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Intervention helps decrease ‘mean girl’ behaviors, researchers find

Intervention helps decrease ‘mean girl’ behaviors, researchers find

Relational aggression, or “mean girl” bullying, is a popular subject in news and entertainment media. This nonphysical form of aggression generally used among adolescent girls includes gossiping, rumor spreading, exclusion and rejection. As media coverage has illustrated, relational aggression can lead to tragic and sometimes fatal outcomes. Continue reading

Ambulance staff vote for strike

Ambulance staff vote for strike

unable to retrieve full-text contentAmbulance staff and other health workers in the GMB union have voted in favour of strike action in a dispute over pay. Continue reading

High-speed drug screen developed

High-speed drug screen developed

MIT engineers have devised a way to rapidly test hundreds of different drug-delivery vehicles in living animals, making it easier to discover promising new ways to deliver a class of drugs called biologics, which includes antibodies, peptides, RNA, and DNA, to human patients. In a study appearing in the journal Integrative Biology , the researchers used this technology to identify materials that can efficiently deliver RNA to zebrafish and also to rodents. This type of high-speed screen could help overcome one of the major bottlenecks in developing disease treatments based on biologics: It is challenging to find safe and effective ways to deliver them Continue reading

How to predict who will suffer the most from stress

How to predict who will suffer the most from stress

More than 23 per cent of Canadians report being stressed or very stressed on most days. While chronic stress increases the risk of poor mental and physical health, not everyone is affected the same way. Some cope well, but for others — especially those most likely to sweat the small stuff — chronic stress can be harmful. Continue reading

Longitudinal report shows challenging reality of aging with an intellectual disability

Longitudinal report shows challenging reality of aging with an intellectual disability

A new report launched today by the Intellectual Disability Supplement to TILDA (The Irish Longitudinal Study on aging) conducted by academics from the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, has highlighted the serious, complex and unique health and social challenges facing Ireland’s intellectual disability population. The IDS-TILDA study is the first study of its kind in Europe and the only one in the world with the ability to compare the aging of people with intellectual disability directly with the general aging population. For the first time in history, people in Ireland with an intellectual disability are growing old in considerable numbers Continue reading

Policies of NIH, other funders, have improved data-sharing by life-science investigators

Policies of NIH, other funders, have improved data-sharing by life-science investigators

Policies put into place by major funding agencies like the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and to a lesser extent by scientific journals, appear to be meeting the goal of increasing the sharing of scientific resources among life science investigators. As reported in the open-access journal PLOS ONE , 65 percent of surveyed investigators at major U.S. research institutions believed that NIH policies instituted in recent years had markedly improved the sharing of scientific data Continue reading

Policies of NIH, other funders, have improved data-sharing by life-science investigators

Policies of NIH, other funders, have improved data-sharing by life-science investigators

Policies put into place by major funding agencies like the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and to a lesser extent by scientific journals, appear to be meeting the goal of increasing the sharing of scientific resources among life science investigators. As reported in the open-access journal PLOS ONE , 65 percent of surveyed investigators at major U.S Continue reading

Many Patients Excluded From Lung Cancer Clinical Trials Due to Prior Cancer, Study Finds

Many Patients Excluded From Lung Cancer Clinical Trials Due to Prior Cancer, Study Finds

Lung cancer clinical trials exclude a substantial proportion of patients due to a history of prior cancer, as shown in an analysis by cancer researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Among more than 50 lung cancer clinical trials examined, more than 80 percent excluded patients with prior cancer from participating, according to the study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute Continue reading

Think you have Alzheimer’s? You just might be right, study says

Think you have Alzheimer’s? You just might be right, study says

New research by scientists at the University of Kentucky’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging suggests that people who notice their memory is slipping may be on to something. Continue reading

Alzheimer’s patients can still feel emotion long after memories have vanished

Alzheimer’s patients can still feel emotion long after memories have vanished

A new University of Iowa study further supports an inescapable message: caregivers have a profound influence — good or bad — on the emotional state of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading