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One in three canadians suffered some form of child abuse, study

One in three canadians suffered some form of child abuse, study

Nationally representative Canadian data on the prevalence of child abuse and its relation with mental disorders are lacking. We used contemporary, nationally representative data to examine the prevalence of 3 types of child abuse (physical abuse, sexual abuse and exposure to intimate partner violence) and their association with 14 men tal conditions, including suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. Read More »

Health Alert: False-positive mammograms increased short-term anxiety

Health Alert: False-positive mammograms increased short-term anxiety

Importance  False-positive mammograms, a common occurrence in breast cancer screening programs, represent a potential screening harm that is currently being evaluated by the US Preventive Services Task Force. Objective  To measure the effect of false-positive mammograms on quality of life by measuring personal anxiety, health utility, and attitudes toward future screening. Read More »

Researchers find pain threshold linked to genes

Researchers find pain threshold linked to genes

To understand why different individuals have different pain tolerance levels, scientists have discovered four genes that play a vital role in deciding this. “The study is quite significant because it provides an objective way to understand pain and why some people have a higher tolerance for pain than others,” said Tobore Onojjighofia from Proove Biosciences and a member of the ... Read More »

Keeping fit could cut the risk of catching flu, results from Flusurvey

Keeping fit could cut the risk of catching flu, Study

Doing vigorous exercise for at least 2.5 hours a week reduces your chances of experiencing a flu-like illness by around 10%, according to preliminary results from Flusurvey, the online flu study run by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. The latest scientific data on flu is being released at the start of National Science & Engineering Week, which ... Read More »

8 mumps cases at New Jersey college

8 mumps cases at New Jersey college

New Jersey — Officials are investigating eight confirmed cases of mumps found in students at New Jersey’s Stevens Institute of Technology. The college in Hoboken says the students range in age from 18 to 21. All were fully vaccinated with two documented doses of mumps-containing vaccine. The school says it has told faculty and staff members who are unsure of ... Read More »

Daddy Long Legs Had an Extra Pair of Eyes, Fossil Reveals

Ancient 'spider' images reveal eye-opening secrets

Ancient spiders had two sets of eyes, according to a new fossil study. The latest findings debunk the theory that 305-million-year-old harvestman- the ancestors of the modern-day arachnids- had two, not one, sets of eyes. Researchers at the University of Manchester and American Museum of Natural History said the latest findings provide significant detail to the evolutionary story of this ... Read More »

Darpa Announces New Biotech Office

DARPA Launches New Biotech Research Division

Defense technology, which traditionally conjures up images of tanks, satellites and missiles, will soon begin integrating biotechnology into the mix. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has announced the creation of a new Biological Technologies Office to explore the power of biological systems. The office seeks to integrate disciplines such as computer science, microsystems, sensor design, and neuroscience, saying that ... Read More »

Walmart unveils futuristic truck (Video)

Walmart unveils futuristic truck

Wal-Mart showcased its futuristic truck Wednesday at the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, Ky., a month after the world got its first glimpse during a video aired at retailer’s sustainability milestone meeting in Bentonville. The Wal-Mart truck prototype is a tractor-trailer combination that looks like a sports car married an aerodynamic train. The companies working on the project over ... Read More »