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Doctors Urge IUDs, Implants for Teen Girls

September 29, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Lindsey Tanner | News | Comments

Teen girls who have sex should use IUDs or hormonal implants— long-acting birth control methods that are effective, safe and easy to use, the nation's most influential pediatricians' group recommends.

Unapproved GMO Wheat Found in Montana

September 29, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Mary Jalonick | News | Comments

Unregulated genetically modified wheat has popped up in a second location in the U.S., this time...

California May Impose Strictest Pesticide Restrictions

September 26, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Scott Smith | News | Comments

California farmers who spray a widely used insecticide on some of the state's most abundant...

Officials: Electronics Allowed on European Flights

September 26, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, David Rising | News | Comments

Passengers on European airlines may soon be able to use portable electronics, including...

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Worms Can Let Celiac Sufferers Enjoy Pasta

September 26, 2014 7:00 am | by James Cook Univ. | News | Comments

Researchers have achieved ground-breaking results in a clinical trial using hookworms to reduce the symptoms of celiac disease. Twelve participants were each experimentally infected with 20 hookworm larvae. By the end of the trial, subjects were eating the equivalent of a medium-sized bowl of spaghetti with no ill effects.

Tool Forecasts Economic Impacts of Natural Gas Stations

September 26, 2014 7:00 am | by Argonne National Laboratory | News | Comments

Researchers have announced a tool for analyzing the economic impacts of building new compressed natural gas fueling stations. Mostly made up of methane, compressed natural gas is an alternative fuel for cars and trucks that can offer greenhouse gas benefits over gasoline.

Kids Can Be Trained to Understand Others' Emotions Better

September 25, 2014 2:00 pm | by Univ. of Lincoln | News | Comments

Children can learn to better recognize other people’s emotions through games that emphasize the significance of the eyes and the mouth in conveying feelings, new research has shown. The study suggests that simple training programs could help children better understand which expressive facial features offer the most important cues to other people’s emotional state.

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One Statistic Can Strengthen Support for Traffic Laws

September 25, 2014 2:00 pm | by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health | News | Comments

Public support for effective road safety laws, already solid, can be strengthened by a single number: a statistic that quantifies the traffic-related injury risks associated with a given law, according to a new study.

Media Multitasking Linked to Less Grey Matter

September 25, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Sussex | News | Comments

Simultaneously using mobile phones, laptops and other media devices could be changing the structure of our brains, according to research. A new study reveals that people who frequently use several media devices at the same time have lower grey matter density in one particular region of the brain compared to those who use just one device occasionally.

Air Traffic Plans Leave Out Drones

September 25, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Joan Lowy | News | Comments

Designers of the ambitious U.S. air traffic control system of the future neglected to take drones into account, raising questions about whether it can handle the escalating demand for the unmanned aircraft and predicted congestion in the sky.

Child Maltreatment Alters Obesity-linked Hormone

September 25, 2014 7:00 am | by King’s College London | News | Comments

Children who are maltreated may be at an increased risk of obesity and inflammatory disorders because of low levels of leptin— a hormone involved in regulating appetite, according to new research. The findings suggest leptin deficiency may contribute to physical health problems associated with early life stress, and provide a possible target in disease prevention.

Island to Get Drone Delivery Service

September 24, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Deutsche Post DHL says it is starting Germany's first drone package delivery service, a test program transporting medicine to a pharmacy on a North Sea island.

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Many Kids With Health Risks Lack School Emergency Plans

September 24, 2014 7:00 am | by Northwestern Univ. | News | Comments

Only one in four students with asthma and half of children with food allergies have emergency health management plans in place at school, leaving schools inadequately prepared to manage daily needs and handle medical emergencies related to often life-threatening medical conditions.

Obama: Nobody has 'Free Pass' on Climate

September 24, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Josh Lederman | News | Comments

In a forceful appeal for international cooperation on limiting carbon pollution, President Barack Obama warned starkly that the globe's climate is changing faster than efforts to address it. "Nobody gets a pass," he declared. "We have to raise our collective ambition."

'Getting-by Girls' Fall Between Academic Winners, Losers

September 24, 2014 7:00 am | by UC Berkeley | News | Comments

A study has spotlighted a high school subculture that has made an art of slacking and may be destined to perpetuate the nation's struggling lower-middle class. A researcher studied white teenage girls in their last year of a well-funded high school. What she found was a group she dubbed "getting-by girls.”

Coke, Pepsi Pledge to Reduce Calories

September 24, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Candice Choi | News | Comments

Coke, Pepsi and Dr Pepper say they'll work to reduce the calories Americans get from beverages by 20 percent over the next decade by more aggressively marketing smaller sizes, bottled water and diet drinks.

Changes Needed to End-of-life Care

September 24, 2014 7:00 am | by National Academy of Sciences | News | Comments

The U.S. health care system is not properly designed to meet the needs of patients nearing the end of life and those of their families, and major changes to the system are necessary, says a new report.

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Four Lessons Learned from Ebola Outbreak

September 23, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Maria Cheng | News | Comments

Six months into the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, scientists say they know more about how the deadly virus behaves. The first cases were reported in Guinea by the World Health Organization on March 23— before spreading to Sierra Leone, Liberia and elsewhere. Here's a look at what scientists have learned so far.

App to Bring Voices Back to Phones

September 23, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Michael Liedtke | News | Comments

Longtime technology guru Ray Ozzie wants to bring back the emotions of the human voice to phones. Microsoft's former chief software architect hopes to orchestrate voice's comeback through Talko, a mobile application being released today for the iPhone. A version for Android phones is expected in a few months.

Obesity, Stress Pack a Double Punch for Health

September 23, 2014 7:00 am | by Brandeis Univ. | News | Comments

If you're overweight, you may be at greater risk for stress-related diseases like type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, according to a new study. The researchers observed that overweight and obese individuals have higher levels of stress-induced inflammation than those within a healthy weight range.

California Teachers Invest in Clean Energy

September 19, 2014 2:09 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The California State Teachers' Retirement System says it plans to increase its investments in clean energy and technology to $3.7 billion, from $1.4 billion, over the next five years.

Science Classes Can Be Dazzling, Not Dangerous

September 19, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Dan Elliott | News | Comments

A dazzling show of fire and color can make science come alive for young students, but it can also inflict serious and painful injuries, as flash fires in Nevada and Colorado showed this month.

FDA to Tweak Food Safety Rules

September 19, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Mary Jalonick | News | Comments

The government said Friday it will rewrite sweeping new food safety rules after farmers complained that earlier proposals could hurt business. New proposals by the FDA would make it easier for farmers to meet water quality standards and allow farmers to harvest crops sooner after using raw manure as fertilizer.

Stress Literally Tears You Apart

September 19, 2014 2:00 pm | by EPFL | News | Comments

Chronic stress can lead to behavioral problems. A team of researchers has discovered an important synaptic mechanism: the activation of a cleaving enzyme, leading to these problems.

Global Violence Could Be Halved in 30 Years

September 19, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Cambridge | News | Comments

Research shows that homicide rates in many countries are falling; leading experts from around the world believe that global rates of homicide and other interpersonal violence— such as child abuse and domestic violence— could be reduced by as much as 50 percent in just 30 years if governments implement the right policies.

Nationwide Shutdown Aims to Slow Ebola

September 19, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Clarence Roy-Macaulay | News | Comments

Shoppers in Sierra Leone rushed to stock up on food Thursday ahead of a three-day nationwide shutdown, during which the country's 6 million people will be confined to their homes while volunteers search house-to-house for Ebola victims in hiding and hand out soap in a desperate bid to slow the accelerating outbreak.

High Protein Diet May Be Good for Blood Pressure

September 19, 2014 7:00 am | by Inside Science News Service, Benjamin Plackett | News | Comments

Eating too much meat often makes the headlines, whether the risk of doing so is equated to smoking or cited as the cause of rising diabetes rates. Though some of these articles have already been labeled as sensational journalism, a new study has shown that people who eat more protein— whether from plant or animal sources— tend to have a lower risk of hypertension, also known as high blood pressure.

Unmown Areas Benefit Nature, Humans

September 19, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Sussex | News | Comments

Creating unmown areas in an urban park can significantly increase flowers and pollinating insects while also leading to a greater enjoyment of the space by people, according to a year-long study.

Studies See Significant Drop in Rooftop, Utility-scale Solar Prices

September 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

The price of solar energy in the U.S. continues to fall substantially, according to the latest editions of two annual reports. A third report shows that local permitting and other regulatory procedures can significantly impact residential photovoltaic prices.

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