle release optimal treatment for Viking disease



Posted: 13 Jun 2018 08:37 AM PDT


The various treatments for 'Viking disease' are coming under closer scrutiny. Research shows that crooked fingers can be straightened just as well with needle release as with the substantially more expensive commonly used drug.


New mechanism by which Alzheimer's disease spreads through the brain discovered



Posted: 13 Jun 2018 08:37 AM PDT


The waste-disposal system in a cell can spread harmful protein aggregates between neurons in the brain in Alzheimer's disease. The spread can be reduced in experiments in cultivated cells. The discovery may help the development of new diagnostic methods, and may eventually lead to new drugs that can stop or reduce the progression of disease.


Neuronal activity sheds light on the origin of consciousness



Posted: 13 Jun 2018 08:37 AM PDT


A new study identifies and measures the neural activity associated with a new conscious experience. It takes researchers a step closer to solving the mystery of consciousness.


Mediterranean-style eating with lean, unprocessed red meat improves heart disease risk



Posted: 13 Jun 2018 08:37 AM PDT


Adopting a Mediterranean-style eating pattern improves heart health, with or without reducing red meat intake, if the red meat consumed is lean and unprocessed, according to a new nutrition study.


E- textiles control home appliances with the swipe of a finger



Posted: 13 Jun 2018 08:37 AM PDT


Electronic textiles could allow a person to control household appliances or computers from a distance simply by touching a wristband or other item of clothing -- something that could be particularly helpful for those with limited mobility. Now researchers, have developed a new type of e-textile that is self-powered, highly sensitive and washable. A video of an e-wristband in action is available.


Adolescents who consume diet high in saturated fats may develop poor stress skills



Posted: 13 Jun 2018 08:37 AM PDT


Adolescents who consume a diet high in saturated fats may develop poor stress coping skills, signs of post-traumatic stress disorder as adults.


Automated robotic device for faster blood testing



Posted: 13 Jun 2018 07:20 AM PDT


Researchers have created an automated blood drawing and testing device that provides rapid results, potentially improving the workflow in hospitals and other health-related institutions to allow health care practitioners to spend more time treating patients.


Floridians took Zika threat more seriously than rest of US -- but still most did nothing



Posted: 13 Jun 2018 07:20 AM PDT


Threatened by the mosquito-borne Zika virus in 2016, Florida residents felt more susceptible than others in the United States to getting the virus, were more knowledgeable about it, and were more likely to support taking community action against it. Floridians were nearly twice as likely as non-Floridians to say they took steps to protect themselves from Zika. Even so, fewer than half of Floridians said they actually did take preventive measures.


'Gut instinct' may have been the GPS of human ancestors



Posted: 13 Jun 2018 07:20 AM PDT


A new study reveals that the nerve connecting the gut to the brain is key for remembering where food is.


Digital devices during family time could exacerbate bad behavior



Posted: 13 Jun 2018 07:20 AM PDT


Parents who spend a lot of time on their phones or watching television during family activities such as meals, playtime, and bedtime could influence their long-term relationships with their children. This is according to researchers who say so called 'technoference' can lead children to show more frustration, hyperactivity, whining, sulking or tantrums.


Computer program looks five minutes into the future



Posted: 13 Jun 2018 07:20 AM PDT


Scientists have developed software that can look minutes into the future: The program learns the typical sequence of actions, such as cooking, from video sequences. Then it can predict in new situations what the chef will do at which point in time.


No link found between oral antifungal drug and stillbirth



Posted: 13 Jun 2018 07:20 AM PDT


New research does not support a suggested link between treatment with the oral antifungal drug fluconazole during pregnancy and an increased risk of stillbirth.


Novel microplate 3D bioprinting platform for muscle & tendon tissue engineering



Posted: 13 Jun 2018 07:19 AM PDT


New research describes the development of a novel screening platform with automated production of 3D muscle- and tendon-like tissues using 3D bioprinting.


Dementia can be caused by hypertension



Posted: 13 Jun 2018 07:19 AM PDT


A new study indicates that patients with high blood pressure are at a higher risk of developing dementia. This research also shows (for the first time) that an MRI can be used to detect very early signatures of neurological damage in people with high blood pressure, before any symptoms of dementia occur.


Multilingual students have improved in academic achievement since 2003



Posted: 12 Jun 2018 05:00 AM PDT


Multilingual students, who speak a language or more than one language other than English at home, have improved in reading and math achievement substantially since 2003, finds a new study.
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