It doesn’t take much for soldiers to feel cared for

IMAGE: Service members were sent 11 short text messages for the study published in JAMA Psychiatry. view more  Credit: UW Medicine A soldier named Jerome Motto received caring letters from home in World War II. They helped boost his spirits and later led to one of the nation’s first successful suicide interventions. Today, with military personnel…

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Columbia researcher designs data visualization of carbon footprints

IMAGE: This tool makes it easy for everyone to explore hundreds of products’ carbon-emission levels. view more  Credit: CoClear A Columbia researcher affiliated with the Data Science Institute has created a data-visualization tool that shows the carbon footprints of hundreds of consumer products. The tool makes it easy for everyone to explore the products’ carbon-emission levels…

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Study on measles transmission in China have implications for controlling the epidemic worldwide

February 14, 2019 — A new study on the measles epidemic in China has far-reaching implications for eliminating the infection globally, according to researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Using a new model-inference system developed at the Columbia Mailman School, the researchers were able to estimate population susceptibility and demographical characteristics in…

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Blindfolded training could help doctors save young lives

In a simulation training study, pediatric team leaders who wore a blindfold improved their leadership skills ratings by 11% over the course of 3 resuscitation scenarios, versus 5% for non-blindfolded leaders. Published in Frontiers in Pediatrics, the findings demonstrate a promising tool for improving training and outcomes in pediatric resuscitation. «Our study suggests that blindfolding…

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Electronic tool has potential to improve asthma care, study finds

IMAGE:  «We have excellent therapies for asthma, yet most patients do not receive the best care, and as a result, are poorly controlled, » said Dr. Samir Gupta, an associate scientist at… view more  Credit: St. Michael’s Hospital TORONTO, ONTARIO, February 14, 2019 — A new electronic decision support tool for managing asthma has the…

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Diet drinks may be associated with strokes among post-menopausal women

DALLAS, Feb. 14, 2019 — Among post-menopausal women, drinking multiple diet drinks daily was associated with an increase in the risk of having a stroke caused by a blocked artery, especially small arteries, according to research published in Stroke, a journal of the American Heart Association. This is one of the first studies to look…

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‘Old’ sperm produces healthier offspring

Sperm that live for longer before fertilising an egg produce healthier offspring — according to new research from the University of East Anglia and Uppsala University in Sweden. New research published today shows that longer-lived sperm in an ejaculate of a zebrafish male produce offspring with longer and healthier lifespans — who in turn produce…

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What’s age got to do with it?

Sophia Antipolis, 14 February 2019: It’s often said: It’s not how old you are, it’s how old you feel. New research shows that physiological age is a better predictor of survival than chronological age. The study is published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).…

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Novel software offers possible reduction in arrhythmic heart disease

Potentially lethal heart conditions may become easier to spot and may lead to improvements in prevention and treatment thanks to innovative new software that measures electrical activity in the organ. The heart’s pumping ability is controlled by electrical activity that triggers the heart muscle cells to contract and relax. In certain heart diseases such as…

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