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February 15, 2019

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February 15, 2019

Feb. 14, 2019 — New research shows that an immersive virtual reality environment treats 45 percent of children with autism, freeing them from their fears and phobias -- and that the treatment ... read more

Dangerous School Commutes Lead to Student Absenteeism

Feb. 13, 2019 — The more crime that occurs along a student's way to school, the higher the likelihood that student will be absent, researchers have ... read more

Study Calls on Feds to Invest in Local Volunteer Disaster Response, Recovery Groups

Feb. 13, 2019 — Data from 2017 Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and California natural disasters highlights key collaboration gaps and better ways to save money, time and lives in future disasters. After 2017's ... read more

Online Support for GPs Reduces Unnecessary Antibiotic Prescriptions

Feb. 12, 2019 — New research shows that electronically-delivered prescribing feedback and online decision support for GPs reduces unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions for respiratory ... read more

Insurance Rules Make It Harder to Treat Opioid Use Disorder

Feb. 12, 2019 — Insurance industry cost-control measures may be worsening the nation's opioid epidemic by limiting access to a key medication that treats addiction, according to ... read more

Artificial Intelligence Could Help to Foil Online Dating Scams

Feb. 12, 2019 — Dating apps and websites could soon use computing algorithms that 'think' like humans to pinpoint fake profiles designed to con victims out of thousands of ... read more

Pitch Perfect: Strategic Language Use Maximizes the Chances of Influencing an Audience

Feb. 12, 2019 — Research finds four interconnected language strategies that entrepreneurs employ to best influence their ... read more

Streetcars Don't Guarantee Heightened Development Activity

Feb. 12, 2019 — Development outcomes along streetcar corridors can't be entirely attributed to the presence of the streetcar, researchers found. Streetcar investment is commonly accompanied with a healthy ... read more

Low-Income Boys' Inattention in Kindergarten Associated With Lower Earnings 30 Years Later

Feb. 11, 2019 — A new longitudinal study examined boys from low-income backgrounds to determine which behaviors in kindergarten are associated with earnings in adulthood. The study concluded that inattention was ... read more

Scientists Use Smartphones to Improve Dismal Rating of Nation's Civil Infrastructure

Feb. 11, 2019 — Scientists at the have developed smartphone-based technologies that can monitor civil infrastructure systems such as crumbing roads and aging ... read more

Feb. 11, 2019 — The allure of smartphones, and how they impact our interpersonal relationships, might be the result of our evolutionary history, according to ... read more

Do We Have an Epidemic? Enhancing Disease Surveillance Using a Health Information Exchange

Feb. 11, 2019 — While disease surveillance has shifted toward greater use of electronically transmitted information to decrease the reporting burden on physicians, the challenge of getting the right information to ... read more

Human Enhancement: Is It Good for Society?

Feb. 11, 2019 — Human enhancement technologies are opening up tremendous new possibilities. But they're also raising important questions about what it means to be human. These technologies are currently geared ... read more

Potent Marijuana Edibles Can Pose a Major Unrecognized Risk to Patients With Cardiovascular Disease

Feb. 11, 2019 — With widespread legalization and increasing use, more care, education a research needed about how each marijuana formulation may affect and sometimes compromise the cardiovascular system of our aging ... read more

Stress-Free Training May Enhance Surgical Skill

Feb. 11, 2019 — It may be easier to learn surgical skills when a student feels less pressure and approaches surgery as a hobby, report ... read more

Bridging the 'Liking-Gap,' Researchers Discuss Awkwardness of Conversations

Feb. 8, 2019 — Social and personality psychologists will present their latest findings on how people engage in casual conversations, and what this means for our own performance ... read more

Psychology: Robot Saved, People Take the Hit

Feb. 8, 2019 — To what extent are people prepared to show consideration for robots? A new study suggests that, under certain circumstances, some people are willing to endanger human lives -- out of concern for ... read more

New Study Linking Blight and Homicide May Help Predict Where Murder May Occur

Feb. 8, 2019 — A new study shows a statistical connection between homicide, blighted buildings and convenient ... read more

Planning Ahead: A New Robust Approach for Minimizing Costs in Power-Distribution Networks

Feb. 8, 2019 — Scientists have developed a new method for scheduling the turning on and off of power generators that minimizes costs and ensures reliability while addressing the issues prevalent in multiple ... read more

Five Solutions Offered for Achieving Gender Equality in Medicine and Science

Feb. 8, 2019 — In a new review, researchers identify five myths that continue to perpetuate gender bias and offer five strategies for improving not only the number of women in medicine, but also their lived ... read more

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