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In The News:
Teen Challenges: Social Competence, Peer Acceptance And Autonomy, Negotiating Negative Peer Influences
Teenagers' struggles to connect with their peers in the early adolescent years while not getting swept along by negative peer influences predict their capacity to form strong friendships and avoid serious problems even ten years later. Those are the conclusions of a new longitudinal study by researchers at the University of Virginia that appears in the journal Child Development. "Overall, we found that teens face a high-wire act with their peers," explains Joseph P. Allen, Hugh P. Kelly Distinguished Professor at the University of Virginia, who led the study...
Tue, 02 Apr 2013 01:00:00 PDT

Rat Model Of Decision-Making Looks At Intuition
A study led by Zachary Mainen, Director of the Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme, and published in the scientific journal, Neuron, reports that when rats were challenged with a series of perceptual decision problems, their performance was just as good when they decided rapidly as when they took a much longer time to respond. Despite being encouraged to slow down and try harder, the subjects of this study achieved their maximum performance in less than 300 milliseconds. 'There are many kinds of decisions, and for some, having more time appears to be of no help...
Tue, 02 Apr 2013 01:00:00 PDT

DNA Sequencing Reveals Evidence For Mycobacterium abscessus Transmission Between Cystic Fibrosis Patients
Researchers at Papworth Hospital, the University of Cambridge and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute have discovered why a new type of dangerous bacterial infection has become more common among people with Cystic Fibrosis around the world. Through their ground-breaking research, the team has developed new measures to protect Cystic Fibrosis patients. People with Cystic Fibrosis are prone to serious infection in part because they have sticky mucus that can clog up their lungs...
Tue, 02 Apr 2013 01:00:00 PDT

Free Bus Travel Improves Wellbeing
Free bus travel has improved the social lives and independence of 12-18 year olds in London, according to research published in the journal Mobilities. Researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and UCL (University College London) found that free bus travel - which all young Londoners are entitled to by registering for a Zip Oyster Card - increased young people's ability to travel independently and extended their opportunities through facilitating extra trips, trips further afield and/or exploratory trips with friends...
Tue, 02 Apr 2013 01:00:00 PDT

How Cells And Cell Fragments Move In Electric Fields Could Lead To Applications In Wound Healing And Tissue Regeneration
Like tiny crawling compass needles, whole living cells and cell fragments orient and move in response to electric fields - but in opposite directions, scientists at the University of California, Davis, have found. Their results, published April 8 in the journal Current Biology, could ultimately lead to new ways to heal wounds and deliver stem cell therapies. When cells crawl into wounded flesh to heal it, they follow an electric field. In healthy tissue there's a flux of charged particles between layers...
Tue, 02 Apr 2013 01:00:00 PDT

Stress Hormone Reduced By Mindfulness From Meditation
Focusing on the present rather than letting the mind drift may help to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, suggests new research from the Shamatha Project at the University of California, Davis. The ability to focus mental resources on immediate experience is an aspect of mindfulness, which can be improved by meditation training...
Tue, 02 Apr 2013 01:00:00 PDT

Obesity Slows You Down
BYU researchers find obesity decreases physical activity Physical activity and its relation to obesity has been studied for decades by researchers; however, almost no one has studied the reverse - obesity's effect on physical activity. So BYU exercise science professor Larry Tucker decided to look at the other side of the equation to determine if obesity leads to less activity. The findings, no surprise, confirmed what everyone has assumed for years...
Tue, 02 Apr 2013 01:00:00 PDT

Study Demonstrates the Cost-Effectiveness of Heart Failure Medications
A UCLA study shows that heart failure medications recommended by national guidelines are highly cost effective in saving lives and may also provide savings to the health care system. Heart failure, a chronic, progressive disease, affects millions of individuals and results in considerable morbidity, the use of extensive health care resources, and substantial costs. Currently published online, the study also appears in the April 2 print issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology...
Tue, 02 Apr 2013 01:00:00 PDT

'Grip' Is The Key To Stem Cell Fate
The field of regenerative medicine holds great promise, propelled by greater understanding of how stem cells differentiate themselves into many of the body's different cell types. But clinical applications in the field have been slow to materialize, partially owing to difficulties in replicating the conditions these cells naturally experience. A team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania has generated new insight on how a stem cell's environment influences what type of cell a stem cell will become...
Tue, 02 Apr 2013 01:00:00 PDT

Exposure To Low Doses Of Multiple Xenoestrogens Found To Strongly Distort Hormone Action
For years, scientists have been concerned about chemicals in the environment that mimic the estrogens found in the body. In study after study, researchers have found links between these "xenoestrogens" and such problems as decreased sperm viability, ovarian dysfunction, neurodevelopmental deficits and obesity...
Tue, 02 Apr 2013 01:00:00 PDT

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