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Parents of children with cancer distrust and fear online sources of health information, study shows

Bert Gambini EurekAlert In the age of information, physicians still are the most trusted source when parents confront serious illness. BUFFALO, N.Y. — Parents and adult caregivers of pediatric cancer patients prefer personal consultations with trusted health care providers over … Continue reading

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Sum of the parts? How our brains see men as people and women as body parts

Sarah Gervais EurekAlert Study finds that both genders process images of men, women differently. When casting our eyes upon an object, our brains either perceive it in its entirety or as a collection of its parts. Consider, for instance, photo … Continue reading

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To understand childhood obesity, researchers look to inactive, fat rats

Donna Krupa EurekAlert BETHESDA, Md. (July 24, 2012)—Childhood obesity has nearly tripled in the past three decades, and by 2009, 17 percent of those 2-19 years of age were classified as obese. If actions against childhood obesity do not take … Continue reading

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Synthetic stimulants called ‘bath salts’ act in the brain like cocaine

Les Lang EurekAlert CHAPEL HILL, NC – The use of the synthetic stimulants collectively known as “bath salts” have gained popularity among recreational drug users over the last five years, largely because they were readily available and unrestricted via the … Continue reading

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Radiation damage bigger problem in microelectronics than previously thought

David Salisbury EurekAlert The amount of structural damage that radiation causes in electronic materials at the atomic level may be at least ten times greater than previously thought. That is the surprising result of a new characterization method that uses … Continue reading

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Green plants reduce city street pollution up to 8 times more than previously believed

Michael Bernstein EurekAlert Trees, bushes and other greenery growing in the concrete-and-glass canyons of cities can reduce levels of two of the most worrisome air pollutants by eight times more than previously believed, a new study has found. A report … Continue reading

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Could a larger waistline be a result of too much TV as a child?

Hilary Glover EurekAlert As a youngster, remember your mother warning you that watching too much television would give you square eyes? That might not be true, but a new study, published today in BioMed Central’s open access journal International Journal … Continue reading

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Vitamin D deficiency and poorer lung function in asthmatic children treated with steroids

Nathaniel Dunford EurekAlert Vitamin D deficiency is associated with poorer lung function in asthmatic children treated with inhaled corticosteroids, according to a new study from researchers in Boston. “In our study of 1,024 children with mild to moderate persistent asthma, … Continue reading

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The ecology of natural gas

Nadine Lymn EurekAlert Scientists examine process chain of natural gas, from rural extraction to urban distribution. “Fracking” stories about shale gas extraction hit the news daily, fueling a growing conflagration between environmental protectionism and economic interests. Otherwise known as hydraulic … Continue reading

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Liver stiffness predicts liver failure, cancer and mortality in cirrhotic patients

Dawn Peters EurekAlert Researchers from Spain established that liver stiffness, measured by transient elastography (TE), is an independent predictor of liver failure, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and mortality in cirrhotic patients coinfected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or acquired immune … Continue reading

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